We ate at Johnnys this past Saturday night for our anniversary. We really enjoyed the calamari appetizer and Tuscan prepared prawns! We also liked that the wine list suggested pairings with the menu choices. We were seated by a window for a nice view of the harbor. Staff were all friendly, upbeat and helpful. The ambience was lively but we could still carry on a conversation with no trouble. Thanks for a great dinner experience!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A not talked about much but should
Johnny's was great...We had a party of 10 and all were more than satisfied with their menu picks. My only complaint was that they did not set-up our table of 10 until they saw the whites of our eyes,(so we waited while they prepared the table) even though I called 3 times confirming the reservation. Didn't like the way the round table butted up to the square table. Uncomfortable sitting at both of those spots. Other than that it was great but probably not for large parties. We have graduation party next in a few weeks and will probably choose somewhere else because of the table situation. Also it was hot in the restaurant and no relief given.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Johnny's Harborside staff is very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu. Even our waiter, who was in training, couldn't have given us better service. We can all highly recommend the crab and shrimp stuffed avocado as an appetizer! The fish for dinner is so fresh that the fisherman who caught that day's salmon was sitting at the bar. I had the ahi--one of my favorites--and it was seared just perfectly. My husband had the salmon and that, too, was amazing. Our son had the shrimp club sandwich which he devoured and our daughter just ate french fries which she said were the best fries she had ever tasted! And best of all, there is no problem parking--even on a Saturday night!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first visit to Johnny's and I will go back. The food was fresh and perfectly prepared. I can't wait to have the Sand Dabs again!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the second time we have eaten at Johnny's and were not disappointed. We went for brunch/lunch. The mimosa
was the biggest I have ever had for the price and my husband's bloody mary was also very good!
They have the freshest seafood and the you will not believe the presentation!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time and great view
I was in the Santa Cruz area for a meeting and saw the opentable reviews of Johnny's and made a reservation. It was very good. The food was good and the service also. Had a mahi mahi with a cup of chowder. Both were very good. The views are nice and it seems to be a locals hangout. Highly recommended.
Get there early if you want the specials. Wednesday is kabab night and they go fast.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
June 6, 2013 at Johnny's Harborside
The food was outstanding. They had just got local salmon. They were cutting it when we came in. We all had it in several different preparations and all were excellent! It is a loud restaurant but we still were able to talk during dinner. Wonderful view of the harbor and boats going by BUT go for the food!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Seafood, Marvelous Views
Johnnys never disappoints. They are consistent in service and food quality. Seafood is delightfully fresh. Tonight we shared the oysters on the half shell to start. Love them! They have a wonderful, original cocktail sauce with a nice crunch, fresh grated horseradish, and a nice unique vinegarette to boot. Definitely recommend. Had a a chopped vegetable salad to start. Nice honey Dijon dressing and a great selection of a lot of wonderfully fresh veg. I went with the blackened Sea Bass and my wife chose the Mahi Mahi (also blackened). Was perfectly cooked on both counts. Had a mini dessert trio. Tasty. Was told by the waiter that the owner prepares them herself daily.
Don't waste your $ at Crows Nest.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Good Alaskan Salmon
We visited here for dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the good food and how fresh it was which is wonderful. The fish can be prepared 3 different ways and come with 3 different sides - we loved the Caribbean side. We will definitely be going there again,
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't miss out!
Johnny features fresh food that's well prepared, decent portions for a fair price. It all tastes excellent, the service is great, and we consistently look forward to going there. Clam chowder ere is fantastic, and the deserts rock too. It's fun trying things that we haven't had before. I have taken guests here, and family, and everyone has always been very pleased.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Seafood in Santa Cruz
My husband and I are frequent patrons of Johnny's Harborside Cafe. The seafood is always fresh and the chef creates wonderful meals around the seafood selections. They also have great menus for special occasions. For example we had dinner on Valentine's Day and the pre-planned menu was fantastic. This is hands down our favorite restaurant on this side of the Santa Cruz Mountains!!!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and i went for dinner and we were so pleased with every aspect of our meal from the service to all our courses. We had two appetizers, one was the stuffed avocados with shrimp and crab (Wonderful) and Oysters. My husband was torn between the fish tacos or salmon for dinner so instead of omitting either we added a middle course and shared the tacos. What a fabulous choice, great multi layer flavors with fresh cabbage. The restaurant was lively with all types of customers, tourists like us, locals, fisherman etc... We are only here for a few days, but we are going to try and find time to come back even if just for carry out before we leave. Such a relaxing place to enjoy a great meal!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The last 2 times we have been
The last 2 times we have been here the fish was over-cooked. The Caesar salad needed more dressing.....the Cioppino was more like bouiabasse....very little tomato in the sauce. Something has changed at this restaurant...new chef?
