Cold Spring Tavern

★★★★★
  • 5995 Stagecoach Rd

    Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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  • 805-967-0066

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Great place to relax and grab a bite and a beer \r
Restaurant has good steaks, and a nice selection of beer and wine, and on summer weekends different bands come and entertain guests as they relax. \r
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★★★★★

Great place to relax and grab a bite and a beer \r
Restaurant has good steaks, and a nice selection of beer and wine, and on summer weekends different bands come and entertain guests as they relax. \r
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This is a great place to take out of town guests or to escape the city. I love the ambiance.

3
★★★★★

This is a great place to take out of town guests or to escape the city. I love the ambiance.

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Great music and love the atmosphere.. Great way to get a little stress out of your life form a hard work week.. drinks are flowing and people here are awesome

3
★★★★★

Great music and love the atmosphere.. Great way to get a little stress out of your life form a hard work week.. drinks are flowing and people here are awesome

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Without a doubt one of my favorite road side stops in California, this fully preserved stagecoach stop features excellent food and drink and a welcome respite during a weekend getaway. Difficult to find and off the the 154 under the gorgeous Cold Spring Canyon bridge, this is a must find place, particularly on weekends when they open up the outdoors with bands and barbecue. But if you miss that fear not, the cozy inside will take you back to the wild west in with the original decor but not the food, which is some of the best, most unique ingredients. Seek it out.

2
★★★★★

Without a doubt one of my favorite road side stops in California, this fully preserved stagecoach stop features excellent food and drink and a welcome respite during a weekend getaway. Difficult to find and off the the 154 under the gorgeous Cold Spring Canyon bridge, this is a must find place, particularly on weekends when they open up the outdoors with bands and barbecue. But if you miss that fear not, the cozy inside will take you back to the wild west in with the original decor but not the food, which is some of the best, most unique ingredients. Seek it out.

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This was quite possibly the best meal I've had -- at least it is the best I can recall. Cold Spring Tavern is a throwback and an extraordinary find. In the hills on the San Marcos pass it is just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, yet it feels like you're a thousand miles away. The setting is perfect and then there's the meal...unbelievable. We had mushrooms stuffed with a venison sausage broiled and served with a sherry mushrom broth. My wife had an albondigas soup that was sublime. I had a green salad with house made ranch dressing, and learned that the very first ranch dressing was served in this very restaurant (which, by the way, is only a short distance from Hidden Valley of ranch dressing fame!). For our entrees I had wild boar chops with a fig Cabernet demi glace. Stephne had the local wild halibut baked with a light curry sauce and topped with crushed pecans. They were both transcendant meals that we will long remember. Matty, our host and server, was exactly what you're looking for when you're out: a font of local insight and an understanding of good food, coupled with pride of place. Cold Spring Tavern is a rare find that should not be overlooked. If you're searching for Old California or just the best damned meal of your life, look no further.

5
★★★★★

This was quite possibly the best meal I've had -- at least it is the best I can recall. Cold Spring Tavern is a throwback and an extraordinary find. In the hills on the San Marcos pass it is just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, yet it feels like you're a thousand miles away. The setting is perfect and then there's the meal...unbelievable. We had mushrooms stuffed with a venison sausage broiled and served with a sherry mushrom broth. My wife had an albondigas soup that was sublime. I had a green salad with house made ranch dressing, and learned that the very first ranch dressing was served in this very restaurant (which, by the way, is only a short distance from Hidden Valley of ranch dressing fame!). For our entrees I had wild boar chops with a fig Cabernet demi glace. Stephne had the local wild halibut baked with a light curry sauce and topped with crushed pecans. They were both transcendant meals that we will long remember. Matty, our host and server, was exactly what you're looking for when you're out: a font of local insight and an understanding of good food, coupled with pride of place. Cold Spring Tavern is a rare find that should not be overlooked. If you're searching for Old California or just the best damned meal of your life, look no further.

