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Cold Spring Tavern

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$$ - $$$
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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 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
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Overijse, Belgium
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206 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is wonderful for its history. Very special. Highly recommended because of the interior and the garden. Very friendly service and food OK. More expensive in the evening than at lunch time but the menu is also different.

Thank laraBrussels
Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
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156 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the great fortune of stopping by the Cold Spring for lunch on one of the fin al days of a 400 mile bike tour. We managed to arrive during a "planned power outage" courtesy of the local power authority. This lack of electricity didn't slow things down at Cols Spring. They fired up an outdoor grill, had cold... More 

1 Thank TeamRoadKill
Fountain Valley, California
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114 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built in 1873 this roadside tavern is an original stage coach stop on the road from Santa Barbara to Los Olivos. Rustic menu includes chicken to wild game in season. We watched a black bear foraging while we waited between lunch and dinner hours. There is a separate building which operates as a bar and live music spot. A fun... More 

1 Thank Michael N
Sylmar, CA
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

On a cool morning the little cottage, surrounded by trees and a campfire smell, just puts you in the mood for a weekend adventure. Had been a while since I had visited, and happy to say their breakfast is still one of the best. Had the Green omelet, and my friend had the Santa Barbara omelet. They come with potatoes... More 

1 Thank ZRtraveler
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The food was almost universally terrible. It came moments after ordering, making it more than clear it had been all or mostly pre-made long before we had ordered it. What wasn't mediocre was actually inedible. My sister ordered something off the specials that they were already out of at only 7:00pm, so she wound up getting boar chops instead. The... More 

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San Diego
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132 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Drove up here for lunch on a Saturday as a respite from wine tasting in Solvang. Delightful ambiance and location. Pulled pork and tri-tip sandwiches were pretty tasty. Nice crisp fries. The chili verde was good, perhaps not as tangy as I've had elsewhere, but still nice enough with some spicy peppers thrown for heat. Service was friendly and efficient.... More 

1 Thank tb911
Columbia, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

We stopped on the way back from some wine tasting headed to Santa Barbara. The wife was skeptical and the large volume of cars had her convinced we should move on. But I was driving so I prevailed and we stopped anyway for the Sunday afternoon tri-tip bbq sandwiches. Wow. Great sauces and cooked perfectly tender. Great seasoning too! And... More 

1 Thank Thomas M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Great tri-tip sand which and cold beer ! Live band was very good, nothing fancy - casual atmosphere, shorts and tee shirt are fine.

1 Thank Pete P
Ojai, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

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 !!

1 Thank Shelly11007
Santa Barbara
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Tried and true this place has been a local hangout with a warmth for visitors since stagecoach days. I've seen George Thoroghgood pop by to sit in and sing a few on a tri tip Sunday over the years. If you can... Catch the Nate Latta trio.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Steakhouse, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?