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Johnny's Harborside

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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (Eaton St)
(831) 479-3430
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Tue 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great view

We had requested a window table with a harbor view and were graciously accommodated. Service was attentive, environment was busy, a little too noisy. My hubby started out with the ceviche, I had the artichoke Asiago soup- both very tasty and paired nicely with the Conundrum white. Got my entree... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
PattiCNS
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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97 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

We had requested a window table with a harbor view and were graciously accommodated. Service was attentive, environment was busy, a little too noisy. My hubby started out with the ceviche, I had the artichoke Asiago soup- both very tasty and paired nicely with the Conundrum white. Got my entree I had the halibut, sautéed and served "Parisian"- goat cheese... More 

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des moines
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98 reviews 98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Johnny's has a pretty view of the small Santa Cruz harbor. A bit pricey for the offering, but the food was good and the menu had something for everyone. Pay to park, but the fee was super cheap at fifty cents an hour. Gluten free items were marked on the menu and the waiter was attentive enough to caution us... More 

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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74 reviews 74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We chose Johnny's on the recommendation of a friend and were very pleased. There is a nice view of the harbor and we were entertained by the crab fisherman unloading their catch. We enjoyed blackened Mahi-Mahi and sauteed scallops with the Parisian mashed potatoes as well as the Harborside and Caesar salads. The Mahi and scallops were prepared very well... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

the choice of fish is very good. The swordfish, ahi , and mahi maui was excellent. They cooked to perfection and the side dishes were very tasty. Nice view of the harbor. It is a small location, so don't be surprised if you have a wait. Have a drink and relax.

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Santa Cruz
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We went for Fri happy hour and the place was nearly empty, not a good sign when the restaurant down the road was full to bursting. $3 beers, but no local brews; $4 well drinks, martinis, margaritas, and wine. The happy hour menu was lacking in variety and did not even include a cup of chowder. I liked the barely... More 

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SAnta Cruz
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Love the food and great service! We go there often with friends and family and there is always something on the menu for all! Great Sunday Brunch!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Chefs trio was amazing. The chef picked the sides to go with the fish trio. Flavors were wonderful. They have small desserts for $3 each and are made by the chef. I would definitely go back.

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Pacifica, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This restaurant was very busy and we had to wait. Not that large of a restaurant. Top level of building. Nice view of the harbor but at night hard to see much. The food was good. Loud and busy kind of local place to eat. Not sure if I would make a trip back. Good for a place to eat.... More 

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Chowchilla, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We happened upon this restaurant located right on the harbor and will keep coming back. The fish is wonderful and cooked to perfection, scallops, yum. My boys had kid type dishes and they were great too as well as the clam chowder which my husband loved. It is a smaller restaurant upstairs with great views of the boats on the... More 

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SANTA CRUZ
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The portions were huge. The wedge salad was more than enough for two or three so plan to share. My sea bass was also a large portion and cooked perfectly. My son and girlfriend ordered the fish tacos and both brought one home The Ahi tuna wrapped in kelp was very good and a generous portion. My rum and coke... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    (Eaton St)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: (831) 479-3430

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?