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“Rustic stop for lunch” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cold Spring Tavern

Cold Spring Tavern
5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
805-967-0066
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Ranked #41 of 450 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $0 - $30
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dallas, Oregon
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223 restaurant reviews
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“Rustic stop for lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We got off to a late start leaving our Solvang timeshare for a day in Santa Barbara, so we stopped at Cold Spring Tavern for lunch at the historic stagecoach stop. The restaurant is very rustic, with uneven floors, animal heads on the wall and a basic menu of burgers, sandwiches and salads for lunch -- with a few game items thrown in for good measure.
We had a BBQ tri-tip sandwich with salad and chili burger with potato salad. The BBQ sauce was a bit spicy for our palates, but not unbearably so. The chili burger was huge, but the chili was vastly underseasoned. Not only was there little heat, it needed a hearty dose of salt and pepper to perk up the flavor. The potato salad also was quite bland -- nowhere close to the great job Mrs. OJ does with that old standard!
Service was brisk, efficient and friendly. Overall, an OK lunch but nothing that will bring us back for a second visit.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dubai
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Succulent ribs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Atmospheric and authentic stagecoach tavern with the best pork ribs I have ever tasted. It is a long way from Dubai, but I look forward to returning.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Funky”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Unique experience dine in an old original stage coach stop nestled in the mountains above Santa Barbara. The scene outside included bikers, a bar band (great music) and lots of people mingling with beers and food. Inside, we ate in what looked like a small building, but it had many small rooms. The food and service were both better than expected. Well worth the 20-30 minute drive from Santa Barbara.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“The history made the stop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The food was ok, but a bit over priced. The service was decent. But the location and history are well worth the visit.

Visited July 2013
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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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“Upscale biker hangout in hills above Santa Barbara”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Fantastic pub nestled in the hills above Santa Barbara and a genuine piece of California trail history. Food is barbecue oriented and is fantastic, served with beers from various microbreweries.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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