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Cold Spring Tavern

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Address: 5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
Phone Number: +1 805-967-0066
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17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Description:

A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.

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Great Lunch Stop

Our group of about 20 enjoyed a fairly quick lunch in this historic tavern (reservations were made ahead). Barbeque Tri-tip sandwich was great. The served 3 sauces on the side, to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
OklahomaMomOf3
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our group of about 20 enjoyed a fairly quick lunch in this historic tavern (reservations were made ahead). Barbeque Tri-tip sandwich was great. The served 3 sauces on the side, to suit your tastes: horseradish (strong--great if you like horseradish), barbecue (good and typical), and salsa (too hot/spicy for me). My preference was a combo of the horseradish w/barbeque. Portion... More 

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Montecito, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

well, hands down best tri-tip in town, nestled in the hills of the 154, you can't beat the location and ambiance! this place is so fun and the food is killer. highly recommend grabbing a beer while you wait for your tri-tip!

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Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family was visiting the area and had a fun Thanksgiving dinner here in this unusual, rustic spot. We drove up from Santa Barbara on the steep, winding road with some beautiful views of the sunset and then down another (narrower) winding road to the Tavern. We were early, so enjoyed a drink in the bar (with warm fire going)... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not go there at night ! Driving conditions Very dangerous and the place easy to miss. Definitely not recommended.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wanda, my post-doc from Warsaw, had heard that the Cold Spring Tavern was a "must visit" place. Not having been there in a couple of years, my wife, a post-doc from Athens, and I decided to head up the mountain for dinner. My memory the years lead me to anticipate a truly splendid dinner in an exceptional setting. We had... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a neat little place to visit and what fantastic food! The day we visited on a weekend was pretty busy, and I imagine this place gets many visitors being such a historic little spot. It was not difficult to find parking or a table to eat at (and we ate inside the restaurant). Worth a stop!

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Thank Sadie H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at this tavern while cruising through the mountains. Gorgeous drive, classic old time feel. Great beer selection and quaint and cozy inside. LOVED loved loved this stop. Food was great too!

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always wondered what was under the expansion bridge near Lake Cachuma! The Cold Spring Tavern is a favorite for locals, tourists and bikers! Stop for a drink or the best tri-tip sandwich you ever had! A lot of history as it was a stagecoach stop, there is even an old jail there. If you can make it for dinner, there... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the real thing, rescued for all to enjoy. An original stagecoach stop, parking is now a bit challenging, but there is always space along the road. There are gourmet offering not just the legendary Tri-tip beef, and it is a great place to stop between Santa Barbara and Solvang taking one from Spain to Denmark, and Chumash territories... More 

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a wonderful time experiencing the old west and eating a great beef dip sandwich in the old stagecoach building. The onion rings are heavenly too!!! It was super crowded but we chilled with a beer and enjoyed the area while we waited.

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