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#1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92661
949-675-7829
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
50s style diner

Visited a few years ago and had to come back when in area. Authentic diner at end of pier with amazing views of sea and beach. Usual kind of menu with pancakes, burgers etc. Service a little slow but forgiven as gave us time to watch the fisherman.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
ElleBee14
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Southport, United Kingdom
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Southport, United Kingdom
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195 reviews 195 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Visited a few years ago and had to come back when in area. Authentic diner at end of pier with amazing views of sea and beach. Usual kind of menu with pancakes, burgers etc. Service a little slow but forgiven as gave us time to watch the fisherman.

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Oceanside, California
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53 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This Ruby's is right at the end of the Pier on Balboa Island, Newport Beach, CA. Very nice outside seating with umbrellas. Didn't actually eat inside but it appeared to be pretty nice when we looked in the door before deciding to sit outside as the weather was beautiful in the mid to upper 70s, and in March to boot!... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I ate breakfast here twice, and was ok, but the burger I had at lunch time was a sloppy mess with too much mayo, or whatever it was.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

In my opinion, Ruby's always has fantastic food. The Balboa Pier location was no exception. However, if you don't want your dining experience ruined by the pier's fishing activity, wait to sit inside the restaurant rather than accept outside seating. I found it difficult to enjoy my meal while the catch of the day was gutted and cleaned within arms... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Ruby's is a unique experience that we really enjoyed. We weren't sure how 50's style restaurant at the end of a pier would be but we had awesome burgers. The fries were great too and the view was fabulous.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

A woman told our group that we had to go to Ruby's Diner on the pier before leaving California. We made the trek over to Balboa Island to check it out and wow I was so very surprised that the prices were reasonable and the food was hefty portion sizes! It's pretty cool that you can sit either on the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We ate at Ruby's after a long day cruising the coast down from Santa Monica. The burgers were very nice, service prompt, and the backdrop of fishermen under the setting sun was the perfect way to end our day and reflect on the California coast. The diner itself has a cool 50s decor and it's a very pleasant spot to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We both had good burgers and sat outside while ate. The banana Chocolate shake was super delicious! The service wasn't the fastest but he was super friendly and made sure we had everything we needed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We were at Newport Beach and the kids were playing in the water. We were able to go to Ruby's at the end of the Balboa Pier, wet and sandy. The food was good and prices reasonable, but the view was outstanding!!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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20 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

First off, you can't beat the location and views. We sat on the upper sun deck and enjoyed looking out on the ocean. The service was fine, if not a little slow even though there were only two other groups upstairs. The food was just okay and about as greasy and messy as one would expect from a diner. Unfortunately,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: #1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92661
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
  • Phone Number: 949-675-7829

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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