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Cold Spring Tavern, Santa Barbara

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4.5/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
Cold Spring Tavern was established as a stagecoach stop in 1865. Originally known as the "Cold Spring Relay Station", it was a place to change horses and allow travelers to rest and enjoy a meal. The tavern is located 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara, California in Cold Spring Canyon, which is about a mile off Highway 154 along Stagecoach Road (in the San Marcos Pass area).The tavern serves steak, lamb, venison, duck, and rabbit, and kangaroo.RecognitionThe tavern was chosen as the BEST place for a Romantic Getaway and The Santa Barbara Independent called it "pure MAGIC!" They have been noted as one of the few restaurants serving bear.
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  • it's a bit of a drive up highway 154 but well worth it. hidden down the old stagecoach road in the hills of santa barbara it is truly a hidden gem 
  • I've wanted to come to the Cold Springs Tavern for a while. Recently I've had the chance to go twice, once on a summer weekend and once during the week. The atmosphere was quite different on the two v...  read more »
  • We dropped by the Cold Spring Tavern for a mid afternoon beer recently. What a lovely location! The Tavern itself is very rustic, but steeped in history. The place rocks on the weekends, but is a bit ...  read more »
  • Great out of town location. Very crowded on the weekends. Hope for shade if sitting outside at tables or benches. When restaurant is closed enjoy a tri-tip sandwich and draft beer and listen to the music. Tight road parking and lot.
  • A must see if you're in the Santa Barbara area! Biker friendly if you're riding out on your motorcycles too. On the weekends they have live music and it gets crowded with people coming out to enjoy the music and grilled tri-tip sandwiches. Highly recommend!
  • This review is going to be a bit atypical of this location. Believe it or not, I attended a wedding here. It was such a surprising place to hold a wedding, and the whole event went off well. If you are thinking of hosting a wedding here, just be aware it is small venue, and bugs are a real issue. Overall those negatives were managed well by the wedding venue, but still were a bit of a nuisance. 4/5 stars
  • Top three for a mountain Tavern Inn: Gorgeous setting with amazing BBQ and reasonably priced rib sticking food. Live entertainment! Craft beer at great prices. What more do you want?
  • Stopped here on a motorcycle trip and my wife loved it. We made dinner reservations and the food was terrific. The I interior felt historic and cozy. The tri tip was cooked perfectly. We definitely want to go back the next time we're passing through. It's not too far up the hill from Santa Barbara either.
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