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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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  • 12
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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
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
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
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Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 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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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 148 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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Los Gatos, California
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158 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We have a house in the area and loved Johnny's, then they had a chef and menu change and we stopped going. Now, a new chef and menu and we have had dinner there 3 times and LOVE it. Our favorite is the fish selection, you pick your fish, how you want it cooked, and the accompaniment. I had Mahi... More 

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Wellington, Nevada
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Had dinner here a few years ago and it was so-so. Tried it again recently and was pleasantly surprised. The menu was very innovative and diverse. The sea bass was offered sauted, grilled or blackened. I chose blackened and it was perfect. The presentation was excellent with brown rice, edamame and a light bernase sauce. We were a party of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

We had requested a window table with a harbor view and were graciously accommodated. Service was attentive, environment was busy, a little too noisy. My hubby started out with the ceviche, I had the artichoke Asiago soup- both very tasty and paired nicely with the Conundrum white. Got my entree I had the halibut, sautéed and served "Parisian"- goat cheese... More 

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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: Entertaining clients
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?