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#1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92661
949-675-7829
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  • 27
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    Very good
  • 14
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  • 5
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fun place to eat as the sun goes down.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
TahoeSkier85
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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186 reviews 186 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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110 reviews 110 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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Wichita, Kansas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The kids and I stopped here on vacation to the LA area. We had never been to California before. I wanted to see the Newport Beach area and saw this restaurant here on Trip Advisor. We stopped in for breakfast and heeding the warnings on this site had the kids use the restrooms at the beginning of the pier which... More 

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Muskegon, Michigan
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We ate lunch here on our day trip and found it to be priced right clean and the price was right! They have a very large menu and good drinks, we'll be back!!

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Elora, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

We were thrilled to spend our first few hours on the Balboa Pier and thought eating here would be a real treat, but between waiting a really long time for a cheap plastic seat surrounded by bothersome seagulls, and poor service and really average food, I would give this a miss next time.

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Amarillo, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We had a great lunch at Ruby’s Dinner on the Balboa Pier (the original Ruby’s). This dinner is located at the end of the pier and even at lunch time there were plenty of tables available. We ate outside with an ocean view some people pay much more for at other restaurants. The food at Ruby’s is very good and... More 

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Balboa Island, California
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196 reviews 196 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A visit to Newport Beach is not complete without a visit to The Crab Cooker (see the reviews) and Ruby's Diner on the pier. Yeah, you may have to wait for a table, but the people watching (and the fish they catch) are memorable. Once you score a table the burgers and shakes are fantastic. My favorite is the "Oreo"... More 

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west midlands
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100 reviews 100 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This diner has a beautiful location end of the pier and fabulous roof top seating area ... Milkshakes were good but served in paper cups without even the extra bit in the maker ... Service very slow .. But what a view

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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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