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“fresh,fresh fish!!!!!!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Johnny's Harborside

Johnny's Harborside
493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
+1 831-479-3430
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Ranked #17 of 355 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Eaton St
Aptos, California
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“fresh,fresh fish!!!!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

wonderful friendly place to eat! views of the santa cruz harbor,good portions and a no rush relaxing attitude. food is fresh,menu varied----we felt very comfortable here. they have a birthday sign-up list and offer discounts on your b'day and other events! emails are not so frequent that they are annoying. 4+!!!!!!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Menlo Park, CA
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116 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Good fresh seafood, nice harbor view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Johnny's was just fine for casual dining with two school-age kids. Fine harbor view; if you like sailboats you'll find a passel of them to ogle. The fresh catch was as advertised and very tasty. Still, I was a bit surprised to find that the scallop special was just that: one largish scallop on a bed of rice and pureed squash. Chef's trio for two allowed us to taste 3 different fish cooked 3 different ways with 3 sauces, and the chef obligingly substituted fresh wild salmon for prawns. Ask to sit away from the bar if you intend to talk much--it gets rather loud at happy hour.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank kmuch
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Arcadia, California
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of our favorite Seafood Restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This restaurant has changed its menu since our last visit. The fish changes daily by what is available from the bay, so it is very fresh. We did not like the sauces used as well as what was available before, but there was a choice of 4 different accents to the fish as well as 4 cooking methods. Our halibut was a generous portion and the polenta it was served on was outstanding.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank jmynster
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Watsonville, CA
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“What a surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Lived in this area all my fifty years of life and never had been to Johnny's. It was awesome they offer great fresh fish. The atmosphere was casual and lively, excellent clam chowder. To top it off the offer a small bite dessert menu that is nice on the budget and very tasty . Can't wait to return.

    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Samethan
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Des Moines, Iowa
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64 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Service was slow. Food was just ok.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Only ordered a wrap and clams and it took 40 min!! 4 tables besides us.

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Thank Relocations
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