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Cold Spring Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Steakhouse, Pub
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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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69 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is in the middle of nowhere but is so worth the trip. The place is adorable! There is a bar and a restaurant. The bar had live music and is pretty small but has tables outside. If you want to eat they sell awesome tri tip sandwiches. I would make reservations for the restaurant because they full up... More 

Thank Christy W
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped for lunch and it was very good. I had the quiche and my husband opted for beef. Both were very good and after the meal, we took a few minutes to walk around the grounds.

1 Thank Carol M
Portland, Oregon
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a day of wine tasting, this dark, vintage restaurant is a good place for dinner--if you arent a particular eater. Lots of people stop for food & drinks. But the food isn't interesting, and we were delivered medium well done instead of medium rare steaks. We complained and the food was removed. What came back was: one steak only... More 

Thank golfgirl8350
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to Cold Spring Tavern for dinner while spending some time in California. We loved it. We started the night out listening to music at the tavern and ended the night having a great dinner at the restaurant. Awesome atmosphere for a restaurant with a lot of history.

Thank Mshugart
Waterloo, Canada
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635 reviews
440 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Cold Spring Tavern is a 20 minute drive outside of town on one of the most spectacular drives you can do in this unbelievably scenic county. But it's a million miles away from the glitz of Santa Barbara, and its setting is much more akin to Ol' Texas. A historic 1870s old stage coach stop on the way over the... More 

Thank Waterloonie
Colleyville, Texas
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585 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

It is located in the mountains above Santa Barbara on a narrow road with very limited parking. You are parking along the edge of the road and walking in the road to get to the restaurant. The restaurant itself is rather small and there is a separate bar and an outside grill area where they sell Tri Tip sandwiches. The... More 

Thank Mitch M
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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78 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Nestled up in the mountain pass is an old stagecoach stop converted into a restaurant. If you have half a day and a car you should probably check this place out. We found it pretty romantic.

Thank Steven M
Ojai, California, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We were looking for something different for my husband's birthday lunch and we were very pleased with everything about Cold Spring Tavern. Service was very casual and friendly, but at no time did we feel ignored. Three people working on a busy Wednesday and each one checked with us throughout our meal to make sure that we did not need... More 

Thank Terri B
San Mateo, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This place is so cool. Its an OLD Western saloon tucked into the mountainside that was built in the 1860's. The decor is fun and funky with old antiques and creeky floors. Did I mention the food? Its REALLY good. Looking for good home cooking or BBQ this is it. They also have a Tri-Tip Barbeques on Sat & Sun... More 

Thank KimsReview4U
Palmdale, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Definitely stop at this historic location off highway 154 just north of Santa Barbara for some amazing smoked tri-tip and wild game chili. Waits can be long especially around noon and the service and execution can be less than ideal but the food rocks.

Thank Bob S

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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
USD 30
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, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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?