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Cold Spring Tavern

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Address: 5995 Stagecoach Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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+1 805-967-0066
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17:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Description:

A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.

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Great Lunch

Close to Santa Barbara but it is as if you are far away in a different time. The lunch was very good and a surprisingly good value. The restaurant is so unique it was a stop for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
TravelingAnnK
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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I don't get what the hype is about - I appreciate character and history, but the state of this place does not make me want to eat here. It's falling apart and I cannot imagine it is possible to keep the kitchen clean. My husband and I ate soup, and both of ours were not hot. The onion rings were... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Close to Santa Barbara but it is as if you are far away in a different time. The lunch was very good and a surprisingly good value. The restaurant is so unique it was a stop for the stagecoach in 1865. While waiting for a table we sat at tables under the trees, it was very peaceful.

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Thank TravelingAnnK
Santa Ynez, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

It's my "go to" for birthdays and celebrations. Also for taking people from out of the area who want an original treat. The Cold Spring Tavern is an old stage stop. The wooden sill on the entry door is worn down a couple of inches from years of being walked on and across. The Tavern has great game and wild... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Be ready to be transported to another world. Nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara off 154 this hidden gem is definitely worth the drive. Absolutely breathtaking ambiance and menu items you will not find anywhere else. A touch of elegance in a beautiful setting. Nostalgia, Teddy Roosevelt meet The Food Channel!

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Thank Dan F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The Cold Spring Tavern is a very unique, quirky, fun restaurant for any age group. Food is good. The have a burger that is not on the menu that is really tasty. Crowed on the weekends.

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Thank huzer
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

I had cup of Chili and tri tip sandwich. Both were delicious. Imagine a sunny day in December in Southern California so it's chilly outside in the shade. You're driving down a snaking pass through wooded areas and stumble on something which is a cross between Minnie's haberdasherie (Hateful eight) and a logging cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. Totally unique... More 

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Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Our group of about 20 enjoyed a fairly quick lunch in this historic tavern (reservations were made ahead). Barbeque Tri-tip sandwich was great. The served 3 sauces on the side, to suit your tastes: horseradish (strong--great if you like horseradish), barbecue (good and typical), and salsa (too hot/spicy for me). My preference was a combo of the horseradish w/barbeque. Portion... More 

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Thank OklahomaMomOf3
Montecito, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

well, hands down best tri-tip in town, nestled in the hills of the 154, you can't beat the location and ambiance! this place is so fun and the food is killer. highly recommend grabbing a beer while you wait for your tri-tip!

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Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Our family was visiting the area and had a fun Thanksgiving dinner here in this unusual, rustic spot. We drove up from Santa Barbara on the steep, winding road with some beautiful views of the sunset and then down another (narrower) winding road to the Tavern. We were early, so enjoyed a drink in the bar (with warm fire going)... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Do not go there at night ! Driving conditions Very dangerous and the place easy to miss. Definitely not recommended.

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