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Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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What a great kept secret

Wonderful off the beaten path eclectic food stop. Loved the cracklin fire and menu selection, Tried... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stanley S
Clovis, California
Close your eyes - the stage coach is just round the bend

We chose a weekday in October to head into the hills to find the tavern. Down a winding, tree-lined... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“stagecoach stop” (84 reviews)
“tri tip” (41 reviews)
“venison” (26 reviews)
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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful off the beaten path eclectic food stop. Loved the cracklin fire and menu selection, Tried the wild Chili mad with rabbit and venison. The venison sausage sandwich was outstanding. Wonderful historic tour of the property is not to be missed.

Thank Stanley S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose a weekday in October to head into the hills to find the tavern. Down a winding, tree-lined road we found the tavern, just opened, next to the stream, shaded and cool and, well, looking really old. We know that may folks go here...More

Thank 367john
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are traveling the coast and passing through Santa Barbara, take the CA154 cut-off which is a shortcut around Santa Barbara and look for Stagecoach road which will take you to Cold Spring Tavern. Charming historic stagecoach stop with very good food and great...More

Thank Freude-am-Fahren
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is like a trip back in time, with its authentic vibe and great food. I took a photo of the building, and the picture will bring back pleasant memories of a Monday lunch at Cold Spring Tavern. For us, lunch there was best,...More

Thank FrequentTraveller034
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was recommended this establishment by a local, would never have found it otherwise. A fantastic building preserved from the stage coach days. Food and drink were excellent and reasonably priced.

Thank Trevor C
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Great food. Old time character is alive here. Established in 1886 it seems like a step back to that time.

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 17 October 2017 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 21 September 2017

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

4  Thank LoveMauiForever
Reviewed 21 September 2017

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
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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