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The Independence
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Ranked #53 of 693 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: 2nd Street
Transit: The MTA 4 line stops 1 block away from Buddha"s Belly at Santa Monica and Second Street. The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines 1 and 7 stop right by Buddha's Belly at Broadway and Second Street.
Description: The Independence is a modern American restaurant with a seasonal menu made from and inspired by fresh California ingredients. We offer one of the best Happy Hours in town. Come for the quality, stay for the warm service! We look forward to serving you. Cheers!
Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

Great little place! The miso ramen is to die for! Huge servings!!! A nice place to eat, would def come back to eat!

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Thank Sobeau113
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Nice food, and some interesting menu choices. The food tasted blander than the descriptions suggested, I would have liked some more herbs and spices.

Thank Judi_G123
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Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Visited Budha's on a Friday evening. Delicious, good value Asian food and a relaxed vibe in an otherwise expensive part of town

Starter was particularly good (chicken pot stickers), Pad Thai was fine and side of sesame asparagus was perfectly cooked

Wouldn't hesitate to return

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Thank MuchLoveTerryTibbs
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Decent pan-Asian food with a wide menu. Noodle dishes were particularly good, but I do wish they would put mango and sticky rice on the menu. Service consistently good.

Thank RedMustang56
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We ate here on our first night in Santa Monica as we wanted something easy and not too fussy - this place hits the spot. It was very busy with a real mixture of families, couples, kids coming back from the beach.

The service was fast and polite, the food was ok although I would say a very westernised take on the dishes offered. If you are looking for an authentic Pad Thai, this isn’t the spot. But if you want some nice noodles in an relaxed and fairly casual place, here is ideal.

Thank Victoria C
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