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Johnny's Harborside
Johnny's Harborside

Johnny's Harborside Details

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

    Friday - 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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

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

    Saturday: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm

    Sunday: 10:00 am - 8:30 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!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Celebrating our anniversary here. Great apps plus our meals were huge!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We met for a family dinner and although I made reservations online, when I called to see if they could accommodate a child, they were more than happy to adjustment. The food was very tasty, especially the Brussels Sprouts appetizer (we ordered a second!) and there were ample bar selections. It was fish night for us and we were all pleased with our "simply fish" with a choice of sides. We even ordered dessert and the staff readily made switches so that our little guy could have what he wanted. We had caramel pot au creme and a tangy lemon and blueberry concoction. Great dinner! My wish is that more restaurants had quiet surroundings. If one person is hard of hearing, conversation is hard. Plus, it can be overwhelming for kids."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We joined my daughter and her husband for a birthday celebration meal. Sat at table overlooking harbor (nice location!!); only concern is that the noise level in the restaurant was VERY LOUD!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is one of my regular spots, having a nice upstairs view of Santa Cruz Harbor. it is upscale enough to take someone out for dinner, but not so stuffy that you can't bring the crew in after sailing, and have some Happy Hour fun at the bar. The kitchen puts out some stellar items and there are special things happening weeknights as well. The waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, what's fresh off the local dock, and the standard menu choices. Check out their website and give it a go!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "My grumbling, hungry family of four was deliciously satisfied at Johnnys! It was our first visit and I would recommend it. The portions were large and the waiter attentive. It was a bit noisy, perfect for a family. Lovley location."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food is awesome. Plating superb. Wine selection is truly excellent. Service mostly great, occasionally drops during busy times. Have been here several time and always make it a point to dine there when we're in town."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We try and eat at Johnny's when we are on the coast. The food is always excellent, fresh and consistent in great taste. We've brought many visitors here and they remember it as a highlight of their trip. So much fun!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is a comfortable choice for a good meal. The seafood is fresh and prepared to order. Great, easy setting for a good meal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Thought I would try this for the first time and was not disappointed. Good service and food with some great views of the harbor, made the dinner a good one!!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I was looking for a romantic, quality seafood restaurant in Santa Cruz. All of the reviews screamed Johnny's, so i had to give it a try. The ambience was fantastic, simply, yet elegantly laid out with beautiful views of the harbor. The hostess seated us right away and had our table ready to go (even with a window request I made online). The server, Daniel was prompt, very courteous and extremely knowledgeable about the food, wine and even dessert pairings. The food was excellent, we had the 5 Spice Prawns and the Salmon. The dessert trio is the way to go! I highly recommend this location."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Four different item from the menu and all had something wrong. Dressing to soup to difficult to eat and a bland sauce. We were hoping to find a great local place that we could walk to. This will not be on the list unfortunately."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Went to Santa Cruz to celebrate mom's birthday and chose this place from the Opentable list. Service was really good and the they were all friendly. Appetizers: Crab cakes were not great, but the shrimp & crab tempura thing was great. When everyone got their food, it all looked amazing. It was very quiet when we first got there, around 5:15pm, but once the people started flowing in, the noise level went up. I like noise so for me it was great. Overall, good place to eat :)"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The best thing about the restaurant was the view. The harbor is beautiful and the Christmas lights around the windows are a nice touch. The food is unevenly cooked and nothing spectacular. There are better seafood restaurants in Santa Cruz for cheaper."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "View unbeatable. Food good, service a little slow - too many tables for our server, I think. Loved bite sized desserts. Loud - shouted our conversation."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "poor inattentive service . bad clam chowder with almost no clams"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Johmmy's is hitting it out of the park theses days. Our mixed drinks were tasty and had just the right potency.There must be a new chef in the kitchen. The menu offerings are inviting and the fresh sea bass cooked simply was spectacular..not dry and the spices for the pan fry were delicious. My husband ventured out of the norm to have the squid ink pasta...He said it was very good but maybe too rich for his stomach. All itiems were beautifully presented with ample veggies and potatoes on the side.. My friends and I were very happy to see the harbor lit up at night. Even though we had a reservation we had to wait 15 minutes..the waitress had a full section but attended to our table with perfect timing. Johnny's scored high with us."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Nice to see the fish being unloaded. You know it's fresh!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I'm a local, live nearby & frequent Johnny's. My boyfriend & I wanted a romantic, sunset night out dinner & we choose you!! Great service & food! Thx & keep up the great work!!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We have been back to JH several times. It has become our favorite neighborhood fish restaurant. The service is excellent, drinks are novel, and the food is very well prepared. And the desserts are especially nice in both price and size!....Though JH is not inexpensive we still highly recommend it to those who are looking for a nice fish dinner."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I have been to Johnny's several times and have always been more than satisfied with the facility, food and service......thus, the reason I return"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Who'd of thunk it, but this laid-back fish restaurant has become our favorite among Santa Cruz restaurants. Fresh fish is prepared with care and invention. You'd think you were dining in The City. Desserts are excellent too. The other night a caramel pot de creme was one of the best desserts we've every eaten."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "we have returned to johnny's after a long break, & we r glad we did. the food is good.....good service & good wine & bar. the fish is fresh & prepared well....we shared the fish & chips recently & it was really good. I can recommend Johnny's."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Spontaneous visit to this place on a Friday night Looks unpretentious and in a harbor. Very casual setting Food was very well done and a surprisingly good wine selection Will return next time we are in town"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We had the chefs trio for two great way to have a variety And great price"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "At Christmas, all the sailboats in the yacht harbor rig lights, and become lighted Christmas trees, bobbing on the water. Johnny's upstairs dining gives you a perfect view, and the well prepared food is tastefuly presented and delicious, with unusual flavor pairings. Well worth a visit with friends or a special someone."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "After the four of us ordered, it took about an hour to get food during a lunch time (1:30) crowd (about 35%) capacity. No special dishes or appetizers. Too slow for sure."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Casual dining but great server and freshly prepared food. Limited wine list but we found a surprisingly good wine that was also a good value. Seafood was fresh!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Great food and great service. Love looking out over the water."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Johnny's has the right level of menu creativity for me. The specials are always new and different tastes, but the flavors don't require me to stretch my palate beyond my comfort level. I also appreciate the local sourcing and the high food quality."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Nice views of the harbor. This is no fish house. It is a gourmet treat of fresh seafood, choose your cooking method and accompaniments. Highly recommended. The competition is the Crow's Nest which is closer to the beach but not as tasty nor as fresh. If you arrive at sunset, go to the Crow, get a drink and watch the sun go down, THEN head to Johnny's for the better food."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "This was my 2nd time here. First time, about 3 weeks ago, was great (food & service). This latest visit was not nearly as good. I had the same item (salmon) and it was very dry this time. Server was very abrupt. He would dart up to our table with an intensity that made us feel like we had 3 seconds to respond to him. He responded minimally to our questions...."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Johnny's is kind to send its patrons a birthday email and offers a $20 gift certificate. Nov was my birthday and somehow it flew by, then I realized it was the last day of the month and we could not make arrangements to to get there in time to use it. I called and spoke to the hostess about using it on Sunday, Dec 1 and she said no problem come on in. My wife and I ordered crab cakes as a starter, followed by sea bass and swordfish for entres. I would not order the crab cakes again but the sea bass and swordfish were cooked perfectly and surrounded by great tasting side dishes. We enjoy coming here for lunch and dinner and definitely plan to return."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Great staff and service, great seafood menu but still one of the best burgers ever! Everything the menu is above average for sure and can fit even a modest budget. Can definitely recommend Johnny's Harborside!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We love fish, so we went back to Johnny's Harborside where we had eaten once about 2 years ago. The cioppino was irresistible and worth the $24. Fresh and appealing with just the right amount of seasoning. After the meal we had dessert bites -- a small but delicious portion of sweets with coffee -- to finish a good meal but leave us satisfied but not over-stuffed."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Very disappointing clam chowder....too thick!! Salad was just OK."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "You get a two for one deal with dining at Johnny's. No only do you get a great fish meal, but it comes with a fantistic view of the harbor and bay. The chef has added a fall menu so do take advantage of the seasonal vegetables, such as brussel sprouts, herb roasted potatoes, butternut squash, and sage. Yum!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "We are new to Santa Cruz and decided to try Johnny's Harborside with a visiting friend who is widely traveled. The appetizer menu is inventive and those we tried were delicious and well executed. Our main courses were also great. The only downside was our guests appetizer was forgotten but once we brought it to the server's attention it was expedited and got rave reviews. The manager also gave us a coupon for our next visit to make up for the late appetizer which was a lovely gesture. Bottom line, we'll be back to Johnny's Harborside for great food in a lovely setting."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "All delicious and many unique pairings. I invited my adult children and we all loved it."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Food was good. Service was very good but so noisy no table conversation possible and waiters had to speak loudly to each person."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "we have recently started going here.....we r locals......we are there twice last week....3 times in the month....they have good fish selections....i have had their salmon,excellent....i like the spinach & arugaa salad....one of the bus boys remembered us from earlier in the week & said welcome back, a nice touch, our waitress was very good, we have had her before...she is very sweet & helpful....always good service...we went on friday nite & they were really busy....they bar was packed...but we got our drinks & food in good time.....my brother had the spearfish,he said it was excellent.....we will continue to visit johnny's,nice view on the harbor.....the only complaint i had is that we had the oysters several months ago,they were not cold."
    Dined on 11/1/2013