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Cold Spring Tavern

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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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Berlin, Germany
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This old tavern is located next to the road the goes straight into the mountains. Its a very cosy spot. I was there on a Sunday. Surrounded by live music and a good mix of people. Lovely to have a low key relaxing day.

Thank Iris S
Gardena, California
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56 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First meal since my college days at UCSD in the 80s. Hit CST on a Fri for lunch after the rush. Jeep tour crowd was thick but on their way out. Seated after a 30 min wait even though our table, right inside the front door, was empty the entire time we were waiting (?). But the wait time we... More 

Thank NoCalDad
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cold Spring Tavern is a magical place!! Built in 1865 up in the mountains surrounding Santa Barbara. It keeps its original charm with romantic lighting at night, including real oil lamps. The food was delicious, and the price was very reasonable. If you go on the weekend, you will enjoy excellent live music from local bands.

Thank TArnol
Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place for the historic landmark and the rustic old look. But the food is not so great! The service is fast. I had the tri tip sandwich and it was boring. They give you a lot of food!

Thank mcaindeals
Castle Hill, Australia
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent the afternoon enjoying the live music and atmosphere. If you visit Santa Barbara you have to visit cold springs, it's brilliant. We then had dinner at the tavern. The staff were pleasant but it was impossibly stuffy inside the tavern. The food was good and the service attentive but we couldn't wait to get pushed in the fresh air.... More 

Thank Ashley P
Scottsdale, Arizona
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive and scenery are memorable. Parking is not too challenging even for a Friday lunch. The dining areas are rustic and can accommodate parties of varying sizes. The soup of the day was a vegan selection being both hearty and flavorful. It would appear as though the 'regulars' know what is best to order and worth listening to. The... More 

Thank JL3AZ
Cala Bono
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is in the middle of nowhere, abort 30 minuters drive upwards from Santa Barbara. We really enjoied the place and the Tri Trip Sandwhich ($10) tasted very well together with a beer. There were different sauces to select among. I took a small piece of each. You have to go the bar and order food and drink and then... More 

Thank Anders M
Topanga, California
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice collection of rustic buildings with a past. We all know why you come here: The Tri Tip! Will be back for sure.

Thank VictoriousJane
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Food was delicious. I had a grilled vegetables salad. My husband had a cheeseburger. The onion rings were fantastic. Great place. The crowd was interesting in a good way. International crowd mixed with locals.

Thank Caroline M
Somerset, NJ
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

In a world of manufactured quaintness Cold Springs Tavern stands out for its authenticity. Food is excellent and the onion rings are out of this world. Quiche was wholesome goodness and the tri-tip sandwich was delicious and enough for two! Definitely worth the trip.

Thank kleffler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-967-0066

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?