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Cold Spring Tavern, Santa Barbara

(4.5/5 based on 340+ 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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  • This place combines beautiful scenery, excellent bbq, and California history. Tucked away inside Los Padres National Forest, this quaint restaurant isn't visible from Highway 154, but if you know its ...  more »
  • Very authentic and charming. Puts you way back in time. Great food. unusual menu with wild game early American food. Need to stop in for lunch on weekends. Live music and Tri-Tip Sandwiches. 
  • This tiny find was a great experience for lunch. Friends have told me not to miss the lunch spot for an experience and it lived up to the hype. 
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  • Big Tom's Sunday Tritip sets this place apart! Sundays at Cold Spring are epic for any and all Had dinner here more than a few times, one of the best spots for a date or to take some out of town guests. Unique menu, beautiful spot. The bar on the weekends typically has live music, bring some friends and hanging by the fire while listening to some local beats, you cannot go wrong here....ever!
  • Amazing place. Wonderful life music. Up in the hills you can have an amazing tritip sandwich here. Very cozy place.
  • 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.
  • The restaurant has very nice food, but I like to go there on the weekends and have a tri-tip sandwich made by Big Tom! It's delicious! The live music and just the general atmosphere is worth the visit up the road...
  • 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!