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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
Today
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
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Hours:
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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Can't believe we found this place!

This place combines beautiful scenery, excellent bbq, and California history. Tucked away inside Los Padres National Forest, this quaint restaurant isn't visible from Highway... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Bob S
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Palmdale, California
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Palmdale, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place combines beautiful scenery, excellent bbq, and California history. Tucked away inside Los Padres National Forest, this quaint restaurant isn't visible from Highway 154, but if you know its there and can be lucky enough to park anywhere near by, you are in for a treat. Once parked you have two dining options 1) Inside the restaurant that used... More 

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Thank Bob S
Santa Barbara, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very authentic and charming. Puts you way back in time. Great food. unusual menu with wild game early American food. Need to stop in for lunch on weekends. Live music and Tri-Tip Sandwiches.

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Thank john11112014
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This tiny find was a great experience for lunch. Friends have told me not to miss the lunch spot for an experience and it lived up to the hype.

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Thank Erin M
Irvine, California
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Step back in time 100+ years and enjoy some good food and great ambiance. Creaking floors, low ceilings, dark rooms, and oak wood burning in the fireplaces and outside on the grill. Great little stop on the way through Santa Barbara.

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Thank BillyRalph
Reno, NV
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner on a night when a local band, "Grass Mountain" was performing. The band was GREAT! The venue was a bit crowded-they played in the Tavern Bar, which seated only about 40 people, and the sound system was a bit muddy, but the group was up to the task of working with the PA system, and ended up putting... More 

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Thank DrJGG
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't get what the hype is about - I appreciate character and history, but the state of this place does not make me want to eat here. It's falling apart and I cannot imagine it is possible to keep the kitchen clean. My husband and I ate soup, and both of ours were not hot. The onion rings were... More 

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Thank Melissa A
Los Angeles, California
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55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Close to Santa Barbara but it is as if you are far away in a different time. The lunch was very good and a surprisingly good value. The restaurant is so unique it was a stop for the stagecoach in 1865. While waiting for a table we sat at tables under the trees, it was very peaceful.

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Thank TravelingAnnK
Santa Ynez, California, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's my "go to" for birthdays and celebrations. Also for taking people from out of the area who want an original treat. The Cold Spring Tavern is an old stage stop. The wooden sill on the entry door is worn down a couple of inches from years of being walked on and across. The Tavern has great game and wild... More 

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Thank Sandy N
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Be ready to be transported to another world. Nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara off 154 this hidden gem is definitely worth the drive. Absolutely breathtaking ambiance and menu items you will not find anywhere else. A touch of elegance in a beautiful setting. Nostalgia, Teddy Roosevelt meet The Food Channel!

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Thank Dan F
Nor Cal
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The Cold Spring Tavern is a very unique, quirky, fun restaurant for any age group. Food is good. The have a burger that is not on the menu that is really tasty. Crowed on the weekends.

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