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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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All hours
Sun 10:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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Rainbow, CA
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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12 reviews
6 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 25 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
Santa Cruz, California
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We stopped in - last minute on a Sunday and sat at the bar waiting for a table. Decided to stay at the bar as the service was amazing - Katie was attentive but subtle in letting these 2 gals gab on and on and just making sure we had everything we needed. We have been coming to Johnny's for... More 

Thank JSSC2014
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Sat at the bar on a crowded Saturday night- great service from the bartender! Caesar salad was "okay" but ribeye steak dinner was excellent!!

1 Thank Heather O
Phoenix, Arizona
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The restaurant is located right on the water in the harbor. The staff was great and very friendly. Reservations are recommended for dinner, but not required. The food was good, but not great. My wife and I split the fresh catch of the day, which was halibut. We had it sautéed with Parisian style accompaniments, which included goat cheese mashed... More 

1 Thank shadv00
Lakeside, California
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90 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

There were 12 of us eating. Our waitress, Laura, was awesome! She was happy to individualize each of our bills and she was happy to take pictures of us. The drinks and food came out fast. The food was awesome. Not one person had anything bad to say about their food.

1 Thank Laura B
Santa Cruz, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Hey, this place has a great lunch of three fish tacos for 12 bucks and they're not cheapo with it. Much better than the touristy and trendy other joints in Santa Cruz.Nice wine selection and diversity of fish specials. Bravo!

1 Thank Fredforyourhead
Santa Cruz, California
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

One of the best breakfasts in Santa Cruz, near the harbor. Almost all locals- open at 8am. very good, reasonable, big patio and great coffee too.

Thank Skip H
Santa Cruz, California
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369 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We dropped in on a holiday without reservations. We were given a window seat looking out over the harbor. Our server greeted us promptly. The menu surprised us with primarily fish and one hamburger or steak option. My daughter is not a fish person and wanted chicken. We did not see any, but asked. So glad we did. Turns out... More 

Thank JeriLG

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
View, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?