We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
+1 831-479-3430
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (10 reviews)
“fish tacos” (32 reviews)
“fresh catch” (5 reviews)
Closes in 24 min
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (259)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 250 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

I only tried the clam chowder and shrimp lettuce wraps. The clam chowder was good, but average. The 'lettuce wraps' are romaine lettuce with salad shrimp sitting on top. It was tasty despite there being literally a pile of pickled onions I picked off. If...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great evening enjoying a good bottle of California Cabernet, scallops, Seafood Rissoto, Crab encrusted Salmon and Shrimp Scampi. We enjoyed crab cakes and deep fried avocado stuffed with crab, yumm! Service was great overlooking the marina!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Harold B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw good reviews. Our hotel said this was the place to go. But it was not. Long wait after we arrived before a waiter greeted us. No idea why. We ordered: Grilled prawns Grilled salmon Cioppino Prawns, I was warned, had sold out. So...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mark C
Reviewed October 22, 2018

Had fresh local halibut dinner and fresh catch salad with halibut. Good for sure, no outstanding. Our server was excellent and the table we had with view of the harbor was great. Prices are in line with this area and fish is fresh!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank roamingnoni
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We had an enjoyable Sunday brunch on a really nice October day. We scored a great table in the window with a fantastic view of the yacht harbor. The food was very good and the service was good as well. Glad we tried it out!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mamjensen
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Was a great experience and the staff were friendly and pleasant. Decent portions for the price. We had the fish and chips, kids had the sliders .

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank taz3r
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went out of our way to eat here for lunch today based on the ratings. I had the fresh fish(halibut) sandwich and he had the fish tacos. Both were bland and tasteless - neither tasted fresh.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank SandyGrace55
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

My fav spot and only place I know where I can get fantastic and meaty Blue Crab Cakes, always my choice here. Friendly service and great harbour dinning view. Walk on the beach after!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank happygalfromCA
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Service was excellent, food was pretty good. Only problem is it was overpriced. You are paying for the location.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank SVCris
Reviewed August 27, 2018

My wife and I were visiting Santa Cruz for the day as part of a week at the beach. After a long walk through the downtown, and a walk out to the pier, we headed to Johnny’s Harborside for lunch. It was about noon, midweek,...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Andreas G
Nearby HotelsSee all 54 hotels in Santa Cruz
Harbor Inn
47 reviews
.46 km away
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
278 reviews
.91 km away
Pelican Point Inn
79 reviews
.94 km away
Sunny Cove Motel Apartments
31 reviews
1.23 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
344 reviews
.55 km away
Betty Burgers
187 reviews
.56 km away
Harbor Cafe
156 reviews
.36 km away
The Crow's Nest
1,243 reviews
.42 km away
Nearby Attractions
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
3,339 reviews
1.38 km away
Santa Cruz Wharf
1,192 reviews
1.51 km away
Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
112 reviews
.47 km away
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
39 reviews
.73 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Johnny's Harborside staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
    (Eaton St)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-479-3430
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing