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With four fireplaces, an idyllic log-cabin setting in the middle of a forest and friendly (sometimes famous) patrons, Cold Spring Tavern is one of the best restaurants in California to visit in the... Read More
With four fireplaces, an idyllic log-cabin setting in the middle of a forest and friendly (sometimes famous) patrons, Cold Spring Tavern is one of the best restaurants in California to visit in the fall. In a past life, Cold Spring was a stagecoach stop, a place for travelers to rest beside the stream, warm up and steel themselves for the trip ahead. Then in 1865, Cold Spring Tavern opened as a restaurant, and it has been serving great meals ever since. Breakfast, lunch and dinner feature hearty fare and game meats. Another small cabin a few steps away serves as their cozy bar. It has a stage area for live bands. On the weekends, Cold Spring smokes tri-tip sandwiches outside. Bundle up, grab a sammie, order a beer and settle in for one of the most amazing fall Saturdays you'll ever have!
- Recommended as Best Restaurants for Fall Because: Dining in a 153-year-old restaurant in the middle of a forest... is there a better way to experience the season?
- Recommended as Best Restaurants for Spring Because: Besides having the word "spring" in the name, this restaurant in a forest is a destination that mandates a gorgeous springtime drive.
- Best for Romantic Dining Because: Four fireplaces, flickering lamplight and a great menu make this restaurant, hidden in a forest (and open since 1865), extra magical.
- Best for Breakfast/Brunch Because: Cold Spring Tavern is a Santa Barbara tradition that dates back decades, well known for live music and hearty cooking.