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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 479-3430
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Ranked #24 of 327 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Eaton St
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  • English first
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English first
Columbia, South Carolina
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife and I decided to try this restaurant on the advise of Trip Advisor reviews. We weren't 't disappointed! Huge portions, great service and their small desserts were homemade and delicious.

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Fremont, California
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735 reviews 735 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
692 helpful votes 692 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We enjoy going to Johnny's Harborside; food is generally quite good and fresh. They also have a a variety of prices - for example, you can get a very good sandwich with a great salad for about $15 or you can go all out and have a multi course fish dinner. They offer a "bite size" menu for dessert -... More

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Miami, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Although the food took long to get to our table, the very flavorful dishes and large portions was worth the wait. Besides our server, Devin, informed us they were short on staff. We had a beautiful view overlooking the fishing fleet and enjoyed seeing the freshly caught salmon being brought to port. We began with fried calamari served with an... More

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Merced, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Johnny's was a great find! I had a feeling it would be a great spot when I read the hand written sandwich board "We're Totally Open!" We had a few options, some from the reg and some from the happy hour menus. All good! Do yourself a favor and stop by. The happy hour prices for food and drink are... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I always go to Johnny' harbor side when I'm in Santa Cruz, it's outstanding, and a great value. Well, I just fount out that on Mondays, they have a three-course dinner menu that includes a wine pairing for just $20 per person. The crab cake appetizer was out of this word! I had cod over polenta with some perfectly sautéed... More

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POWAY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Went for lunch and enjoyed the seafood tacos. More than just fish on them. You get three large tacos so be hungry if you order! Tasty Bloody Mary well worth the $5. With a table by the window you can see the boats bringing in the fresh catch of the day.

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The Bay Area, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

we came across this restaurant driving around Santa Cruiz in the early January this year, trying to find a place where locals eat. The two storied building sits right on the dok where fishing boats unload "catch of the day" so they have a black board in the restaurant where the staff chalk in new arrivals. Awesome freshness of everything.... More

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San Martin, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

My wife and I went out to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Great little place with nice harbor views, friendly staff and very good seafood. We went for the chefs choice and it was great...we also went for the 3 mini desserts and they were also a hit. Overall a nice, relaxing dinner spot that specializes in fresh seafood. Will... More

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Carson City, Nevada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Great fish n chips, I had some kind of black pasta in a saffron cream with tons of seafood and it was amazing. Casear salad was memorable. Negative is the bar runs along one side of the restaurant and it was two patrons deep, and there were a couple of tables where everyone was clearly drinking and were loud. So,... More

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Ashland, Oregon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Given the great location at the Santa Cruz Harbor, we were not expecting great food. We were pleasantly surprised to find 9 fresh catch of the day options and lots of other choices as well. The sides, veggies and potatoes would make any foodie happy, the drinks were great and the desserts delicious!

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