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18 Woolley Street, Canberra 2602, Australia
(02) 6249 8849
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 12
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  • 16
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Typical Cantonese.

This restaurant serves good Cantonese food along with some live seafood choices. The ambience is above average and the service is attentive and speedy. The menu is as you would expect with no surprises. Overall it is a very decent restaurant and worth trying.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Wollongong, Australia
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We have been visiting Canberra for many years, and have always made a point of eating at the Ruby Chinese Restaurant in Dickson. Having just spent a week in Canberra, I was dismayed by the number of reviews on trip advisor which panned the Ruby. Thankfully we were not deterred by the reviews, and twice visited the Ruby during our... More 

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53 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a special occasion place where the authentic Cantonese food is consistently good. The space feels classy with white table cloths. We have been coming here since the early 1980's and have never been disappointed. I recommend the wide range of banquets on offer for various prices.

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This restaurant serves good Cantonese food along with some live seafood choices. The ambience is above average and the service is attentive and speedy. The menu is as you would expect with no surprises. Overall it is a very decent restaurant and worth trying.

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Canberra, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I went there for my 50th Birthday with my brother's family come down all the way from Sydney. Since we rejected the waitress (who I believe was the new owner's wife) suggestion of very expensive live sea food again and again , both her and her husband's face turned very cold an do not offer any service unless we ask.... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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43 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

First visit last night. The restaurant clearly specialises in fresh fish and crustacea but we decided to order other items. The vegetarian phu pi rolls were a discovery - delicate flavour with great mushroom textures. We've never had anything like it before and we were most impressed. The XO chilli prawns were fresh and lovely. Scallops on the half-shell were... More 

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Lennox Head, Australia
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166 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We visited this restaurant as a group of six on Good Friday and had no trouble getting a table despite the fact the area was crowded. Staff were only as welcoming as politeness expected. Very extensive menu at inflated prices for what is after all standard Chinese food. The crowning insult was when, at paying the account, it was suggested... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We went here with our son and his family, when we visited them in Canberra from Perth. I must say I'm surprised by the other reviews when they seemed rather disappointed with the food - the service could have been more friendly, but we didn't find it offensive. Our food was cooked to our complete satisfaction, and the taste was... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We went to Ruby with a group of 9, and were very underwhelmed. The food was ok, but very poor customer service. We were told there was a minimum $20pp cost, and were made to order extra dishes - which left us with way more food then we needed. Staff uncaring and inattentive, and seemed annoyed with any requests we... More 

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Bega, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Bit of a sate buff, but theirs was very bland. Hubby loves black bean, but shared my thoughts about his as well. Unusual, varied menu with lots of types of meat, some of it alive, but thought the culinary experience very very average.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I don't mind a waiter suggesting the odd extra, but one of the staff nudged us to upgrade to extra portions, much more expensive food, and even pushed for a tip. It was reasonable food, but the interaction with staff means a return visit is unlikely.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 Woolley Street, Canberra 2602, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Greater Canberra  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: (02) 6249 8849

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

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