The Independence

4.6
281 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Independence is an American neighborhood restaurant and bar located in downtown Santa Monica. Start your dining experience with a cocktail from the 'Godfather of Cocktails' Vincenzo Marianella (Jonathan Gold's favorite bartender), then dive into our delicious farmers market inspired menu by Executive Chef Damoriae Graham. Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 281 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Katie
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food! The burger patty could have been a bit juicer but overall the mushroom burger was delicious. I got the avocado toast last time and it was phenomenal! And the guava mimosas were amazing

The Independence
Responded 10 hours ago

Thanks for the awesome review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. One of my fav spots in Santa Monica. Chicken is delicious!

The Independence
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you! Come back soon for a visit!

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CatherineM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for small groups and moderate-high energy.

The Independence
Responded 10 hours ago

Thanks for the review!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch. The food was great, drinks were great, service was great. They have everyone on a strict 90 min schedule because they’re so busy due to the limited seating so I definitely recommend a reservation.

The Independence
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you! We're looking forward to having more space indoors in the near future to accommodate more reservations. See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff and food! Definitely worth the price!!

The Independence
Responded on April 23, 2021

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh salads with grilled shrimp and open air dining. Professional staff and safe distancing too !

The Independence
Responded on April 23, 2021

So glad you had a nice time! Join us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. The food was very good and well plated and served. They were so good about the bottomless mimosas and keeping the glass full. Very good service I would go back again!

The Independence
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again for brunch, we'll be open for dinner soon too!

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Ryan
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for Sunday brunch. Will be back soon!

The Independence
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you for the review, we serve brunch on Fridays and Saturdays as well, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best friend flew into town and I wanted her to have a nice, energetic brunch. Our servers were amazing, host was so kind, and the manager was excellent. Thank you so much.

The Independence
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you for choosing our restaurant to host your out of town friend. We're so happy you had a nice time and look forward to seeing you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Server was amazing. Would definitely go back.

The Independence
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and mimosas

The Independence
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you! We serve bottomless mimosas Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cheers!

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Samantha
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for bottomless and our waitress (Amy I believe?) provided the best service I've ever had! She was absolutely amazing, would go back for her alone. On the other hand, food and drinks were killer too! 10/10 experience!

The Independence
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you for the great review and we're so glad you had a great time at our restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MEGANAS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bottomless, servers were super helpful, and food was delicious. On a sunny day some of the best outdoor dining LA has to offer!

The Independence
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going to The Independence and I must say, wow what an experience. First, the traffic to get out to Santa Monica was so bad I had to push my reservation twice, however, the staff had no issue reshuffling the reservations to accommodate my girlfriend and myself. Second, the mimosas were on overflow (if you brunch you know how important this is). We opted for the wagyu steak and eggs, side of breakfast potatoes, the chicken and waffles, and hibiscus mimosas. We honestly couldn’t stop saying how amazing the experience was. Shout out Matias for being hands down one of the best waiters I’ve come across in LA! Will be back sooner than you know.

The Independence
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you for the rave review! We're so glad you had a good time and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day brunch. It was so wonderful, great service, great food, they go out of their way to make everything special. Will definitely go back again and again

The Independence
Responded on February 24, 2021

Awesome! We're so happy you had a nice time! Look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service by Abigail !

The Independence
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you!! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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mauricem
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great location, a few blocks away from Santa Monica Pier. Good mimosas and good, esp the breakfast potatoes. And a very personable staff, humorous and efficient. Definitely deserves a return visit. 👏🏾👏🏾

The Independence
Responded on February 10, 2021

Thank you for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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craigw
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danielle and the staff there are awesome!! Go and support our locals!!

The Independence
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Take off reservation options if the restaurant is not open! We drove a long way to get here only to find out it was closed

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DestinyJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was exceptional, and the bottomless hibiscus mimosas were everything!

The Independence
Responded on February 10, 2021

Thank you for the great review, we're now open for brunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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ChristinaB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The anticipated wait time was long. Placed name on list anyways and was told we would be notified once a table cleared out. Was never sent a text nor notified of any updates on our table. Ended up looking and dining elsewhere in the area. Was disappointed with service and lack of updates.

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vipLauren
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! Great burgers, wings, and fries. The drinks were a little weak, but overall great experience and nice ambiance.

The Independence
Responded on November 19, 2020

Thanks so much for the great review, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant

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AprilE
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Independence was the spot I chose for my girlfriend's birthday brunch and let me tell you it was FUN! There was a group of 5 of us and we were treated very well! The staff was great, the food was amazing -everything we had was delicious!! We will definitely go back as we were treated as if they were waiting for us to arrive and always kept checking in on us and our bottomless mimosas were most definitely bottomless!! Fantastic day thanks to The Independence!!

The Independence
Responded on November 3, 2020

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, please come back and visit us soon!

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vipBrian
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Went there on a Saturday for mimosa brunch. It took forever to get seated and then getting served took forever also. Food was ...fine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was AMAZING. manager was great. Food the greatest. Thanks for the best brunch experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music!

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BossMom
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was really good. Outdoor seating was not so great, sitting on the curb. The server could have been more attentive. I’d go back when indoor dining begins.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. He allowed us to take time choosing items from the menu. We never felt rushed. He brought water for the dog as well. As far as food, everything was great even the flour-leas chocolate cake was divine. Definitely recommend this place.

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JacobH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came for bottomless mimosas and was very pleased with the overall dining options.

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RuthB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great menu, food was delicious. Had an amazing cocktail with a charred smoked pepper and tequila and agave -- really one of my favorites of all time. Unfortunately, the restaurant was slammed just as we arrived and our order got lost in the shuffle, so we waited a verrrrrrry long time for our meal. However, once the manager realized what happened, he explained and apologized respectfully, and we were comped a couple of desserts, to boot. So we left very happy even after having to wait too long. If you're considering going here, I wouldn't hesitate: Even if you do have to wait --and you very probably won't -- the food is still excellent and worth it.

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vipTaraD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The last two times I’ve come here, I’ve gotten conflicting information about what is actually gluten free. It makes eating here really stressful. I don’t know which waitress is giving me correct information, or if they really know what is safe for me to eat. The food is good, but I’m scared I’ll get sick so I am hesitant to return. Please train the staff consistently - I am not expecting to be able to eat everything, but I want to know what I can eat that won’t make me sick.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The girl pouring mimosas skipped a few of my friends for no reason and then never came back to fill them up. Disappointed. Our main mail server was fantastic though!!!

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vipOncDoc
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Their chicken sandwich is outstanding. Tried the seafood pasta -- lovely moderately spicy taste of the sauce, generous on well prepared seafood in it, but the pasta was a little too al dente. Fish & chips were also pretty good. Nice, energetic vibe.

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vipMisterV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a fantastic time at the Independence. Staff, food and venue are great!

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vipIsabelleS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic bottomless brunch deal; our waitress was friendly and super on top of refilling our glasses before we had to ask, which can’t be said for many bottomless deals. The food was great as well, and the ambiance was fun but not overwhelmingly loud/crazy.

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vipGood
London
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was decent and so was service. Not sure if it was worth the price though. I’m sure it’s cause it’s a touristy area that causes the price to be higher

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. We came with a large group including children so we appreciated the noise level. Good drinks

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vipDawnO
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Our group had the avocado toast with egg, burger and truffle fries. $60 with tip and the food was average at best.

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JNels
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Independence using the Order Online button. The Independence also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Independence also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 458-2500.

The Independence is rated 4.6 stars by 281 OpenTable diners.

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.