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Harbor View
As locals who enjoy the Bay, we love taking out of town guests here for fresh seafood and the outstanding view. Johnny's is perfect also for a meet-for-lunch place. Lunch specials are delicious and a good value . An added bonus is the terrific wait staff who always makes us feel special. There's always lots of parking too..
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely view! Great margaritas!
From the window next to our table we watched the antics of pelicans, two seals, a heron, and some busy little black ducks. A great show accompanied by some fine margaritas - made by Mark! He's a master. Happy hour after 3:30. It is our "local" , a friendly place and we love it.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, service, and location! Lots of fun and would recommend to anyone. Sea Bass was outstanding and great view of harbor.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Experience at Johnny's
I am very impressed with the choices on the menu, presentation and great taste. I am a cook myself and appreciate all that was mentioned even more. The service is top notch and the view is spectacular. I am a local and enjoy giving business to local restaurants, especially to Johnny's. Thank you for making my experience enjoyable every time I come!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Santa Cruz quality, no tourist trap
When you visit Santa Cruz and happen to be near Seabright Beach, you may be tempted to wander to the nearby seafood establishments for happy hour and breakfast. Great, they're perfect for that. But when you want an elevated dinner where the kitchen takes pride in dish creation, simple ingredients and a staff that serves with pride, visit Johhny's Harborside.
Night diners, ask for a table with views of the harbor. Their menu is seasonal, ingredients sourced locally more often than not, and wines invite palates curious about up and coming as well as established producers from California and around the world. Regina was our attentive server, as has been our experience consistent with all servers since Johnny's opened 6 (plus?) years ago.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Since the fish come in directly at the restaurant, it's the highest quality.....the best halibut we've ever had!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night at Johnny's
Johnny's is a wonderful, casual place to dine with friends and family. Great fish selections, as well as sandwiches and salads. Can't beat the view of the harbor, especially on Wednesday nights for the sailboat races! Great happy hour selections as well!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
great fish on a boat harbor
good bloody Mary and wine list. for dinner: you pick your fish and the preparation method -- and sauce... all very fresh, nice portion, delicious and well presented. great service until we ordered dessert -- that alone took 20 minutes. I'd go back here in a heartbeat, only downside is that you have to pay at a parking meter, even for dinner. strange
7/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Santa Cruz Favorite
The food was amazing, presentation was fabulous and the environment was perfect.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overlooking SC Harbor
Food was enjoyable, service friendly and attentive without being disruptive. Loved the idea of their dessert tray "bites" where you can be noble and avoid a calorie-heavy dessert but try out and share three different, smaller treats. Just enough sweetness and fun. The second story perch means you are up and truly overlooking the harbor.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and good value,
Good food and good value, great harbor view, just very, very loud. Our second visit, not touristy. Many patrons look like locals from the neighborhood.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a table of four with a reservation for 7:30 on a Friday night. When we arrived, the restaurant was full and people were waiting for tables (30 minute wait). When I made the reservation I asked for a view. We were seated at the corner table with the best view of the harbor. Our server was excellent: prompt, informative and patient (we asked many questions about the specials). The fish and accompaniments were beautifully presented, and deliciously prepared. This is the 4th time I have eaten at Johnny's and each time has been better than the last. I had the sauteed halibut with Parisian accompianment. My husband had the sautéed sea bass with Parisian accompianment.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Taste of Santa Cruz
Johnny's Harborside is a friendly and unpretentious local gem. It's a good choice for a range of experience; suitable to many moods. You can get a creative, exceptional meal, or a terrific burger. The ambience has a life of its own, ranging from quiet brunchtime to boistrous during peak hours. You can enjoy a window seat at a table overlooking the harbor, or hang out at the sports bar. Ingredients are always fresh, and the food tastes like someone both cared when they made it and knew what they were doing.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with friends
A friend set up dinner reservations for four last year, and we had a great time over a great meal. So when a friend recently suggested we meet to catch up over dinner Johnny's sprang to mind. The wait staff is always friendly and laid back, and they welcome guests like it was their own restaurant. The food is great, and the menu isn't overwhelming. Our server this time listened intently to my friend's preferences regarding beer, and then she brought out a local beer that he wrote down before we left. Johnny's was a great choice for dinner with a friend.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great views from a casual atmosphere. Excellent food and bar.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and great price
