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 horse changeover and meals break station. 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.
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Cold Spring Tavern Reviews

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  • I should really tell everyone that the food is terrible and the location is impossible to get to--but that's because I want to keep it to ourselves. We live 10 miles from here and it's a short drive....  more »
  • What a treat to experience Cold Spring! Historical site serving wonderful food, our favorite was the tri tip sandwich. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating.  more »
  • While this place is a little out of the way, it is well worth the detour from your trip up to Santa Ynez valley and Solvang on Highway 154. The service is pleasant, informal, and excellent. The meals....  more »
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  • This was an excellent choice! The drive is beautiful! A great historical place with excellent food. The small side salad was quite large and very fresh. Onion rings were made with a thin breading and were cut thick and were very tasty. Their grilled cheese was flavorful! Staff all worked as a team and were friendly and quick to respond to our food order. There was live music playing outside!
  • Love. Great biker bar, but accommodates all who are looking for a unique space to relax and have a beverage and great food. Bluegrass music on Sundays. Restaurant on one side. Bar and the best tri tip sandwiches (buy a ticket at the bar) in existence on the other. Very communal bar and food environment, so if you are not nice and open, please don't bother the awesome souls here.
  • Great place! We had breakfast here and the French toast and flapjacks (pancakes to us Brits) were superb. We definitely recommend coming here for the food, and the really atmospheric building made it better. Looked like they also did a BBQ at lunch, which was getting busy as we left.
  • Rustic in a fantastic way. It's been here for 125 yrs! Super food and great food. The photos are the version steak sandwich, wild meat chili and venison patty hamburger. It was all good!
  • I was not expecting the food to be so good at a place known for history and it's unique ambiance. The venison sandwich was delicious. We were able to get lunch even though we arrived just shortly after 3pm.

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