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Ruby's Diner

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American, Diner
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#1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, CA 92661
+1 949-675-7829
07:00 - 21:00
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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198 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ruby's on Balboa Island Pier is a must if you are in New Port Beach. It is located at the far end of the pier and on a clear, warm day be sure to sit outside. The burgers are terrific with a heaping mound of french fries. The milk shakes look delicious but I decided to save it until next... More 

Thank Balidude
Chino Hills, California
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82 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first came here about a week after it opened, and have been coming here ever since. It has been hit and miss at times, but overall still pretty good. It is just not the same as it was when it first opened - the burgers simply are not as well-made as they used to be. However, the selection has... More 

Thank h2opolodad
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168 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been 3 years, glad to be back. With 3 grand kids, all loved it...classic diner, good service, hot food and great location--a destination for sure!

Thank miker163
Keystone, South Dakota
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great burgers and fries but the real reason to go - the beautiful sunsets from the pier. Very small so you might have a wait. Staff are super friendly. Take a jacket/blanket if you want to eat outside!

Thank gypsiegirl1960
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ruby's is a cute place to eat and watch the people fishing. It is fast " fast food" but surprisingly good. We had turkey burgers which were excellent. The service was very good and wait staff very attentive. It was fun to watch the fishermen reel in their catch of mackerel. Nabbed a Ruby food truck 3D cut out that... More 

Thank ChicagoGlobeseeker
Burton upon Trent, null, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We visited Rubys on Saturday 11th for evening dinner, we were met by a loverly young lady who took us to our table very quickly. The building does require some repair and maintenance pehaps a refit.... but i digress. The server was prompt and polite drinks arived in 2 min, we orderd the fish! we are on the pier sure... More 

Thank David B
New Jesey
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is a chain of old style diners serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The one on the Pier has outdoor seating overlooking the ocean. The servers are friendly and the usual diner fare of burgers and sandwiches are exceptionally good. Try their New England style clam chowder. As good as any that I've had in Cape Cod!

Thank DF0403
Ottawa, Canada
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106 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Visiting Ruby's Dinner is more of a fun experience than your typical restaurant visit. From the arrival being ushered to a table on the patio overlooking the Pacific, the chequered plastic table covering, plastic cutlery and paper plates complete the 50's look and feel of this place. Be prepared, there are no washrooms at this restaurant for understandable reasons. Watch... More 

Thank Otto H
Sunny Valley, Oregon
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81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The food was okay, but the atmosphere was great. The burgers are pretty good and their milkshakes are great. The price is reasonable for this area. If you get a red gumball out of the gumball machine you get a free milkshake.

Thank Vetta E S
Salt Lake City, Utah
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79 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Ruby's flagship location has gone downhill. The service is terrible. I'd read other reviews but refused to believe that this diner wasn't living up to its name. This is a place where I spent many summers on my childhood. Over the last 15 years we have visited about ever 2 or three years. Our experience was disappointing. It did not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: #1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, CA 92661
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-675-7829

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?