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Green Dragon Tavern & Museum, Carlsbad, CA

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum

4.5
4.5
1350 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Just as 18th century taverns served as the epicenter of the communities they served, so too does the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum in Carlsbad offer a warm, family-owned gathering place today for San Diego friends and neighbors of all ages. The welcoming atmosphere is surpassed only by the highly acclaimed and award winning menu. Each dish is curated by with a focus on seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Craft cocktails, wines and 20 rotating local beers on tap pair perfectly with our savory fare. Our guests rave about our Maine lobster rolls, Shepherd's Pie, hand-tossed pizzas, fresh seafood, and braised short rib to name a few.

As part of the dining experience, guests are invited to travel back in time to the days when our nation's founders met in secret at the original Green Dragon Tavern in Boston. Explore our museum; documents and antiquities from the colonial and Revolutionary War eras and learn more about our nation's founders and their everlasting legacies.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Pizzeria
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 918-2421
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Darren Denny
  • Private party facilities
    The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum offers a beautiful private dining ballroom with full amenities such as LCD projectors and large screens, microphones, full A/V capabilities, and much more! GDT&M also includes beautiful semi-private dining rooms for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    John Lek: (760) 918-2426
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Cross street
    Palomar Airport Road
  • Parking details
    - Restaurant parking is conveniently located on the North side of the building facing Palomar Airport Road.<br />- Museum and Private Event parking is conveniently located near the museum entry and center of the building facing east.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,350 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    American

1,350 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very happy to discover this restaurant on open table. We ordered the Brussels sprouts, beef sliders, celery and clam chowder soups. All the food was delicious especially the Brussels sprouts. We had a great server. The restaurant was not crowded at 2 pm so the noise level was low. Will definitely return.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Besides the museum, the Food was the only highlight of the experience.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had not been to the Green Dragon for quite awhile so we were looking forward to going back. We were there at 4:30 hoping it would be less crowded and quiet. My husband has difficulty hearing even with hearing aids so the noise level made it very difficult to hold a conversation. We definitely enjoyed the food and would return perhaps earlier in the day for lunch because of the noise during the dinner hour.

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  4. Pamela

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoy the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum. The portions are large, so go hungry.

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  5. HungryInHawaii

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We waited quite awhile at the host stand with many servers and food runners constantly walking by us without any acknowledgment. Eventually a hostess showed up and rather indifferent just asked how many of us, slammed some menus down and very quickly walked to a table and put down the menus and walked off while the party caught up to her. We waited quite awhile for water and service. Service was rather indifferent and not at all engaging. Food came rather promptly, and while it wasn’t spectacular it was fine. Very large portions for the price.

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  6. Princess

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a busy night, however there was an issue with our reservation. The food was very good as usual so we will be coming back.

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  7. Tony

    San Diego

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to go for decor and American history. Food is very good and portions meet the price point.

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  8. Joel

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Keeping it brief: - Was promised a booth over the phone, ended up with a wobbly 2-person table they had to shim with coasters. - They congratulated us on our anniversary over the phone but no acknowledgement while dining. - Wrong food came out for one of our dishes and when the server came out to check in, we mentioned the mix up and he said ok. Manager came over the check and same thing. No apology but that’s ok I guess. One dish was pretty much done before the other came out. - Appetizer was delivered to the neighboring table. - Cedar Salmon was great, fish and chips we didn’t like the breading on it. Felt really heavy afterward. Overall it seems like there’s a breakdown in communication between reservation handling and the servers. Just a single experience though. I’ve heard good things from other people. It was just a bummer of an experience for our Anniversary dinner.

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  9. AliS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My dish was excellent. One of the best cod dishes I have had.

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  10. Vince

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at reasonable prices. Wonderful location. Fascinating museum.

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  11. RGS315

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The issue I have is that we barely had our appetizer 5 minutes and the food came out. Who does this?!! Felt like we were rushed. Stuffed shrimp was great, beef bourguignon was very amateur. Cory our server was also the bar tender. He was very personable and handled it all well. The room we were in is too noisy. Put larger parties in the room with lower ceilings.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our dinner was excellent! The service was spotty due to holiday crowding. They seem to be a bit understaffed. We would definitely go back, and I have recommended it to friends.

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  13. Fritzy

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and the museum was a nice attraction to see after dinner

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  14. asaxey

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great menu excellent food. Restaurant was crowded and understaffed. Our server was new and overwhelmed. Other servers Assisted but were curt and unhelpful. Manager ultimately took our order and went out of his way to assist us. We will try again and hope for better results.

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  15. MarieK

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great! My husband loved the clam chowder and beet salad. The Brussel sprouts were amazing! We shared a small made to order pizza. Service was great too!

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  16. MelissaT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great! Service was great! Tried the tomato basil soup, garlic Parmesan fries, Caesar salad, and Mac n cheese. Will be back again soon.

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  17. FrankR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first dining experience, and won't be our last. The food was off the chain. To start off our server, Delaney was top notch. She was very attentive, informative and funny. The food was not great, it was FABULOUS. We have now found a new spo to put in our rotation. Looking forward to the next visit.

