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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: Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, 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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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 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
Another nice choice at the Santa Cruz harbor

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
Steve B
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Santa Cruz, California
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Sacramento, CA
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3 reviews
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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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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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139 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 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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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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138 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
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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Fort Worth, Texas
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We try to eat at off the main road places, places locals know, but others may not. We did get a few recommendations, and online reviews were generally positive, but our experience was just so so. The place is much smaller than it looks, occupying only the upper floor of a small building near the Santa Cruz Harbor area. It... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Many tables sat open, but the hosts didn't feel like seating them. Servers weren't too busy, even one came up to tell the host they had a table open. Many other guests stood waiting around also, felt bad for the guy all dressed in his suit clearly on a special date - would have even given up our table to... More 

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Dartmouth, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We went with friends who love going to Santa Cruz Harbor and they recommended Johnny's. The weather had been cold and foggy, so we went early because we needed to get inside a warm place! We arrived early enough that the restaurant wasn't full, and our reward was the full attention of our excellent waiter. We feasted on several appetizers,... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Food was tasty, but portions were on the smaller side...not $26 worth. servers were friendly. Downside they could not accommodate our request to seat 7, So my family and the other family had to split up across the dining room.

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Los Angeles, California
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86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Nice place for a Saturday lunch, the oysters were fresh good. The fish tacos were very good, the sand dab sandwich was excellent. The service was very slow and the server blamed the amount of people for it. Nice wine list.

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Additional Information about Johnny's Harborside

Address: 493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone Number: +1 831-479-3430
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?