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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 479-3430
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Ranked #33 of 326 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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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

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 restaurant reviews
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
66 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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191 reviews 191 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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1,569 reviews 1,569 reviews
427 restaurant reviews
932 helpful votes 932 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I always go to Johnny' harbor side when I'm in Santa Cruz, it's outstanding, and a great value. Well, I just fount out that on Mondays, they have a three-course dinner menu that includes a wine pairing for just $20 per person. The crab cake appetizer was out of this word! I had cod over polenta with some perfectly sautéed... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Went for lunch and enjoyed the seafood tacos. More than just fish on them. You get three large tacos so be hungry if you order! Tasty Bloody Mary well worth the $5. With a table by the window you can see the boats bringing in the fresh catch of the day.

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