Johnny's has a really down to earth atmosphere, with great views, and an eclectic menu. My husband and I enjoyed four appetizers, an order of seafood tacos, four drinks, and a trio of small desserts. All were fantastic and the awesome part is this all came to under $70. We went at happy hour so our first two drinks and appetizer were part of that special, but the rest were full price.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Long wait to be seated, but
Long wait to be seated, but good food and service. Great location.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impressive local place
Super fresh sea food really well prepared. We cam here after going to the boardwalk not knowing about it or having any expectations. We'll now make this a regular stop when we travel to Santa Cruz.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood restaurant
Johnny's Harborside NEVER fails to deliver. Whenever I have out/town guests, we ALWAYS dine at Johnny's!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent fresh fish
We've been to Johnny's several times and the fresh fish dishes are always excellent. The service has been inconsistent, but we were very happy with the waitress on this visit. The great views of the Santa Cruz Harbor from most tables is wonderful.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful, Friendly Seafood Dining
Enjoyable, low-key, non-touristy restaurant with very warm waitstaff. Very fresh seafood. Local fish caught the same day on menu. Warm bread, relaxed, casual setting. Locals at bar.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous view & food
We got there early enough to get the corner table with the best harbor view -- Gorgeous! Had the salmon crusted with crab which was especially delicious. Our hostess and server were wonderful and it was just a very special experience. This was our first visit to Johnny's Harborside and we will certainly be going there again.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always good !
Enjoyed our dining experience at Jonny's once again!! The service was very good, our waitress was very tentative.
Food - DELICIOUS !!!!!!
Never been disappointed with their food : ))
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place, good food and very goof service. The place is busy on weekends so make reservations. Chowder was thick like gravy snd did not impress but the wedge salad and panna cotta were very good. A bit noisy for my taste but it is a short walk so I come here regularly. Staff are nice and and support each other.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
jBest dinner all summer
Dinner was fresh, colorful, delicious, Wait staff was fun, prompt, smart. Great view to top it off!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived around 5:30 to have time to enjoy the view before dark. Many tables were already filled, probably for happy hour. Gradually, the happy hour people left and families with children increased, even some multigenerational get-togethers. It was not a noisy environment, just casual and relaxed. We noticed through the window a little boy (maybe 8 years old) with a life vest on fishing on the dockway below us. He looked to be having a great time alternately checking/resetting his fishing rod and net with obvious excitement. We were wondering if he had any adult supervision. A bit later he appeared in the restaurant to talk to his parents who, like us, were watching him through the window. He went back and continued fishing after that.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took out of town visitors...
for good sea food. Our meals were excellent, the service was friendly but a little too slow for my taste. Must mention the Calamari, it was as good as it gets...we loved it.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem in Santa Cruz
The experience couldn't have been better. The food was terrific, the service friendly and attentive and the view of the sun setting over the marina was spectacular. The food is outstanding and beautifully presented. The portions are a nice size, not too spa-like, but you will have room for dessert. That is a good thing because the desserts were also wonderful. The wine list is short, but carefully chosen.
This is not a fancy place - it has a neighborhood restaurant feel. We went early on a Sunday so it was half-empty, and not loud, but I think it could be pretty noisy if it were full.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday Brunch With Sallie
We were the first customers there on a Saturday morning. At least 4 employees greeted us. Keith was our server, and he was great- very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. When we left, the place was full of happy diners. Very highly recommended for freshness of food, outstanding service, and comfortable atmosphere.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place!
This was my second visit after finding the place after being tired and hungry after a very long walk. Both meals were delicious. I really loved the crab cake Benedict that I will definitely come back for. The view is wonderful. Very happy find! I brought a friend for this most recent visit and she was also very happy to find a new place in Santa Cruz.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best seafood in town
We have never been disappointed in Johnnies. This visit was no exception. The fish selection varies depending on fresh catch. The dining room is one open room so it can get noisy. Service is great.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Johnny's is a good find
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.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great variety of seafood
All delicious and many unique pairings. I invited my adult children and we all loved it.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Santa Cruz Seafood Restaurant
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.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Santa Cruz Harbor Gem
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!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, good service
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.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM