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Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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A bit of history

This historic suite gives one the feeling that a stagecoach could pull up at any time. The buffalo... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ventura, California
eat in an authentic former stagecoach stop

I love to go to the tavern for breakfast or lunch. It's a great one-of-a-kind place with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Santa Barbara, California
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A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tri tip” (44 reviews)
“venison” (25 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 20:00
5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This historic suite gives one the feeling that a stagecoach could pull up at any time. The buffalo burgers are noteworthy and that's what we had. A walk around the grounds to see the out buildings adds to the experience. This is much more than...More

Thank ArtFr4
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to go to the tavern for breakfast or lunch. It's a great one-of-a-kind place with historical character. Food is excellent with huge portions. Dinner is also fine, but not as good as the other meals in my view.

1  Thank oyabunkuma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a family get together. The waiter let us bring in our own bottle of wine. All 6 meals were very good. I love the charm and coziness. It's a travel back in time.

Thank andrini
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this used to be a favorite of mine when i went to college in Santa Barbara.... this is not an inexpensive restaurant but worth the experience.... it's like eating at a stagecoach stop in the late 1800's...the bar and restaurant are very cool... the ribs...More

1  Thank 3DGs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although it will take you about 20 minutes to make the drive up the mountains, it's worth it. If you're there for lunch, get the Venison (deer meat) sandwich. Excellent!

Thank SundanceMountain
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This (literally) used to be a stop on the old stagecoach route going through the mountain pass and farther north up the central coast. It appears to be the original building, with rustic, tavern-like decor to match in the various dining rooms. The food is...More

Thank jkgayley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a beautiful drive to get here from Santa Barbara. We enjoyed the Tri-tip Sandwiches on a late Sunday afternoon along with delicious onion rings. There was live music and some type of bike rally, so the parking lot and yard were packed, and...More

Thank Berta H
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We enjoyed fine tri tip sandwiches and cold beer while listening to bluesmen Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan on a sunny May day. Note: parking is limited to street-side; arrive early or deal with a long walk.

Thank PJ P
Reviewed 11 June 2017

A must if you visit the Santa Barbara area. Food and staff have room for improvement but nevertheless, the old tavern is just amazingly cosy and an attraction in it self. Live music and bbq on weekends. Prepare for a long line of people going...More

Thank asawik
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Great outing with Family on a sunny day. Good food and great service in the midst of no where. Had a great trip before the end of holidays.

Thank Vikas C
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30 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
19 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