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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%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“fish tacos” (26 reviews)
“sand dabs” (15 reviews)
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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Located right above where fishing boats dock, there is always something to watch. But, the food is the high point. Excellent salads, fish and appetizers.

Thank WhereeverUg0ThereUR
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is the best by far in the Harbor. The food is great and the sand dabs are amazing!!!

Thank Sheri M
Reviewed 2 March 2018

Great menu....fabulous fish tacos (loaded with fish, cabbage, etc)!! This was my first time there, so I didn't know what to expect. The plate came with three tacos, but one filled me up! You have the option of ordering it with only two. Continuous windows...More

Thank benzslkgirl
Reviewed 25 February 2018

Great view, on harbor, elevator up, easy parking. Calamari $5, clam chowder $7, happy hour, draft beers $3, also an outstanding "simply fish seabass-corvina" (4). great food and service.

Thank Don M
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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, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
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