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“Nail Salons! Empty storefronts! Awful bar! Vague fashion!”
Review of Old Town Novato

Old Town Novato
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Novato
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Old Town has got it all... except it hasn't. Given the state of the economy, the idiotic local government, and the horrendously greedy landowners, this town is just barely hanging on. Wow! Lights in the trees! Why not add clowns and strolling minstrels? But get rid of that dive bar. And that liquor store on the corner. And that We Habla check cashing store. And that albatrossian bombed-out non-theater (whose historic sign has vanished, probably sold on eBay). But the city offices are brand new... not that anyone works in them. A bit of an embarrassment, as small towns go.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Wonderful small town main street with several shops, cafes, restaurants, and local bakery. Don't be put off by the lack of parking. There are several public parking lots one street over by the city building.

Thank Rene M
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

To call this part of Novato "old" is adding a new definiton to the word. It is only old if we compare it to the sprawling prefab commercial outlets on the outside of town. Yes, there are some upscale restaurants, delis, and boutique shops but that doesn't make this part of town necessarily old. But, then again, when so much of America has been taken over by Walmart, Kmart, Costco and the innumerable fast food joints any street that has architecture going back to the 1950's could be called old. Unless you love to spend money in overpriced shops there isn't much to see or do here.

Thank Ray V
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Don't bother, keep driving and go to Petaluma. One good restaurant, Grazei, one good bar, deBorbas and that's it.

Thank bill b
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

but I found a lot to like in Old Town Novato like visiting the thrift store and a wonderful antique shop, the Mi Pueblo Mexican restaurant and the Trek winery. I hope to review them separately.

Thank DocChesapeake
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