Johnny's Harborside
Johnny's Harborside

Johnny's Harborside

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnnysharborside.com/
  • Phone: (831) 479-3430
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Tuesday: 11:30 am - 8:30 pm

    Wednesday - Friday - 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

    Saturday: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm

    Sunday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

    Saturday Brunch: 11:00 am -2:00 pm

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    With continuous service
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Evan Lite
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Making your events all that they can be with personalized service and exceptional food.

    We offer:

    * Full Service Catering
    * Self Service Catering
    * Mobile BBQ
    * Events hosted at our Restaurant in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor

    We look forward to making your next special occasion one to remember.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eaton St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available just steps from our restaurant. Plenty of spaces available.
A word from Johnny's Harborside
Enjoy fresh seafood in a casual atmosphere while soaking up the view of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and Monterrey Bay. Johnny’s Harborside specializes in fresh fish prepared just the way you like it. At Johnny's Harborside, we take pride in using fresh, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. The menu includes 6 to 8 choices of fresh fish daily, sautéed, blackened, or broiled, served with your choice of a Fresh Catch Accompaniment. In addition to “Fresh Catch Made Your Way,” you will find an assortment of fish specials, sandwiches, salads and steaks. With a full bar and great view you can't go wrong! Join us for lunch and dinner daily or brunch on the weekends. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Johnny's Harborside reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (61)neighborhood gem (40)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (22)good for groups (16)special occasion (16)kid-friendly (15)romantic (11)great for brunch (10)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (7)notable wine list (6)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Harbor Happiness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Altogether pleasurable...the staff is welcoming, and the food is delicious. Looking out over the harbor adds to the enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • epicureanVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Arrived late in the evening, but service was excellent, the fish dish was very well prepared with fresh ingredients, and the fish was excellent. Cocktails are still very will poured and mixed. Service was first rate. The new chef has some very interesting ways in preparing the food, and is a vast improvement over the previous chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish and chips the best!
    lululalapaloza
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Came for lunch .. we enjoyed our meals very much.. the fish sandwich I have to say was a bit pricey.. $20+ for a few small pieces of fresh catch on a bun.. but I will say tasty. Our server did his best and was very attentive.. the wait time for meals... WAY too long.. almost an hour. Others have mentioned this too.. keep that in mind if you are on a time limit. otherwise.. we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun spot
    Food
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Been here for lunch and dinner several times ..... Love this place. Recommend it all the time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johnny's Harborside
    Carol
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My husband and I frequent Johnny's on Tuesday nights for taco Tuesday. What a fantastic deal. The staff is very polite and efficient. We always ask to be seated in Keith's section, who in my humble opinion is the bomb. He is our all time favorite server. So polite, sweet, and just an absolute joy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good 'nough
    sandydandy
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We are not new to Johnnie's, but we still went for the special santa cruz resturaunt week deal which turned out not to be such a deal...I mean,I love their normal menu with it's diverse fish preparation styles. The fish is fresh, the styles and presentations are excellent, with the accompanying sauces and veggies are always delicious, and the service is efficient and low key. But for that one night the fish was so-so, the size of the serving was not the usual larger cut, and desert was only ok. The butternut squash was really yummy, thank goodness, made the meal. Nontheless, I'd go back in a heartbeat for their usual menu again... love the place when they don't try. Have only been disappointed that one time...They are usually great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My entree was inedible
    jogib
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Four of us had dinner at Johnny's for Restaurant Week. Our two frinds had the halibut which they said was OK. My husand ordered sand dabs which, for $24, were minimal and boring. The Ahi appitizer was great and the chocolate chile ice cream was quite good but tiny. My pork chop, however, was so very tough that I could barely cut it with a steak knife! Also the tomoto confit on top was awful and didn't pair well with the pork chop. The waiter, while not overly friendly, did agree that the chop was very overdone and offered to take it off the bill, but didn't offer me anything in exchange to eat. I left hungry!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good food in a lively atmosphere with the World Series and a huge party. Service was uneven; the manager served our wine but he just opened the bottle, poured two glasses, and took the cork away--none of the usual wine service niceties. Our server brought a nice complimentary birthday dessert but never asked if my companions wanted dessert or coffee. Our fish was nicely cooked and presented; we appreciated the various options for preparation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Place for Dinner
    Orville
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food is terrific, prices moderate and the service is always spot on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service & Food
    mangiamia
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The waiter never asked if we would like soup or salad. We saw bread being delivered to other tables. Where was ours? If you need to ask for it, then a little sign like the water sign should be on the table. We had the Salmon and Halibut. All was well until I got to the middle of the Halibut piece. It tasted like a cleaning solution. I wondered if came from grill cleaner residue which is actually very toxic. I had Sea Bass on another occasion and it tasted on the older side. However, I have had the Fish Tacos and they have been great. Will go again but order something else. Thank you Mangiamia
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neighbor
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz. Great presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    NiceSister
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Celebrated my brother's 60th with family. The appetizers were fantastic (love the crab and shimp stuffed tempura avocado!), the fresh fish perfectly cooked and presented. Definitely worth returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A local favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Johnny's is one of our favorite spots in town. Always good food and great view of the harbor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fresh fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Delicious fresh fish every night. Fantastic wait staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service and clean
    CaptainG
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We visit the Santa Cruz area a lot over the last 40 years and we have eaten in just about every location. From local dives to upper class dinning. What I find tiring in this area is how poorly prepared the food can be made and served and that creates inconsistence when dinning out. But not here. The ambiance was modern and tasteful. The host was very kind and well dressed (we had called ahead and she had our table prepped and waiting for us). Our waitress, Monica, was very nice and knowledgable off that nights dinner coarses and very nice. I had the seafood tacos and my wife had the French dip. Both dishes were very good. Everything and everyone was presentable and very clean. It's our new place to go. Complements to the chef and managers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "Fish done well!" Fish Snob
    Alvee
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    somebody knows what they are doing back in the kitchen, the prawn appetizer with capers was scrumptious and yes is the answer when asked if you'd like the garlic bread with that, very thin and garlicky comes with 4 thin wedges and the shrimp portion was perfect for 4. My better half ordered the crab encrusted salmon, perfect, and the the 3 of us ordered halibut parisian style sauteed , halibut blackened and salmon parisian style....everybody ooued and awed their dinners, high praise to the chef! Normally dont care for dessert but we went for three of them, glad they were small because we ate it all up! yummy, a esspresso creme brulee thingy, a chocolate tart and a key lime custard creation w/ crust.....ALL GOOD! we'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Johnny's Harborside
    Bruno
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I heard it was the best Sarfood in town and it was. Had the crab/ avacado tempura appetizer which was delicious! The halibut was tender and had great flavor. The creme brûlée was out of this world. Highly recommend this resteraunt!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite!
    foodlover1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Wonderful food, great service and family friendly. Celebrated my husbands birthday with the whole family and we all had delicious and beautiful food. Its a family favorite and we are never disappointed. They even let us bring in our own birthday cake and lit the candles and brought it to our table for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood dinning with view
    seafoodwithview
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our first visit was truly enjoyable, friendly service + good view + great food added to almost perfect dinning experience. Although noise level was rather loud and parking was not free, we recommend this place for seafood lovers without hestitation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johnny's By Harbor Light
    JbmediamanVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Few dining experiences are more pleasant than enjoying your fish and seafood dinner by a big picture window as boats bob peacefully in the harbor, their lights winking cheerfully. Food was tasty, portions generous, service very friendly and attentive. What more to add? For what they charge, it's a bargain. Go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for families
    JambiP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We really enjoyed our eating experience at Johnny's Harborside. This great location next to the harbor was very friendly and the food excellent. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is good again!
    CaPatolaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I understand there is a new chef and Johnny's. Until recently, the food had gone from being great to only mediocre. It is great again. I had the salmon burger and it was just as it should be; juicy, not overly spicy and well seasoned. Thanks for bringing back the food we expect.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Location
    BobbyGB
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Johnny's Harborside is just that, in the Santa Cruz Harbor surrounded by beautiful sail boats. They have a good selection of seafood specials and the Steamers on Wednesday are very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, with a view
    DebDVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We were surprised that this marina side restaurant had such gourmet type food, the fresh fish choices and variety was impressive. Everything was cooked to perfection, would highly recommend dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could have been 4 stars if...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    First time dining at this restaurant - cool location and view. Seated on time at a nice window-side table. Ordered the local black cod and removed fifteen bones in my "filet" before I gave up and just ate the accompaniments. Friends had the salmon which did not have the same issues and the chicken breast which was also good. Lovely location overlooking the SC marina and several swimming sea lion sightings during dinner. Service was good (water glasses attentively filled), however, when the server collected our plates I mentioned the flavor was great but the bone removal needed some improvement. She said she noticed that but did not apologize (!). We would try it again but not paying attention to the safety basics was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner in Santa Cruz
    at1982
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The restaurant is very small and the menu is not extensive, but it does offer a little bit of everything. The location is also quite nice, but the view is strictly as described in the name of the restaurant - harborside. You only see boats. Any maybe a dolphin... that was kind of cool.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fish
    DineoutqueenVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I love the fish here. Always fresh and well prepared. We enjoyed our meal. Our only complaint was the cost of the Chopin Martinis. Too expensive at 14 each. Service is typical of the restaurant. Never bad but not excellent. They are busy and they try to keep up most of the time. Eat here if you like fish. You will enjoy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My first and Only time
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I came here with friends visiting from Louisiana. When the food arrived to the table my son's hamburger was extremely burnt and hard and we asked for medium to well done. Also my crab topped Salmon dish was cold. After sending both dishes back to kitchen. We waited about 10 minutes and my son's burger was cooked perfectly this time. As far as my fish it was still Cold. Not to mention it was topped with what looked like carrots and when I took a bite I soon realized it wasn't. Orange peels !!! If I'm going to pay 35 dollars for an entree it should be served hot . Not to mention we didn't receive any discount . Also the menu says add cup soup or salad to entree for 3 dollars, the receipt said 7.00 ...Buyer beware. My first and last time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • valovesfood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wonderful as always. We frequently recommend this to friends and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Lovely evening with very good food and service. It was fun to try the new locally made gin. The crème brulee was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a Visit
    fisheater
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The view of the harbor is awesome. I love the harbor smell, but it might turn some people off. The waiter was friendly and helpful with food selections. All the seafood was fresh, well prepared and delicious. I highly recommend Johnny's Harbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    MissMartha
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We finally got to Johnnys!! And we're so VERY glad we did!! On a crystal clear day wiith family visiting from Chicago, we enjoyed tremendous harbor views and fantastically fresh delicious meals that even the kids (age 11&13) enjoyed. With the great wine choices, it was a win win. It's clearly a locals spot that's away from the crush of the tourist crowds. Too bad we live just far enough away that we couldn't enjoy a few of those awesome cocktails that the bar crowd was humming with. Ahhhh next time Santa Cruz...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy 61st Birthday
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I celebrated my birthday with five friends, and what a nice evening it was. Our server was professional and attentive, all of us loved our dinners and drinks and dessert, and the energy is really fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great selections, warm atmosphere
    nsman
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The blackened scallops were the best we had in years - absolutely perfect. It's also nice to see a well-thought through wine list to go with the options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seaside in Santa Cruz
    DineMuch
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We were looking for local seafood restaurant with a view. We found it! Food was good, service was attentive, Almost too attentive. We found our food coming out almost as fast as we ordered it and they grabbed the bread basket before we were done. It was a Monday and they weren't that busy, so, I guess they were on top of it...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's trio
    DineoutqueenVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was an excellent choice for two people. The cod was outstanding. Albacore and sea bass great. Interesting preparations and good wine on offer. A little noisy but we could still talk. Good fish. Well prepared.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Lovely view of harbor, good service. Halibut was slightly overcooked and portion for prawn lunch entrée was very small. Loved the dessert trio; so nice to have the chance to sample different tastes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with an amazing view.
    neighborhooddiner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A variety of gluten-free options for anyone with celiac disease
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and atmosphere
    aloha
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The staff is always friendly with a smile. When I request a window table, I get one every time. It is beautifully decorated with plenty of windows to view our beautiful harbor and the food is always delicious and very well presented. I am always impressed with the service and delicious food. I have returned to Johnny's more than any other restaurant in the Santa Cruz area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Torfour
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Fabulous dinner with great service and view! We will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.