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Ruby Chinese Restaurant

18 Woolley Street, Canberra 2602, Australia
(02) 6249 8849
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Ranked #303 of 782 restaurants in Canberra
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 26, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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66% Recommend
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English first
Canberra, Australia
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The quality of the food is good. However, the seafood is very expensive. They have not listed the price of fresh seafood in the menu. According to the staff, the crab is AU$ 78 per kilo and the fresh fish as well. However, it is still hard to believe, the crab I ordered (the shell is slightly smaller than my... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Ruby's is an institution. Most of our visits to Canberra end up at Ruby's, be it a small group of four or 10 or more in the private dining rooms out the back. To get the ball rolling the Hot and Sour Soup is a rip snorter. Thick with ingredients and numbing on the tongue it's impossible to stop until... More

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113 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This place is amazing! We ate so much food here! Squid, prawns, chicken, beef. The staff dont really have too great English and 1 dish was mistakenly served to us and then taken away from us and when we asked what it was (because it tasted really good) they could not tell us. We never found out what it was.... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We love good quality Chinese food and this restaurant has some of the best! Their dry fried beef is particularly good. We had it with Chef's special sauce and it was so delicious that we could have licked the plate.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Great Chinese or Asian food in general is hard to locate in Canberra. I find Ruby to be one of the few establishments that do the signature dishes well. I love their pippis in XO sauce and their crabs/lobsters. Is the atmosphere the best? I think it's very standard and what you expect from a Chinese restaurant. I have been... More

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Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Mystery Prices? While the menu is reasonable the one thing you might miss (actually you will definitely miss) is the small print on the inside cover of the menu that indicates a minimum charge of $20 per head. This will be helpfully pointed out by the surly waitress after she has poured your wine, thereby limiting your options to extricate... More

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4 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Had a Christmas get together with friends. Only four of us. The food was easily as good as any of the best Chinese restaurants that I have visited. Sauces are not over done or salty and the various dishes that we selected were distinctly different in taste and texture, which may not be so at other venues. The staff is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Food is always good but very pricey and small servings. Open late though. chicken with ginger and shallots yum

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Been coming to the Ruby in Dixon for years (decades), can't remember ever had a bad meal. I would rate it the best Chinese restaurant for food & services in Canberra. I was in this business for 20+ years, so should know a thing or 2. To appreciate this place you need to know what to order as it specializes... More

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Canberra, Australia
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14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I went to this place about 12 months ago and it wasnt too bad. Its never been a fantastic place but its usually okay. I went there again last night to catch up with friends and the food has gone downhill fast. Even the fried rice was very average. Its had a taste like it had been cooked in old... More

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