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  18. LWEW

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Free ample parking. Large restaurant with museum attached. Inspired by the 18thC Green Dragon Tavern in Boston, where meetings planning the American Revolution took place. Slightly odd ambience. Guy on the front desk was definitely not Mr. Personality. Food was decent. The 'Don't Tread On Me' flags were a bit disturbing. Clean bathrooms. Fireplace. A few conference rooms for hire for functions, weddings, corporate events. My friends that we went with thought there were 'a lot of old people there'. Tried calling the restaurant twice and nobody picked up the phone. Close to the Flower Fields, Legoland, Outlet Mall, Costco. Tried it, but not sure if we would go back.

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  19. Mattv

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. The museum is a great bonus to be reminded of the rich traditions of our country as well. Good service and surprisingly good food as well! You can choose the livelier bar side or quieter dining side. Good for older kids as well.

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  20. lynda

    San Diego

    185 reviews

    5.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lobster rolls, Paul, Delany, what's not to like! My favorite go-to restaurant for any occasion. Menu is extensive and diverse, environment is welcoming. Location is convenient. Perfect spot.

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  21. BertS

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is great The service is great. We like eating thete

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  22. MikeF

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very large venue that was fairly empty on a Friday evening. They were seating everyone in the bar and it was. noisy. We asked to move to another location and had a nice quiet meal in the actual dining room. Food was good, service was good. Prices very reasonable.

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  23. JeffC

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A very interesting small Revolutionary War collection. The restaurant had a surprisingly large menu, something for everyone. Good value and very good food.

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  24. cschung

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for a belated birthday celebration. The food portions were larger than we thought they would be. The service and food were excellent, and we checked out the museum exhibit afterwards.

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  25. RogerK

    Chicago

    103 reviews

    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Good portions. Wait staff overworked. Food quality good, extensive menu. Nice atmosphere. Museum a nice bonus.

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  26. BLB68

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding!!!The food was delicious!! The muscles were fabulous. We also enjoyed the Connecticut lobster roll as an appetizer. The cod fish was prepared beautifully, and was delicious. All the other meals at our table were also outstanding,I highly recommend this restaurant. Also very good size portions of food. Definitely check it out.

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  27. Greg

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Food and drink selection and quality was very good.

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  28. Eugenes

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Green dragon was a fun place. Got the pot pie. It was good overall dry turkey only issues. Kid enjoy the pizza and wife like the burger. Older tavern style which was fun. Give it a try.

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  29. JimB

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Clam chowder was the best! Had avocado tacos and cedar planked salmon - both great! Will try Shepards pie next time. Museum was interesting and a great touch!

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  30. Arnie

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff is always wonderful... dinner is always great..... We go there once a week and have never been disappointed.

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  31. beccafromsandiego

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Museum was very educational. Lots of stuff I never knew!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique place, very good food with a nice selection.

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  33. lynda

    San Diego

    185 reviews

    5.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A welcoming, nutritious, warm and dry way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon beside the fire in our favorite restaurant. Paul, the manager was working as usual. All is right with the world. Who can argue with the best beet salad we have ever had?

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  34. Perfection

    San Diego

    108 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Taveren food should never be expected to equal fine dining, but considering the place is a perfect place to grab a nice hot lunch, and easy to access in terms of location, it made sense. We had a brand new server wait on us, and he was spectacular and attentive. The Sheppard's Pie was great! It wasn't too noisy to talk business, but still lively enough. Staff were all very friendly.

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  35. RobertD

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fish and chips was delicious. Menu has a variety of items for all ages and tastes. Perfect for a large group.

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  36. ShawnP

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place and their food. They seemed to be short of staff last night so slow on service which is not what is the usual. I will definitely be back.

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  37. TerriT

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the bar area for dinner! Beautiful fireplace and great vibe. Food is always great here! great service as well!

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  38. mkp2015

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a reservation in Green Tavern at 6:30 on a Friday night. We were tere on time. After seating us we were mostly left alone. we had to wait more than 40 minutes before anyone came to ask for our orders. They said they were short-staffed. We still gave more than 15% tip, giving them the benefit of doubt and not wanting to stiff a perhaps already stressed waitress. But we felt hugely stiffed by the restaurant. If they were indeed short staffed they should have announced that up front ad said what the wait times would be. We could have made our own decisions then. As of now, Green Tavern is not going to be on our list of places to eat.

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  39. Akh2oguy

    Portland

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, ambiance fit the theme of the restaurant. Prices are commensurate with the times. Draft beer selection I would rate as average at best. They feature beers distributed by Anhauser Busch with maybe 1 or 2 local craft beers. Rating should really be a 3+.

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  40. CoryC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing place full of Americana decor and an inspiring museum. Felt like I was in Boston. Tavern Room was cozy with fireplace.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Green Dragon Tavern & Museum using the Order Online button. Green Dragon Tavern & Museum also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 918-2421.

Green Dragon Tavern & Museum is rated 4.5 stars by 1350 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Green Dragon Tavern & Museum

6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Palomar Airport Road
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    - Restaurant parking is conveniently located on the North side of the building facing Palomar Airport Road.<br />- Museum and Private Event parking is conveniently located near the museum entry and center of the building facing east.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Darren Denny
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 918-2421
  • Private party facilities
    The Green Dragon Tavern & Museum offers a beautiful private dining ballroom with full amenities such as LCD projectors and large screens, microphones, full A/V capabilities, and much more! GDT&M also includes beautiful semi-private dining rooms for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    John Lek: (760) 918-2426
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