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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
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Ranked #35 of 324 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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81% Recommend
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English first
monterey bay
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The three of us ordered the Seafood Louis Salad. Orders arrived Could not find any dressing. Located a small amount under the salad. Waiter agreed to bring us more. One tablespoon in small cups a piece. Next missing item was the Crab. Waiter apologized and said chef forgot and he would bring some. What arrived was a container each of... More

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Redding, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had a party of six and the service was excellent. The fresh fish was great, the fish tacos were rather fishy. It's a noisy place, so don't go for quiet conversation. It has a fantastic harbor view and uses the harbor parking lost, so be prepared to pay for parking at an automated kiosk when you park.

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Fruita CO
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

and their veggie-seafood take on the historic recipe is about the best I've found! Light and tasty Hollandaise and the eggs were perfect. One of the sides was a creamy polenta- Yum! - and a basket of beautiful warmed sourdough. One of the reasons I keep returning to this place is the view. Atop the building, windows grace the entire... More

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

My husband, two teen daughters and I ate here one evening this last weekend and really enjoyed the experience. For appetizers we ordered the crabcakes (fresh, flavorful and succulent), the calamari (best I've had - truly), their wedge salad (my husband said the bleu cheese was fantastic) and gazpacho (dissappointingly bland). We then proceeded to entrees. For their fish, you... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

My husband and I went to Johnny's Harborside for the first time for dinner (we've always done breakfast before and since the breakfast has been amazing, we wanted to try the dinner). All of the food was delicious (a bit rich but one can overlook that on Valentine's night!) and well-prepared. I had the Surf & Turf and the filet... More

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Sydney, Australia
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Went here early without booking. Seated immediately. Average to good service. We only had starters and salad (a lot of them). Mussels pretty good. Avo tempura good. mushroom fries nice surprise for kids. Easy parking with view over Marina. reasonably priced and all left full.

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Santa Cruz, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This place is really fun, the food is good, great service and the view of the yacht harbor is awesome! The small dinner salad was healthy and fresh and the fish was great! My friend had the scallops and they looked delicious! Try to get a window table if possible. Enjoy!!

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Lovely restaurant by the harbour. Very welcoming staff and very enjoyable, good quality food. Exceptional service. I had the avocado and crab 'tempura' to start, which was very enjoyable. I had sea bass for the main course, which was very well cooked. A most enjoyable meal.

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Medford, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

My wife and I ate at Johnny's tonight and it was pretty scary. We had three appetizer's. The first was okay, cold trout, with Asian vegetables, this was actually spiced properly and was good. We then had oysters that were really awful. We really should have sent them back, Totally gross. We also had the mussels and they were the... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Went to this restaurant on the recommendation of the hotel and what a good call it was. Four of us ordered different things and each meal was superb from start to finish. My wife and I both said the prawns were fantastic. I cant recall the bill but I don't remember it being too pricey for what we had. Lovely... More

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