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Cold Spring Tavern
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With four fireplaces, an idyllic setting and friendly (sometimes famous) patrons, Cold Spring Tavern has earned its reputation as one of the most romantic dining spots in California. Cold Spring... Read More
With four fireplaces, an idyllic setting and friendly (sometimes famous) patrons, Cold Spring Tavern has earned its reputation as one of the most romantic dining spots in California. Cold Spring Tavern was originally a stagecoach stop, a place for travelers to rest beside the stream, warm up at the fireplace and steel themselves for the trip ahead. Then in 1865, it opened as a restaurant, and it has been serving great meals ever since. Breakfast, lunch and dinner feature hearty fare and game meats. Tucked into a lush forest, there's live music every weekend, legendary tri-tip sandwiches and plenty to drink. The one thing there isn't is cell service, so you might as well relax and enjoy your date.
- 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.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants for Fall Because: Dining in a 156-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 Breakfast/Brunch Because: Cold Spring Tavern is a Santa Barbara tradition that dates back decades, well known for live music and hearty cooking.