The Independent Restaurant and Bar

4.7
396 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
NOW OPEN 5 days/week for INDOOR & OUTDOOR Dining and Take-out Orders (Food/Beverages/Liquor).
The Staff will will try their best to accommodate all seating requests, but cannot guarantee all specific table requests will be available. Current Hours are: Wednesday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm Sunday: 11am - 8pm (closed Mon/Tues)

The Independent Restaurant and Bar offers guests and neighbors in Placerville, California a place to gather and enjoy refreshing fare and drinks. To start, peruse their famous craft cocktail menu, then check out their creative appetizers, including turnip fries, flash- fried calamari, tempura prawns, or their famous ahi tartare. Main courses at The Independent Restaurant and Bar include Buttermilk Fried Chicken, CAB Marbled Rib Eye, Lemon Caper Salmon, Browned Butter Pappardelle Pasta, Molasses-brined Pork Chop, and House-ground Burgers.

Support The Independent Restaurant and Bar during COVID-19

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 396 people are saying
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vipmatteoroe
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous service!

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elenif
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

nice place for lunch. don't know what dinner is like.

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RyanM
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio and Ryan was a great server. The special was fantastic. Will definitely return.

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justgoandenjoy
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu is special and delicious. There isn't a better cocktail in El Dorado County. Waiters are professional, the atmosphere is cozy, yet upscale. Top notch and worth a stop. And there is outdoor dining space with a fireplace that is private.

We take friends and family there and never have been disappointed. It's not a "family" restaurant per se. You never see a bunch of noisy kids there. It's an "adult" atmosphere.

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DianaG
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Always stop here on our way back from the mountains. Consistently good food and great service.

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vipRangerKaren
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always good. The soup was delicious - a coconut shrimp curry! We shared the pasta with prawns - always a favorite.

We have several favorite employees. Marielle was our server and we love her. Others always stop by to say hello. We appreciate that.

One of our favorite places!

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KellyB
Tahoe
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambience, particularly on the patio near the fireplace.

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RenaG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely the best. You do not even need a knife to cut the beef ribs. Yes, we will be going again!!!

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JeanJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic find! The food was superb and generous portions. I had the filet mignon which was cooked perfectly. My husband enjoyed the ahi tuna which was equally delicious. We will definitely come back!

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PeaShooter
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except for sitting at the table where the door to the outside patio was located. Probably would have been more comfortable sitting outside with the heaters. After 5 days of no power we were happy to be out and after imbibing in a very delicious cocktail we were fine!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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REALTORANNE
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice restaurant in Placerville * Quality servicers * fun bar to sit * food is always very good * outside seating in nice w/heaters when cold is great

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vipDorinaL
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Food, great ambiance and great drinks :):):)

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KellieT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to wait 20 minutes even with a reservation probably due to holiday diners staying longer than usual to visit and exchange gifts. Don’t blame the restaurant for this. But of course the food was well worth the wait as usual. Always enjoy our meals there. And the beer battered fries are amazing!

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Raoulduke
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, food was good and server was great. Nice clientele as well.

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JFM3
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Independent. We live in EDH but drive up to Placerville for dinner and lunch here. Great food and awesome service.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our 14 year anniversary there last night and the food and experience was phenomenal. I asked if we could be placed at a romantic table and they sent us right in front of the fireplace it was amazing.

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JamesB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Go for the Happy Hour menu! Half price for smaller portions.

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Litagal
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday! Great experience!

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Diner516
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed lunch on the patio. Good menu choices. Food took some time to arrive but otherwise service and food very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Unfortunately the food was lack luster and quite expensive for what you’d expect with those prices.

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DanK
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, customer service, and food. We had a party of 6 and everyone was really happy with our first visit to The Independant Restaurant. We'll definitely be back!

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LindaM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were referred by EdenVale Inn. Dinner was fabulous, the best short ribs ever! Tyrell was awesome as our server, made suggestions and he was right on! Would definitely, stop there again when in the area!

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Marko
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with family. The food and drink are exceptional and the entire staff is always amazing!!!!!

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FNorris
Sacramento
39 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner was prepared well. My daughter had the salmon and my husband and I shared a wedge salad and both had the buttermilk fried chicken. The dressing on the salad was a bit skimpy and I had to ask for more which Jake promptly brought. Service was fantastic. Jake was friendly, professional, and responsive but didn't hover over us.
It was a bit noisy inside which made it difficult to have much of a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Table was set beautifully and we really enjoyed the food & desert. The service was attentive but not a bother

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vipDeniseC
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal. Food, cocktails and service all top notch! I highly recommend the double cut pork chop and the short ribs! The old fashions were stellar as well.

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Pegi
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a delicious dinner! The food was excellent, worth waiting for!

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best steaks Ive had! Good cocktails too!

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KellyB
Tahoe
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Independent is one of our favorites in town! Never disappoints!!!!

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vipscottmcallister
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than parking….this is a great place for drinking and dining. The outdoor patio by the fireplace is charming.

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vipjose
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good and plentiful but overpriced. The menu is limited. Enjoyed the atmosphere on Halloween....

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KellyG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful main courses to choose from, Filet and Salmon dishes were really good! Waitress service by a long time employee was excellent because she knew the menu, very prompt with refill of water, food came out in a reasonable time.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Special mother son dinner.

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steveS
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

43 years of marriage

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VanessaA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome cocktail and service! Made our anniversary lunch super special. Thank you!

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SM8here
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We reserved early and had only outside seating . We were seated at the open parking area. Not great. Service was very good. Menu selection and food not that great. Disappointed. I was really looking forward to eating there again.

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LoveFood
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The ambiance was wonderful. There is outside seating with heat lamps. We'll definitely be back!

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Kllytwo
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We arrived a little early but the super nice hostess was happy to seat us early. Jake, our server, was over promptly and we got our drink order in after he explained the menu addition for the night. French Linen was the cocktail of choice. House infused vanilla syrup, lemon juice, vodka, etc. sounded like a dream! Wrong. Drink was unbalanced. Way too much acid, bartender didn’t taste before sending out. Un drinkable for me. Set it to the side after two sips. Appetizer came out from the very fast and abrupt food runner. Like I almost I jumped out of my seat because he came up so fast behind me and abruptly announced, “how many share plates here? Three?” Promptly tosses down three plates onto our table and walks away. Like was he asking us or just speaking out loud to himself because he didn’t wait for an answer? Anyways…dinner came out. I ordered the miso Ahi tuna dish, my husband ordered the fried Mary’s chicken and my daughter order the Mac n cheese off the children’s menu. So let’s get into the food…my miso Ahi dish was completely cold. Not like it sat too long , like it was meant to be cold I think. I’m still not sure to be honest. But it was cold. The only thing on the plate that was warm at all was the risotto cake. And it wasn’t hot, just warm. The cucumber and green bean salad thing was just poorly done in my opinion. Nothing special at all. The only thing that stood out on my plate was the coconut/wasabi peri peri sauce that was the saving grace to this plate! The fried chicken breast was so overly breaded that the breading wouldn’t hold onto the chicken breast. The moment it was touched it just fell right right off. Jake seemed knowledgeable and very nice but he took my order for a new cocktail while I had a full cocktail in front of me and never asked me why? Bottom line, food was mediocre at best and pricy for what it was. Plates were full of thumbprints on the rim, and sloppily presented IMO. Service could use some polishing to match those prices

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 4.7 stars by 396 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.