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This restaurant and bar is a favorite of mine because I love places that not everyone frequents. A place that takes a drive to get to but once you get there you feel like your worlds away from home and transplanted back in time. It's an old stagecoach stop for travelers between Solvang/101 to Santa Barbara w/o taking the freeway or coast. Great spot if your into places where you don't like being seen and just integrating with the locals.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant and bar is a favorite of mine because I love places that not everyone frequents. A place that takes a drive to get to but once you get there you feel like your worlds away from home and transplanted back in time. It's an old stagecoach stop for travelers between Solvang/101 to Santa Barbara w/o taking the freeway or coast. Great spot if your into places where you don't like being seen and just integrating with the locals.

Pros: Good food & great setting

Cons: Somewhat hard to find..

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I have been going here for several years and always take out of town guests. We have never been disappoointed and my guests are enjoying the sights in Santa Barbara County. This charming quaint, rustic restaurant has brought us all joy. Our European visitors still remark about the visit and my granddaughter and friends are always ready to dine there. The prices are great, the experience is unique and it is number one on our favorites. Cheryl Simi valley

2
★★★★★

I have been going here for several years and always take out of town guests. We have never been disappoointed and my guests are enjoying the sights in Santa Barbara County. This charming quaint, rustic restaurant has brought us all joy. Our European visitors still remark about the visit and my granddaughter and friends are always ready to dine there. The prices are great, the experience is unique and it is number one on our favorites. Cheryl Simi valley

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This is an awesome place! It's so unique! They offer gamey wild entrees. It's hidden in the hills and mountains. It was hard to find but all worth it! It's actually really nice and can be romantic for dinner time. It's just a great time!

4
★★★★☆

This is an awesome place! It's so unique! They offer gamey wild entrees. It's hidden in the hills and mountains. It was hard to find but all worth it! It's actually really nice and can be romantic for dinner time. It's just a great time!

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If you plan of stay overnight in Solvang area after a wine tasting experience in Santa Ynez or Paso Robles wineries, or for whatever reason, you might need to complement your getaway experience with the brunch that takes you back to past.
This historic joint serves breakfast/brunch which I would call "An American Breakfast." Though the food is already incredible, not to mention the cost--your eyes may open wide and your jaw might dropped, dining in this restaurant makes you feel eating with our forefathers... ha ha ha. This place is no ordinary place. You don't come here to compare food but to experience dining in one of California's landmarks--a tourist spot.
Over hundred years ago, dusty stagecoaches stopped here at what was then know as "Cold Spring Relay Station" to change teams of horses and allow travelers to rest at this stagecoach stop and enjoy one of the most delicious meals in the Old West. Today the tavern (Cold Spring Tavern) is still a "rest stop" though now travelers arrive in more modern coaches to enjoy the food and refreshment which is still among the best in the West.
The place is best for a little romantic experience, family brunch, or group of friends. A great place to experience the countryside after a good meal... California has great weather, so pick your day (or weekend).
On different occasions, I came here with friends, family, and a great girlfriend. 100% recommended.

2
★★★★★

If you plan of stay overnight in Solvang area after a wine tasting experience in Santa Ynez or Paso Robles wineries, or for whatever reason, you might need to complement your getaway experience with the brunch that takes you back to past.
This historic joint serves breakfast/brunch which I would call "An American Breakfast." Though the food is already incredible, not to mention the cost--your eyes may open wide and your jaw might dropped, dining in this restaurant makes you feel eating with our forefathers... ha ha ha. This place is no ordinary place. You don't come here to compare food but to experience dining in one of California's landmarks--a tourist spot.
Over hundred years ago, dusty stagecoaches stopped here at what was then know as "Cold Spring Relay Station" to change teams of horses and allow travelers to rest at this stagecoach stop and enjoy one of the most delicious meals in the Old West. Today the tavern (Cold Spring Tavern) is still a "rest stop" though now travelers arrive in more modern coaches to enjoy the food and refreshment which is still among the best in the West.
The place is best for a little romantic experience, family brunch, or group of friends. A great place to experience the countryside after a good meal... California has great weather, so pick your day (or weekend).
On different occasions, I came here with friends, family, and a great girlfriend. 100% recommended.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Parking

