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Johnny's Harborside

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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (Eaton St)
+1 831-479-3430
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
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  • 4
    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
Deliciousness on the water

We were here over the weekend and picked this place at random. It was a pleasant surprise. The service and food were both excellent. I had the sea bass which was very well seasoned, Parisian accompaniment. My son had the shrimp BLT, I had a bite....tasty. They have a Crab & Shrimp Stuffed Tempura... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Sean M
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We were here over the weekend and picked this place at random. It was a pleasant surprise. The service and food were both excellent. I had the sea bass which was very well seasoned, Parisian accompaniment. My son had the shrimp BLT, I had a bite....tasty. They have a Crab & Shrimp Stuffed Tempura Avocado which is amazing! Plus there... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

We are here as a group. Orders were all over the map, real mixed bag. Drinks were substantial, food was all well received, had a good time. It was an extended group (10 people) so rather than have a bunch of separate checks we paid and promised we'd get everybody their totals at the end of the holiday. Went to... More 

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Bandon, OR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

I ordered the scallops, their most popular choice, and if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't. I had the most expensive meal, and the other five people at my table had more delicious food than I did at half the price. My food was presented pretty, and the veggies were good, but I have had much better... More 

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oakhurst,ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

myi brother and his family came up from santa barbara, i made reservations in advance for 6p.m. we had a 45 minute wait, they were very rude as hostesses, the food was way over priced, and small portions. the 10.00 tacos was the best good portions and reasonable, my brother order the scallops, 3 sscallops. and no veggies or anything... More 

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Thank klip126315
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The seafood was amazing! Service was wonderful and the location was delightful. Delicious blackened scallops and calamari.

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Thank Karen F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

been to Johnnys a number of times and the fish is prepared nicely. Surprising sophisticated dishes that appeal to the foodie in me. Santa Cruz is relaxed and so is the service but not unfriendly or poor in any way. The side dishes potatoes with blue cheese and polenta are really good if you aren't a stogy eater. We always... More 

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Thank William E
Sandy, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

There were 10 of us on a reunion visiting this area and decided to try this restaurant. Bad choice. Our waitress pretty much ignored us during the entire stay. Meals were not brought together so some of us eating some not. She served us our drinks, then our food, then we didn't see her for at least 1 hour. She... More 

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Thank SundanceJan
Edinburgh, Scotland
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

We visit family in the Bay Area once in every 18 months or so and we always try to stay in Santa Cruz or at least visit. Johnny's is always high on our list of must visits as they serve excellent fresh fish and seafood. We just wish we lived closer so we could visit more often.

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Thank glamourgil
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106 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

We ate here the night after a lovely meal at Crow's Nest, paid more and were really disappointed with the food. I had fish and chips, the portion was small for the U.S. and came with no trace of salad. My other half had a seafood pasta dish, which came with lots of shells but essentially NO seafood. He said... More 

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Thank Di W
Livingston, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

Closes a little early for the neighbours but food really good! Service was attentive for our party of 6. Would return!

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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: +1 831-479-3430

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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