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Johnny's Harborside

Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Pacific Rim
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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938 (Eaton St)
+1 831-479-3430
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The staff here is wonderful and so is the food! It is a small restaurant with large windows so anywhere you sit you are able to see the water. The fish is usually right off the boat so it is wonderful. Make sure and make a reservation if you don't want to wait since seating is limited. Way better than... More 

Thank Linda B
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Johnny's is a great place with a great environment. Our waitress was very nice, recommending her own favorites and giving us other diners' opinions. ("The halibut is a little bit dry.") While we were waiting for our food, she even gave us a joke. ("I think I forgot to put your order in. Just kidding!") On to the food. My... More 

1 Thank The13YearOldPOV
Los Altos, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First impression of this second floor restaurant overlooking Santa Cruz harbor yachts was one of casual, seafaring ambiance. The seafood menu had a variety of fresh shell and fin fish to satisfy a group. Some were not impressed by the pricey, but dry halibut, however the cioppino was fine. The three tacos were stuffed with goodies and bargain priced. So... More 

Thank HawaiianPunch70
Boston, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I ate here last week. First off the waitress we had, I wish I could remember her name was amazing. Very friendly and helpful with the menu. I had fish tacos which were perfect. My wife had a grilled Mahi sandwich which she loved as well. A great choice if you are in the Santa Cruz area.... More 

1 Thank mannsonamission
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366 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The fish tacos were excellent. The fish in the fish and chips was not over breaded, thick and quite tasty. We would go back.

1 Thank sndovale
Danville, California
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for lunch. Great views, great service, and the best fish tacos I ever had. Need I say more! So good that we brought our whole family and grandkids here for dinner a week later. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Casual, reasonable, and lots of parking (pay) right there. Always thought it was just a tourist type place but it... More 

1 Thank emptynest1234
San Francisco
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited twice in one week. Its not a big place but can get a little loud. Suggest a window seat which has an incredible view of the harbor. Service is outstanding even when busy, which is often. But the food is the real highlight. The fried avocado appetizer is to die for. The oysters are also super fresh and large.... More 

2 Thank camp708
Oxford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I arrived almost as they were closing (2130hrs at weekends). The waitress was great and didn't seem at al phased and sat me in the best seat in the house overlooking the harbour with a breeze wafting through the open windows). I ordered the cioppino on her recommendation - wow! Full of flavour and the freshest of seafood ingredients cooked... More 

1 Thank Simon-n-Gina
Sinking Spring, PA
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Johnny's offers high quality food and an excellent choice of drinks all with a fabulous view of the harbor marina. Portions are reasonably large with appropriate pricing.

2 Thank Gibbled371
Glendale, California
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138 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This is what the beach is all about . Clean, great views, and really fresh food. The Staff is really great and attentive. This place is casual, but still as good or better the big restaurants, that over look the water. Wonderful oysters on the half shell, and calamari lightly bread and not over cooked. My wife said they have... More 

2 Thank NoHoMike

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
American, Seafood, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
    (Eaton St)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-479-3430

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?