Green Dragon Tavern & Museum
Green Dragon Tavern & Museum

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.greendragontavernca.com/
  • Phone: 7609182421x
  • Hours of Operation:
    The Museum

    Monday- Saturday
    11:30 a.m.- Until Close

    Sunday
    10:30 a.m.- Until Close


    The Coffee House and Museum Bookstore

    Monday- Thursday
    11:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

    Friday- Saturday
    11:30 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.

    Sunday
    10:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.


    The Tavern

    Monday- Thursday
    11:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    (Happy Hour- 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.)

    Friday- Saturday
    11:30 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
    (Happy Hour- 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.)

    Sunday
    10:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
    (Sunday Brunch Menu- 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.)
    (Happy Hour- 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.)


    The Dining Room

    Monday- Thursday
    5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
    (Happy Hour- 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.)

    Friday- Saturday
    5:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
    (Happy Hour- 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.)

    Sunday
    5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
    (Happy Hour- 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Gregory Krol
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palomar Airport Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Green Dragon Tavern & Museum
Green Dragon Tavern & Museum is the latest major attraction to open in the Carlsbad, CA, area. The 22,000 sq. ft. space features a museum, restaurant, two story tavern, coffee house, gift shop and a "state of the art" Ballroom for corporate or private catered events. G.D.T.& M. creates a welcoming atmosphere for celebrating, remembering and honoring early American history, our founding fathers and their many contributions to our past and modern day society. Offering complimentary admission, the Museum at G.D.T.& M. will house documents from the Colonial and Revolutionary War-eras and will provide individuals of all ages with an opportunity to further appreciate our country's rich history. Additionally, Chef de Cuisine Gregory Krol has created a menu that reflects "old world" meets "new world" cuisine and features locally farmed and sustainable ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Green Dragon Tavern & Museum reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (43)great for lunch (34)neighborhood gem (33)special occasion (29)fit for foodies (26)kid-friendly (21)notable wine list (17)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (10)great for brunch (9)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Susan
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great server! It was my lunch guest's first visit & she enjoyed it, too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • American Revolutionary dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Amazing. Fabulous food. Great Friendly service. Loved my lobster roll. I chose the warm one on brioche with drawn butter. Superb. Stuffed with Maine lobster. Served with a side of mixed fresh fruit. The free museum was remarkable. I could spend more time there. Would happily tell my family. Friends. About this Carlsbad gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Iffy Service
    FreeThinker
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I took a friend to the Green Dragon, and while it was a good time, some things were lacking. First, the good: food was amazing, museum was neat, building was beautiful/spacious, and my friend got free cake for his birthday, complete with candle and song from our waitress. However, bar service in the tavern itself was horribly lacking (bartender just stood around with confused/spacy look on his face whole time and was super slow) and Bookstore/Gift Shop was disappointing (had great books, but no Green Dragon themed trinkets, like keychains or postcards to commemorate visit). Overall, great place though. I will be back (food was AMAZING) but it would be nice if Tavern had better/speedier service and Bookstore/Gift Shop had knick knacks too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great aps!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Appetizers and flat breads are the best. The entrees were ok, not bad , not great. Needless to say it is wonderful. Great service,great atmosphere (colonial) unlike most places in SD county. John, the Manager that evening stopped by and was interested in our meal and experience. All in all very good. Just stick with the apps and the flatbreads and salad, for now.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something for everyone
    Oceansidefoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    If you enjoy food, drink, history, coffee shops, children's gifts, they are all available in this one unusual & beautiful building near the beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A unique venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Early American history emphasis but can easily be ignored by the clientele.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GDT&M needs more patrons
    Candee
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The idea is great! The food is good! But the room was way too big for the few of us that were there! Michael, our server was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reservation for lunch
    not2picky
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Though we had reservations, we were left standing for more than 10 minutes while arrangements were being made for the larger group ahead of us--the dining room was nearly empty. We were told at the desk to wait in line. Finally the bartender told us it's open seating and we could sit anywhere we liked. Our server, Ashley, was wonderful. The food items we chose--lettuce wedge salad and margherita flat bread--were not as good as we've experienced in other restaurants. I must say the sandwich items being delivered to other tables did look delicious. The museum and bookstore were a little disappointing, we didn't spend nearly as much time browsing as we'd allowed. I think younger students studying American history will really enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy
    dktrjane
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food good, but can be really noisy; hard to have a conversation in a group. Ambiance is lacking; too sterile looking inside.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refreshing and educational
    knitter4
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The architecture was a walk back to my East Coast days and the history of New England. The museum was very informative. I would hope that they would have some kind of revolving, changing exhibit for regular diners to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CaptD
