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Johnny's Harborside

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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
+1 831-479-3430
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“fish tacos” (26 reviews)
“sand dabs” (15 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
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Reviewed September 29, 2016

The restaurant is located right on the water in the harbor. The staff was great and very friendly. Reservations are recommended for dinner, but not required. The food was good, but not great. My wife and I split the fresh catch of the day, which...More

1  Thank shadv00
Reviewed September 28, 2016

There were 12 of us eating. Our waitress, Laura, was awesome! She was happy to individualize each of our bills and she was happy to take pictures of us. The drinks and food came out fast. The food was awesome. Not one person had anything...More

1  Thank Laura B
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Hey, this place has a great lunch of three fish tacos for 12 bucks and they're not cheapo with it. Much better than the touristy and trendy other joints in Santa Cruz.Nice wine selection and diversity of fish specials. Bravo!

1  Thank Fredforyourhead
Reviewed September 12, 2016

One of the best breakfasts in Santa Cruz, near the harbor. Almost all locals- open at 8am. very good, reasonable, big patio and great coffee too.

Thank Skip H
Reviewed September 5, 2016

We dropped in on a holiday without reservations. We were given a window seat looking out over the harbor. Our server greeted us promptly. The menu surprised us with primarily fish and one hamburger or steak option. My daughter is not a fish person and...More

Thank JeriLG
Reviewed September 5, 2016

We went on Sunday Sept 4th. Called and made a ressie for lunch and the hostess was very friendly and quick to seat us. I picked this based on reviews and it was our first visit. Ordered sanddab sandwich and pasta with some sides of...More

1  Thank Roland W
Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

We were able to make last minute reservations at this restaurant for 5 on a Saturday night. We all like at atmosphere. Had a decent children's menu for our 9 year old grandson and milk, so he was happy. A seafood pasta dish on special...More

Thank OldChi
Reviewed August 27, 2016

Great seafood (especially shrimp scampi and fish tacos). Outstanding service. Fun location overlooking the marina - especially to see up close some of the fishing boats that we saw from afar on US 1 on the way to the restaurant.

Thank Nilder
Reviewed August 21, 2016

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...More

Reviewed August 10, 2016

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.

Thank catc0x
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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
  • E-mail
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