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#1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92661
949-675-7829
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner

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  • 54
    Very good
  • 15
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  • 5
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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
Lunch on the pier

We took a roadtrip to balboa island on a Sunday. Decided to have lunch at the end of the pier at ruby's. Cute diner with outdoor seating upstairs. We totally lucked out and got seated immediately. Service was a little slow and it got a little hot waiting in the sun! Food was good. Had to ask to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
Melissa M
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Detroit, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Hotel staff recommended rubys diner at balboa wharf to us. We Just arrived by airplane and we're starving. We wanted something lite and on the water. The location Is great. But this wasn't our first time to the area so it is nothing extraordinary. What struck me the most is the appearance. It looked like a bait shop at the... More 

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We took a roadtrip to balboa island on a Sunday. Decided to have lunch at the end of the pier at ruby's. Cute diner with outdoor seating upstairs. We totally lucked out and got seated immediately. Service was a little slow and it got a little hot waiting in the sun! Food was good. Had to ask to get drink... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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199 reviews 199 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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117 reviews 117 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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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 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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