Johnny's Harborside

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 18 ratings
$$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Burgers + 7 more
92% of 13 votes say it's Celiac friendly

493 Lake Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Directions

(831) 479-3430
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    5 ratingSeptember 15, 2017

    Great service. They were very knowledgable. I received multiple options to accommodate my allergies.

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    5 ratingAugust 05, 2017

    Very friendly and knowledgeable staff!! My daughter with Celiac's enjoyed a wonderful chicken dinner with no ill effects!!

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    4 ratingMay 31, 2017

    Gluten-free options were plenty and the cioppino was delicious. They even added a nice big gluten-free roll for dipping. I will definitely be coming back. Didn't get sick at all. Server knew exactly what I needed and my family ate safely.

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    4 ratingNovember 23, 2016

    Very helpful staff! Only thing I would change is educating the staff on the gluten free ciders and beer. The gf beer they have is made from barley. The Sam Adams organic cider is safe though:) I had the fish tacos with the chips and salsa on the side since they are fried in the same oil so my fiancée ate those. The kitchen was very clean as well which is always a good sign they care

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    5 ratingOctober 09, 2016

    Laura the Manager came to greet us soon after the food was delivered to see if we were being well taken care of; the kindness and concern was genuine and so appreciated. Our server, Dominic was Amazing and helped us navigate the menu with ease. He was gracious, kid friendly and really made the experience enjoyable. The steamed mussels were made GF and were so amazing we had two orders. I had the the sautéed sea bass and it was fantastic, fresh and perfectly cooked. For those that have partners who are not GF, Mike recommends the tempura avocado stuffed with shrimp and crab. It made me envious- his plate resembled those delicious pictures from food & wine! Yumtastic!

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    5 ratingApril 13, 2016

    Great GF options. Very helpful and nice server. Our celiac loved him! Delicious meal: shrimp, bacon, lettuce and tomato club sandwich for the celiac was AMAZING!

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    5 ratingFebruary 20, 2016

    Absolutely a great place for GF dining - lots of choices - knowledgable waitstaff - if we lived here it would be our go to place for good food.

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    3 ratingJanuary 15, 2016

    This may be celiac friendly for an adult but not a just turned 3 year old that lives on french fries when we go out.

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    5 ratingMay 16, 2015

    Extensive gluten-free menu. Fabulous food! Great ambiance. Terrific view! So many GF seafood options to choose from. I'm coming back tomorrow night 😊

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    4 ratingDecember 28, 2014

    Celiac friendly. Large gluten free menu. Service was a bit slow, but the food was worth the wait.

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    5 ratingMay 30, 2014

    Gluten free menu, which includes about 3/4 of the menu. I had delicious fish tacos and my husband had ahi tuna. We even had a dessert trio! We will definitely come back if we are in this area again.

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    5 ratingSeptember 25, 2013

    Great Celiac friendly options plus awesome desserts.

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    5 ratingJune 15, 2013

    Lots of choices. Had grilled chicken with bacon on GF bun. It was very good. Many GF Dessert choices. Very good.

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    5 ratingMay 12, 2013

    Totally impressed. Huge gluten free menu and the kids loved everything. Too bad there is only one location. Will return for sure as a destination restaurant. Well done!

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    5 ratingMay 05, 2013

    Had a great gluten free menu, staff was really understanding and helpful to keep me safe. They even mentioned they have a separate fryer for fries but because of how sever I am they recommended not since their two fryers sit next to each other and can not guarantee that it is gluten free 100%. Such a great feeling to go somewhere and know that I can be taken seriously and not as "trend diet" thank you to Johnny's for caring! :) for sure will be a regular of this place.

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    5 ratingApril 13, 2013

    Very knowledgable staff, plenty of gluten free options, sensitive to allergic issues, kids menu also flexible to become gluten free, chicken was a bit spicy for the kids but was fixed for us. Side orders, fries and deserts also gluten free. Great experience.

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    5 ratingJanuary 26, 2013

    Great GF menu (including almost every dessert). One owner is a celiac so they totally get what's needed safety wise, Great fresh fish - I think you can even get a burger on a GF bun. I wish the soups were GF but there are so many other food options I feel guilty complaining.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Burgers
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
10 am - 9:30 pm

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