Cold Spring Tavern

A rustic stagecoach stop, off the beaten path.

A rustic stagecoach stop, off the beaten path.

A rustic stagecoach stop, off the beaten path. Tri-tip barbeques on Sunday Venison cheeseburger with onion rings. Mmm Mmm good! Romantic, too!



Going To Cold Spring Tavern Is The Greatest!


It is about a 35-40 minute up the 154 pass (maybe it is less) and is an historic log cabin restaurant and bar with lots of history!

You MUST take a trip there! We would go hiking for a few hours then head there for a drink.

Dinner is a bit pricey, but totally worth it! It is a costly, luxury dinner. They even have a working fireplace.

They have exotic food you don't find other places. I remember they had deer, ox, and venison.

Bikers make a stop there on their Sunday rides. You must go!

Delia's Note: This is truly a hidden gem off the beaten path. Take a trip back in time and visit this rustic place. An historic marker at this site states:


Cold Spring Tavern


In 1886, this tavern was known as "Cold Spring Relay Station". It was the half-way stop between "Mattei's Tavern" to the north (NOTE: in Los Olivos), and Patrick Kinevan's "Summit House" to the south (NOTE: on the west side of San Jose Creek, just south of San Marcos Pass Summit. The Summit House burned to the ground in September 1972.).

In those days, sturdy stagecoaches known as "mudwagons" traveled the rugged San Marcos Pass. It was here horses were changed and passengers rested and enjoyed the noon-day meal.

In 1900, the Doulton family bought the old tavern with its adjoining 40 acres.

In 1941, they sold it to the Ovington family whose daughter Audrey Ovington owns it to this day."

Plaque dedicated August 4, 1993

Santa Barbara Parlor No. 116, Native Sons of the Golden West

Reina del Mar Parlor No. 126,  Native Daughters of the Golden West

Tierra de Oro Parlor No. 304, Native Daughters of the Golden West



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by: Federic

Wow this is fantastic! When we pass through this place we must make a stop to visit this restaurant.

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Good Place to End Up At
by: Myra

After a bike ride, motorcycles that is, I always saw them parked outside on the weekends. Very Rustic place to eat, one of those 'real deal' type of place.

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