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135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
760-878-2555
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Quirkey place with good food.

These people are indeed from France but have lived in Independence a long time. They advertised as open from 2 to 9, but when we called to confirm just before 3, the woman initially said, yes we are open, then someone said something and she said, oh, we are closing at 3 and will reopen at 4. When... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Mason E
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Redlands, California
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Redlands, California
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

These people are indeed from France but have lived in Independence a long time. They advertised as open from 2 to 9, but when we called to confirm just before 3, the woman initially said, yes we are open, then someone said something and she said, oh, we are closing at 3 and will reopen at 4. When we arrived,... More 

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Phoenix
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80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The restaurant is French in many ways....decor, owner/cook is French, restaurant serves as a gallery, and the pet dog (he is adorable) will hang out with you during your meal. The menu isn't really French...a few exceptions but most of those items were unavailable the day we were there. The owners wait and cook...she does a phenomenally good job with... More 

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Conakry, Guinea
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I only stopped here for a drink, so I can't tell about the food, but I liked the place and Michelle, the owner. He's certainly not the average USAn bartender. He's a French guy who remains very French despite so many years in USA: laconic, outspoken, and not really caring too much whether you like him or not. Not the... More 

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Irvine, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Perhaps not the best Eastern Sierra restaurant - but certainly one of them. Then again that is not saying much as the Eastern Sierra is no culinary Mecca. Husband and wife team, she cooks well and while he deals laconic Gallic service, do not expect fast food (though it can arrive fast), the menu and drinks will vary according to... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Where else in the middle of the desert can you find a charming, relaxing cafe with paintings covering the walls and jazz music playing in the background? The food is incomparable and they have a great selection of beer and wine. Please note that this is the wrong choice if you are in a hurry and expect your food prepared... More 

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wellington, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Waited over an hour for terrible, over priced food. Only one other table so it wasn't busy. We had 9 people in our group and the plates were served 3 dinners at a time with 10 to 15 minutes between the next served. By the time the last 3 were served, everyone else was done eating. No apology or even... More 

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Richmond, B.C.
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104 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

The ambience of this old 1892 building which was once a restaurant and still is a restaurant is equalled by the quality of the food, the friendly nature of the French owner and his Berber wife. The paintings on the walls for sale by a California artist provide a nice diversion while the food is being prepared. Carlos the mutt... More 

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

If you read the other reviews, you will know that service here can be a bit maddening, and the food would be out of this world anywhere, but especially in a restaurant poor town like Independence. We had dinner here after a visit to Manzanar and were staying overnight down the street. The place wasn't busy when we arrived, and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A wonderful birthday surprise, we were able to get a reservation for 7 people on Valentine's Day, only 5 hours before! We had read reviews about the "European service" so we were prepared to wait for our food. The meal lasted about 3 hours total, after the first 45 minutes, we were all a little concerned, especially when we saw... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We had been home 4 days from an extended trip to Paris. This meal compares with the FABULOUS dining we experienced there. I know of no other place in southern California that does such a quality job!!! If you haven't dined there, you should. But please order something you would expect to find on the menu in France. Sure 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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  • Address: 135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Independence
  • Phone Number: 760-878-2555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

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