The Independent Restaurant and Bar

4.6
213 Reviews
$31 to $50
Grill
CORONA VIRUS DINING UPDATE 11/17/20!!!
We are STILL 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. Per State of CA Mandates, as of Tuesday, November 17, 2020, We have OUTDOOR DINING available (Patio/Sidewalk/Tented Parking Lot). We provide patio heaters and have a partially tented (waterproof) area for those rainy nights. As seating is still very limited, please call ahead to check availability.

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, Lemon Caper Salmon, Browned Butter Pappardelle Pasta, Molasses-brined Pork Chop, and House-ground Burgers.



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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 213 people are saying
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KathyC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect patio for dining, plenty of heaters and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon and margaritas were awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food was not good and service was barely there. Three out of three people who ordered the same dish didn’t want to touch the dish after two bite.

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MeaganD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The wait staff was great but the hostesses could have been better. This restaurant could have made more money from us had they allowed us to bring more people and order drinks while waiting to get our table. It took 30 minutes to seat us despite reservations.

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vipJBDU
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good service but slow. Very busy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have the most amazing service, food and cocktails at the Independent. Our server Marielle was amazing, as always, and very knowledgeable about the wine and suggested a glorious bottle. Our favorite restaurant in Placerville. Bravo, keep up the great service!

ME
MimiE
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a birthday celebration and we had a great time.

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BobbiR
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We waited so long for our food watching others who sat down after us get their food first.. I was told it was because I ordered my burger medium.. only to receive my burger rare... I did not eat it and was offered a free dessert and an apology...

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vipKingderb
Tahoe
102 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Easy access to location just off the freeway.

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Joanne
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been here in years.
It still shines in all aspects.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful time!
there were no bad experiences. It was quiet, the food was great, the help was excellent, and they were not any flys anywhere to bother us, as we were sitting outside. Thanks, 4 hrs breezed by so quick!

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GregW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AWESOME steak and ahi. The Indy Manhattan is the cocktail of the century!!

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a delicious dinner out on a beautiful patio. Service was excellent! Food was amazing! We will definitely be back!

JC
JenniferC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor space. Nice service. Food only average for the cost.

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DonnaK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were excellent and the outdoor patio was extremely pleasant and quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. Hoped to be seated in the beautiful courtyard because we were celebrating an anniversary but was seated inside - offering a preference would have been optimal. The truffle Mac n cheese is exquisite!!

DD
DaveD
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

For Covid times, sitting outdoors here was very nice and relaxing. It took a while for the food to come out but we had a nice time nonetheless.

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FeliciaZ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ate here for our anniversary dinner and had a wonderful experience. The food was excellent, and we enjoyed the small intimate restaurant atmosphere.

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Gunther
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not good value for money. Food was okay but quite expensive for what it was and menu items not very well thought through in flavor profiles. Nice turnip fries.

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RustyS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. They worked really well together as a staff( probably had 4-5 different people help our server with various things). Outside patio was beautiful. All food was excellent with very unique flavor profiles. The only thing I would change was the mixed veggies. It’s probably because the apps and mains had so much flavor, but they were bland and sub par compared to the rest of meal. But everything else was high quality. Being a ex restaurant manager for 20 years I notice the little things that make a person want to come back and they hit just about every one! So the manager/ owners are to be commended.

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vipRonC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Consistently excellent food and superb service.

ME
MarkE
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! We have been going there since opening day. So nice to have a fine restaurant in area. Would recommend to all.

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SaraD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! We love the high top seating in the bar. Excellent service every time we dine.

ME
MimiE
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening with great service, food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. The only problem I have is it’s all so good I have a hard time deciding what to have. I always start with the ahi tartar.

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EDHDiner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We waited an hour for our dinners.
The Porterhouse steak was done as requested, but it wasn't even a half inch think.
The pork chop was good, but the honey and apricot(or was it apple?) jelly was more of a distraction from the chop, not an enhancement.

The craft drink was good, but the value was not good.
It was a surprising disappointment.

The Independent Restaurant and Bar
Responded on September 27, 2020

Hello EDHDiner- We apologize for the extended wait time for your meal. As we adjust to the most current COVID19 regulations (this was the first night of being allowed by the State to seat more guests), we will continue to improve or workflow and ticket times. Cheers! The Independent

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RodS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the meal. Nice atmosphere for the time we are dealing with.
Had a bad experience when attempting to pay with Visa gift cards. Restaurant management claimed "they can be flaky at times". End result is I am out $74 dollars in what appears to be a scheme. Tracked all of the transactions on the Visa website. The cards were drained during the closing transaction in 10 minutes. Cards were returned with $1, and $0.1
Beware!

The Independent Restaurant and Bar
Responded on September 28, 2020

To Rod Simpson: As we've previously responded to you: A $50 Visa Gift Card you tried to use for payment came back “declined” after 2 attempts and was returned to you. A $25 Visa GC you presented was processed for a $20 and returned to you. Accusing a restaurant of performing a “scheme” to “drain” gift cards is slanderous. Please perform due diligence before making a public accusation against an honest business, especially if, as in this case, every effort is made to explain your error to you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here often and are never disappointed. The food is great and the service impeccable.

SM
SherriM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and were seated immediately. Swordfish and fried chicken were both excellent!! Had the lemon raspberry cheesecake for dessert which was also exceptional. We will keep coming back!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a a great meal and great atmosphere!

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TinaT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I went to the Independent with my sister and a couple of friends for lunch. The food was still very good but the service was a little slow. I have been to this restaurant many times, it is one of my favorites. The slow service is not new and it should not prevent anyone from going. Very small quaint restaurant that I really enjoy.

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MarilynSouza
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Independent has been our favorite restaurant since its opening. The atmosphere is relaxed but classy. The bar is superb, with specialty craft cocktails made with house made ingredients. The menu features seasonal specialties using the freshest ingredients and unique recipes and presentations. Service is friendly and attentive. We were lucky to be served by Tyrel for our fiftieth anniversary dinner. He has always been our favorite! Highly recommend The Independent for a great meal, great service, and lots of fun!

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DorinaL
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place in Placerville!
Best food.. Salmon is great!
Drinks are amazing,
Recommend highly!!

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BWRA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is amazing and the cocktails are delicious. This was our first visit since the COVID lockdowns but we felt safe .We had the Caesar salad which was awesome as always. I had the special Hangar steak and my husband had the pesto Papperdel pesto with a side of chicken. It was yummy.

EJ
EllwinJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Other than some annoying flies in the outside patio area, it was great. Good food and nice service.

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Keith
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a Must Go To Restaurant. Drinks are excellent and Food is even better. Make reservation for a guaranteed seat.

ME
MimiE
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beverages, food and services were great and everyone on the patio was having a good time.

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KariB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carrie is awesome! We really enjoyed our dinner and sitting outside. Thank you

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nancyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outdoor patio area has a nice ambience and service was great!

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PamelaL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Unfortunately had to sit outside due to state mandated rules right now, and the ambiance inside is far better than patio. However, food is excellent. It is expensive for what you receive.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Independent Restaurant and Bar using the Order Online button. The Independent Restaurant and Bar also 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 213 OpenTable diners.

The Independent Restaurant and Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://independentplacerville.com/gift-card/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.