Cons: It's Old, So Be Careful Not To Break Anything--Just Joking

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I know a lot of people love this place, and my boyfriend and i went b/c of the reviews. We were so excited about it, and it was a total disappointment. The place is nicely tucked away and the outside bar seemed to be more fun than the restaurant. It took our server at least 10 minutes to even acknowledge we were there. My boyfriend's soup came luke warm, and my medium rare steak was a very well done. When I asked about it, he just gave me a look and took the food away w/o saying anything. My water was never refilled, and he never checked on us. We are not rude people at restaurants, and we were always nice, even when I had to return my steak. There was no excuse for the service that we got. It was definitely a low point of our trip, and I'm sad to say I will never return.

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★☆☆☆☆

I know a lot of people love this place, and my boyfriend and i went b/c of the reviews. We were so excited about it, and it was a total disappointment. The place is nicely tucked away and the outside bar seemed to be more fun than the restaurant. It took our server at least 10 minutes to even acknowledge we were there. My boyfriend's soup came luke warm, and my medium rare steak was a very well done. When I asked about it, he just gave me a look and took the food away w/o saying anything. My water was never refilled, and he never checked on us. We are not rude people at restaurants, and we were always nice, even when I had to return my steak. There was no excuse for the service that we got. It was definitely a low point of our trip, and I'm sad to say I will never return.

Pros: location

Cons: service, food

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I went there on a sunny Sunday afternoon. A music band was playing while bikers and a laid-back crowd filled the space in front of the restaurant. The vibe on the yard was amazing. Our lunch included burgers and salads. Though the eatery serves more challenging dishes as well. Finest fish meals, French quiche or sauteed medallions of rabbit are on the eatery's dinner menu. The oil lamp lit ambiance is furnished with heavy tables and ancient chairs, wooden floor and an impressive steel chandelier dangling from a dark roof. The setting is perfected by a huge fireplace while walls are covered with divers ancient items.Tableware looked kinda worn, though it might be a specific design, in order to make the setting unified.

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★★★★★

I went there on a sunny Sunday afternoon. A music band was playing while bikers and a laid-back crowd filled the space in front of the restaurant. The vibe on the yard was amazing. Our lunch included burgers and salads. Though the eatery serves more challenging dishes as well. Finest fish meals, French quiche or sauteed medallions of rabbit are on the eatery's dinner menu. The oil lamp lit ambiance is furnished with heavy tables and ancient chairs, wooden floor and an impressive steel chandelier dangling from a dark roof. The setting is perfected by a huge fireplace while walls are covered with divers ancient items.Tableware looked kinda worn, though it might be a specific design, in order to make the setting unified.

Pros: Food, ambience

Cons: tableware

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This very unique restaurant is actually an old stagecoach stop, which looks and feels the part! The food is amazing, with a wide and interesting variety of wild game and other delicious entrees. Genuine decor throughout and friendly service. Beware, it is a very popular spot, so don't be in too much of a hurry. The tavern next door is a great place to grab a drink and catch some live music. A beautiful place we will return to!

2
★★★★★

This very unique restaurant is actually an old stagecoach stop, which looks and feels the part! The food is amazing, with a wide and interesting variety of wild game and other delicious entrees. Genuine decor throughout and friendly service. Beware, it is a very popular spot, so don't be in too much of a hurry. The tavern next door is a great place to grab a drink and catch some live music. A beautiful place we will return to!

Pros: Great food and atmosphere

Cons: Long wait

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We have eaten at Cold Springs many times and have brought friends and family to experience it as well. It is a unique place, out in the hills with a varied menu. As a former way station, you can just imagine the stage coach stopping.

I would recommend it highly as a place that gives you a taste of the past.

4
★★★★☆

We have eaten at Cold Springs many times and have brought friends and family to experience it as well. It is a unique place, out in the hills with a varied menu. As a former way station, you can just imagine the stage coach stopping.

