5995 Stage Coach Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-9776
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Enjoy a delicious meal in the Old West at this tavern where dusty stagecoaches would have stopped over one hundred years ago. This old establishment ... More
Cold Spring Tavern
Enjoy a delicious meal in the Old West at this tavern where dusty stagecoaches would have stopped over one hundred years ago. This old establishment features stone fireplaces and excellent, traditional American cuisine. An adjacent log cabin offers live music on Wednesday nights.
On a whim, though we were starving and tired from traveling all day, we took a friend's recommendation and found out way to the unmarked, unadvertised Cold Spring Tavern.I wanted to spend the rest of our day there when we arrived. Incredible wine list, menu selections rivaled only by 4stars in the city.The sweet air, warm ambiance and friendly staff and clientele made it perfect.Save room though, you will want to lick your plate!We will certainly make a point to stop in again on our next trip.
The 300lb dude cookin' the tri-tip dropped a piece of meat... picked it up with his bare hand, proceeded to slap it on a bun and handed it to me... : / If your into free spirited, hippie-esk atmospheres then you will feel right at home.
On a recent visit to Santa Barbara we were treated to an evening visit to a "quaint" log-cabin restaurant which turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Cold Spring Tavern is an authentic stage coach stop up and over the hills from the coast, on the way to the wine country of Santa Ynez. Hidden in fragrent laurel trees in a canyon under the famous high bridge, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, there is this tight cluster of antique cabins which has served meals to travellers since stage coach days. The two main cabins are the main dining room, consisting of several rooms, each with a fireplace, and decorated with real and relevant antiques (although the floor tilts slightly), and the freestanding bar which serves tri-tips on weekends.
The food is fabulous, specializing in real game entrees, with homecooked essence and the best potatoes ever served. It all tastes like your Grandma was in charge. The desserts are droolsome. It is cozy and warm, like you just got off the stage with fellow passengers. The wait staff is family-like-friendly and efficient. A full selection of local wines rounds out the meal, including their own label (actually the excellent Brander Winery in Los Olivos nearby).
The log-cabin bar serves fast BBQ platters inside at the tables or outside in the courtyard which is the place to listen to the full line-up of musicians on the weekend days and nights. From country rock to experimental blues and humorous american songbook, the venue draws the best of local musicians, whose work has been collected into two volumes of CD's by one of the waitresses in charge of the music line-up. The place is a destination for families as well as aging bikers, and THE hangout for locals in the know who meet buddies and beauties for music and fun. Even some of the many celebraties in the area seek out this hideaway. We went back the next day, and had a blast, and more of the best potatoes ever served, anywhere. Give it a try, you won't regret it. Get reservations for the full dinner. Casual.
Riding up on the bike from L.A. was definitely worth it. The scenery is great once you start climbing up and the setting is very relaxing. All types of people go there from wild Harley looking types to families. I didn't get to try the food because my date would only let me order a salad and a beer, but it looked hearty and delicious. The service is great. A word of advice for the ride back: don't wear thong underwear.
I recently took several of my motorcycle-riding buddies up to the Tavern for a bite to eat on a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon. I had heard good things about the place but had never been there before. We weren't dissappointed. The atmosphere was great (very unique) the people were friendly and the tri-tip sandwiches were fantastic! I can't wait to visit again.
Excellent food with a great atmosphere. If you looking for a bite, and don't want to do the whole sit down thing, you should go to the bar, in the other building, and order a burger or steak sandwich, great place to drink too.
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