johnny’s dock restaurant—a tacoma waterfront icon since 1953

johnnysdockFrom the crab likeness on the wall, to the canoe hanging from the ceiling, to the marine life that circles the plates, you know this restaurant speaks “seafood” fluently. And you’re still in the bar. Here breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children can sit in the lower bar area during those times. To satisfy your morning seafood cravings, there is a smoked salmon benedict, hangtown fry, and crab and shrimp omelet, and each of these menu items comes with a house-made fruit-filled cinnamon coffee cake served warm that literally melts in your mouth.

Whether you prefer the bar or the main dining room, every meal comes with a waterfront view alongside the Thea Foss Waterway and across from the Museum of Glass. Weather permitting, outdoor seating brings the smells and sights of the sea even closer. And the food naturally tastes better outside.

Chef Steve Ng says you can expect prices to change this summer with a decrease in portion size. “That seems to be what people want,” he says. “Our product is top-notch and we never skimp by buying the cheap ingredients.”

Ng cited prime rib, seafood fettuccine, halibut and the fresh catch of the day as the most popular menu items at Johnny’s Dock. Other choices that come from the Pacific Northwest include salmon served with house-made seasoned butter; grilled Willapa Bay razor clams, the Tuesday special; and Dungeness crab cakes, the Thursday special.

Besides fresh, high-quality food, a delicious view, and gracious staff, there’s lots of free parking for your waterfront dining experience.


1900 East D St, Tacoma