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“Really disappointing”

Ports O' Call Village
Ranked #310 of 590 things to do in Los Angeles
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Owner description: Shopping mall with a promenade overlooking the harbor.
Reviewed August 1, 2012

I think at one time, this area was really nice and fun. It's not kept up very well now and several stores are closed. It's not quite a ghost town yet. Shop keepers seem to be less than inviting and friendly. It struck me a sir they are sick of tourists, so they don't even say hello or can I help you.
Only two stores greeted me, one being the art gallery and the other was.....oh no, I can't remember the name of the store, and she was so kind and sweet!!! She has jewelry, metal signs, memorabilia of movie stars, recording artists, a variety of souvenirs and is located at the southern end of the shopping. She even gives a discount card to you when return on a future visit for certain items.

1  Thank terrynkathy
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

We were staying at the nearby Doubletree, San Pedro and wanted somewhere to eat on that Saturday night.

We almost avoided the Ports O' Call (dreadful name) expecting some twee, artificial, sterlised tourist trap, but so glad we made the last-minute decision to turn into the large car park (take careful note of where you park!). We found a huge party going on with a, largely, Hispanic clientele having a great fiesta on their Saturday night out.

We live in Spain and felt really at home. Bands playing, women singing, hardly heard above the babble of people having REAL fun!

Collect your seafood from one of the many counters and then sit down at the big stainless steel-topped tables. Or, if of a quiet disposition, chose a table in on of the enclosed waiter-service restaurants.

Relax, let your hair down and enjoy yourself. It's this type of unexpected gem that makes a great vacation!

1  Thank johnash
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

So the 'village' has now broken into two distinct parts. One is more ethnic with a lot of large families and groups getting their el 7 mares on as well as fried (insert your favorite seafood item here) with fries, oysters on the half shell on the side. The second part is a few restaurants and shops on the other side serving cafe type food. Guess which part has better food?

I wouldn't visit the first part at night, not with the plastic 40 oz and other beverages available, and the second part I wouldn't want to fall asleep from the boredom.

As far as the view, you can see the water and the docks... great okay... nothing to see here, there are far better locations in Socal to visit.

1  Thank davensd
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

I think in the age of online information and shopping, this attraction was fun and unique the first time I visited in the early '60s, but now it seems a bit old, worn and not with great merchandise. Was disappointed that at 11:45 am, few shops were open.

Thank starsky18
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

Spent a few hours here with the family and had a great time. If you are a seafood lover, this is the place to eat! If you are not, it's going to be slim pickings and so so food. Other than the food, which is why everyone comes....there are a few cute little shops to browse and a harbor cruise that is fun for the whole family. Adults are $14 and that includes a free child under 11. Once you are done here, hop over the green bridge for dessert....you'll be in Long Beach.

1  Thank Caroline L
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