The Independent Restaurant and Bar

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$31 to $50
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CORONA VIRUS/DINE-IN UPDATE!!!
We are NOW OPEN 5 days/week! Lunch Service is from 11:00am-3:00pm and Dinner Service is from 4:00pm-9:00pm Wednesday through Sunday, CLOSED on Monday and Tuesday.

The Independent Restaurant and Bar offers guests and neighbors in Placerville, California a place to gather and enjoy refreshing fare and drinks. To start, order a shared appetizer of turnip fries, flash- fried calamari, smoked salmon or their famous ahi tartare. Main courses at The Independent Restaurant and Bar include Buttermilk Fried Chicken, CAB Niman Ranch Rib Eye, Orange-glazed Salmon, Pappardelle Pesto Pasta, Molasses-brined Pork Chop, and House-ground Burgers.



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vipKathyM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. I loved it!

JD
JeffD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in El Dorado County. The food, cocktails and service is excellent. We sat on the patio on a beautiful night and it was great. Jake is wonderful and Louis made excellent Old Fashion’s and Lemon Drops. A great dining experience for our Anniversary Celebration.

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BradR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and beverages here are nothing short of excellent. Food is alway properly done and side dishes are also nicely done. Don't forget to try their Bread Pudding, it is out of this world.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on patio. It was a busy night but we enjoyed a leisurely evening visiting with friends. Great food, great service. Definitely our favorite restaurant!

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SeabstianV
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best cocktails in a hundred mile radius, fantastic food, service, and ambience. A gem of the foothills.

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MimiE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole dining experience was wonderful. We enjoyed every minute from the arrival to the final bite of the dessert. The only bad part was when the dining experience was over. Look forward to returning.

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Bigfoot
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The pork chop I ordered was as good as I’ve ever had.
The hamburger my wife had was on the dry side. I burger with a little more fat content could solve that. It had a little too much seasoning also. Tarragon?

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AprilS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was pretty good, I had the special for the evening which was ahi tuna over coconut rice with some veggies, it was good, I would not put it on the outstanding side. The sauce was ok, I think it would have been better if they would have done a little drizzle of the sauce and then done a cup with a citrus soy sauce for dipping. One person in our party ordered the chicken which looked good and two others did the beef stroganoff which was not a traditional one with a creamy sauce, the meat was in large slices and not bite size so there was extra cutting involved with that dish. My big complaint is when I called earlier in the day to see if they had any earlier reservation times than the 8:30 pm posted on opentable the person answering the phone immediately stated they didn't have any available reservations because they were booked solid, when I pointed out open table had an 8:30 he said "oh let me check, oh yep I see we have something at 8:30". When we got there at 8:15 the restaurant was practically empty so I am not sure why they said they were completely booked - talk about losing some business. I am wondering how many other people had called and were told nothing was available. I heard a couple of other tables make the same comment, that they were told nothing was available until 8:30 so they were surprised to see so many empty tables. So from 8:15 until 10 pm there were still about 4 to 5 empty tables in the front area - not sure if they have a back dining area. I live in Sac and we thought it would be something to try out but I don't think it's really worth the drive to go back. If I was a local I would definitely go back, they had a good cocktail list and the items on the menu looked good enough to want to try them all out.

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vipDawg
Sacramento
53 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always great, gets better. Everything has improved. The salmon great. Steaks nice too.
Great bar!

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LindaF
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat..Food was wonderful. When I went online to book a table for a special event, I asked for champagne to be waiting at the table and it was. It helped to create a wonderful, romantic experience. Our waiter was amazing..Great place in Placerville!

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ErikeY
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner again. Took our friends who had never been there before and they were raving. Looking forward to coming back again soon.

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Retired
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The baked potato was excellent. The vegetables were soft and boiled with no seasoning. The meat was dry with no sauce, just slices of dried beef.

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vipGuernseyman
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and food.

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Jojo
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We love the food at the independent. This time we waited 80 mins for our entree and the noise level was very high.
Maybe they can rearrange tables and put couples together and large parties in a different area?!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The usual great experience.

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WS12345
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were first seated in the center of the dining room and it was very loud. Before we could even mention it the staff promptly asked us if we wanted to sit on the patio right next to a heater, we gladly accepted and we were very happy we did. We even mentioned that if we were seated in the dining room we would not have enjoyed our experience as much.

We had the burger and the salmon burger and though both were tasty, the beef burger was significantly more flavorful than the salmon burger. We also had the turnip fries and the regular fries and the regular fries were definitely amazing! For dessert we had the chocolate cheesecake and the bread pudding. Normally I am a chocolate person BUT I am a sucker for a good bread pudding. The bread pudding was INCREDIBLE! The chocolate cheesecake was good, though very rich and dense, and had a distinct coffee flavor which was nice but I prefer straight chocolate.

