The Independence

4.5
270 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
What 270 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Samantha
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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!

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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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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
5 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
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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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Lauren
New York Area
4 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
4 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!

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Greg
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was very slow. They may have been confused who was waiting our table because we had two people come up to us. On a not busy night, took over 30 minutes for us to get our drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My boyfriend and I decided to have brunch for my birthday there. We get a great table by the window. We order a round of drinks and truffle fries to start. My boyfriends drink comes out the fries comes out and my mimosa never arrives. It took about 10 minutes of looking around to find my waitress and wave her over. After that she apologizes and grabs my mimosa. Once we get our entrees from a runner he has to fill up my bottomless mimosa because I didn’t see my waitress since she brought it after forgetting. Bottomless was 2 glasses of mimosas because she wasn’t around. My boyfriend ordered chicken and waffles and he wanted more syrup that took another 10 minutes to find and wave her down.

I’ll return for drinks at the bar but for service no thank you

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KDUB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Went here for brunch. Food was okay, but of the four dishes ordered, nothing stood out as special. Staff was great.

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FernandaV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and the kale salad with the avocado toast was great. The drinks were also fun.

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karishmak
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

great experience loved bottom less mimosas.eggs Benedict was not customized to preference

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vipanam
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Usually have good experiences but the service was terrible this time.

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JulieJ
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was great and even for a busy Saturday night it wasn't so crowded you couldn't move. The drinks were good and the waiter really helped us out in selecting the right ones. We decided to do apps instead of a full meal but we were stuffed and it was great to have a taste of everything. The Mac abd cheese and hummus were a huge hit.

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vipLarryK
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This was a wonderful surprise. The menu, though small, has a wide variety of food offerings. My girlfriend had the pan-fried halibut which was extremely flavorful and moist, yet firm. I had what may be the best hamburger I have had in a long while - juicy [yet medium], with aged cheddar and superb bacon and lettuce and pickles. I'm hungry again just thinking about it! They had great cocktails as well and a solid liquor selection.

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MelanieA
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This place has good food, not great. We sat outside, big mistake...homeless yelling and screaming at the top of their lungs making us feel uncomfortable. Then cops arresting one that had pushed another one and knocked over bikes. Would not have a business brunch here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty cool place and food is very good too

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JeffW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent for brunch
Bottomless mimosas for $20 for 2 hours

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 4.5 stars by 270 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.