I would recommend it highly as a place that gives you a taste of the past.

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The authentic stagecoach stop ambiance of Cold Springs Tavern makes this a worthwhile stop. Our dinner for four was $132 before the tip. The food results were mixed and the service can be slow when it is crowded. The ribs were excellent but the elk special was tough. It may be a better choice for lunch or early dinner. The trip from Santa Barbara is quite an adventure and best travelled during daylight hours for those unfamiliar with the area.

tjf
Miami

2
★★★★☆

The authentic stagecoach stop ambiance of Cold Springs Tavern makes this a worthwhile stop. Our dinner for four was $132 before the tip. The food results were mixed and the service can be slow when it is crowded. The ribs were excellent but the elk special was tough. It may be a better choice for lunch or early dinner. The trip from Santa Barbara is quite an adventure and best travelled during daylight hours for those unfamiliar with the area.

tjf
Miami

Pros: historical ambiance

Cons: slow service when crowded

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Cold Springs Tavern (and Restaurant) is a terrific place that I've been to many times. It is located about 20 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, up in the foothills. It is quite rustic - log cabin style structure amongst the trees. Even the restroom is reached by going outside to a separate building (not an outhouse!). The restaurant is small, with about 4 or 5 separate cozy dining rooms. The food is great - unique recipes and dishes. This restaurant has been here for many years. There is a separate bar in another little building for the dance crowd. They can handle larger grops too, with advanced notice. My sister had her wedding reception here and everyone in our group loved it. (It was a small group of about 15.) Parking can be slightly difficult because you have to parallel park along the winding road. There is just a tiny parking lot. There are no streetlights at night, just the lights from the restaurant. Competitive prices for their delicious dishes. Mid week specials occasionally.

PROS: Unique dining experience in a log cabin in the woods
CONS: parking is challenging.

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★★★★☆

Cold Springs Tavern (and Restaurant) is a terrific place that I've been to many times. It is located about 20 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, up in the foothills. It is quite rustic - log cabin style structure amongst the trees. Even the restroom is reached by going outside to a separate building (not an outhouse!). The restaurant is small, with about 4 or 5 separate cozy dining rooms. The food is great - unique recipes and dishes. This restaurant has been here for many years. There is a separate bar in another little building for the dance crowd. They can handle larger grops too, with advanced notice. My sister had her wedding reception here and everyone in our group loved it. (It was a small group of about 15.) Parking can be slightly difficult because you have to parallel park along the winding road. There is just a tiny parking lot. There are no streetlights at night, just the lights from the restaurant. Competitive prices for their delicious dishes. Mid week specials occasionally.

PROS: Unique dining experience in a log cabin in the woods
CONS: parking is challenging.

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I consider Cold Spring Tavern to be somewhat of a unique dining experience. I feel like I am in a different world when I am there - as if I'm not anywhere near Santa Barbara. It feels like the restaurant blends into the surrounding environment of the creek, trees, and rocks. They have a variety of food offerings, from quiche to rabbit or buffalo. The food is great. Local musicians play at the restaurant every now and again too.

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★★★★☆

I consider Cold Spring Tavern to be somewhat of a unique dining experience. I feel like I am in a different world when I am there - as if I'm not anywhere near Santa Barbara. It feels like the restaurant blends into the surrounding environment of the creek, trees, and rocks. They have a variety of food offerings, from quiche to rabbit or buffalo. The food is great. Local musicians play at the restaurant every now and again too.

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What can I say...the tri-tip sandwich is the best thing out there. The guy cooking up those things is top notch. The only detractor is the drunk bartender, I think his name is Matt.

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★★★★★

What can I say...the tri-tip sandwich is the best thing out there. The guy cooking up those things is top notch. The only detractor is the drunk bartender, I think his name is Matt.

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Everyone loves the creaky wood floors at this 1886 stagecoach stop, which offers a weekly game-meat special, ranging from caribou or grilled pheasant to rabbit or kangaroo (every dinner comes with fresh baked bread and soup or salad). More…

 

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