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Johnny's Harborside
Johnny's Harborside

Johnny's Harborside Details

  • 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!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food great service Greatview great prices the waitstaff is always friendly and happy to assist you in anyway they can"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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". "
    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."
    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"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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...."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had a lovely table for two with a nice view, great service (friendly smiling faces!!) and it was busy but we could still easily carry on a conversation - the noise level was perfect. Exceeded my expectations!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My youngest son requested this place for his 34th birthday dinner. His brother accompanied us. I had a seafood salad and clam chowder. My sons shared the chefs special for two. They were very pleased and I was also. We all enjoyed the view as well as the food. Thank!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Johnny's is a decent member of the local dinner-out and date-night circuit here in Santa Cruz. Great views of the harbor and servers who are attentive."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We needed a place to enjoy and kill a few hours after dropping of our daughter at a party. We were not familiar with the area. We wanted seafood with a view. Johnny's Harborside had great recommendations from both yelp and open table. They had an opening within the next 30 min just enough time to get there. After parking, we were able to get a waterfront table. The server was knowledgable and enthusiastic with her recommendations. I enjoyed each and every selection from appetizer to entree to dessert. Bravo! The meal was both enjoyable and memorable. A perfect place for a pre Mother's Day meal on the spur of the moment."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "fresh local salmon, what's wrong with this? Oh, not just any salmon, but salmon with a special sauce and prepared with exactly the right amount of fire so it melted in our mouths. Need I go on? Nice guy waiter, good wine suggestions, and our dog got pets the whole time while waiting outside for us. We loved it. We can bike there from our house, it is just about perfectly suited for a neighborhood secret spot. We are so glad it is there, thank you to Johnny whoever you are."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We eat here quite often, at least 1-2x/month. Tonight the food was off, not usually tho, so give it a try. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "You can never go wrong with Johnny's. Good food. Great location and it's got a easy atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I recently had a birthday brunch at Johnny's and ordered the Seafood Louie (less the scallops). The seafood seemed to not be fresh and I guessed it was frozen. Disappointing. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Given the great location of this restaurant at the Santa Cruz Harbor, we were not expecting great food. We were pleasantly surprised to find 9 fresh catch selections available and lots of other great options to choose from as well. The seafood was delicious and the chicken and tofu dishes were also good. The sides, potatoes and vegetables pleased the foodies at the table. We were grateful that the hostess was very accommodating and found 2 extra seats for the additional people who joined our party after the reservation was made. The noise level was fine until a bachelorette party came in and then we couldn't hear each other. They didn't stay long and we enjoyed our meal. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Johnny's Harborside for a long time. We picked it because we enjoy the harbor views. But we were delighted to learn that the food and the service were still wonderful. The manager was especially thoughtful (complimentary dessert) and the waiter was superb. He knew when to leave us to ourselves and when to be there when he was needed. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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
  • "My wife and I spent 3 months this past winter in Santa Cruz. We dined at Johhy's twice for dinner, once for lunch and did take out once. All meals were excellent. Prices at Johnny's were appropiate. Our waiter was well aware of the daily specials, was friendly and remembered us when we returned, although he was busy it was like we were his only customers. When we return to Santa Cruz this upcoming winter we will be sure to return to Johnny's. Now if they served breakfast they'd be even more awesome"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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