Holiday Cheers


Greetings! It was great to see so many friendly faces at the Boat Parade this past Saturday as we kicked off the official holiday season with Santa sailing through the harbor and all the wonderful lights.

Come in and wind down from the shopping frenzy and share some holiday cheer during our awesome Happy Hour 3pm – 6pm Mon-Thurs, 3pm-5pm Fri.

And don’t forget to book your table for our New Years Eve Dinner celebration. It is sure to be another fabulous meal!


Gift Cards Made Easygift-card

Make shopping easy this holiday season with a gift card from Johnny’s Harborside. And as a gift to you for every $50 purchased you will receive a $10 voucher valid Jan 1-31 2015.


New York New Years Eve!…

Now taking reservations for New Years Eve!

We are hard at work on another wonderful menu to help us ring in the New Year. We will be offering a 5 Course Prix Fixe Menu (includes a glass of champagne) for $59 starting at 5:00pm. Since we are not able to stay open until midnight we will celebrate a New York New Year’s. It is sure to be a festive evening and we hope to see you there!

We will be closing Christmas Eve at 2:00 PM and will be closed Christmas Day so that our staff may spend the holiday with their families.

We will be open New Years Day at 10:00 am and serving our wonderful brunch menu. So if you can’t make it in for dinner come join us the morning after.

Secret Santa

secret-santaSecret Santa starts December 17th every time you dine with us Monday through Thursday through December 30th, you will receive a Secret Santa Envelope*. Inside each envelope will contain a special gift for you! (could be a free entree… 20% or 50% off… just to name a few!) .

Bring in your unopened envelope January 1st through February 1st, 2015 to redeem your gift during your visit.

It’s just our way of extending the holiday season!

*One Secret Envelope per guest check. Requires minimum purchase of $20. Upon return envelope must still be sealed to be valid.

crabsCrab Season!

There is nothing that says a Santa Cruz Winter like a Dungeness Crab Feast caught by our local fishermen! If you haven’t had a chance to stop by you’re in for a delicious treat!

*Make sure to call ahead for availability

Fun Food Facts: Cranberries


  • There are 14 people in the U.S. listed on with the last name ‘Cranberry’.
  • Good, ripe cranberries will bounce. Bounceberry is another name for them.
  • Small pockets of air inside the berry cause the cranberry to bounce. Air also causes berries to float in water.
  • It takes about 200 cranberries to make one can of cranberry sauce.
  • The oldest cranberry bed in Wisconsin is 139 years old (2013).
  • In 1996, the worldwide cranberry harvest produced 40 cranberries for every person on the planet.
  • John Lennon confirmed in a 1980 interview that he repeated the words Cranberry sauce at the end of the song Strawberry Fields Forever.

Featured Recipe: Cranberry Shortbread Bars


1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar, divided

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 10-ounce bag fresh (or frozen, thawed) cranberries

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice

1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest


Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8x8x2-inch pan with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 opposite sides.

Whisk flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Using your fingertips, rub butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Transfer to prepared pan; press evenly onto bottom of pan (using the bottom of a flat measuring cup works well). Prick dough all over with a fork.

Bake shortbread until cooked through and pale golden, 25-30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely in pan.

Bring remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cups cranberries, and grapefruit juice to a simmer in a small saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst and mixture is syrupy, about 8 minutes. Stir in remaining cranberries and cook until skins begin to split, about 3 minutes.

Let cool. Spread cooled cranberry topping over shortbread. Scatter zest over top and cut into squares. Servings: 10

We look forward to sharing a part of this holiday season with you and your family. The staff at Johnny’s wishes you a safe and happy holiday season and best wishes for the coming New Year.


The Staff of Johnny’s Harborside

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