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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 479-3430
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Ranked #31 of 328 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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
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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United States
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Nice restaurant with a good view of the harbor. They have a few (very few) non-seafood selections if you're not a seafood fan. They are on the second level of the building but they do have an elevator if you need something that is handicap-accessible. Service was good. Parking was plentiful, very easy and offered at no additional charge.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We had ordered a plate with 3 sorts of fishes. The food was prepared and presented in a very stylish manner. Simply amazing taste. Very much impressed. The service was very good. Unfortunately there is no outdoor seating. After a nice meal, a walk on the harbour nearby complements the day.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I'm surprised that this is only rated at number 32 amongst Santa Cruz restaurants. I have eaten at a number of restaurants in SC and I think its rating is much better than that. Perhaps the locals who, by the numbers in the restaurant the night we went, clearly like this place don't feel the need to tell everyone on... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The Avacado tempura was fantastic as Was the nori wrap ahi !! Great atmosphere ! Really good service recommend reservation during peak hours they do have some worthy signature dishes

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Brecksville, Ohio, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were looking for a restaurant with a view, in walking distance from our condo, and with indoor seating. We had a good meal at Johnny's. We chose fish off the "local" fresh list and were pleased with the meals. The appetizers, artichokes 2 ways, and a seafood stuffed avacado were good; the avacado could have been a bit riper.... More 

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Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The restaurant let us have a window corner table and hold it while we were waiting for friends from San Francisco to arrive. The service was very good, and the harborside view nice, although there is no outdoor seating.The place is on the middle-high side for food prices. The Bloody Marys were only $5, but appeared to have no alcohol.... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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217 reviews 217 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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507 restaurant reviews
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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 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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Additional Information about Johnny's Harborside

Address: 493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone Number: (831) 479-3430
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood

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