Cold Spring Tavern

Historic Site, BBQ Joint, and Bar
Santa Barbara
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  • James D.
    "Sunday afternoon, tri tip sandwich, and blues."(4 Tips)
    Salvador .
    "Great tri tip sandwich and the location is authentically cool."(6 Tips)
    Alesha D.
    "SoCal...an old stagecoach stop"(2 Tips)
    Jae C.
    "... into a saloon in the old west."(2 Tips)
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  • Nadezda M.
    Such a beautiful place! I love the menu, ribs are the best 🍴👍😍
  • Charlie K.
    The meats are awesome, the beer cold and varied and scenery beautiful.
  • Dylan P.
    Dylan PereraJanuary 21
    Amazing hidden place! Up in the mountains lies this old west stage coach tavern held true to its original condition. The food is excellent with the most popular dish being the Tri tip sandwich.
  • Jae C.
    Jae ClarkeJanuary 9
    Tri tip is phenomenal! French dip and tri tip sandwich both really good. Restaurant is reallllly rustic, like you stepped into a saloon in the old west.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinDecember 28, 2015
    The Elk Chops were very good, but the service was rushed and impersonal. The restaurant was very dirty. The soup may as well just been from a can. The historic aspect of the restaurant is nice though!
  • Shamus W.
    Shamus WilsonJune 22, 2015
    Live music on Sunday afternoons.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMay 3, 2015
    For a somewhat touristy stop, delicious food
  • Vincent V.
    Vincent VandalonFebruary 26, 2015
    Great place for a burger and a beer. Real authentic athmosphere.
  • Meg C.
    Meg CameronJanuary 18, 2015
    Fun and relaxing place to enjoy nature.
  • Neeraj P.
    Neeraj PradhanNovember 9, 2014
    Chilli, Quiche
  • Liz .
    Liz 🐲September 15, 2014
    Get your ticket for food at the bar, then head over to the BBQ line to pick up your delicious tritip!
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒September 15, 2014
    Great tri tip sandwich and the location is authentically cool.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Cold Spring Tavern as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 9, 2014
    Go on weekends and experience the glorious tri-tip sandwich they serve. It's amazing!
  • Jim M.
    Jim MooreOctober 21, 2013
    A must stop!!!
  • Rachel R
    Rachel RSeptember 19, 2013
    Try the Chili Sampler! Great flavours, my favourite being the Chile Verde. Shame we couldn't visit on the weekend when they apparently have live music.
  • Matt V.
    Matt VLAugust 25, 2013
    Sunday tri-tip sandwiches taste great but bring $. $9+ for sandwhich
  • Alesha D.
    Alesha DaileyAugust 2, 2013
    This hideaway is one of the best kept secrets in SoCal...an old stagecoach stop that has retained its rustic charm. Got here early and had the place to ourselves. The pork chops were amazing!
  • Ms. Agnes
    Ms. AgnesJuly 8, 2013
    Loved the "hidden-secret" bohemian feel here and enjoyed learning about the history. Food was top-notch!
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesApril 10, 2013
    Cold Spring Tavern, a rustic old stagecoach stop tucked alongside Cold Spring Canyon, serves powerful brew, with live music, as well as fancier fare in the candlelit restaurant. Read more
  • Cate C.
    Cate CundiffFebruary 28, 2012
    Might be best chili and ribs in the state.
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonDecember 15, 2011
    BBQ Beef Sandwich
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MorganOctober 17, 2011
    This place is awesome! Worth the drive. Bbq Tri tip and venison steak sandwiches are amazing
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine MaundSeptember 18, 2011
    They serve island brews. Yum. Paradise to my face.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SSeptember 17, 2011
    Have the BBQ Beef sandwich.
  • Jenn K.
    Jenn KennedyAugust 28, 2011
    POozxppppppppommq
  • Melissa💗 K.
    Melissa💗 KnocheAugust 21, 2011
    Go on Sunday. They have the BEST tri-tip sandwich and horseradish. Amazing.
  • Jez
    JezJuly 31, 2011
    No dogs allowed even on the patio on Sundays
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WilliamsJuly 5, 2011
    Dogs allowed in picnic area every day but Sunday
  • Bree W.
    Bree WilliamsonJuly 5, 2011
    The chili was unbelievable. The regular one- cheese n onions n fuckin delicious. The cheeseburger was epic. It tasted like I made it myself. I didn't say a word the whole meal and that's rare lol.
  • SerenA L.
    SerenA LimMarch 12, 2011
    Idk about the tri tip sandwich cuz I just remember the sauce...everywhere!
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 19, 2010
    You'll find bicycles, pick-ups, Harleys & Bentleys parked out front. Next to the delicious restaurant, full bar & "hang" spot houses live music every night. -Alex Reznik, Top Chef
  • LizzieRoyale
    LizzieRoyaleOctober 31, 2010
    ★★★★★
  • LizzieRoyale
    LizzieRoyaleOctober 31, 2010
    HOT; hot sauce. ☠ BBQ tri-tip! YUM!!
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChamberlainAugust 1, 2010
    Coolest secret bar ever
  • James D.
    James DewhirstJuly 26, 2010
    Sunday afternoon, tri tip sandwich, and blues. It is amazing every time.
  • Rob L.
    Rob LettieriJune 22, 2010
    It's actually the Cold Spring Tavern......not Springs!!!!
  • Dressed and Ready
    Dressed and ReadyJune 11, 2010
    Any day is nice, but Sunday lunch at Cold Springs Tavern is THE BEST.
  • Nissa H.
    Nissa HalesApril 5, 2010
    Have a tri tip sandwich on a Sunday afternoon while listening to live local music. Read more
  • Duncan W.
    Duncan WestleyApril 4, 2010
    stating the obvious, but Sunday afternoons with Tom & Kenny and a BBQ tri-tip sandwich (from http://socialstardom.com)
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HummelFebruary 14, 2010
    Get ready to stand in 2 lines! One for ticket for your tri-tip sanny and beer and then to get tri-tip. Well worth it! It was on food network best I ever had
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Visit Cold Springs Tavern in Santa Barbara, home of the first gold mining coach station. It's romantic and has a great fire. Try their signature dish of chicken stuffed with cranberries. -Patti Stange
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