The Independence

4.6
318 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff 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 318 People Are Saying
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StratosCloud
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inside or outside dining, this is a wonderful spot. Damon the manager is exceptionally nice and our waiters (because this is my second time dining there in the past week) Amanda and Chris are both really awesome people! Their food is awesome, especially the ceviche and the buffalo cauliflower and the drinks are creative and delicious! 10/10

The Independence
Responded on 21 November 2021

Thank you for the wonderful review and for dining with us twice in one week! We love our patrons! Cheers!

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JodiB
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations a must on a weekend! Otherwise you'll be waiting an hour or more! That being said, we had reservations and was promptly seated. The brunch menu is limited, but still has a good number of items to choose from. They hae bottomless mimosas for $27 pp or you can get mimosas with lychee, hibiscus and other juices for $7/glass.

The food is tasty and well proportioned. Sitting out on the patio is a great way to take in the people watching and enjoy the fresh air. Most of their patio is awning-covered, with a few tables under the trees. The service is prompt, but not overbearing. You have a way to order your food or make requests of your server via text as well. We never took advantage of this service, but it was available. The hostess told us upon seating there was a 90-minute max at the table to accommodate the turnover; however, at our 90-minutes a lot of tables had opened up, so they didn't ask us to leave and we were there for almost 2.5 hours.

It was a nice experience and I'll definitely go back when I'm over near 3rd Street Promenade again.

The Independence
Responded on 21 November 2021

Wonderful review, big thank you! We look forward to you dining with us again soon.

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Lauren
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the hostess and the server were both so chipper, friendly and attentive. really appreciated it. the food and drinks being consistently incredible doesn’t hurt either. the food is served like it costs twice as much as it is, with generous portions and unique, bold flavors.

The Independence
Responded on 4 November 2021

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

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EmmaJane
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Servers were totally nice but clearly stretched too thin so most tables were barely helped. They also do set a time limit on your seating (90mins) so you'd think they would be better about waiting on people quicker but everyone was nice. No issue from me.

The Independence
Responded on 26 October 2021

Glad you had a nice time, the time limit was set by the city of Santa Monica and sadly you are right, understaffed at the moment as are most restaurants. We hope to see you again soon.

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CantGetEnough
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for brunch (reservations recommended). The place is nice, kind of upscale casual. The manager was nice and welcoming, our server was nice too. I don't think anyone actually checked on us after our food came out, although it was good. Really recommend the omelette, but order some potatoes to go with it!

The Independence
Responded on 20 October 2021

Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed the food and service was nice. With covid restrictions still in place, we keep a safe "table-visit" policy. We look forward to seeing you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I honestly can’t remember … but I know the food was delicious, the ambience was wonderful, and the wait staff was professional and friendly. The manager was extremely gracious and brought Us a free appetizer because I was an hour late and made my friend hold on … Thank you!🤑🎶✨

The Independence
Responded on 21 November 2021

So glad you had a nice time! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food is not great and the seating staff didn’t
Move us with a million open tables

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very good food

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vipHerbB
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Nice table outside. Was able to see the ocean. Food and service were great but a little pricey. Would come back!

The Independence
Responded on 22 September 2021

So glad you will be back. Due to covid we had to up our pricing but glad you loved our food and service. Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch, service and location. We got to sit outside and the wait staff waits on you through the open windows. Fast friendly and amazing food. The coffee was also some of the best we had while here.

The Independence
Responded on 22 September 2021

Thank you for the amazing review, hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Managers seemed a bit up tight, but hostess is amazing, Servers are always great.

The Independence
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review, we look forward to seeing you again soon and glad to hear the host and service staff was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good, but a bit on the pricey side ($5 for a cup of coffee for example). My main complaint was as a party of 5 the gratuity was automatically added and the service was slow. Additionally, the hostess and one of the servers were not pleasant. Overall, I enjoyed my brunch but not sure I’d go back.

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MartinC
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great cocktails! Outdoor dining is nice. Food is just okay, unless you order the brisket, which is great! Service is very good, and accommodating.

The Independence
Responded on 11 August 2021

Thank you! Glad you liked the outdoor dining and the brisket, we hope to see you again soon.

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Jester66
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and drink selection, fast attentive service.

The Independence
Responded on 3 September 2021

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

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Rocio123
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The cook on the hamburger is excellent, no fries you have to order as a side. Hostess does a good job. Service is okay. Make a reservation so you don't have to wait.

The Independence
Responded on 26 July 2021

Glad you enjoyed the food! Check out our dinner next time you come. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious. Particularly the cauliflower appetizer. We enjoyed our meal.

The Independence
Responded on 26 July 2021

Awesome! Our cauliflower dish is very popular!

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vipAckamo
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner at The Independence on a visit down to Santa Monica on an LA trip. Arrived a little early but got seated inside and food drinks. Nice atmosphere but food was very strong - oysters, shrimp cocktail and Mac& cheese apps and then cioppino was great and salad with seafood. Would definitely go back - friendly and fun!

