The Independent Restaurant and Bar

4.6
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114 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Indulge in a sweet dessert after your meal for the finishing touches at The Independent Restaurant and Bar. Each dessert item is handcrafted and selections include sous vide pot de crème and crème brulee, a seasonal fruit crisp, or their ever popular bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream and home made caramel sauce.
What 114 People Are Saying
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GH
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.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and atmosphere. We will return!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing / healthy food!!!

K
Tahoe
64 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Salmon!

Nice outdoor seating!

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious

J
Sacramento
28 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.

Z
Los Angeles
19 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

US
San Francisco
41 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.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

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

4
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!

RK
Hawaii
14 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!

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

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

n
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.

KR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food as usual was beyond fantastic. Server was nice and effective when we had her but seemed a little busy. Busser was trying to help out but seemed like he could have been new, and we needed to request the server instead.

LP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy a wonderful evening with great service.

k
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food and service. A little noisy and pricey.

BL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Highly recommend!!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant 💕we try to come here often. I love the Tempera Shrimp and Strawberry Prawn 🍤 salad.
The steaks are always great! We tried the seasonal peach crisp with ice cream it was excellent!

BA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had both our sons in town for a few days and brought them to The Independent and enjoyed our meals. The ambiance was perfect for getting caught up and the service was fast and friendly.

LC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our favoritest place in placerville absolutely amazing

DR
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first time at this restaurant, and before we even arrived I received an email with a coupon for a free appetizer. When we arrived we were little surprised of just how cramped it was in the dinning area. The tables were so close that we could barely hear each other over the noise. The service was outstanding, and so was the food. I had the Ribeye and it melted in my mouth. My wife had the Filet Mignon and it was the best she ever had. Even though the place was really cramped, we are looking forward to going back.

SE
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

It took 10 minutes from the time we were seated to get a cocktail order. She took our dinner order and was a long time before we were served. We had to flag her down for another cocktail. Dinner was good but the service very slow. It seems that there wasn't enough staff.

KB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Independent is always an all around fantastic experience. Food, ambiance and service are 5 star.

r
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST shrimp appear i have ever had!!! And the mac and cheese is to die for! Didnt care for the french onion soup but everything else is amazing!!!

D
Sacramento
51 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We’ve been coming since opening. Service got much better. Need to expand the menu please.

SB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drinks as well as superior service. Excellent experience!! Will definitely return.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, great service, great food all around great experience!!

s
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Two misses. We ordered our food and the appetizer didn’t come out for almost a half an hour. Fortunately they held the main course long enough to enjoy the appetizer. Which was delicious. Second. Our table was jammed in against the wall giving us little room to move. Plus it was constantly wobbling. Other than that. Great service and though a bit pricey good food. Will return.

TS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food and good service. A bit expensive for value received. But recommended if you want steaks.

DS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good and service is always amazing at the Independent. I would recommend highly.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went to the Independent for our 46th wedding anniversary. We have always enjoyed this restaurant and tried to frequent it on special occasions. We got there at 5 PM and the noise level was low at that point but it does tend to ramp up the longer we were there. The wait staff was exceptional and we look forward to going back again.

WA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service and wait staff was great and we got to sit outside in their great patio that they kept with umbrellas until the sun was no longer in the way

GG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took an out of town guest because of the good reviews online. My wife had the strawberry prawn salad which was Really good,but could have used a little more dressing. Our friend had the wedge salad which she really enjoyed. And I had the independent burger, I liked it very much. We also had calamari and turnip fries which are delicious. I was allowed to have the truffle Mac and cheese for my burgers side dish. Along with a glass of wine,a beer, and an iced tea. Our total before tip was a little over 96 $. A little high for basically a burger and 2 salads. However I think it’s a good value because our wait staff were very good and the food overall was very delicious. Portion size was very good and I have already recommended it to my daughter and her husband. We will definitely be going back

LE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our visits to The Independent - we always get great service and enjoy amazing food! Thank you to The Independent for yet another lovely night out.

MJ
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Made reservations for the happy hr and didn't catch it there until later that I was charged full price. Not cool!

ST
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Both of our steaks came out medium well vs medium (ordered) and both plates looked like they were sitting for awhile before being served.
No utensils/napkins were on the table and none were brought even when the appetizer was served. I had to ask the hostess to bring over.

G
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

When we arrived for our reservation, the table was ready and waiting. Our server Mariel was great and patient with us.

MT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love having a nice restaurant in our hometown that we can go to for celebrations with just the two of us or our small family & friends. The food is always amazing, cocktails are unique and the service never disappoints.

J
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great place for lunch or dinner whole visiting Placerville. Hostess was very accomodating as was our server Carrie.