The Independent Restaurant and Bar

4.6
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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.
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J
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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?!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The usual great experience.

WS
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!

OT
1 review
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
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

RK
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.

DG
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!

SD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

k
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

GB
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.

OT
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.

DG
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!!

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

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

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
2 reviews
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
79 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
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

US
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.

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
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!

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
52 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.