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“Extraordinary place. Worth a trip” 5 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 449 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Price range: $0 - $30
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
santa barbara ca
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Extraordinary place. Worth a trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I went to see Natalie Noone one night and Jeff Bridges another night! This is a wonderful spot and is pure AMERICAN. Impossible to explain, but anyone who is interested in how America used to work, should visit this stagecoach stop and just revel in the beauty of what used to be!!!!

  • Visited October 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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Nashville, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Lots of Character”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I had lunch here yesterday to try the tri-tip sandwich our friends had told us about. The drive there is really spectacular and the setting is unique.

This place feels the way it probably did at the turn of the century: A big fire in the fireplace as you enter and gas lamps on the table. Very quaint.

Service and food were both good. I'm glad we gave this place a shot.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kansas City, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“"Neatest Place Ever"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Cold Spring Tavern is actually about 20 miles North of Santa Barbara off of 154. The place is an old stagecoach stop, off of "Stagecoach Road". My wife found this place on Trip Advisor, and I am so glad she did. The original building is from the 1880's and the bar has been around since 1932. There is an awesome stone fireplace and the whole place reeks of history! We stopped for a cold beer but there was a wait to get in the restaurant on a Saturday afternoon (not a bad sign). As well they sell tri-tip BBQ sandwiches in the back. The table next to us had them and they looked delicious!
An eclectic group of customers from bikers to families but no one felt uncomfortable. I just loved the feel of this place and wish the walls could talk, for the stories they could tell.
Recommend for the experience.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
“the America we lost”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Great place if you're interested in history, especially Old West. If you like a good hamburger, steak and chili, that's the place. Don't forget to make a reservation on the weekend. We went for Saturday lunch, and it was packed.

  • Visited November 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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Lompoc, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Great place to relax and grab a bite and a beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Restaurant has good steaks, and a nice selection of beer and wine, and on summer weekends different bands come and entertain guests as they relax.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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