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

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Know what you are getting in to - fantastic food, but slow and erratic service.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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English first
wellington, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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 104 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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Vancouver Island, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

An oasis of civility and good food, in a small town facing some challenges from up the highway. Discovered a wonderful new beer, and an excellent French (Languedoc) chardonnay. The bolognese sauce was great, as was the salmon. Just don't expect swift service--fast food this ain't.

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Los Altos Hills, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Spend a minute or two looking around. You will discover an outside patio with a mural as well as a chalkboard with the specials and a chalkboard with beers. We sat down too quickly and didn't see the chalkboards until after we had ordered. I had a nicoise salad and my friend had a BLT with fries which were good... More 

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Sequim, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This place has an absolutely charming interior but the older guy who waited on us was the worst, unenthusiastic, waiter we have ever had. I think he was an owner or the owner. HIs cigarette smoke permeated the restaurant. He had a shaggy (but friendly) dog that was running around in the restaurant and he stayed at the counter reading... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I was talking to my sister last night and The Still Life came to mind as we remininised about a South Pasadena Restaurant, Gino's, that was owned and operated by yet another European couple, where we often dined many years ago---So I did a Google, and yepperz, The Still Life is still up north of me---and getting some very unkind... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We had their escargo for appetizer & cous cous stew with lamb sausage. Pretty amazing French (w/Algerian roots) dinner...in the Eastern Sierra...

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • 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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