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Cold Spring Tavern

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Address: 5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
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+1 805-967-0066
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.

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Great Food and Great Service

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... read more

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Naperville, Illinois
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Naperville, Illinois
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270 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 with a full bar. The service is excellent. You can sit outside after lunch to... More 

Thank MicheleC106
Bergen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a hidden restaurant, right off Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez mountains in California. It is situated in an old building that was a stop-and-rest place for the stagecoaches. It has kept the old style, and they even have a jail in the backyard, as it was needed if the stagecoach was transporting prisoners. The restaurant is said... More 

Thank Vidar S
redondo beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We love this little spot hidden in the woods. Come on the weekend and get the live music and BBQ tri tip . Drink and be merry . Prices are good and my kids loved being there. Like a old ghost town type of feel

Thank lb33wonka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a random recommendation, I decided to ride out to this place on motorcycle with some friends...we were beyond happy we went. The ride getting here is great for views from high on a mountain. The location is very historic and rustic. The staff was very friendly and took good care of us. Every single one of us in my... More 

Thank AdventureMythsJon
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here at the recommendation of trip advisor reviews and were so happy with the decision! It's only 20 minutes from Santa Barbara, but feels like a million miles away. The drive up here is beautiful. We came for tri- tip since I can't get it in DC. Absolutely delicious and I thought the prices were very reasonable. The... More 

1 Thank Parislvr1
Deerfield Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tucked into the hills above Santa Barbara, the 100+ year old place is beyond charming and terrific. The food is amazing with generous portions. The menu is quite different as is the experience. The chili is a signature item as a side or appetizer and a can't miss part of your meal. A wonderful evening for sure!

Thank 424wguava
Syosset, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very intrigued by this old tavern- a stagecoach stop from the 1800s. We were unable to visit during the weekend barbeque, disappointing. But we stopped by and wer encouraged to walk through the various rooms and experience how life was like back in the olden days-including the working fireplace that was completely heating the building on a nippy May day

Thank Momma L
La Canada Flintridge, California
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been coming here for years and absolutely love this place. Couldn't be happier with meals, drinks, music on the weekends. Definitely stepping back through time when you come here.

1 Thank 510kerryg
United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love riding ma HOG, really an Italian adventure tourer, up to the Cold Spring Tavern; apparently a lot of other bikers do to! Food was good but and it is just enough out of reach to make you feel like you are heading to a destination in the hills.

Thank Atlasheld
Huntington Beach, California
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7 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment you arrive you know you are viewing history; it is quaint and memorable inside and out, and, by the way, they have the best onion rings you could ever want as well as daily choices of excellent cuisine.

Thank 409bobby

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