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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
+1 831-479-3430
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good45%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish tacos” (24 reviews)
“fresh catch” (5 reviews)
“salad” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:30All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Several friends and I went there for lunch. The service was decent. The food was very good but definitely overpriced. Parking is the primary reason I will not go back. The digital reading on the parking meter was difficult to see in the sun. It...More

Thank Marilyn H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of 4 the service was great. The food surpassed what we expected. The various sauces and sides were tasty and interesting. For dessert we got the panna cotta, caramel pot and key lime pie. They were fantastic. They are served in...More

Thank RFranscella
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a long day at the Boardwalk we came here looking for some higher quality fare instead of the terrible for you, yet tasty food of the boardwalk. The food all looked & sounded really appetizing although a bit "dated" in its presentation, but when...More

Thank Monty H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set in a picturesque harbour, Johnny's Harborside offers an excellent selection of fresh fish with attentive service as well.

Thank PaulShadbolt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This five-star review is to honor Nina and the rest of the wait-staff at Johnny's Harborside restaurant. The food was wonderful, the view was beautiful, the ambiance was charming--but it was the service staff and the hardworking chefs who turned what could have been a...More

Thank TulipL0ver
Reviewed 29 May 2017

As its name says, Johnny’s is located on the harbor. The restaurant is not huge, so many of the tables have a beautiful view of the harbor. The menu features a lot of seafood, and I am not a seafood fan, but the shrimp scampi...More

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I've not been to Johnny's in awhile, but when I was there (December), it was really good. More on the pricey side, but truly enjoyable.

Thank 1beachbrat
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Casual, fun dining. Smaller restaurant in a great location overlooking harbor boats. Delicious ahi tuna on seaweed salad appetizer. Fresh and tasty salad and sliced ginger. Then we split the fish and chips which were nicely battered and very clean and fresh. We each had...More

Thank Jane S
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Had a small caesar salad to start, along with one of the draught beers. I ordered the shrimp scampi, and was presented with a large plate with some pasta in the middle surrounded by large, blackened shrimp. They were very good, the sauce did not...More

Thank jonthethird
Reviewed 19 March 2017

A sunny Saturday noon, window table for four. Great view of the yacht harbor was the best part of the dining experience. Three of us had fish tacos and one a breakfast omelette. I was assured the fish was grilled, not breaded and fried. Turns...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
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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