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Cold Spring Tavern

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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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Charleston, South Carolina
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was just ok, but well worth the trip just due to how cool the building and surrounding area was. I had the venison sandwich, but if I went back I would try something else. Not bad, just not worth repeating that meal.

Thank ncsugrad2000
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You go for the experience. A really intriguing location with historical significance. Tried the chili sampler, which was a bit bland. My wife had the regular burger, I had the bison burger.. they tasted the same. They were enormous, though. And fresh and hot. The service was California surfing dude, but very chill. A fun lunch

Thank teddydove
Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For me, this was a blast from the past. My parents had their wedding party there in 1963. They knew the owner very well, and my mom grew up less from a mile from there. For someone that hasn't been there before, go fr the historical value. Have lunch in a old roadhouse that has not changed in at least... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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156 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have no words to describe this place. It's in the middle of nowhere and it is a small wood house, it's like you were inside the movie Lord of the rings and Frida would show up at any moment. Inside it's so cozy and there is a fireplace. We didn't eat, just got some beers that were pretty good.... More 

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Friant, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Wonderful setting, eclectic, style and excellent hearty entrees. If you're game for game dishes, you'll love the menu, there are dishes featuring Boar, Venison, Buffalo. This place if laid back and friendly, so don't expect a little guy in a tux, standing by your table to service your every need. Historic and iconic, well worth a lunch or dinner.

Thank Gay M
Overijse, Belgium
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206 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This place is wonderful for its history. Very special. Highly recommended because of the interior and the garden. Very friendly service and food OK. More expensive in the evening than at lunch time but the menu is also different.

Thank laraBrussels
Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
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157 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We had the great fortune of stopping by the Cold Spring for lunch on one of the fin al days of a 400 mile bike tour. We managed to arrive during a "planned power outage" courtesy of the local power authority. This lack of electricity didn't slow things down at Cols Spring. They fired up an outdoor grill, had cold... More 

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Fountain Valley, California
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114 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Built in 1873 this roadside tavern is an original stage coach stop on the road from Santa Barbara to Los Olivos. Rustic menu includes chicken to wild game in season. We watched a black bear foraging while we waited between lunch and dinner hours. There is a separate building which operates as a bar and live music spot. A fun... More 

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Sylmar, CA
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

On a cool morning the little cottage, surrounded by trees and a campfire smell, just puts you in the mood for a weekend adventure. Had been a while since I had visited, and happy to say their breakfast is still one of the best. Had the Green omelet, and my friend had the Santa Barbara omelet. They come with potatoes... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The food was almost universally terrible. It came moments after ordering, making it more than clear it had been all or mostly pre-made long before we had ordered it. What wasn't mediocre was actually inedible. My sister ordered something off the specials that they were already out of at only 7:00pm, so she wound up getting boar chops instead. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Steakhouse, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
View, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-967-0066

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?