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Cold Spring Tavern

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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were 7 plus a baby. I suggest reservations so you can be seated right away there is usually a long wait. The atmosphere is cozy warm and comfortable. Crowded yet we could converse without any noise problem. The food is very good! Service was normal friendly staff. Parking is along the twisted road so take the spot that you... More 

Thank Nancy H
Bakersfield, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a party of 7 over New Years weekend. Even though we didnt have a reservation we were seated quickly. Everyone at the table LOVED their food. My friend and I had the Tri-Tip and it is OUTSTANDING!!! My husband had the buffalo burger and claims it is one of the best he has ever had. Order the onion... More 

Thank kstephen6
Santa Barbara, California
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My out-of-town family LOVE this place! And as a local, I often forget it's even there! So, during the holidays we all made the trek up the hill and over the pass to the tavern for a Boxing Day lunch. It really does feel like stepping back in time...authentic buildings, a tranquil waterfall, lush greenery, fascinating relics decorating the interior...... More 

Thank pearlfrancis
Moorpark, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you love history & amazing outdoor experiences this is for you. Away from the city it is Remote but easy to get to, a step back in time, it's literally unchanged from the 1800's. Rustic , historical & a beautiful setting . You can't help but imagine yourself on a stage coach from back in the day .

Thank skydax11
Charleston, South Carolina
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The food was just ok, but well worth the trip just due to how cool the building and surrounding area was. I had the venison sandwich, but if I went back I would try something else. Not bad, just not worth repeating that meal.

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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

You go for the experience. A really intriguing location with historical significance. Tried the chili sampler, which was a bit bland. My wife had the regular burger, I had the bison burger.. they tasted the same. They were enormous, though. And fresh and hot. The service was California surfing dude, but very chill. A fun lunch

Thank teddydove
Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

For me, this was a blast from the past. My parents had their wedding party there in 1963. They knew the owner very well, and my mom grew up less from a mile from there. For someone that hasn't been there before, go fr the historical value. Have lunch in a old roadhouse that has not changed in at least... More 

Thank kevinak
Barcelona, Spain
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120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I have no words to describe this place. It's in the middle of nowhere and it is a small wood house, it's like you were inside the movie Lord of the rings and Frida would show up at any moment. Inside it's so cozy and there is a fireplace. We didn't eat, just got some beers that were pretty good.... More 

Thank Carla1100
Friant, California
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Wonderful setting, eclectic, style and excellent hearty entrees. If you're game for game dishes, you'll love the menu, there are dishes featuring Boar, Venison, Buffalo. This place if laid back and friendly, so don't expect a little guy in a tux, standing by your table to service your every need. Historic and iconic, well worth a lunch or dinner.

Thank Gay M
Overijse, Belgium
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216 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

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

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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
US$ 30
American, Bar, Steakhouse, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-967-0066

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