Cold Spring Tavern, Santa Barbara

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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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  • Great Stop along our California journey!! We stopped on the weekend and they had live music and tri-tip beef on the grill!! We had beer and sandwiches! SUPER FUN!! Majestic views ... mountain roads .....  more »
  • Just the fact that it is still standing was impressive to us! Beautiful location tucked into the hillside; food was quite good too.  more »
  • Very unique and special place in the mts, with great music, fun bar and delicious food, rustic and cozy, especially on a Sunday afternoon, for their famous Tri Tip Sandwich  more »
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  • Love this place! Very calming with a wood fire burning in the fireplace. Only problem that we experienced is that breakfast is only served on weekends from 8am-10am. The food is great! And service is fast and very friendly. Great place to get away for a great meal!
  • We visited for the first time this afternoon. Very quaint and rustic. Wait staff was efficient and well informed. We were there for lunch and weren’t able to taste all the additional items on the dinner menu. It was pretty dark inside but I think the Tavern’s history and a recommendation from a friend is what drew us there. We recommend the Tavern to anyone passing by on hwy. 154.
  • What a beautiful and unique spot nestled in the mountains. I loved the quaint charm of the tavern. You feel like you are being transported back to the days of the stage coach. Even the bread for my sandwich was home baked. Yummy food and a fun atmosphere. Totally worth the stop!
  • Such a fantastic hidden historical gem! Property was pretty cool. Food was good. Went on a weekday so pretty quiet but imagined it getting extremely busy on the weekends. A must see spot on your way through Santa Barbara.
  • An old stagecoach stop outside of Santa Barbara. Very friendly service and terriffic comfort food in a legitimately rustic setting. If it's a cool day, try to get a table in the room with the fireplace. I stop in every time I'm in the SB area.
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