"Using only the freshest and finest ingredients in creating exceptional experiences."



Our Story

Several years ago our family opened the acclaimed Heyday Café in old town Placerville. The success and community support of “Heyday” inspired us to embark on a second venture, The Independent Restaurant and Bar. Opened in the fall of 2011, The Independent Restaurant and Bar is a dining destination presenting an outstanding American fusion menu and a top-tier full bar staffed by our friendly crew.

We are committed to providing a high level of service, quality food and libations, and genuine friendliness to our guests at The Independent. In keeping with this philosophy, our talented cooks and bartenders use only the freshest and finest ingredients in creating exceptional experiences. We invite you to gather with family and friends in our modern rustic setting where you will find cozy dining and a very convivial bar. And in our temperate foothill climate, there will be plenty of opportunities for drinks and dining fireside under the stars, in our private garden patio.

We look forward to helping you create lasting memories while dining with us at The Independent Restaurant and Bar, located in the Emerald Street Building on upper Main Street in Placerville, California.

Jeff & Judy Thoma