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“Not much there” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Jack London Square

Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
510 645 9292
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Ranked #14 of 49 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
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Owner description: Shopping, restaurants, and Jack London's cabin.
Taft, California
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34 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Not much there”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The area was beautiful -- on the water, with nice hotels, but there isn't much else there. Some restaurants, but no shops or stores.

Visited November 2013
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Laguna Beach, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Love This Place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

One of my favorite places in the Bay Area. Numerous good restaurants right on the water. You can watch the sail boats come in and have a drink or a bite to eat. Couple nice hotels in the area though they are a little expensive. There is a place to rent kayaks granted that the weather permits it. Overall, its a fun place to be and there are some cool local places in the general vicinity. Kincaid's and Scott's are probably 2 of the best restaurants in the area, both are on the water and serve excellent seafood.

Visited September 2013
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San Francisco, California
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37 attraction reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“They need more retail businesses and things to do”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

You know, I used to like Jack London Square when I was a lot younger. It's right on the water and can be spectacular on a beautiful clear day, a perfect place for a nice walk and to smell the ocean air. There are some nice restaurants there (not cheap), but can be a bit sketchy there in the evening. I really miss Borders Books when it was still in business, it was a great place to browse. How about putting a Barnes and Noble there to replace orders? I like Chicken and Waffles across the street, and Yoshi's is right there as well. I really like Scott's Seafood, but can be expensive, right on the water! They need more retail businesses and things to do. An ok occasional visit.

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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14 attraction reviews
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“Needs more to do”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The area around Jack London Square is really interesting. There are residential loft buildings, commercial fruit vendors and the massive Amtrak station (when the train runs down the middle of the street it can be a little scary!). However the Square itself just seems to have some pricey restaurants. It's beautiful to walk around with the marinas and view of the port, but I wish there were more to do. We were there three years ago and again last month and there didn't seem to be much of a change. I hope they can do more with it because it's a really pretty spot with lots of potential.

Visited September 2013
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Linden, Michigan
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Worth A Visit, But Needs More Businesses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Jack London Square has a lot of great restaurants, but there is little more to do there. It is in a beautiful location, right by the marina; however there is little retail, which might be forthcoming in the future. There is a movie theatre nearby, which is worth a visit, plus Yoshi's Japanese Restaurant and jazz club is just across the street. We were impressed by the security presence at the square, so don't hesitate in visiting the area at night.

Visited October 2013
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