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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 479-3430
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Ranked #32 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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Chowchilla, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Santa Cruz, CA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Went on a Saturday night with another couple. The restaurant at 5 pm was 1/3rd full but already the noise level made conversation difficult. We started with cocktails and appetizers. My martini was very watery, the calamari pieces were very small and very over deep fried. The mussels were small and the lemongrass/coconut broth was virtually tasteless. I ordered scallops... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Found this on TripAdvisor and was not disappointed! Delicious menu! We had bloody Mary's and mimosas that were perfect! A bit pricey, but otherwise very good! We will definitely be back!

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Oakland, California, United States
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142 reviews 142 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My boyfriend and I had New Year's Day dinner here with another couple and were very satisfied with our experience. Our waitress was very attentive and good about making suggestions. We started with a dozen delicious oysters and the incredibly yummy breaded avocado appetizer which were both wonderful. My boyfriend ordered the squid ink seafood linguini which was good, but... More 

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Port Hueneme, California, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Very Pleasant Dining. In the evening, you should make reservations if you want to be assured of getting a table. The service was A+; very friendly. The food was carefully prepared and attractively served. Portions were small but adequate, the right size to be good from the first to the last bite. Deserts are also small, but were excellent. At... More 

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United States
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171 reviews 171 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 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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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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