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Cold Spring Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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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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Ojai, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dropped in to check it out on the drive back to Ojai. Stayed a few more hours than planned. Live music, great drinks, awesome atmosphere ! Ended up having a wonderful dinner next door !! Can't wait to go back !!

Thank Shelly11007
Newport Beach, California, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is tucked away in the hills by Santa Barbara. We went there for Thanksgiving dinner and it was amazing. The atmosphere is one where you can't stop looking around at the building both inside and out. The food is delicious. Even if you don't eat there - stop in and walk around - the drive is well worth it.

Thank PVO4811
Cape May, New Jersey
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was hot. We got there 30 minutes ahead of our reservation for 4. The couple ahead of us did not have a reservation and the host/waiter told them it would be 15 minutes. He told us we'd have to wait the full 1/2 hour? Outside (the only place to wait) was hot and lots of small to large flies.... More 

Thank Gary H
Berlin, Germany
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 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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58 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

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 July 10, 2016

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 July 7, 2016

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 July 5, 2016

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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

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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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 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

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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
Local cuisine, Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?