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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 479-3430
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Ranked #33 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
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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78 reviews from our community

83% Recommend
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English first
Brecksville, Ohio, United States
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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159 reviews 159 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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1,147 reviews 1,147 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
787 helpful votes 787 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
Senior Contributor
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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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The Bay Area, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

we came across this restaurant driving around Santa Cruiz in the early January this year, trying to find a place where locals eat. The two storied building sits right on the dok where fishing boats unload "catch of the day" so they have a black board in the restaurant where the staff chalk in new arrivals. Awesome freshness of everything.... More

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San Martin, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

My wife and I went out to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Great little place with nice harbor views, friendly staff and very good seafood. We went for the chefs choice and it was great...we also went for the 3 mini desserts and they were also a hit. Overall a nice, relaxing dinner spot that specializes in fresh seafood. Will... More

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