- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
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
Thank you for the wonderful review and for dining with us twice in one week! We love our patrons! Cheers!
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.
Wonderful review, big thank you! We look forward to you dining with us again soon.
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.
Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!🤑🎶✨
So glad you had a nice time! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Food is not great and the seating staff didn’t
Move us with a million open tables
Very good food
Great experience. Nice table outside. Was able to see the ocean. Food and service were great but a little pricey. Would come back!
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!
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.
Thank you for the amazing review, hope to see you again soon. Cheers!
Managers seemed a bit up tight, but hostess is amazing, Servers are always great.
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!
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.
Great cocktails! Outdoor dining is nice. Food is just okay, unless you order the brisket, which is great! Service is very good, and accommodating.
Thank you! Glad you liked the outdoor dining and the brisket, we hope to see you again soon.
Great food and drink selection, fast attentive service.
Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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.
Glad you enjoyed the food! Check out our dinner next time you come. Cheers!
The food was delicious. Particularly the cauliflower appetizer. We enjoyed our meal.
Awesome! Our cauliflower dish is very popular!
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!
Thank you for the great review and we'll see you again soon! Cheers!
Great service. Highly recommend!! Whether you sit inside or outside.
Thank you!!! We look forward to seeing you again soon :)
The only complaint
Best brunch ever. Food was excellent and so was the service. The bottomless mimosas kept coming. Great place.
Thank you! So glad your party had an enjoyable experience at our restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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.
Thanks for the honest review, come join us for our bottomless mimosa brunch, very popular with patrons!
The meal was delicious. Spectacular even. Sitting outside is not the best choice as the passers-by can interfere somewhat.
Thank you for the review, we're now open at a 100% capacity indoors, we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Food good. Not much ambiance. Service good however server complained to us about her job the whole time…..
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for the review! We're also open for dinner on Thursdays through Sunday, come check out our dinner! Cheers!
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.
So glad you had a nice time and enjoyed your service. See you again soon.
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.
Thank you for the great review and your loyalty, we also serve a delicious dinner from Thursday to Sunday. See you again soon!
Mateo was our server. He was great. I always have excellent service here and the food is always amazing.
Thanks for the great review, we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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
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.
So glad you guys had a great time at your friends 30th birthday brunch! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!
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!
Awesome! See you soon!
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.
Thanks for dining with us! See you again soon. Cheers!
So fun and felt like a true in the city experience! Service was a little slow but it was fun to drink and hang.
Thank you! Glad we could keep the drinks flowing for you guys!
Service was quick and food was phenomenal!
Thank you! We're now open Thursday through Sunday for brunch and dinner. Look forward to seeing you again.
Friendly service with great food And no wait with reservation.
We will be back!
Awesome! So glad you enjoyed yourself. See you again soon.
Food was amazing as well as the service. We will go back again
Thank you for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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
Thanks for the awesome review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Service was excellent. One of my fav spots in Santa Monica. Chicken is delicious!
Thank you! Come back soon for a visit!
Great place for small groups and moderate-high energy.
Thanks for the review!
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.