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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Terrible food and service. Lipstick on coffee glass and $8 for fresh orange juice topped up with water after I requested no ice and came out 99% full of ice. Will not be back!!!!!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 26 January 2024

We always return to Ruby’s for a great breakfast. Iced coffee and Red Ruby juice are wonderful and always served cold. The salmon fingers on Turkish a fave, my partner loves the vegetarian breakfast, yet makes them laugh when he orders a double serve of...bacon to go with it. I had smashed avocado on sourdough with pesto, a poached egg and rocket, delicious, he loves their bacon and egg rolls. So we enjoy our breakfast and brunch here, also enjoying the friendly service and comfortable seating. Bravo!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 April 2022

I would not normally review but this was SO bad that I had to. The food, service, atmosphere, cleanliness, cost and quality overall was extremely poor! Bland, tasteless food not as ordered, not the quality of ingredients you would expect for the price. Service staff...unaware of who was in order or waiting either to order or pay at the counter. Grimy books and tables, staff not interested in serving you or following up, grumpy demeanour at counter. Overall very very poor!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Maria H, Owner at Ruby's Cafe and Books, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2022

We were understaff that day and we sincerely apologise for your experience. We, at Ruby’s strive to provide better service and experience to our customers. In fact, Ruby’s is one of the locals’ favourites in town. Some of our customers come for breakfast and/or coffee...More

Reviewed 2 February 2022

This café appears to be a Umina institution. Nice simple food, really nice staff and a laid back ambience. My sister and I stopped in for lunch on a wet day and found a café full of customers, while other eateries in the street were...empty. My sister chose Quiche Lorraine and Salad and I chose Salmon with Turkish Fingers. The food and salads were fresh and tasty, but their appearance was just simple and uncluttered. On arrival of my sister's meal, the salad just spilled off the plate onto the table, no apology about that. In fact, after my meal was received my sister needed to remind the waitress what she ordered and we watched as they removed the quiche from the presentation cabinet and a quickly prepared salad which seemed to be just plonked on the plate. My meal was also a simple preparation with 5 fingers of Turkish bread, some buttered, some not. Fresh rocket leaves strewn around the plate, 4 really fresh and tasty smoked salmon portions, fresh and crispy raw onion rings and some pieces of beetroot with two large dollops of 'hot' horseradish cream. We enjoyed our meals. My sister ordered a flat white coffee for the end of her meal and I had a can of diet coke. We also had a chocolate and marshmallow slice and a Citrus tart for dessert which were very nice. My sister still had to ask for her coffee at the end of her meal and explain that she had already paid for it. The staff there are warm, friendly and helpful, exhibiting best practice customer service and I think that is the reason for its popularity. My sister is a local and eats there often, I drove 100 km to get there. Books might be a drawcard, but it wasn't a priority for us. A popular place for a light lunch in Umina.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 13 March 2021

I was here last week with my 3 1/2 year old grand daughter who wanted banana bread and "chipies" ! The banana bread was a wonderful surprise, baked on premises. Yum The chips were top of the line. My coffee with almond milk was also...great. The service was super nice, everyone so friendly. Can't wait to get back to Umina to call in again.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 31 January 2021

Nice coffee, warm cosy spot lovely staff .My son declared their milkshake one of the best! High praise indeed.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

I first went to Ruby’s Cafe in October 2019 and was hooked. Everyone is welcomed warmly. Their service is good and I always enjoy the little friendly exchanges with staff, especially Athena. The walls are lined with books to browse. I’ll be back for their...fish and chips.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 10 November 2019 via mobile

Stopped in for a take away coffee and thoroughly enjoyed it! Firstly the staff are really nice and friendly. Nice little shortbread too. Will definitely come back to try other items on the menu after this positive experience!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 7 October 2019

We are regulars at Ruby's and love their coffee. The staff are always attentive and their food choices are wide enough to satisfy all needs. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 23 September 2019 via mobile

Quirky atmosphere with happy friendly staff exceptional coffee constantly great, the food is tasty breakfast and lunch food. Try the spring rolls homemade place two orders as you cant stop eating them.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 27 July 2019 via mobile

Bookstore cafe's are sadly rare these days. I love them. Lovely food (veggie breaky), good WiFi and fabulous staff.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 27 June 2019 via mobile

Visit there regularly. Great staff and food always well presented and delicious. Coffee is what coffee is all about

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 15 May 2019 via mobile

Awesome coffee shop in Umina always great food and coffee cannot fault this place ..will always return to Rubys

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 28 April 2019 via mobile

Had breakfast on Easter Sunday. Being a book lover, I just had to have coffee here once I spotted the cafe. Food and service was good.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 24 April 2019 via mobile

We had coffee and lunch. Service was quick and our wraps were very tasty and filling- great value for the price :) would definitely recommend and come again!

Date of visit: April 2019
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Yes, Ruby's Cafe and Books offers takeaway services.

Ruby's Cafe and Books is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4