by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Tyler McElhaney and Green Dragon Tavern Inc.

East Coast Meets West Coast

Green Dragon Tavern and Museum Creates a One of a Kind Experience

The Green Dragon Tavern and Museum redefines unique; welcome to the museum, tavern, a New England inspired restaurant, coffeehouse, bookstore, and event space all under one roof. The business may be the new kid on the block in Carlsbad, but the concept is one drawn from history. Originally located in Boston, the Green Dragon Tavern was the home of American history; when Paul Revere departed on his famous ride from its front doors and secret meetings took place inside to plan the Boston Tea Party.

Today, the owner and museum benefactor is an avid collector who is dedicated to sharing his collection of documents from the times of the pilgrims to the Revolutionary War. Knowing people visit museums when it rains, which rarely happens in San Diego, “he decided to build a venue around his collection to encourage visits,” explained John Lek, Senior Vice President and General Manager. “We know that not everyone has the time or resources to travel back East and immerse themselves in our history so we brought a small piece of that to Southern California for anyone who loves history, great food, or is searching for a new and unique venue to call their own.”

“Taverns and coffeehouses were the epicenter of community during those times and our goal is to be such a location for our local community.”

Unique is certainly true for this 22,000 square foot venue. Located directly off I-5 at the Palomar Exit, the historically themed building stands out amongst its neighbors. The choice of location was an intentional one. “We selected the community of Carlsbad for its diversity, impressive civic and entrepreneurial leadership, and family oriented culture,” John stated.


The focus on community is also drawn from the Green Dragon’s roots. “Taverns and coffeehouses were the epicenter of community during those times and our goal is to be such a location for our local community,” acknowledged John. Additionally, the museum is partnering with local schools to coordinate field trips and guided tours.

Those seeking a delicious meal of East Coast favorites like Maine lobster, New England clam chowder, or Maryland Blue crab cakes will be impressed with Chef Greg Krol’s creations. The Green Dragon Tavern and Museum offers the right fit for every family member, whether it is a cup of coffee and workspace, a family Sunday brunch, or a lively tavern setting. “Grab a beverage before or after an amazing meal and tour our venue to reconnect with our nation’s history,” John suggested.



Name of Business: Green Dragon Tavern & Museumnfl
Owner/Manager: John Lek, Senior Vice President & General Manager
Years in Position: 2 years
Year of Establishment: 2014
Address: 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Email Contact:
Phone: 760-918-2421
Description of Business: A stunning 22,000 square feet hospitality venue with a restaurant and tavern, free admission American history museum, coffeehouse, bookstore, and one-of-a-kind private catering and event space. Green Dragon Tavern offers twenty craft beers on tap, daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. (and all day on Sundays), Sunday NFL Ticket, seven big screen LED HD TVs for NFL football, and more. They are now accepting reservations for their Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Event space is booking fast, book your holiday party now.