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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 good46%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“fish tacos” (24 reviews)
“fresh catch” (5 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here early on a Sunday. I didn't realize they had brunch this early. I actually didn't have brunch, but one of the people in our party did. They said it was great. I had a Salmon Burger. It's the best in the Santa...More

Thank timteresa0
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have never been disappointed with a meal at Johnny's. Wonderful fresh fish as well as other lovely dishes. The best view in town..looking out over the harbor and out to the sea. GREAT service as well. Don't miss this place!!

Thank mendovaca
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make a Reservation, they fill up fast! I came over to Johnny's after spending the afternoon on Stagnaro's Whale Watching tour. My phone was dying and the sweet hostess was able to place me at a table near an outlet. The table was next to...More

Thank kmgIL
Reviewed 7 September 2017

My wife and I have been to this place a few times and we do enjoy sitting at the bar and eating the happy hour specials menu. Overall really chill place to grab a drink, some food and watch a game. Fills up quick so...More

Thank Hondo H
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We weren't real hungry so we went to Johnny's for happy hour. We had calamari and their Roadhouse (beef) sliders from the happy hour menu. They were yummy. Just as happy hour was ending we grabbed our waiter for another order of sliders. He said...More

Thank Cindy J
Reviewed 21 August 2017

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 20 August 2017

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 24 July 2017

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 18 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
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Restaurant Details

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