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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
+1 831-479-3430
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish tacos” (25 reviews)
“fresh catch” (5 reviews)
“salad” (16 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The food here was decent, but way overpriced. Go somewhere else. The view is nice, but only if you are pointed the right way.

Thank Proclaimer1
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to Johnny's Harborside, We lucked out on a busy Saturday night. We did not have reservations and walked in right when a party of two cancelled theirs. We enjoyed dinner. For our drinks my husband had a glass of wine - Coppola Director's...More

Thank mini
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With reservation still waited about 15 minutes for table. Food was very good and generous portions. Fish tacos were good...side salad was mixed greens w/cucumber + tomato-good size, The fish fixed how you want it was very fresh and delicious tried the halibut and mahi-mahi....More

Thank Besos43
Reviewed 17 July 2017

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 12 July 2017

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 28 June 2017

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 25 June 2017

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

Thank PaulShadbolt
Reviewed 22 June 2017

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 22 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
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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