great experience loved bottom less mimosas.eggs Benedict was not customized to preference
Usually have good experiences but the service was terrible this time.
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.
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.
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.
Pretty cool place and food is very good too
Excellent for brunch
Bottomless mimosas for $20 for 2 hours
Very inattentive service
Service is slow. Food isn’t good enough to wait long for. Super noisy.
Good brunch but not very inventive. Boring menu. Enjoyed the drinks. Very young crowd.
Our sever was great! Really personable and let us just enjoy our time. Food was good as usual. My go to spot in Santa Monica always delivers!
Food was average, overpriced.
The food was average. We had the steak frites, the Mac and cheese and the filet mignon skewers. The ribeye was good, MAC and cheese was average but stepped up once the bacon was added. The filet skewers didn’t seem like a filet cut due to the lack of tenderness but who knows.
The best part was the ambiance. Cute place, hip decor and a nice patio. The service that we received was below average and in a town with such great dining, you’ve got to step up your service. Waters were empty numerous times, wine came out with the food, then asked for a bottle opener to uncork again and pour another glass after we had corked ourselves to take home and never received that so we kept corked and took home.
At one point, another server actually came to our table and grabbed our check to ring it thru since it had been sitting there for quite some time and we were now ready to leave. Maybe a better place for a patio happy hour instead of dinner?
Sorry but a place that you are giving a nice service tip should not have signs on all the tables asking u to text a number if u needed something. That’s just really silly when spending over $100 easily for two people. Food and drinks were good.... but too many other restaurants to give a chance to before coming back here.
Great server, good location, energetic atmosphere. A little pricey, but I'm sure the rents in the area are quite high.
Deliciious food. Loved the kale salad!
Great location in SM by Mall, Promenade and parking structures.
The food was over cooked, charred and had no flavor. Service was very average.
I have eat crab linguine: it was wonderful! Service is very friendly and kind!
The Independence is fantastic! Both the food and service were excellent. I was impressed by the quality of the food - each dish was delicious!
Loved it! Bottomless mimosas were awesome, and the food was fantastic for brunch. Would definitely recommend!
Good food and drinks. Will be back again very soon
The bread on my breakfast sandwich was stale. The waffles were not good. The only thing we enjoyed were the mimosas.
We had a wonderful lunch experience at this restaurant. The wait staff was superb and the food was equally notable. We highly recommend this neighborhood gem.
Bottomless mimosas for brunch is wonderful. Enjoyed business dinners there, as well as casual meals. Easy ambiance.
Fun dinner for us with great service and incredible people watching from our table near the window. We had good wine, appetizers and entrees. The staff was attentive but not overbearing. Would highly recommend this place for a casual dinner!
Avocado toast was great-good bread. Service was a little slow. Had to request refills for bottomless mimosas. Atmosphere was lively and fun.
Exceeded my kids’ expectations (calamari, truffle fries) and I was able to get a great kale salad. Portions are very large. Very quick service. Nice enough for everyday eating.
Waited for a table for 20 mins even with reservation. Then waited about an hour for our food after we sat down and got drinks. So basically spent our whole Saturday evening at the independence.
All was fine. Servers were really busy so didn’t always get to us but overall, the food was good and the kids were happy.
Went for Saturday brunch with my husband and sister. The restaurant had a fun atmosphere but was a little too noisy. After a few mimosas, we didn’t mind much, though! They had an excellent brunch menu; the smoked salmon Benedict and coconut cornflake French toast were amazing! And the bottomless mimosas kept coming; we never saw the bottom of our glass! Great, friendly service! Overall, one of my favorite brunch outings!!
Hard to review this visit to Independence, because I had to order three times since they didn't have the items I wanted from the menu. I wound up having to settle for a hamburger. The brunch menu is weighted heavily to breakfast with very few "lunch" items. Perhaps management should reconsider this.
The place benefits heavily from location as it’s gets a lot of tourists and 20-25% locals from proximity to 3rd st promenade and menu has such promise but preparations are inconsistent and some need rethinking. Baby octopus was sent back as it was not fully cooked but andouille sausage was overdone and highly salty, mussels and chorizo was tasty but chorizo looked gray and why put the fries underneath mussels in the broth, all they did was get soggy, chef ought to know that
We really like this place and returned for our 4th visit for a Saturday night dinner before a play. I have to say that the food this time was just slightly less fantastic than previous times (with the exception of the fabulous grilled cauliflower, which was to die for). And our server seemed a bit less accessible than former visits. The place got very noisy as it filled up. Nonetheless. We still enjoy this spot and will return.
Went to The Independence on a busy Saturday afternoon for Happy Hour. Enjoyed the chicken wings, fried calamari, fish and chips and the Caesar salad. The salad had actual anchovy! Great value with great food and great service. Will definitely make another trip back.
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.
Very underrated Brunch spot. Bottomless Mimosas, great food, fun contemporary style interior.
The sauce on the fried egg sandwich was amazing! Went for brunch and enjoyed the unlimited mimosas but 2 hour strict limit as info.
Overall, The Independence provides a great dining experience, with fantastic food, and attentive service. On top of that, their cocktails are unique and delicious.
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.
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.