Additionally, at the end of our meal my husband used the restroom and I waited for him in the bar. Though I did not want anything to drink, the bartender quickly made eye contact and asked if I was ok and if I needed anything. The service here was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We took our daughter for her birthday dinner, and one of our sons came along to make it a foursome. The service was cordial and fun. The food was spectacular. We stayed for two hours, enjoyed wonderful conversation and a leisurely meal. Very enjoyable evening. I think resurfacing of the table tops would be a good idea, or tablecloths. I noticed some wear (chips) on the veneer of our table top which was distracting. Other than that it was a stellar experience!

JB
vipJBdine
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

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vipRangerKaren
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is always very good. I love the strawberry prawn salad and my husband loves the Caesar. We shared the pesto pasta with shrimp special which was delicious! Bread pudding is always a nit. The portion was huge even for two! Jake provides excellent and attentive service.

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DianaG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Always stop in when passing to and from Tahoe. Great cocktails and food is consistently good. Love the turnip fries! Staff is fun and attentive. Always have a good time here!

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SkyD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, best food I’ve ever had! MAC AND CHEESE WAS OUTSTANDING!!

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kimberlyh
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant. However, we were sitting extremely close to other diners who were very loud

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GregB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent, our steaks cooked to order. However, we waited at least ten minutes after being seated and ordering drinks from the bar. Neither a shot of scotch nor a martini should take so long to prepare and deliver. Also, our entrees appeared while our appetizer plates were still on our small table, so the server had to wait while another of the wait staff arrived to clear the table. Overall, very enjoyable experience with very good food. It's nice not to have to drive down the hill for a top-rate meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I've been here twice. The first time as a party of three was outstanding, although you should be prepared to wait for your food. This time we had a party of six and it felt like the kitchen was working with "the B team" as my dad said. Our server was good and the two burgers and filet mignon at our table were fine as well. But the pork chop I ordered was incredibly tough and dry. The chef was kind enough to offer to recook another pork chop or even offered a steak since those cook quicker - I declined, and my entree was removed from the bill. I was also offered a complimentary dessert. The table ordered a cobbler and a chocolate pudding like dish which were both amazing. However, they both took a while to be served as well. One of us started with the soup which seemed inaccurately named (it was referred to as broccoli cheddar, but seemed more like a cream of broccoli cheese). We asked multiple times for many things, and although the servers were kind and agreeable, it seemed like there was little communication between them.

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and incredible food!! The burgers are amazing, the rib-eyes are amazing and the buttermilk fried chicken is outstanding. They serve the absolute best swiss chard I have EVER had!! Oh, the pot-de-creme............😋!! Wait, I almost forgot the bread pudding.......YUM YUM YUM. I have never had anything but outstanding food and service there. A must go to place when in Placerville!!

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CarolS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the prime rib special, excellent. Great service too.

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GregH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit, and we loved it! Great atmosphere, service, and delicious food. The specialty cocktail menu is top-notch, with the Espresso Martini leading the charge.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and atmosphere. We will return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A don’t miss experience. Everything exceeded our expectations. Tasty food from appetizers to dessert!

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ShannonS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing / healthy food!!!

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vipKingderb
Tahoe
82 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Salmon!

Nice outdoor seating!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious

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vipJimm
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Stopped in after going to Apple Hill. Kids liked their Mac and cheese. Adults felt quality was like a diner. Would probably try somewhere else in Placerville next.

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Ziggy
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We thought the food was pretty good but the service was lacking. We were put at one of those tables where none of the servers knew it was there started fine, ordered drinks and got the fairly quickly and ordered. Waited 45 minutes before salad showed up. Server said sorry it too so long. The salad was soggy and my wife could not eat it. About 2 minutes later the entrees shied up so I had very little time to enjoy it. The entrees were great. Skirt steak and filet were great But server never offered any extra water with the meal and seemed more concerned with the table next to us. They were very quick in getting us the bill however. For $140 I kinda of expected better

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Visitors
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A busy spot for our evening meal. Reservation was held in a sort of quiet table. Service from all of the staff was perfect. And the meal entrees we shared were just what we were looking for that evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Expensive. Much better restaurants in the area for what you pay at the Independent.

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49ersfan
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant’s service and attention to my wife and I made our anniversary celebration ideal. The chef made our dessert presentation special by adding a beautiful anniversary notation in chocolate on the dessert plate!

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vipRangerKaren
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The wedge and caprese salads were both excellent. We shared the Mediterranean pasta which was light and fresh, full of delicious vegetables and pasta. Mariel is an excellent server - pleasant, personable, and professional!

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KimM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for a celebratory dinner. Good food, good service. Highly recommend.

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nufnuf64
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything. Best PrimeRib I have ever eaten. The whole experience was wonderful. Our server Tyler was very attentive. By far a great place to have a nice dinner.

FAQs

The Independent Restaurant and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 344-7645.

The Independent Restaurant and Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 140 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.