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Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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Fun Spot, But Food Could Be Better

We took back roads to this tavern that was recommended by a friend, and we saw glowing reviews on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
allison c
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Joseph, Oregon
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Sunday Afternoon Hangout

I think this place is actually located within the boundaries of Los Padres National Forest. It used... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cheap Jeff
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Buffalo, NY
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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” (87 reviews)
“tri tip” (43 reviews)
“venison” (27 reviews)
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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
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+1 805-967-0066
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"stagecoach stop"
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"tri tip"
in 43 reviews
"venison"
in 27 reviews
"san marcos pass"
in 17 reviews
"wild game"
in 9 reviews
"onion rings"
in 8 reviews
"stage stop"
in 7 reviews
"buffalo burger"
in 5 reviews
"rustic setting"
in 5 reviews
"stage coach"
in 9 reviews
"step back in time"
in 9 reviews
"piece of history"
in 5 reviews
"worth the trip"
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"lots of history"
in 5 reviews
"santa ynez"
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"the santa barbara area"
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"wine country"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took back roads to this tavern that was recommended by a friend, and we saw glowing reviews on this site. The drive was fabulous, with many photo ops on the way. The buildings, the old tavern, the jail, the bunkhouse, are all very cool...More

Thank allison c
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think this place is actually located within the boundaries of Los Padres National Forest. It used to be an Old Stagecoach stop for Wells Fargo. On Sundays they make their famous Santa Maria tri-tip beef sandwiches over Hardwood charcoal. Sure you have to wait...More

Thank Cheap Jeff
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere feels like you walked out on a True Blood set! The Tri-Tip is phenomenal! The live music makes you want to just sit and sip your beer for hours!

Thank LexiRosen
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on Stagecoach Road just outside Santa Barbara, this very old wooden tavern serves great bar b que food and local beers

Thank 773Gareth
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Stop along our California journey!! We stopped on the weekend and they had live music and tri-tip beef on the grill!! We had beer and sandwiches! SUPER FUN!! Majestic views ... mountain roads ... We could see where this would be a great gathering...More

Thank JustBren
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just the fact that it is still standing was impressive to us! Beautiful location tucked into the hillside; food was quite good too.

1  Thank Judi-in-touch
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very unique and special place in the mts, with great music, fun bar and delicious food, rustic and cozy, especially on a Sunday afternoon, for their famous Tri Tip Sandwich

Thank doris s
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive to Cold Springs Tavern will delight you. The San Marcos Pass is an engineering marvel. On your back to Santa Barbara, there are many view points where you can pull off and drink in the beauty. an elixir to the senses. The Tavern...More

1  Thank Dibasan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here on a cold, drizzly afternoon; the crackling fireplace made for a welcome spot to warm up and enjoy lunch. The old building is a great setting and very interesting. Service was wonderful and there are some great choices on the menu. Nice venison...More

Thank jerjon
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful find, what a time in history! Family friendly, great food and BBQ Tri Tip sandwiches outside! Everyone was so nice!

Thank Debbie H
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jay170
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
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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
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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
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