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All 6 Independence Restaurants

Still Life Cafe

135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
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Cuisines: French
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Like most of the other reviews I agree that the service was slow but the food is acceptable for a French kind of bistro in the USA Sierras. Not to everyone's taste but we enjoyed our experience albeit the owner displays a weird sense of humour. A tight menu which I applaud should allow faster service. The quality is acceptable... More 

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Palm Springs, California, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

When you are in a township of 660+ folks you do not expect to encounter fine dining in any way, shape or form. Well, what a surprise! We made a reservation for 6:30 p.m. on the recommendation of Strider at the Mt. Williamson Motel. We arrived at this tiny restaurant prepared to dine. It's small - a banquette seated perhaps... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We had heard about this tiny restaurant from friends and since we were not in a hurry decided to try it for lunch after visiting the Independence Museum. The sign on the door said closed and when we came in the waiter said he was keeping it open for us. Yes, we had called ahead for the 7 of us.... More 

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Dameron, MD
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Who would have expected a French bistro—and a good one at that—in Independence, California?!?! I had onion soup and a skirt steak with frites and my companion had a salad niçoise and their signature cheeseburger, all accompanied by a very passable Côte du Rhone. Everything was excellent; the crouton in the soup was outstanding. As virtually every other reviewer has... More 

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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Fortunately for Still Life Cafe there are very few places in the evening to eat in Independence. Burgers feature large on the menu and the food is 'hit or miss' e.g. my pasta was tasty but my wife's 'croque monsieur' disappointing. The service was VERY slow and bad. Our waiter was an aged Frenchman (possibly a damaged relic of the... More 

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Encinitas, CA
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121 reviews 121 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We are staying in town for a couple of nights before a hike and the hotel host recommended the Still Life, as it is the only place in town. He added that it's an added bonus that, being the only place in town that it is good too. And he was right. We walked down the almost empty street and... More 

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99 reviews 99 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is an eclectic restaurant with pretty darn good food. Unfortunately, the service is slow, really slow. But then Europeans do eat and run like Americans do. I had a lovely salad that was quite large and filling. My husband had a salad and steak and he really enjoyed both. This is the only dinner place in town other than... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have dined here a few times over the past decade (as I passed through the area), and I decided to stop in again this August. The first thing I noticed was that the menu has changed -- rather than a "French" restaurant; the menu is now more oriented towards "casual dining" (burgers, etc.), with only a couple of French... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This restaurant was a big and pleasant surprise in Independence, where we stopped for the night on an Eastern Sierra road trip. The food is superb. We had a goat cheese salad (including figs!) and the Merguez - a North African style lamb sausage, which is delicious and comes with a very tasty, spicy sauce. The Merguez came with shoestring... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My husband was looking forward to a stopover this past Wednesday in one of Independence’s welcoming motels and enjoying dinner at Still Life Café, where he’d had lunch a few years ago. I phoned ahead at 6:15 pm, told the lady he expected to get there by 8:00 and was she sure they’d stay open till 9 or might they... More 

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Address: 135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
Phone Number: 760-878-2555
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Independence
Cuisine: French

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