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Unique experience to relive history and great dinning. The filet mignon was outstanding with an excellent wine selection. Only to be topped off with friendly service. I will definitely return with more friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband and I went to the Green Dragon for our anniversary. I will definitely go back!!! The chef suprised us with items not on the menu, the pastry chef is a genius with dessert and the wait staff was incredibly attentive. I never had an empty glass or had to ask for anything. It's like they were a step ahead of us. :) And the museum was very interesting. So rich with history, it reminds us where we started as a young country.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Unique and Much Improved
    CarlsbadSeven
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My family and I went to the Green Dragon when it first opened and the service was slow but they have their act together now. We returned over the weekend and found everything just right. The food was excellent. The service was responsive and polite. When you add in the museum that my kids just loved the night was perfect. I highly recommend giving the Green Dragon a try.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shilohsfolks
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were met graciously and welcomed. The menu was exciting and the food was great as was the service throughout the meal. We were there for our 25th anniversary and the event was acknowledged by everyone we dealt with, a really nice touch and in keeping with the total friendliness of the staff. The only drawback to the total enjoyment of the meal was the noise level. The dining room echo's badly and it was hard to hold a conversation in a normal voice due to the racket. We will come back and hope it will be quieter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night Pub dinner
    boston
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    On this particular occasion we had dinner in the pub area as the dining room, which is more upscale did not open until 5pm. We had not had lunch so we went in at 4pm. The pub was busy as was the bar area. As the time passed the noise level was very loud and we were glad we were almost done with our dinner. The service that night was off..it's usually is much better. On our next visit for dinner we will go in the dining room. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite place -fabulous!
    GourmetPatriot
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food and service was excellent. They have an extensive wine and beer selection at very reasonable prices. We started with calamari and the clam chowder. Both were excellent but the clam chowder was the absolute best we've ever had anywhere - so yummy it's worth the trip there just for it alone. I had the Duck Confit and the Hubs had the Jidori Chicken. Both were superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual for Carlsbad
    Cynthia
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    If you like American history, it's a place to go. Would expect to see something like this on the east coast. The food was good, but the service was slow when we first arrived. Don't like waiting for menus, water, or waiters for more than 5 minutes. It took about 10 minutes before being noticed, but after that the service improved. It was not busy at the time we arrived, but I think the service would have been better if we had sat downstairs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As slow as a turtle
    ZurahZeFoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It took over 45 minutes for our food to get to us after we ordered. They messed up on one of our orders, so we had to wait at least another 10 minutes before the replacement arrived. Service was incredibly slow considering there were only 4-5 occupied tables. Our server was very slow on getting our drinks refilled. The food was mediocre, and not worth the 2 hour trip to the restaurant. I wouldn't recommend this place if you're crunched on time, and definitely not recommend if you're coming in during your lunch break. EEK!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OUTSTANDING GEM
    JOLO
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This restaurant and historical theme is unique to the area. With just minor exceptions, the food was excellent; the booth seating very comfortable; the service was friendly and first class; the decor and architectural detail were outstanding. The wood flooring and hard ceiling and walls made the noise level a little irritating. The museum was a very welcome plus to round out an enjoyable evening. I will spread the word.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had A Great Time
    lauriejill
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Took my elderly parents to an early dinner on a Saturday Night. Our waiter was very informative and entertaining....made the night extra special. The food was great. My step-dad was extremely impressed with the overall ambience of the place and we LOVED the Revolutionary War Museum. Great for history buffs and east coasters (which we are). Also check out the bookstore and coffee shop. A very enjoyable and entertaining evening. We will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, but a Theme Fail
    Logan
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I was intrigued by the early North American tavern style that the restaurant website boosted, but its actual style did not capture that of an 18th century Boston tavern. The bar and dining room spaces resemble a country club. The exterior's neon lighting was a poor choice- too unauthentic. The restaurant entrance is not so obvious. I was impressed with the food (I had Jadori Chicken, asparagus soup, The Patriot, bacon wrapped scallops, S'more). Great flavors, but strong and too bold- lacking balance. Lunch and dinner menus are almost identical, unrefined, and scattered. The service was decent and the staff kind and patient. Will return to see what Hastings develops. Great theme, but lacking in definition. I want this place to succeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New England Charm
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We celebrated my birthday with a little trip to New England, having only had to drive a few miles! The lobster roll and clam chowder were authentic East Coast for sure. The service was great. The Hitchcock Chair Company chairs added even more charm. Nicely appointed furnishings, including fireplaces. We will return again, without a doubt. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good thing for Carlsbad
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I will be returning again. The food was good, service excellent, great place for a special occasion, reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    You need to know that the original Green Dragon Tavern was the "Headquarters of the American Revolution" in Boston's North End. The Boston Tea Party was planned there, and it was the starting point for Paul Revere's famous midnight ride to Lexington in April 1775. Be prepared to step back in time to a very interesting display of historical documents relating to that period, including original documents signed by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Also be prepared for great food, excellent service, and reasonable prices. They offer a quiet atmosphere in their dining room, and a more energetic one in their bar area. We've been twice, and are eager to go back again. The clam chowder is the best we've ever had!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special find in Carlsbad, CA
