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Johnny's Harborside

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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938 (Eaton St)
+1 831-479-3430
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun 10:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Santa Cruz, California
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102 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A sunny Saturday noon, window table for four. Great view of the yacht harbor was the best part of the dining experience. Three of us had fish tacos and one a breakfast omelette. I was assured the fish was grilled, not breaded and fried. Turns out Johnny's uses whatever bits are left over from the fillets for the fish tacos.... More 

Northampton, Massachusetts
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215 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

and they do seafood very well - fresh and delicious - well prepared with something for every taste in fish and seafood. This low-key restaurant overlooks the harbor. Service is friendly and professional, and the portions are ample. Some traditional dishes and some imaginative creations. What's not to like?

1 Thank Mike L
Northern California
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We're locals. We usually go on Fridays. It can get a little crowded and a bit slow on peak nights like Saturday. Great selection of all types of fresh seafood. Known for their fish tacos, but everything is good. Reasonable prices. Pretty good bar. Bottom line: if you want fresh local seafood, go to Johnny's, it is better than any... More 

1 Thank geseiler
San Jose, California
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239 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brunch on a Sunday on the way back from Carmel. Honestly, I think their brunch menu is my favorite of anywhere else - at all - from Carmel to San Francisco. There is anything you could possibly want! The food was amazing. I tried fresh halibut ... with asian prep. It was to die for ... will be craving again... More 

Thank Jules T
Soquel, California
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner and as always, the food and service were great. Many fresh seafood selections and several choices for preparation. This is a simple menu but the choices are all good. This is a casual restaurant and is very comfortable with a great view of the Santa Cruz Harbor. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

Thank Sherryh62
Fremont, California
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5,139 reviews
1,524 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,515 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We went for an early dinner at Johnny's Harborside. We had a nice table with views of the harbor area. We enjoyed drinks. I had a cosmo and my husband had a glass of Cab Franc. For dinner, we shared an ahi poke appertizer which was very good. For dinner, I had mussels. My husband had a tasty sand dab... More 

Thank mini
Burlingame, California
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283 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Lunch with the family and my only complaint is that this place is pricey. Fish tacos were tasty and big portions. Sand dab sandwiches were also good, but I have had better. Crab stuffed tempura avocado was ok. Little crab and big price. Beer, wine and drink list. Service was ok and the restaurant itself is tacky. View of the... More 

Thank travelagentreplies
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

I'm writing this review late (went in June 2016) but I kept the receipt and all is remember is that it was excellent. casual environment. many locals.

Thank loanroadster
Santa Cruz
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Johnny's Harborside is the place to go for beautifully prepared fish. Try the seared Ahi. The sweet potato fries are excellent. Some of the sauces do not please my palate but they are very flex about preferences and substitutions. I recommend the Wasabi Aoli. The restaurant is on the second floor so you dine hovering over the harbor.

Thank karenkhazar
Chicago Suburbs
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I was taken to Johnny's by a local. As with many great places I've found, there was nothing extravagant or pretentious about this place either outside or inside. But it was lively and people were waiting to get a table...a good sign that it's worth the wait. Everybody at the bar was sociable (as I found Santa Cruz to be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
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

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