Johnny's Harborside
Johnny's Harborside

Johnny's Harborside

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.johnnysharborside.com/
  • Phone: 8314793430x
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Johnny's Harborside reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (57)neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (25)kid-friendly (20)great for lunch (18)good for groups (13)special occasion (10)romantic (9)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)notable wine list (6)late-night find (3)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • 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
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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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was okay nothing to rave about. Their crab cakes tasted like vegetable patties. The clams casino were extremely dry.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner- Johnny's Harborside 7/24/14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My husband and I took foreign guests to Johnny's for dinner after requesting a table with a harbor view on the OpenTable reservation "notes" section. Sure enough, we had such a table, and a very professional server, and WONDERFUL King salmon (3 orders) and prawns (1 order). The Parisian accompaniments with the fish were excellent. Desserts (lemon panna cotta, caramel pot de creme and flourless chocolate cake) were lucious. It was a delightful experience and I know we'll return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious meal!
    ChaminadeVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great food great service Greatview great prices the waitstaff is always friendly and happy to assist you in anyway they can
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely!
    StaceyKat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was impressed with the menu. A variety of fish and choice of cooking method. The side dish options were divine. Service was wonderful, and prompt. I would definitely recommend Johnny's Harborside to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and food but noisy
    Cocolito
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It's worth it even with the noise, they should change their music from top of the pop charts and it will help. Thru also had a large group there. Once they left the noise level went way down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yuck
    Bogie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had shrimp and crab Louie. Lettuce was wilted, crab and shrimp minuscule, small tomatoes mushy, and the shredded fish on top of the salad looked and smelled like cat food. Will never eat at Johnny's again. The view was great, the interior needed a total makeover.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lunh
    mangiamia
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We truly enjoyed our lunch and the view is wonderful. Lots of activity in the Harbor!! We go often and will go again! Thanks J Lawless
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good seafood
    poppy831
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I frequently order the fish tacos- you can order 2 or 3 tacos, each with a different kind of fresh fish. I rate them as the top 2 best fish tacos I've had. Nice atmosphere, overlooking the Santa Cruz harbor. Fun place to gather.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    adamsbrat
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We were in town for only one night, and tried Johnny's based on reviews- and glad we did. A very casual environment and a great view of the marina. The Fire & Ice wedge was a nice change from a regular wedge...and very tasty. For the entree, I couldn't make a decision so our waiter helped me, and it was FABULOUS! Blackened, seared ahi with the Indian Summer accompaniments. LOVED it! If we lived in the area, we'd be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dining out
    treat2eatout
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Johnny's Harborside was a delicious dinner. We had the blackened halibut which was tasty but next time I would order it sauteed so I could ejoy the subtle flavor of the fish. Had a chardonnay from Austria, very good but I don't understand not serving our incredible local wines.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were just in the area for one night ... This was a great place, food was good, fresh and delicious, service was good and friendly. There was a general hubbub which you get when everyone is having a good time. Will go there again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winner
    Bogeymanra
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Can't go wrong. This past dinner was fantastic food but server was not as attentive as usual but not horrible and there was a patron in a large group that had a bit too much and was obnoxiously loud but having been here many times without these experiences keeps me coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just isn't the same
    hulawahine05
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Use to be the Johnny's had great food AND service. However the past 3 times I have been there, not lunch and dinner, both of been lacking. I am not sure where the breakdown is happening, but we won't be back.
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  • Love this place
    jeffschoice
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was terrific... Service was good and the view of the Santa Cruz harbor is outstanding.... Nice fresh fish selection.. Chef uses a Bordeaux sauce ... Not traditional but very good.... The desert sampler is amazing , love the, " Pick any 3 items for $8".
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Wannabefoodie0601
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    They had a good concept, but they were short on the execution. I really wanted to like the place from the get go. My husband and I enjoyed the ambiance and harbor view. Our server was friendly and helpful. What mire can you ask for, right? Our disappointment started with the tiny calamaris where you end up just tasting the batter instead of the calamari. The clam chowder was good, but I didn't find any clams. My small size prawns with brown rice and edamame had mediocre taste. The steak was overcooked and lacked the flavor especially for $34. We were pleasantly surprised though with the dessert. The dessert trio was delicious. My husband liked the chocolate cake while I favored the creme brûlée. My daughter enjoyed the pana cotta.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good dining experience
    Deetee
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We managed to get a table that faces the water. There's a rather unexciting view of the parking lot from the restaurant too, so arrive early or after peak hour if you want a good table. Great views of the harbor and easy parking. The service was great, the place is very kid-friendly. The food was good, we ordered the salmon with a side of vegetables and mashed potatoes and a spinach salad with berries and goat cheese. Overall, it was a good dining experience, and I recommend this to anyone looking for a restaurant in Santa Cruz
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always enjoy johnny's
    LG12
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    we went for dinner , i had the salmon, sautéed....really good..the polenta was so creamy, loved it...the sauvignon blanc i chose was good...light & perfect w/ the salmon...my wife had the caesar & crab cakes....ceasar was a little too heavy on the anchovy ....her crab cakes were good but a little strong....still we will go back..their fish & chips are famous .....our waiter was busy & a little too cool for himself....but the service was fine....there is one waitress there who is awesome...she is very sweet....comes to your table with a big smile..has a very soft sweet voice....the view of the harbor is fun too....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible
    SantaCruzregular
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Very annoying - both parking staff and wait staff and hostess failed to warn us of aggressive Santa Cruz police that ticketed us one minute after arriving in parking space. We filled meter twice but still got ticketed - incredulous. Food really not very good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Fish and Chips,nothing else
    LongtimeMemberVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This place only got 3 stars because of the fish and chips which were excellent. Everything else was wrong. Poor service, rude host and hostess, seated at bad table even though had VIP opentable status and place was empty when we arrived and remained that way for quite a while. Waited too long for a basket with 2 rolls. Request for more produced 2 stale rolls,hard and dry like rocks. Seafood Louie had a lot of fish but all of it was tasteless and so obviously frozen. Waaaay too much dressing already mixed with the greens. The last reviewer 5/24 who said everything was fresh and wonderful, must be the owner.There is nothing romantic or high quality about this very casual,seafood shack.Nothing fancy, fine, amazing or highest quality. Trust me.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Johnny Harborside Experience
    Justin
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Johnny's Harborside is just absolutely amazing. The pallet of flavors in every dish is a masterpiece blend. Everything is fresh and is of the highest quality. Highly recomended for any occasion. You can not possibly be disapointed. Everything from the service to the silverware makes you feel the quality and care the restaurant takes in everything it does.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous Mussels
    MacandMagnus
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Okay, I am no spring chicken, so I have to say that one of my goto appetizers is mussels! But the new recipe Johnny's has put together for their mussels blew me away! Amazing aroma, mussels cooked to perfection, so you can count the days till I go back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 368 reviews are from the Johnny's Harborside reviews archive.
  • Made the wrong decision...
    TandKF
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were in the mood for a seafood lunch at a view restaurant. The restaurant was busy and we called last minute to move our reservation time up.We were seated at a window table overlooking a large parking lot. Probably our fault,but disappointing. It was downhill from there. Wine list was not inspiring,crab cake appetizer was average,our lunch options were less than mediocre. Portions were small and expensive. Halibut was overlooked,mashed potatoes tasted like last week's leftovers," vegetables" were dried out little scoops of squash about the size of a marble.The other entre was similar ,except for the edamame beans. Other diners seemed to be enjoying brunch options and huge pieces of fried fish.Perhaps we just made the wrong menu choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate