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Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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A hidden place our of yesterday.

We stopped here this time after by passing it many times in the past. Should have not done that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maui, Hawaii
via mobile
Wonderful place, but beware!

This is a very interesting place to visit, lots of history. Tri tip sandwiches are very good... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Long Beach, California
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A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here this time after by passing it many times in the past. Should have not done that. The tavern is of a bygone era when stage coaches and cowboys would frequent the area. The buildings are just the same with pictures and memorabilia...More

Thank MauiTraveller50
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very interesting place to visit, lots of history. Tri tip sandwiches are very good, atmosphere is great, beautiful location in a very wooded area. HOWEVER, if you are a visitor and not familiar with the area, this restaurant in on a VERY...More

Thank LoveMauiForever
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is literally the same building that was the stage stop so be ready to go back in time. The food is generally great bbq, salads and usually a daily quiche. My favorite is the grilled venison sandwich. Do not try and go here on...More

Thank Z7011UDmichaelp
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Was expecting more....nice 20 min drive from SB into the dry dusty hills. Great backstory on the tavern itself and it's previous life as a stagecoach station. Lines of shaded outdoor seating on the roadside in front of the tavern. Parking along the road edge....More

1  Thank RocheMaree
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

When in the Santa Barbara area for the weekend there is no where better than to spend a fun filled Sunday afternoon at the Cold Spring Tavern. Yes is it's the middle of nowhere, in a small old cabin full of bikers, but it's absolutely...More

Thank DaveandJanHunter
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

No AC, wow!!! Like stepping back in time, not just heat but quaint old stagecoach station in beautiful setting. Parking is ugly. Food is basic, not fantastic, but generous. Their tritip, a specialty, is your best bet. They have mastered that Avoid the grilled cheese...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We were invited to our friends wedding reception here as part of a larger group. It was amazing, great atmosphere. Excellent food, wine & beer!! Great band & music. The facilities were of a high standard. The owners so friendly and accommodating. Would really recommend...More

Thank SandNJ
Reviewed 28 August 2017

First I want to make a disclaimer. I only gave this restaurant 4 stars instead of 5 stars because 5 stars would be perfection. That said, this was the best restaurant during my week long stay in Santa Barbara eating out almost every meal. The...More

1  Thank dougandivy
Reviewed 27 August 2017

I love to do something really special for a birthday and this fit the bill. Had the Cold Spring Chicken--very yummy and unique.

Thank dianef181
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This is a TRUE hidden gem, not the ones you go to and wonder why you went, no this is a must visit place. It's a little part of history AND the food is unbelievably good! Highly recommended!

Thank Totally420
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31 August 2016|
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Response from Kylie K | Reviewed this property |
A rental car really is a must...so many things to see! A car is a must to get to Cold Spring Tavern also. You really need to have a car to get around town and to the piers etc. They do have some bike rentals but that is... More
Sandra W
20 July 2015|
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Response from Svignolo | Reviewed this property |
Even though it is a short distance from Santa Barbara, you really get the feeling that you are far away in the mountains. It is very rustic and there is not a lot of cement outside just very fine dirt. I would leave dogs in... More
Serafin H
1 July 2015|
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Response from roadtriptriptripin | Reviewed this property |
Hi Serafin, If you go on a Sunday afternoon in the summer, parking could be somewhat of a challenge. There are numerous parking spaces availabile, which fill up quickly. There is also a large dirt lot next to the tavern... More