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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 - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 46
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  • 50
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 3
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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
Interesting Location, Good Food but Noisy

This is a good place right among the many boats of the Santa Cruz Harbor. The view can be good of local sailboats coming and going from the upper harbor. Food good, but my one complaint is the noise level. Can be very expensive for a family visiting Santa Cruz - more appropriate for local... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Paul C
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a good place right among the many boats of the Santa Cruz Harbor. The view can be good of local sailboats coming and going from the upper harbor. Food good, but my one complaint is the noise level. Can be very expensive for a family visiting Santa Cruz - more appropriate for local businessmen on an expense account.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

First off, our table was at a window overlooking the harbor but I don't think there's a bad table in the restaurant. So beautiful with the sun setting. As for the food, it was very good and the choices were plenty. I had a salad with a bowl of clam chowder. The chowder was delish, a different taste than other... More 

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San Jose
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We enjoyed a nice, late lunch at Johnny's Harborside in Santa Cruz - it was my second visit and it was every bit as good as the first time. Servers are friendly and attentive and the fish is fresh and tasty. Great lunch with a view of the sailboats... what's not to like?!

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My Mr. Wonderful and I with another couple had dinner here last weekend. Since I'm a vegetarian I look at the menu ahead of time to make sure they serve dishes for me. They did so we went. The place was busy but it was Saturday and the weather was warm and beautiful. Hay, we do live in Cali don't... More 

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californis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Half off cocktails and some of the best appetizers we've had! Happy hour is the time to go, it's quiet. Plus the view is amazing.

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Sacramento, CA
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had dinner here after finding great reviews online - and it lived up to the high opinions of the reviews! WOW, it was GOOD! We loved the view of the harbor, the staff was very friendly, the restaurant was clean, the food was fresh, delicious and everything had generous portions. We had the BEST ever salmon burger. We'll definitely... More 

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Corralitos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

You can watch the fresh catch being unloaded off the fishing boats down below as well as sailboats moving in and out of the harbor while you enjoy your delicious seafood (they also have vegetarian dishes, but their forte is seafood). Great bar, friendly staff, incredibly fresh seafood well prepared. Another local favorite.

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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We were here on the 4th weekend and since it was Friday they had Happy Hour! $4 margaritas and $4-$6 food - delicious!!! We loved every bite. The small desserts are off the charts delicious - way more than a bite! Lovely setting and actually quite clean. We would totally come back!!!

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Santa Cruz, California
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Great views, very good food with lots of choices of seafood and different preparations, and very good wait staff. Nice place to take your friends from over the hill, and usually pretty easy to get reservations

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TEXAS
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This use to be a great place to eat, but not on the day we were there, the service and food were not good. Talked with some other people after we left and were told it is the same everyday. BUD CARTER

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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: Doing business
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 - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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