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Still Life Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2555
12:00 - 21:00
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 21:00
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New York City, New York
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This place, run by an older French couple, could be in a small town in France, and so unlikely here in this tiny town. The atmosphere is as Old World as it gets. The owner is highly eccentric and either serves you well or forgets you are there, while the family dog wanders about. His wife cooks, and cooks well,... More 

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Interesting place. Like the vibe of the space and enjoyed the jazz music (which is rare to hear in restaurant venues). Food is okay, but overpriced. Service moves in a glacial pace. Got the bread and butter when we were almost done with dinner. Glad to have tried it, but doubt I would go again.

Thank glenn20142015
San Luis Obispo, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Chef is excellent, food quality is very good. Be prepared to wait as it is just a husband and wife team. He appears to be grumpy, but he is harmless and his wife is an excellent chef. the artwork in the cafe is beautiful and will keep you occupied while you wait. Their hours are very unpredictable and I believe... More 

Thank misschrism
Brisbane, Australia
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129 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived at 1930, we were still waiting to be asked if we were ready at 1945, so we went to place our order & the waitress said she will be there to take the order, by 2000, we got our beer after asking for it after the order was placed. The food we ordered was Spaghetti Bolognese, which smelt... More 

Thank woody666
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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144 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The owner of our hotel advised us to go to this restaurant, only two blocks away from the hotel. But he warned us that we could had to wait a while. Well you could see that the owner was a frenchman and he agreed. The specialties are written on a black board. I ordered merguez sausages and my wife a... More 

Thank Theov1
Los Angeles, California
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We were on our way back from Burning Man and told to stop in here and eat the french cuisine. We had read they had weird hours but happened to come in with it moderately busy (place maybe can sit 50, there were 10 people there). Online said they were closing at 9 and we arrived at 8, so thought... More 

Thank hawadjie
Logan, Utah
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

My brother and I had just come off the John Muir Trail, for a resupply, when we found this place. Now, the owner is an older gentleman who truly moves at his own pace. Expect to wait around for a bit before you order. And since there seems to be only one chef in the kitchen, expect to wait some... More 

Thank Matt W
Sacramento, California
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

There are few dining options in Independence, so it was a wonderful surprise to find excellent French cuisine, along with some amazing burgers right there on Main St. The service is slow. Actually it was glacial, but all was worth the wait. The dining room was full of interesting, friendly people, many of whom were hikers. No matter how hot... More 

Thank Margot M
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I arrived in town, went to our motel and after checking in asked the motel manager if there was a cafe in town. He said there was the Still Life cafe but wasn't sure it would be open, but very kindly called them for us. After speaking to the person at the cafe who answered the phone... More 

Thank Trvlkids
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

This place nestled in Independence, California is a jewel. The owner/cook is from France and the food all orginial and freshly cooked. This is not a fast food resturant. When you go there be prepared to sit back and relax with a glass of wine or your favorite beer because the meals are prepared and cooked fresh from beginning to... More 

Thank Melvin H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Independence
  • Phone Number: +1 760-878-2555

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?