Summer Time at Johnny’s Harborside!


Summer has arrived in the Harbor!

Greetings! The Water gets warmer, Drinks get colder, Music gets louder, Nights get longer, Life gets better. After a long, hot, lazy day on the beach relax and let us do the cooking. Stop by, enjoy a glass of wine and check out our new Summer Menu!

We look forward in seeing you, and that summer glow soon!


Celebrating 9 Delicious Years!

Thank You for All Your Support!
June 30th


Independence Day

Early Closing

Please note that due to the street closures around the harbor we will be closing at 3pm Friday.
We wish you and yours a safe and fun 4th of July!

Watermelon Facts

You Never Knew:

  • Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
  • Watermelon is a vegetable! It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  • Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
  • In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.
  • In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
  • Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.

What an amazing fru… vegetable!


Featured Recipe: Watermelon & Feta Salad

2TBS White Wine Vinegar
Coarse Salt & Ground Pepper
3 Bunches Arugula
1/4 medium red onion thinly slice
1 1/2-pound seedless watermelon cut into small chunks
4ounces feta cheese crumbled

Whisk together oil and vinegar season with salt and pepper
Combine arugula and onion toss with dressing to taste, gently toss with watermelon and feta, and enjoy!


It’s time to say goodbye!

Nine years ago today I came by to deliver plants and ended up waiting tables. From there I ended up taking over more and more little things until our partner John Mesa (Johnny) passed away in August of 2006. Then Jeff and I had a big decision to make… take it all on or move on. At that time we felt like Johnny’s had legs and we decided to take it all on.

Since then I have had the pleasure of getting to know so many of you and being surrounded by some of the best staff in Santa Cruz. The foundation has been built and now it is time for me to move on.

I love Johnny’s and it will always be my favorite restaurant. So you will see me around I’m sure as a guest soaking up the view, enjoying the fabulous food and being treated to the best service in town.

I leave you in very good hands. The Kash’s who have been our partners for the past 4 years will continue to steer the ship and ensure that the mission of Johnny’s continues. Shannon Ives joined us in February and she is a very talented General Manager. She too will make sure that all the reasons Johnny’s is my favorite place will continue to be.

Thank you for all your love and support over the years. Without all of you it would have never been worth it!

– Sheri Moise

Introducing General Manager Shannon Ives

Originally a local Shannon comes to us from “over the hill”. The restaurant business has been her career for most of her life. She tried a couple of times to get a 9 to 5 job but was always pulled back into the biz.

Shannon loves to cook with her family and has a passion for wine as well.

She has spent time in small family run restaurants as well as more corporate environments. Shannon brings the best of both corporate and family owned business to Johnny’s.

We are excited to have her on the team. Next time you are in and need a wine recommendation ask for her! She would love to meet you and assist.

It is thanks to you all, our lovely customers that we are celebrating this nine year anniversary.

We remember our friend John Mesa this week, without his vision and determination we would not be here today. John – we miss you very much!!!

We hope you will be able to come in sometime during the next month and let us tempt you with decadent specials from our very own Chef Evan!

We look forward to many more years of serving you and yours!

The Staff of Johnny’s Harborside

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