Cold Spring Tavern

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Cold Spring Tavern
4.5
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
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clc
4 contributions
Fabulous restaurant!
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great food and service. Beautiful setting. Buffalo burger outstanding. Onion rings were delicious. Apple horseradish sauce great.
Written June 5, 2021
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JRC24
Springville, UT512 contributions
Yummy, Yum, Yum
May 2021
This was such a fun place and you must try the BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich. It was seriously the best I've ever had. This is a must stop while visiting the area. I will definitely make this a regular place to eat when vacationing in Santa Barbara or Solvang.
Written May 31, 2021
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jerjon
Mojave, CA664 contributions
Good lunch and beers in a remote canyon setting
May 2021
I always love coming to this secluded spot and seeing the old tavern. We were there for lunch an a warm Friday afternoon so just a bit of a wait for a table. Enjoyed tri tip sandwiches, which had very large slabs of meat in them and some wonderful onion rings (I wish I ordered an extra side of the onion rings). Service was very friendly and attentive. We chose to eat inside despite the lovely weather, just because the old buildings are so cool. Sat next to the warm fireplace...
Written May 22, 2021
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Juliet Wolf
3 contributions
Absolutely wonderful!
May 2021 • Family
Absolutely delicious food in an idyllic historic setting. We chose outdoor seating, shaded by blossoming trees, listening to birdsongs (We went in early May, when everything in the canyon was fresh and growing). The tri tip, ribs, pulled pork, and burgers are exquisite! The onion rings are seriously the best I've ever had, generously battered, golden, with a delicate crunch so perfect it makes you close your eyes in bliss! Dipped in ranch, they're the epitome of indulgence. The desserts were all excellent, the service was great, and we left stuffed and happy. If you're hungry after a hike or a long drive, this place will make all your appetite's dreams come true!

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Written May 6, 2021
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Mark Y
Santa Barbara, CA509 contributions
A great experience
Oct 2020
I wrote this in 2019, but the review has disappeared. The only thing different is the COVID restrictions. The food is still fantastic.

Our recent lunch included a delicious Tri Tip sandwich, with the best BBQ sauce in Santa Barbara. The garlic roll was the perfect vessel, too.

She loved the quiche, and the crust was amazing. Potato salad is good too.

Atmosphere is great, inside of a rustic cabin, originally a stagecoach stop in the mountains. Not the most comfortable seats, but that's a minor complaint.

Bonus: We saw a bear digging for grub on the hill just above the Tavern.

We had a Sunday breakfast here last year, and it was just as good, with huge portions. Be sure to beat the Sunday afternoon rush. You may have to hike a mile or two from the Tavern.
Written January 9, 2021
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KarenEph320
Pismo Beach, CA245 contributions
What a wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary or gather with friends.
Oct 2020
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and the couple nearest to us was also! There is beautiful outside seating and a great selection of food and drink, from appetizers to dessert! The service was excellent. I definitely want to go back and order the chili and tri-tip, which they seemed famous for, and have a relaxed time with friends and family.
Written October 30, 2020
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deakengv7
Guerneville, CA79 contributions
Scenic Restaurant With Great Food
Oct 2020
Surprised was able to secure a same-day reservation for lunch on a Friday since it's such a popular place. Great place to stop for lunch if you're traveling from SB to Los Olivos/Santa Ynez for wine-tasting. Mostly outside dining due to C19, but had just opened partial inside dining during our visit (10/23/2020). Two tri-tip french dips and a burger later (there were three of us) ~ stuffed! All tasty - good portions! Service leisurely, but accommodating. We were initially seated in a room where a large party was celebrating a special occasion that made it hard for us to carry on a conversation (no offense - they were a fun group!), and our server offered to move us. Very much recommend the Wild Game Black Bean Chili.
Written October 28, 2020
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Dan W
El Cajon, CA9 contributions
The try-tip sandwich was stuffed
Oct 2020
I went here because it was suggested by everyone I asked when I asked friends for Santa Barbara dining suggestions. I was not disappointed! They knew what they were talking about. The sandwich was stuffed with tried-tip, the fries were perfect, the service was excellent and the view was amazing. I will be back.
Written October 11, 2020
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Scott G
Long Beach, CA9 contributions
Beautiful Location. Worth the Drive.
Aug 2020
My daughter and I visited during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the dining was all outside. The tri tip sandwich and burger were both very good and the service was attentive. we had the seasonal blackberry cheesecake and it was really excellent. Part of the experience of dining at this place is the experience of the scenic drive up here, which is spectacular. I would have loved to be able to go inside the tavern to look around, but COVID-19 restrictions precluded that.
Written August 27, 2020
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Stephaniehubis
5 contributions
Must see
Jun 2019
If you haven't been here, its a must see. Its hidden in the Hills of SB and has the best Trip Tip sandwich on Sundays.They grill it in front of you and have the best salsa to go with it. The Bar has great drinks and staff. Live music, lots of people, bikers, and just a good time. The location is so serene and has a lot of history.
Written May 29, 2020
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