Cold Spring Tavern

Historic Site, BBQ Joint, and Bar
5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • Noon–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Mon
    • Noon–4:00 PM
  • Tue
    • Noon–1:00 PM
    • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Wed
    • None
  • Thu
    • Noon–2:00 PM
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 82 votes

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  • What you need to know
    James D.
    "Sunday afternoon, tri tip sandwich, and blues."(4 Tips)
    Salvador .
    "Great tri tip sandwich and the location is authentically cool."(4 Tips)
    Alesha D.
    " old stagecoach stop"(2 Tips)
    "spot houses live music every night."(5 Tips)
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38 tips and reviews.

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  • sunday afternoon
  • sandwiches
  • old stagecoach stop
  • barbecue
  • live music
  • rustic
  • spicy food
  • chili
  • romantic
  • burgers
  • pork chops
  • picnic areas
  • outdoor seating
  • full bar
  • beer
  • authentic
  • oatmeal
  • meats
  • venison
  • tritip
  • Youngjun S.

    Take the beer survey. Win $500 in drinks! Read more

    Youngjun Sinnerman · 1 week ago
  • Shamus W.

    Live music on Sunday afternoons.

    Shamus Wilson · June 22
  • Amy R.

    For a somewhat touristy stop, delicious food

    Amy Robertson · May 3
  • Vincent V.

    Great place for a burger and a beer. Real authentic athmosphere.

    Vincent Vandalon · February 26
  • Meg C.

    Fun and relaxing place to enjoy nature.

    Meg Cameron · January 18
  • Neeraj P.

    Chilli, Quiche

    Neeraj Pradhan · November 9, 2014
  • Liz .

    Get your ticket for food at the bar, then head over to the BBQ line to pick up your delicious tritip!

    Liz 🐲 · September 15, 2014
  • Salvador .

    Great tri tip sandwich and the location is authentically cool.

    Salvador 🐒 · September 15, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Cold Spring Tavern as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Drinking Made Easy Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Jeremy K.

    Go on weekends and experience the glorious tri-tip sandwich they serve. It's amazing!

    Jeremy Krantz · August 9, 2014
  • Jim M.

    A must stop!!!

    Jim Moore · October 21, 2013
  • Rachel R

    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.

    Rachel R · September 19, 2013
  • Matt V.

    Sunday tri-tip sandwiches taste great but bring $. $9+ for sandwhich

    Matt VL · August 25, 2013
  • Alesha D.

    This hideaway is one of the best kept secrets in old stagecoach stop that has retained its rustic charm. Got here early and had the place to ourselves. The pork chops were amazing!

    Alesha Dailey · August 2, 2013
  • Ms. Agnes

    Loved the "hidden-secret" bohemian feel here and enjoyed learning about the history. Food was top-notch!

    Ms. Agnes · July 8, 2013
  • Los Angeles Times

    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

    Los Angeles Times · April 10, 2013
  • Cate C.

    Might be best chili and ribs in the state.

    Cate Cundiff · February 28, 2012
  • Sean R.

    BBQ Beef Sandwich

    Sean Robison · December 15, 2011
  • Jeremy M.

    This place is awesome! Worth the drive. Bbq Tri tip and venison steak sandwiches are amazing

    Jeremy Morgan · October 17, 2011
  • Katherine M.

    They serve island brews. Yum. Paradise to my face.

    Katherine Maund · September 18, 2011
  • Marc S.

    Have the BBQ Beef sandwich.

    Marc S · September 17, 2011
  • Jenn K.


    Jenn Kennedy · August 28, 2011
  • Melissa💗 K.

    Go on Sunday. They have the BEST tri-tip sandwich and horseradish. Amazing.

    Melissa💗 Knoche · August 21, 2011
  • Jez

    No dogs allowed even on the patio on Sundays

    Jez · July 31, 2011
  • Andrew W.

    Dogs allowed in picnic area every day but Sunday

    Andrew Williams · July 5, 2011
  • Bree W.

    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.

    Bree Williamson · July 5, 2011
  • SerenA L.

    Idk about the tri tip sandwich cuz I just remember the sauce...everywhere!

    SerenA Lim · March 12, 2011
  • Bravo

    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

    Bravo · November 19, 2010
  • LizzieRoyale


    LizzieRoyale · October 31, 2010
  • LizzieRoyale

    HOT; hot sauce. ☠ BBQ tri-tip! YUM!!

    LizzieRoyale · October 31, 2010
  • Chris C.

    Coolest secret bar ever

    Chris Chamberlain · August 1, 2010
  • James D.

    Sunday afternoon, tri tip sandwich, and blues. It is amazing every time.

    James Dewhirst · July 26, 2010
  • Rob L.

    It's actually the Cold Spring Tavern......not Springs!!!!

    Rob Lettieri · June 22, 2010
  • Dressed and Ready

    Any day is nice, but Sunday lunch at Cold Springs Tavern is THE BEST.

    Dressed and Ready · June 11, 2010
  • Nissa H.

    Have a tri tip sandwich on a Sunday afternoon while listening to live local music. Read more

    Nissa Hales · April 5, 2010
  • Duncan W.

    stating the obvious, but Sunday afternoons with Tom & Kenny and a BBQ tri-tip sandwich (from

    Duncan Westley · April 4, 2010
  • Michelle H.

    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

    Michelle Hummel · February 14, 2010
  • Bravo

    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

    Bravo · January 27, 2010

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