The Independence
Responded on 26 July 2021

Thank you for the great review and we'll see you again soon! Cheers!

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Cher
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Highly recommend!! Whether you sit inside or outside.

The Independence
Responded on 26 July 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The only complaint

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch ever. Food was excellent and so was the service. The bottomless mimosas kept coming. Great place.

The Independence
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank you! So glad your party had an enjoyable experience at our restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipbotolo
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good place for a basic dinner with a beer and burger but don’t expect anything more than that. Location is good, close to the Promenade.

The Independence
Responded on 28 June 2021

Thanks for the honest review, come join us for our bottomless mimosa brunch, very popular with patrons!

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vipOpenTable Diner
7 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The meal was delicious. Spectacular even. Sitting outside is not the best choice as the passers-by can interfere somewhat.

The Independence
Responded on 28 June 2021

Thank you for the review, we're now open at a 100% capacity indoors, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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ChristineP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food good. Not much ambiance. Service good however server complained to us about her job the whole time…..

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SeaDogg
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner on a recent Friday night at Independence. The mixed drinks were interesting and yummy. Also enjoyed oysters and cauliflower as appetizers. Everyone in our party liked their main course. Service was kind, competent and speedy.

The Independence
Responded on 21 June 2021

Thanks for the great review! We are now open at 100% capacity and open for dinner Thursday through Sunday. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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DrewG
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

For comfortable outdoor dining the independence will do! Attentive servers and a friendly host. Be ware the bustle of the patio, there is a lot of foot traffic so that maje not be everyone’s vibe, coming out of last year. Food was fun and great, but for the price like a lot of other breakfast spots I would hope that sides would be included in my meal. Other than that I would love to return and enjoy their brunch cocktails and ambiance again.

The Independence
Responded on 15 June 2021

Thank you for the review! We're also open for dinner on Thursdays through Sunday, come check out our dinner! Cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had an amazing server that went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience. I wish I remembered her name, as I would totally recommend her. The avocado toast was good but just too much avocado for my liking. Truffle fries were delicious.

The Independence
Responded on 15 June 2021

So glad you had a nice time and enjoyed your service. See you again soon.

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Headwacko
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our go to weekend brunch in Santa Monica. Making a reservation ahead of time gets you the seating at location you want. Good friendly service & great food. The brunch & bottomless mimosa is now limited to 1-1/2hrs, but that seems to be typical of brunch places during COVID.

The Independence
Responded on 8 June 2021

Thank you for the great review and your loyalty, we also serve a delicious dinner from Thursday to Sunday. See you again soon!

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vipAricA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mateo was our server. He was great. I always have excellent service here and the food is always amazing.

The Independence
Responded on 4 June 2021

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

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EmmB
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

food was yummy. I just got there early for the res and my friends didn't arrive till later. they counted the time I sat alone with nobody even taking my drink order for 30 minutes as part of our 90 min timeline for our brunch. we were rushed out eventually

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing brunch here for my friends 30th birthday. They went above and beyond and were able to sit all of together at one table (we are all vaccinated.) They were also incredibly attentive with the bottomless mimosas and even brought out a fruit cake at the end! Everything was amazing and it felt so nice to be out a normal brunch again.

The Independence
Responded on 21 May 2021

So glad you guys had a great time at your friends 30th birthday brunch! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

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LeahC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Nashville hot chicken sandwich with a side of potatoes and it was delicious. I really appreciated the variety of juice options for the bottomless mimosas. The staff was courteous, attentive, and prompt. I will definitely be returning again SOON!

The Independence
Responded on 21 May 2021

Awesome! See you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience —- service and food were both outstanding, and the staff was very friendly. A great experience, and only a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier.

The Independence
Responded on 13 May 2021

Thanks for dining with us! See you again soon. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun and felt like a true in the city experience! Service was a little slow but it was fun to drink and hang.

The Independence
Responded on 21 May 2021

Thank you! Glad we could keep the drinks flowing for you guys!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick and food was phenomenal!

The Independence
Responded on 13 May 2021

Thank you! We're now open Thursday through Sunday for brunch and dinner. Look forward to seeing you again.

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EileenE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service with great food And no wait with reservation.
We will be back!

The Independence
Responded on 13 May 2021

Awesome! So glad you enjoyed yourself. See you again soon.

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CassandraT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as well as the service. We will go back again

The Independence
Responded on 13 May 2021

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

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Katie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
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 on 7 May 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

The Independence
Responded on 7 May 2021

Thank you! Come back soon for a visit!

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vipCatherine
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for small groups and moderate-high energy.

The Independence
Responded on 7 May 2021

Thanks for the review!

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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 takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 458-2500.

The Independence is rated 4.6 stars by 318 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 bookings at the moment.