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Cold Spring Tavern

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€€ - €€€
American, Bar, Steakhouse, Pub
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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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Laguna Beach, California
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643 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2014

Nice drive to get there, about 15 miles from UCSB. They have buildings from 1896 and say that the stagecoaches would stop there for food and drinks back in the day. Ribs were great and the beer battered onion rings are a must try. Bands play on the weekends, we had a fun group when we were there. Next time... More 

Thank atlagunabeach
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1,694 reviews
543 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 952 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2014 via mobile

This place has been around forever, in an industry where short lifetimes are the rule, and there's a reason - consistently great food, an eclectic menu, a quaint building and good service.

Thank CarmichaelVentura
Marco Island, Florida
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270 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2014 via mobile

fun roads to get there Veggie burger was great Pumpkin soup was the best I ever had Setting was from 100 years ago Middle of wine country Worth the visit!

Thank pho2
Santa Clarita, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2014

Popped in for breakfast on the way up to Santa Ynez to go Grape Stomping. What a gem of a place!!!! Really quaint & tucked away in the woods..........breakfast was delicious!!! Service was fast & the food obviously was freshly made - I chose not to get biscuits & toast with my breakfast but landed up eating bits from everyone... More 

Thank Mandy153
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2014 via mobile

My husband recently took me here for a birthday dinner. We drove up from Santa Barbara, a lovely scenic drive there. This little gem of a place is tucked into the side of the mountain on old stagecoach road and is an original stagecoach stop from 1838. Teeming with character and ambience, they serve very flavorful robust dishes! Two words...GO... More 

Thank Janet S
Manila, Philippines
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2014

This place is a must stop for all tourist coming to LA. Unbeatable atmosphere with country-style live music, the most delicious sandwiches ever, great beer and amazing crowd.

Thank nicka8181
Santa Barbara, California
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Cold Spring Tavern is located in an historic Stagecoach Stop, and it feels like it, in a good way. The food is always wonderful, and you often find tasty surprises like Elk, Rabbit, Venison, and Quail in addition to the ever-popular ribs, burgers, and chili. Staff are friendly and helpful. We have been going to Cold Spring Tavern for 28... More 

Thank Pinner5
San Fernando, California, United States
1 review
Reviewed 2 September 2014

This place takes you back in time to the Stage Coach Days. It's a well hidden place in the mountains of Santa Barbara. Nice place to ride to on a motorcycle. Very woodsy and live music, great atmosphere all around!!!!! There is also a small restaurant.

Thank BrendaG818
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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779 reviews
447 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Went here for breakfast yesterday and was not disappointed. Although it seems a bit off the beaten "Santa Barbara" track it's not very far at all and well worth a drive into the canyon. The service was great and the food very good as well. Recommend!

Thank SeatOfMyPntsTravelr
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2014

This is the best place to go and "get away" The setting is fantastic, in the Santa Ynez mountains above Santa Barbara. Nestled amongst nature in a shady cool area. The restaurant area has several rooms with a truly great menu and our dinner was fantastic. Don't miss the chili. The bar is a western saloon which often has live... More 

Thank Dennis H

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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?