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Cold Spring Tavern
5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 967-0066

Reviews by the General Public

Dinner meat & sauces
Reviewer: Patricia Broome from West Hills, CA
My spouse & I have eaten here a few times. Love the atmosphere and the setting. Some of the meats, not so much. Lunch good tri-tip! But at dinner, the meat preparations and sauces not so good! I've tried all the gamey meat and they are not flavorful. Such as the fig sauce on the wild boar...too sweet & not savory enough. Meat was tough, too! Sauces need stepped up a few notches to enhance the meat. I had pasta one time, it was not too bad. I suggest lunch, but, don't forget to walk all around the grounds. Takes you way back in time!

Tennessee visitor
Reviewer: Alan Warren from Chattanooga, TN
I can't offer a full review because my Sunday visit was specifically for the delectable, regional specialty while in town for my sons graduation from Westmont College. First, that perfectly cooked, thinly sliced, wonderfully garnised piece of heaven on a roll was every bit as good as advertised. My tall draft was cold and the music, shade, ambiant temperature and diverse constituents worked in unison to carry me back to a much simpler time. When I want flame grilled meat under a canopy of trees next to a spring in a mid-1800's stagecoach stop high in the San Ynez range, I expect spiders and I want the simplest of garnishes (sans barbeque sauce) served up by masters of the craft......not attentive and caring social worker-esque service staff. Yep, I want my beer cold and the wafting curls of meat laced smoke dancing on chords under tall, gnarly trees. Cold Springs flat-out delivers on it's mission.

Tri-tip Sandwiches are the Best in the County
Reviewer: Kelly from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been coming to Cold Spring Tavern for many years. We mostly go on a Sunday for the music and the tri-tip sandwiches. The reviewer below who got a 'shrug' about being out of barbeque sauce is obviously not a Tri-County local because everyone knows you don't put barbeque sauce on red oak fired tri-tip - just salsa. While they may provide barbeque sauce and horseradish, salsa is the true Santa Maria tri-tip locals way to eat a tri-tip sandwich. I have never had bad service and the sandwiches are always the best. Big Tom and his crew may not be the friendliest but they know what they are doing. A tip at the sandwich counter definitely helps - I always ask for rare and get it. The music is always good, the atmosphere friendly and fun, and the people watching is great too.

Buena comida en un bonito sitio (9/Marzo/2013)
Reviewer: Encarna from Badajoz. Spain.
Viajamos desde España para pasar unos días de vacaciones con nuestra hija que estudia en Santa Bárbara. La familia americana reservó para la cena de nuestra primera noche en la ciudad. El restaurante nos pareció encantador, con muy buen ambiente y en un sitio precioso. La comida deliciosa, la carne en su punto, y todo muy bien servido. Pasamos una velada muy agradable. Si algún día vuelvo a Santa Bárbara sin dudarlo repetiría.

Reviewer: long time unhappy customer from Santa Ynez, CA
For my birthday we decided to go to Cold Springs for dinner. I made reservations for 7pm on a Saturday night upon arriving and checking in we were told it might be 5 mins before being seated. The 5 mins ended up being 45mins and almost overlooked because we were sitting outside the front door of the restuarant not in the bar no one ever checked to see that we were right outside the door and the only reason we were seated is because we kept on checking back. When our food arrived it was barely lukewarm we didn't want to send it back because who's knows how long it would have them. NO ONE stated that they were sorry for the wait or the poor service.

Best Breakfast Ever!
Reviewer: Janice from Menifee, CA
Visiting from So Cal, my husband & I enjoyed breakfast at the Cold Spring Tavern. Wow, what a wonderful surprise. We walked in to an inviting fire in the fireplace, friendly service and wonderful food, reasonably priced. The next time we venture to Santa Barbara this will be a must stop. I look forward lunch or dinner next time.

Biker Haven
Reviewer: Kevin Traschler from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
We ride a motorcycle, and the ride here is relaxing. The atmosphere very soothing. The grub? C'mon if a Biker eats here. you know it's good. There is definitely a woodsy look to the place. The post about the Black Widow being present and having time to spin various webs..? How long was your purse there? A week? LOL! A spider won't settle down, make a home in less than an hour. Especially with all the human traffic in that spot. I think that post is just a little far fetched. If you HAD seen a Widow, you would have told someone there at the restaurant. Really, the food here is top notch. The service can be slow, but have a heart! They are people too! They worry about rent, groceries, and gasoline, like you do.

A fun experience, music, dancing & a beer
Reviewer: Carol Hamilton from Santa Rosa Valley, CA
I told my friend about this place, that it had excellent tri-tip sandwiches. Heard about that on a TV show, and although I use to live in the area, I never ate there. My friend and I ate smorgasbord in Solvang and I INSISTED we hunt down the Cold Spring Tavern on the way home. The narrow winding street was filled with autos and motorcycles lining both sides. We were both bowled over by the multitude of people who were all enjoying themselves, chatting, dancing, eating and just enjoying the Sunday afternoon. He treated me to a beer and I know he wished he had listened to me, as he told me he planned on coming back in the future. (Probably with another woman). Instead of eating the smorgasbord mush, we could have had a delicious tri-tip sandwich, and enjoyed the music. I tell everyone about this place. Have a nice drive, and enjoy the day at this historic tavern. You will have fond memories, of by-gone days and still have plenty of energy left to romp in the hay with the wife.

Best Place Ever!!! Yum!
Reviewer: Lauren from Ohio
First off the food was GREAT and the service was even better! They made me feel like I was part of the family! I recommend the Tri-Tip, it's the best sandwich i have ever eaten! There was a lot of history, and artifacts from the past. It made me feel like i was stepping back in time with the old west! I will keep coming back for time to come, and i will recommend it to anyone who is passing through! Definitely a great place to bring your friends and family if you like history and FUN!!

Must Haven Gotten The Message
Reviewer: John from Camarillo, CA
Someone must have been listening to the other reviews. We stopped last Friday afternoon and the service was top-notch. Cold and rainy day, so sitting by the fireplace was exactly what were looking forward too. Although the place was completely full, service was on top of everything - almost too fast (that fire was nice). Of course, the food was its usual excellent.

The guys serving the trip tip
Reviewer: Angela from Santa Barbara, CA
We went yesterday to Cold Spring Tavern for the Sunday tri tip for the first time which was highly recommended by a friend. Great atmosphere, great music, and great tri tip! But the guys working the tri-tip area...well..they sucked. The barbecue sauce was completely out and the man next to me told one of the guys working there that the barbecue sauce was out. Well the guy just looked at him and just shrugged. I am serious. He just shrugged. We all just stood there looking at him and then finally he reached over and went to refill it. Gee buddy, thanks for doing your job.

LOVE this place and have a constructive suggestion.
Reviewer: Lisa from Santa Barbara, CA
I have to start by saying I’ve loved this place for a long time and will love it forever! However, on my last visit I picked up a visitor that was not appreciated one bit—a BLACK WIDOW on my purse. I noticed it as I was picking my purse up to leave and found I had set it on a HUGE web. As I looked closer, that web was not alone--there were many. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get rid of these and clean regularly. I would like to eat my meals stress free, and this most certainly left me feeling a little apprehensive to come back. Food was delicious as usual and service was good, but manager was a little unconcerned about cleanliness--he may be a bit overwhelmed. I would love to offer to help clean this amazing place anytime.

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