    CaliforniaBeachGirl
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Some friends recommended this restaurant/museum. We had a co-worker here from Michigan, who is an American history buff, so we decided to take him there. The menu items were varied, the side dishes were intriguing. The presentation of the entrees was beautiful, the food was delicious. The salmon was cooked to perfection, and served on a wood plank. The crab cakes and lobster roll were also delicious. Great dessert menu-the crème broule was fabulous. We also spent time in the museum. It was quite extensive for a restaurant setting. The actual building was fashioned after the original Green Dragon Tavern in Boston, where the Boston Tea party was secretly planned. We will dine here again, and highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was not up to par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The service was not what I was expecting at all. The place was beautiful, it took forever to order, we had to ask for water refills multipe times, and it took forever and a day to get the check. I was really looking forward to taking my dad there for lunch and we were not impressed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JudyVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Probably will be more appealing to people when they get a full bar menu! We will give it a try again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food in bar or restaurant
    mbx2
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Loved the couches with full food and drink service upstairs. The Museum is great fun! The Coffee House has great coffee and tea as well as selections, atmosphere and gifts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    UncleDreddVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We absolutely loved the food here. Try the Lobster Roll - you won't be disappointed! The Meat and Cheese Platter was also a hit with our family. And the museum with colonial-era documents was pretty cool if you're a history buff. The Tavern is pretty sweet... Sitting next to the fireplace was definitely a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A History Lunch
    lorn
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This new restaurant has good food and an original "revolutionary war" museum atmosphere done quite well. I will go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dragon Delights!
    Susan
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service & ambiance are great & the food is great and/or replaced with other choices as requested. My lunch was not as I expected but a substitute was immediately & willingly replaced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Educational lnch
    motconVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great food and a wonderful collection of Rev. War documents that will enlighten anyone about the roots of our nation... Thanks so much for this unique experience right here in Carlsbad.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New England in San Diego
    CDeworld
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This novel, colonial New England-themed restaurant offers variety of dining experiences from coffee shop to tavern to sit down restaurant. In the dining room, the staff was very friendly and food good, but service was disappointinly slow despite being only half full. It would be nice to see this venture succeed, so hopefully they will get the kinks worked out. There are interesting dishes and a great beer and wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plan to return
    eatdrinkhappy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I took my dad to the Green Dragon for Father's day. The food was great and he really enjoyed the museum. My husband and I plan to return again soon with some friends for dinner. The menu is more upscale than typical "pub food". I particularly enjoyed my lobster roll. The wine and beer list has something for everyone. The only comment I can offer in the way of a "complaint" (and it is a very small one) is our server didn't seem vary familiar with the menu but the restaurant is fairly new and so, presumably, is the staff. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Management to help Servers
    noluv2dine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Noisy screaming children.. Table res for 5:45pm Manager didnt w/out a fight honor 25% off before 6pm rule neither did they assist only 2 servers !!who were SwAMPED it took 1/2 hr to order drinks another 10 mins to get them! Beers!! how LONG does it take to pour??? ordered Appetizers. noting to waiter were seated before 6pm, when the appetizers arrived 15 mins later we ordered dinner to avoid the WAIT to get anything on the table!! 1/2 through enjoying appetizers.DINNER arrived!!we were done trying to get some balance in the whole dining experience.. there were 5 under age of 2 children screaming and throwing tantrums at different tables 😜 its a very small and confined dining room not conducive to small kids in adult environment
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  • Interesting concept
    OffMenuVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The museum concept was fun, there is lots of interesting stuff to look at, but allow time before or after the meal. The waiter was busy with another bigger table and made excuses as to why he wasn't bringing drinks. We had to ask for steak knives and wait for the knives after the meal was sitting on our table. They seem to be still working out server logistics.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One Time Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I was curious about the theme of the restaurant - 18th century tavern/museum. The food was average. I had the hamburger. The fluffy bun overwhelmed the meat and other items in between and it was dry to boot. The shoestring fries were crispy but served almost cold. I don't think I'd even be curious enough about the other menu items to give the place a second chance. The museum part was just so so...I was disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed Green Dragon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Lunch was great; good food, good service. We will lunch there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor food
    Coco
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food is very expensive which I don't mind if it is good, but this is below "poor" quality. The only good thing about this place is the building and museum.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Underated high end restaurant
    FrequentEater
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    the problem with reviews, people generally only do them when they've had a bad experience. I've eaten at some of the cheapest and most expensive places you can imagine. I think they got a bad wrap, the negative reviews kept me from trying it for a couple months. Service was about a 4 star. Food we had, 5 star. Clam chowder, fantastic. Caesar salad: hard to screw up. Wedge Salad with Chicken, awesome. Brown Butter Diver Scallops, best I've ever had. Then a nice stroll through the free museum with some really nice artifacts. BTW- whoever designed the place spared no expense, really beautifully done.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate