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Still Life Cafe

135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2555
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible12%
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“salmon burger” (10 reviews)
“escargot” (7 reviews)
French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so amazed to find this little gem of a French Restaurant in this tiny outpost of Death Valley. Wonderful escargot, amazingly flavorful French Onion Soup served with warm French Bread, washed down with a couple of decent bottles of Cotes du Rhône... Who...More

Thank rkk
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Gourmet French country cooking by French country family. This is the best food on US Hwy 395 for 500 miles. Plan for a European style meal, not fast food. The Art on the walls is very good also and for sale. The cook is the...More

Thank Rolf K
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This place is mad cute. There's a table full of old art magazines. It's pretty and relaxing. There's lamb sausage and a salmon burger and a pasta on the specials board. A dog walked around that loved to get pet. Make sure to ask for...More

Thank austinzuffi
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Quaint restaurant for weary travellers. The chef knows how to prepare a great burger. My friend and I had the one topped with cheese and avocado. The frites that came with the burger were on point.We cleaned our plates but again, we had just hiked...More

Thank Kaptrekker
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Run for 18 years by a charming French woman, the Still Life Cafe is the only real dining option in Independence, CA. Unless you count the taco truck (which is quite good, I would say.) And this one woman generally does everything by herself --...More

Thank jwendellp2
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We arrived at about 6:30 pm. In the restaurant was a party of 4 and two people sitting alone. Many, many tables empty. No one met us, so after a few minutes we took a seat. Very nice waitress soon came over to say it...More

Thank Kimm0817
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We had heard about this place from a neighbor, so thought we'd try on our way up Hwy 395. Charming room full of regional plein air paintings and books about art & jazz. Books for kids. We were greeted by the proprietor who was charming...More

Thank Philip P
Reviewed 23 July 2017

This is a real French bistro in the middle of nowhere, with really good, if somewhere pricey, food. This a great place to stop if you want to relax over a tasty meal, but if you're in a hurry, go elsewhere as the service is...More

Thank NE_AK_CA
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Considering it's out in the middle of nowhere, this place is decent...interior is nicely decorated and comfortable...we ordered escargot, salmon burger, and pasta...all which were good...price is a bit high but they have no competition for miles so it's understandable...

Thank thelonious22
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

High quality food, wine, beer and atmosphere in the tiny town of Independence, Ca....what an unexpected oasis and contrast to typical road trip restaurants. A chance to eat well in a peaceful, slow paced environment..we'll be back

Thank lindalhayes
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Leslee M
22 April 2017|
Response from rrsstscull | Reviewed this property |
The hotel owner just down the street said something like 30 years.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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