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“Can recommend” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Johnny's Harborside

Johnny's Harborside
Ranked #15 of 357 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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
Honolulu, Hawaii
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465 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
“Can recommend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Oct 24, 2012

I found this lovely spot along the Santa Cruz marina where the crab boats are gearing up for the Nov opening of the crab season. The crab nets are stacked as high as possible along the edge of the dock. For a pleasant lunch stop during the drive from East Bay to Pacific Grove you could do a lot worse. Parking is not free but not expensive.
I chose the Wednesday lunch special of pulled pork sandwich and a creative salad. My wife had the sand dabs and sweet potato fries. Both were delicious and priced right. Both totaled $33.
I found the service to be impeccable and attentive.
If you are in Santa Cruz and looking for a comtemporary resto with marina views, try this place.

Visited October 2012
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Monterey, California
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Like Fish?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Nestled at the lower top end of the Santa Cruz Harbor ion the southeast side of the over the harbor bridge, this seafaring marine wood upstairs restaurant is small, light and has great views of the harbor boats. The menu has creative fish and has something offered for everyone if fish is not a desire. The food is fresh and the dishes presented are excellent and moderately priced '

  • Visited October 2012
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“They need a new manager”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

We came in around 5pm for Dinner, I ask for a window seat the server said yes but they were all taken so we said we would wait.. She sat us at a table in th center of the room. We seen two tables leave server then told us the mgr said they were reserved and the mgr would not lets us move...mgr was a lady and she would not look are way.. The time we spent there no one sat at those tables ... I was so mad and she knew it..

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Princeton, New Jersey
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fresh seafood, sparkling service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

The fish here was incredibly fresh and superbly prepared. Without overwhelming the dish with too many flavors and competing elements, the fish was allowed to be the star of the plate. Their approach is to allow you to pick the fish and then select the preparation. The mahi mahi paired beautifully with the Provencal prep and the ahi tuna was brilliant with the South Pacific flavors. But before we even got to this, we enjoyed incredibly fresh and tasty mussels as an appetizer. Service was excellent and everyone was friendly and down-to-earth. Good wine list. Would definitely return here next time we're in Santa Cruz.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank DnCspire
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Aptos, California
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33 reviews
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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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Thank rushrose
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