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Johnny's Harborside

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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938 (Eaton St)
+1 831-479-3430
11:30 - 20:30
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Sun 10:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Santa Cruz
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Johnny's Harborside is the place to go for beautifully prepared fish. Try the seared Ahi. The sweet potato fries are excellent. Some of the sauces do not please my palate but they are very flex about preferences and substitutions. I recommend the Wasabi Aoli. The restaurant is on the second floor so you dine hovering over the harbor.

Thank karenkhazar
Chicago Suburbs
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was taken to Johnny's by a local. As with many great places I've found, there was nothing extravagant or pretentious about this place either outside or inside. But it was lively and people were waiting to get a table...a good sign that it's worth the wait. Everybody at the bar was sociable (as I found Santa Cruz to be... More 

Thank sprkspys
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in Johnny's for a late lunch weekday. I got a halibut sandwich with fries and my friend got the fish tacos. First the portions are on the generous side. My sandwich was fresh and delicious. Fries were amazing. The fish was grilled with a good flavor. The fish taco dish was huge with three large flat tacos and... More 

Thank Sue M
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a Monday early lunch and there were lots of full tables. We had great service from Kristyn with our needy bunch of 9. The catch of the day salmon sandwich was so flavorful. I would pass on the cole slaw (blah) and choose the popular garlic fries. I really wanted the recipe for the tartar sauce--there was a... More 

Thank Sarah R
Santa Cruz, California
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181 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We come her a lot. We've always had great service and the food is always very good. I love their Salmon burger. The only one I've had that has some substance. My family loves their burgers and fries. All of the tables offer a great view of the harbor and it's a very sunny place. We like coming here as... More 

Thank timteresa0
Davis, California
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272 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed a fresh seafood dinner of mahi-mahi along with tempura veggies & mashed potatoes. Excellent flavors, sauce was not too overpowering to mask the taste of the fish. My husband gave high reviews to his scallops dish. Nice harbor views of decked-out boats with holiday lights. Incredibly reasonable corkage fee & outstanding service from our very perky & friendly waitress.... More 

1 Thank hollisJ_dr
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

While the Benedicts looked really good I was very disappointed with the Sand Dab sandwich. When I prepare sand dabs I saute them lightly in butter and use a light bread so as not to overwhelm the dabs. Here the dabs were fried hard and put on crunchy sourdough bread with guacamole sauce. The dabs tasted like cardboard. It was... More 

Thank Willow C
Rainbow, CA
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We arrived at the harbor starving and hoping to see some football. Of course, the Chargers weren't on because we were too far north, but there were several groups of locals watching so we watched them. We each ordered the Fish & Chips but I got a salad instead of chips. The fish was nicely battered but there wasn't much... More 

1 Thank wwubbly
Oakley, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Visited Johnny's with friends. LOVED the food. We had the fish n chips, scallops, crab encrusted salmon, and swordfish - all were delicious and prices were very fair! Service was great, view of harbor was relaxing, and atmosphere very casual. We had a wonderful time! Can't wait to visit again when we're in the area.

1 Thank Sue O
Westfield, New Jersey
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81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

MONDAY is Happy Hour all day...good bartender - obviously a locals and tourist place... totally enjoyed the meal and the drinks .... BELIEVE IT OR NOT - excellent burger!! Would certainly go back!

1 Thank mekgolfski

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
American, Seafood
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Groups
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?