The Independence

4.5
202 reviews
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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!
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JA
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The place is ok. When we arrived it was noisy because of a basketball game being watched by many at the bar. The service was good and the food was ok, not great, but satisfactory. I't not a fancy place, nor is it too expensive. It's fine for a casual occasion.

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JC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very underrated Brunch spot. Bottomless Mimosas, great food, fun contemporary style interior.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sauce on the fried egg sandwich was amazing! Went for brunch and enjoyed the unlimited mimosas but 2 hour strict limit as info.

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TS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall, The Independence provides a great dining experience, with fantastic food, and attentive service. On top of that, their cocktails are unique and delicious.

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VQ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Went at the peak brunch (unlimited mimosa) time, so like 1:30 - 3:30. Unlimited mimosas end at 3. It was really loud, we were seated next to a rowdy crowd. The food was fine, the unlimited mimosas were fun. We made a reservation, which was super important. Because of the time, it was SUPER busy, and we still waited probably 10-15 minutes for our table. It was fine. The parmesan fries were delicious! I would go once more to try another food item, to see if anything else is good, but the unlimited mimosas were the highlight and they pulled through.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great! Our server was very hospitable and attentive. I got bottomless mimosas and a breakfast platter. The food is very yummy and worth it.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It has limited menu options. I think brunch should end before 3:00pm.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating the Marathon run

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KH
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location and food. Perfect

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l
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food mediocre at best... service was fine, but food took way to long to get out of the kitchen . Bar was fine, and would consider going there for a cocktail and appetizer, but never again for dinner.

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PN
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've enjoyed two dinners and a lunch at The Independence and each experience has been great. It's one of the few restaurants on the Promenade that offers reasonably priced items for a variety of diners. Our particular favorites include the calamari, octopus, fish & chips, kale salad and mussels (although ask for the fries on the side -- too many wind up soggy at the bottom of the bowl). Their happy hour is also one of the best in town, with great options and terrific draft beers & cocktails.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to go. We have never had a problem with the service or food. However we went to their Trivia Night for the first time and they seemed very understaffed and the food quality was very poor surprisingly. The crispy cauliflower was mushy and seemed old and the Brussels sprouts had too much sauce on them. This was the ONLY time of many that we were disappointed though. And the trivia was really fun!

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jocelyn always makes Sunday brunch extra fun!

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is tasty and good value, I had fish and chips, good portion of fresh fish and English style chips. Others had a variety of apps, all very flavorful and big portions

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. However, when we went last weekend, there was a big group next to our table. They were drinking alchohol so they were talking in sooo loud voice. It was hard to make a conversation and necessary to talk in a loud voice. Actually, we wanted to stay longer , but we got tired. Nice food and friendly service, but the restaurant was sooo noizy.

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NB
Vancouver
41 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Have not been to Santa Monica in years, and while wandering around noted the "spot", looked modern and interesting. Am always willing to give a place a chance despite "negative" reviews. But sadly some of the themes in the previous reviews were true. Although the space appears modern and hip, the service is slow. The issue appears to be that the restaurant is plain and simple, understaffed. Although when we interacted with the waiter, he was very friendly and helpful, he could not clearly keep up with the number of patrons who trickled in during our visit. The food was average, overly cooked and topped with too much cheese, hiding the flavors, and the portions were too large.
The spot as it fills becomes very noisy, the high ceiling looks great and noise "dampeners" are too few and far between. Conversation should not be hindered due to the loud surroundings.

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Really good food that was reasonably priced. The Brussels Sprouts and Avocado Toast were delicious! The Lamb Burger was excellent!

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SM
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Neighborhood gastropub with typical California food. Everything was delicious. We were there at Happy Hour so the prices were very low. Service was good. I would definitely come back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow but servers were nice and the food was not bad.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was very attractive with Windows on the Main Street great for people watching. Host was very accommodating finding us a good table and the service was a attentive and informed of the food offered. The happy hour was an excellent value for ordering drinks and appetizers and a couple of larger dishes. Overall a great place for small get-together or midsize company party

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TK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday Always great creative food and delighted to see Jonathan

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MZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, nice place, fabulous food and great staff. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Too loud.. but overall great!

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MA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I am very disappointed that I made these reservations on NYE with this restaurant the Independence. I was supposed to receive access to the bar next door called Copa and the the person turned my date and I away. They advertised a 6 course meal plus complimentary champagne and party favors. The total we paid for 2 people was $300! We went back to The independence to inform them what I paid for. They said there is nothing they can/will do. I asked the manager multiple times prior to the day if I needed tickets and they said no. The food was good of good quality however the experience here completely ruined it. I will never come back. I even sent them an email expressing my dissatisfaction and I never received a follow up.

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NF
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was really great- we had the absolutely nicest waiter. Good food/ selection- We got a vegan bowl and chocolate pancakes and a burger and they were all legit

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A
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch here and it was amazing!! Service was also wonderful!

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T
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was Over rated, I can get better food with the same price else where. Their cocktaila weren’t great. Overall, one time was enough for us. There are so many other cool places in the area ...

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DK
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Super accommodating for our big group. We had the best service and it was SO much fun

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Its pricey

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JD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came here for my boyfriends birthday and had a great time! The hostess and our waiter were so friendly. The food was great, my only complaint was that the fries that came with my breakfast sandwich were a little bland. They also charge you for singing and bringing dessert out for a birthday. We got a brownie with ice cream and next time I would definitely opt out. Not worth the price. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and plan on going back!

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CB
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience. Robert or Bobby was a great server. I will come back to see him.

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CC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great spot for people watching in Santa Monica, but the real gem are the bottomless, 2 hour mimosas for $20! Must purchase $15 worth of food which is very reasonable. Service was great as well.

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TW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food conception is ok, not great. but preparation poor.

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G
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place just a few blocks from the beach and a block from the 3rd st promenade. Food was very good as was service and a good beer list.

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SF
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 3rd year anniversary here wile on a stop-over to Hawaii. We had the Wild Scottish Salmon and "The Indy" Burger. Both meals were superb! The cherry on top to our evening was being provided a little bubbly to toast our anniversary. Truly unforgettable dinner.

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a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fun and tasty dinner for a group of 9. The management worked to design a fixed price menu that met our budget and accommodated the likes/dislikes of all the diners. Great service, friendly staff and delicious food and drink.

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l
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

They were really accommodating when we were late because of traffic related to a festival and needed to find parking. Had a pretty large group but they held the table and were really nice about it. Good mix of traditional brunch items and other more adventurous plates.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walking in we were warmly welcomed, and given our choice of seating. Our waiter was kind, low-key, warm and attentive. The food was fantastic! Fresh, clean, crisp, delicious, good portion sizes, not too little, and not ridiculous, huge, enough-to-feed-8-people portions. My husband had the Indy Omelette with salad (the vinaigrette was outstanding) and I had the Croque Madame. We both paired it with the San Vicente mocktails. The music was on point, the lighting was excellent, and I loved the artwork all around. The ambiance was perfect for hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. It was a delightful brunch. We would visit again and have already recommended it to friends and family.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal and the service was exceptional 💕❤️

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