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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 - 8:30 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've postponed writing this review because I wanted it to be as perfect as the location, service, and food at Johnny's Harborside. I've had bad experience with seafood in the past but have always wanted to like it. I heard Johnny's Harborside is the place to get it, and I heard right! The restaurant is fresh, clean, and bright, overlooking... More 

1 Thank Shelley P
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Two meals for one price. Fresh fish choices, one was Black Cod with choices of sides, polenta was just right, my friend had salmon cooked perfect. Dessert key lime pie was bite size and it was very good.

1 Thank catc0x
Allen, TX
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a really good meal. Fresh fish and great service. The wife really liked their clam chowder and my halibut was really good. We ate our meal while watching two seals play by the boats. It is upstairs but there is an elevator to go up.

1 Thank JJ5115
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely meal here. There is a good range of food available. One of the best ideas is to choose your fish, then decide how to have it cooked and which accompaniments you want. I had the goats cheese mash and veg which were delicious. The water advised on local beers as well as the wine. The food... More 

1 Thank Elidor50
Sacramento, California
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51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love Johnny's-fresh fish, good prices, and a beautiful view of Santa Cruz Harbor. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. Try the 3-fish dinner for two. It comes with 3 sides and 3 types of fresh fish. It's easy to order and takes the thinking out of your dining decision especially after a long day at the beach.

Thank Yaysc
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
McKinney, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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367 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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

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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, Reservations, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?