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The Independent Restaurant and Bar

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CORONA VIRUS/PATIO DINING 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. Per State of CA Mandates, as of Monday, July 13, 2020, We will only have OUTDOOR DINING available (Patio/Sidewalk/Parking Lot). As seating will be limited to outdoors, 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, Orange-glazed Salmon, Pappardelle Pesto Pasta, Molasses-brined Pork Chop, and House-ground Burgers.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 183 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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TinaT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place in Placerville!
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.

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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.

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MimiE
Sacramento
5 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
1 review
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
1 review
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.

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AlanY
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Food was ok, just price was high for what we got. I will go again.
Just wish a little more food with a bit more taste. O and the drinks do
need some help. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing meal for a bachelorette dinner. The service was wonderful and food was delicious. They made the bride to be feel extra special with a free dessert. Would highly recommend!

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MarciaH
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trevor was an excellent and attentive server and the beverage server on Wed this week was also excellent. The food was absolutely delicious. They have a cooling fan operating on the patio. Even on a high 90s day, the patio was pleasant at lunchtime.

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foodlover
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great cocktails! Delicious food. Very good service! Definitely recommended.

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Susanq
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, service and meal was fabulous. Outdid my expectations. And the bread pudding dessert! Amazing.

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SallyR
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio atmosphere, especially during the Covid restrictions on dining rooms.

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vipLucky
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the French dip . My friend had a burger . Both were great ! We sat on the patio and had a nice breeze , no flys only as we were about to leave ! Lol ! We will go again !

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MimiE
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is wonderful, allowing for space and a comfortable setting.

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JanetM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were top notch. Being seated outside will obviously bring flies. The fan helped, but when our food came, they were everywhere. I wouldn't expect them to be able to control them but it did affect the overall experience. We were there at 5:00 which means there was traffic and at times it was very loud. We would still go back because the food and service is amazing. Thank you!

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JanetD
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had never been in the outside patio....very nice atmosphere & always excellent food.

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vipRangerKaren
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Niçoise salad currently on the menu is delicious! I also love the strawberry/prawn salad. We shared the pappardelle pasta with prawns added - also delicious. The drinks and service here are always good but Marielle does an exceptional job!

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KellyBlackwell
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Independent is top of the line in every category. Every time.

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millsfami
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite around, and they always bring their "A" game!

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BradR
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always excellent. Service is superb, food cooked perfectly with a very nice wine selection. We will be back frequently.

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tkelly
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good cocktails and wine! We loved the rib eye steak and the salmon avacado burger. The calamari appetizer was perfectly cooked and large enough for four people! Unfortunately, the tomatoes in the caprese salad tasted like the typical supermarket find (cold, un-ripen, and tasteless)..not the heirloom tomatoes expected. The service was friendly, but we definitely got the feeling they wanted us out when we were finishing our entrees.
Our reservation was at 8:30 and as we were finishing our entrees, the servers, bussers were dashing past us, clearing settings, calling out requests for carry out boxes, asking how everything was in a drive-by manner! It was clear that it was near closing time! So, rather than enjoy a dessert and a digestif, we left. In this time of COVID, I'll chalk it up to the extensive cleaning they must do each evening.

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FoodFun
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat by the fan so it was louder than the other tables would be. Not a problem for us. Great lunch after a morning hike.

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FrankieB
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, The Independent did not disappoint. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the smoked salmon with creme fraiche as an hors d'oevres. It went well with the signature drinks, a smoked molasses old fashioned and a Calexico - a bubbly tequila drink that included jalapenos and cilantro.
We both enjoyed the filet mignon for dinner, and it paired well with a Windwalker Zin. Dessert was a light chocolate Pot de creme. All in all, the service was great, company superb and the food delicious.

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SteveK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Service was poor. Only one waiter for outside and in at lunchtime. Good was good

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CarlaE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars. If I could just request one thing, have fish and chips available.

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MimiE
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails were refreshing for a summer evening and the rib special was amazing.

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vipLynnP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, ambiance, and service. Love sitting on the patio.

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vipLynnP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and ambiance. Great hamburgers, salads, appetizers, and drinks. Been there many times and it is a 30 minute drive for me. Love sitting outside. Makes you feel like you are in Tahoe! Highly recommend!

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PatriciaS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Fans or misters would be nice outside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! We enjoyed a very nice Father’s Day!

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening. Service was great! Food was great. I had the pork chop, with must have turnip fries, and a few cocktails. Always such a pleasant experience.

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MimiE
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu offers a nice choice from starters to desserts and everything in between with a wonderful bar menu and wine list. The personnel is always so nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing cocktails, good cheese plate, salmon was a bit over cooked but not so dry it was inedible, Caesar salad was as expected. Truffle Mac and cheese is also amazing.
Our server took good care of us. I especially appreciated the continued refilling of my water glass.

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KristenC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Went for the first time for lunch. Great atmosphere, great Bloody Mary, great food, great service. Will be going back to try happy hour soon.

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shannond
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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Jamie
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was outstanding. My pork wads a little dryer than normal, but overall food was delicious.

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 183 OpenTable diners.

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