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Cold Spring Tavern

Open Now: 11:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 20:00
Open today: 11:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 20:00
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Historical Wild West Tavern

If you want to travel in time look no further than Cold Spring Tavern. A stage coach rest stop... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robert S
Miramar, Florida
Cool place, well worth the detour

By recommendation from a colleague we made our way here on our trip to Santa Ynez and were happily... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stockholm, Sweden
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A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
+1 805-967-0066
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to travel in time look no further than Cold Spring Tavern. A stage coach rest stop preserved in its original condition and serving the best chili and tri-tip sandwiches you will ever put in your mouth. Daily wild game specials served in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Robert S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As much as I love this place, our dinner was mediocre, fettuccine was terrible and service was even worse... unfortunately, I will not be going back. The food doesn’t meet the prices. The cuisine really needs to step it up . They were more concerned...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank okkokmo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By recommendation from a colleague we made our way here on our trip to Santa Ynez and were happily surprised by how cool it was. If the walls could talk they would probably tell amazing stories, but even today they hold great food served by...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank johnseverinson
Reviewed 6 November 2018

There's nothing else like this place - old historic buildings, fun bar, good food, music on weekends. Their tri tip sandwiches are great.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Chris F
Reviewed 6 November 2018

I hate to even review this place as I want to keep it for myself. Its worth the drive and you will return!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mike M
Reviewed 16 October 2018

This is such a treat to experience. The rustic little cavern is full of history & its as cozy as can be. The food is delicious and great spot for a special dinner. Its on the smaller side & getting a reservation is a good...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Connie O
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Extremely popular gathering place. Parking is mostly roadside, a short walk might be necessary. Food is reasonably good. Can be crowded

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Paul E
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Our group of 4 had dinner reservations at the Tavern. This is a classic preserved historic stage coach stop. Very rustic. On the evening we were there the mosquito's were very bad outside and inside the restaurant . We ordered appetizers and entree's, which I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Harpo208
Reviewed 2 October 2018

One of the oldest restaurants in CA as it was stage coach stop over 120 years ago (or more?). Great food , music on weekends. Go on Saturday and hear music and get Tri-tip sandwiches for less than $10...

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank edinsb2018
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

So after a Friday night beautiful wedding celebration of the new Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson, Saturday 4 of us girls decided to take an impromptu drive outside of Santa Barbara up to the Cold Springs Tavern for a quiet dinner, what a fabulous serene...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank debbier901
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30 August 2016|
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Response from Kylie K | Reviewed this property |
A rental car really is a must...so many things to see! A car is a must to get to Cold Spring Tavern also. You really need to have a car to get around town and to the piers etc. They do have some bike rentals but that is... More
Sandra W
19 July 2015|
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Response from Svignolo | Reviewed this property |
Even though it is a short distance from Santa Barbara, you really get the feeling that you are far away in the mountains. It is very rustic and there is not a lot of cement outside just very fine dirt. I would leave dogs in... More
Serafin H
1 July 2015|
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Response from roadtriptriptripin | Reviewed this property |
Hi Serafin, If you go on a Sunday afternoon in the summer, parking could be somewhat of a challenge. There are numerous parking spaces availabile, which fill up quickly. There is also a large dirt lot next to the tavern... More