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Johnny's Harborside

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
+1 831-479-3430
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good41%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“fish tacos” (28 reviews)
“sand dabs” (15 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3938
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped here while enjoying the Pacific Coast Highway. We liked the selections, the fresh choices, and of course the taste. Service was very friendly. A bit annoyingly parking is not free, apparently the harbor owns the places. Also Johny's itself was expensive.

Thank Keith S
Reviewed 6 days ago

This second-story eatery on the harbor in Santa Cruz provides local, fresh-caught seafood as well as lots of other choices. We went with the "catch-of-the-day" salmon over a caesar salad - excellent filet broiled to order and a generous salad beneath. My husband enjoyed the...More

Thank pmjc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great. Service was a little slow. Garlic fries were disappointing. I envisioned something more than just regular unsalted fries with fresh chopped garlic on top.

Thank eboen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

(Warning: young adults from Central Florida in for vacation) Johnny’s claims to source its fresh seafood straight from local suppliers- and its location against the fishing boats seems to back that up. I’m no local expert, but everything we tried tasted good in its simplicity-...More

Thank Pyra-Danny
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Had lunch here while in Santa Cruz. Rustic decor. View of the harbor. Bring coins for the parking meters. My husband had the Seabass/Simply Fish with mashers and I had the Cherry Blossom Seabass with rice and edamame Mine was better. Not that my husband's...More

Thank Leslie F
Reviewed 4 May 2018

It's one of the closest restaurants to my home, and I love the views of the harbor, but the food is really inconsistent. I went there for a casual lunch with a friend, and ordered the soup and salad. Should be easy, right? The clam...More

Thank Chuck, Santa Cruz
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Other than the crab stuffed avocado, the dishes here are just ok. I don’t think the prawns that came with our Chef’s selection of that day’s catch was actually fresh (easy to tell when seafood is fresh as supposed to frozen). Service was pretty slow....More

Thank aeswriting
Reviewed 30 April 2018

The avocado & crab appetizer was amazing, and everything else was great, specially the fish tacos. Right on the harbor, a classic & favorite spot for both locals & tourists.

Thank FrenchyEric
Reviewed 10 April 2018

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 April 2018 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
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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View
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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