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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
+1 831-479-3430
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“fish tacos” (26 reviews)
“sand dabs” (15 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 8:30 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch here while in Santa Cruz. Rustic decor. View of the harbor. Bring coins for the parking meters. My husband had the Seabass/Simply Fish with mashers and I had the Cherry Blossom Seabass with rice and edamame Mine was better. Not that my husband's...More

Thank Leslie F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's one of the closest restaurants to my home, and I love the views of the harbor, but the food is really inconsistent. I went there for a casual lunch with a friend, and ordered the soup and salad. Should be easy, right? The clam...More

Thank Chuck, Santa Cruz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Other than the crab stuffed avocado, the dishes here are just ok. I don’t think the prawns that came with our Chef’s selection of that day’s catch was actually fresh (easy to tell when seafood is fresh as supposed to frozen). Service was pretty slow....More

Thank aeswriting
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The avocado & crab appetizer was amazing, and everything else was great, specially the fish tacos. Right on the harbor, a classic & favorite spot for both locals & tourists.

Thank FrenchyEric
Reviewed 9 April 2018

Served by "Patrick" who is not only friendly but really knows the menu. Like most staff here they are never rushed and can find time to talk to customers. The food lives up to its great reputation. The atmosphere is very casual as it should...More

2  Thank voyager005
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Five adult family members were southbound on the Cabrillo Highway, headed for Santa Cruz. We called in for a lunch reservation and were lucky enough to be accommodated. Entrees included 3 fish cakes (lots of quantity), Monterey Omelette, Fish of the Day, Sandwich of the...More

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 31 March 2018

This place was the perfect spot to end our vacation. On the water and kids enjoyed seeing the boats. Fish options were delicious! Kids meals could get a salad or fruit with them which mom enjoyed making her kids get! Server was great. I loved...More

Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

The food was delicious and full of flavor. Calamari was fresh and not chewy! The crab cakes were a cloud of flavor! The tacos were layers of bursting flavor. The best part of the meal was Nina who went above and beyond to provide my...More

1  Thank emmymommy
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

We highly recommend this restaurant to other seafood lovers. The food was really tasty and fresh. Value for money. The staff super helpful and they are all real hosts! Thank you again!

1  Thank nkriszti90
Reviewed 17 March 2018

I don't recall ever having their burger's, but I tried it since they didn't have salmon burgers. Their meat and buns are fantastic. The calamari is also great. They are little rings and very tender. The burgers come with a side, so you can choose...More

1  Thank timteresa0
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Bar Scene, 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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