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Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Ranked #13 of 71 Attractions in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
Activities: Hiking, Swimming
Description: A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
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Huntington Beach, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is an old stag stop and they have a wonderful location. While parking is hard it is the location that causes this. It os pld, rustic and for an old cowboy like me it makes you think how it must have been. The food was good, nothing super or fancy but I will gladly be back.

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San Marcos, California
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75 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Restaurant is located about 20 mins from Santa Barbara in the mountains. Great service and the food was very good. Location is very dark at night. Could barely find our car and there is no cell service in this area. Also has very loud bar next to restaurant.

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Santa Barbara, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you like live music outdoors while sipping a cold beverage on a laid back weekend, make the 20 min. drive to CST! Hidden in the trees next to Cold Spring, this old stage coach stop keeps it real. Great BBQ tri-tip sands, and for a more formal meal, Cold Spring Tavern restaurant is excellent. Rustic, historic and well the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great food, a little history about the stagecoach days. Excellent place to stop after motorcycle riding for a while

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Bedworth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We drove the very scenic route from Santa Barbara to this time capsule of a Tavern. We loved the mix of people who were there and the general vibe of the place,with Harley`s old folk and vacationers like ourselves. The bbq`s smokin meats outside, the bikes and cars all rolling up and a band on at 1 pm, all in... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It is a rustic, fun and entertaining place to visit. Live music on weekend and good food. If you like meat, try their tri-tip .

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is like stepping back in time 100+ years and pretending you are a traveler on the stage coach passing through the canyon. Atmosphere is like a living museum. Loved the uniquely blended cobb salad. Live band played on a Saturday afternoon while sat on a log under the shade of a giant oak tree. Completely fun and worth the... More

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Cape May, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We took to kids 6 and 10 and it's not really a kids place...but hey loved it! Family's should dine early on a weeknight as it gets a little wild on weekend nights. Food was great with a nice selection, plus the wonderful atmosphere of old California. A great spot but a bit out of he way when driving. Classic... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is a charming little spot in the mountains above Santa Barbara. Funky old buildings, gorgeous scenery. And the food is absolutely wonderful. We also enjoyed seeing real live movie and TV stars eating in the next room - how could you go wrong?

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Santa Barbara, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is an old tavern turned restaurant at the top of hwy 154. It used to be an old stage coach stop and now bar and restaurant that hosts local bands as well. The drive from central SB is about 15-20 minutes and is a great place to go after enjoying a view of SB from Lizards mouth. Food is... More

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