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Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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Bring your stagecoach and have a good fun meal in an historic old tavern

This (literally) used to be a stop on the old stagecoach route going through the mountain pass and... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2017
Arroyo Grande, California
Santa Barbara Rustic

It is a beautiful drive to get here from Santa Barbara. We enjoyed the Tri-tip Sandwiches on a... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Berta H
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A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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Reviewed 24 June 2017

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 22 June 2017

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 17 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 12 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 10 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
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Come see where stagecoaches traveled and stopped for a rest. Not far from Santa Bárbara, Cold Spring Tavern is a nice spot with great service and food, with places for MANY to sit, outdoors and inside. We didn't explore too much, but there were many...More

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 2 June 2017

We checked out of our Wine Country hotel about 11am and were driving south on the California 154. Perfect timing to pull our personal stagecoach off the highway to get a little flavor of the old west. Takes you back 131 years. Guess the menu...More

Thank ScottD58
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We were on a scenic motorcycle ride today and, having read TripAdvisor's reviews, went a bit out of way, and found Cold Spring Tavern. It was a beautiful ride there and we were delighted with it the moment we saw it. People were sitting outside,...More

1  Thank mountainwinddancer
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This place is the best great outdoor historic place to have amazing food! During the year they have all kinds of wonderful exotic things to eat. Great ambiance and music.

Thank anne f
Reviewed 27 May 2017

The weekend is the best time to visit because there is indoor and outdoor dining, lots of friendly people and music. Friday afternoon was fun, however, no band and no crowd. Indoor dining only. The restaurant is very rustic. The beverage offerings are very good...More

Thank MicheleC106
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31 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
20 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