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“Reliable and Hit with the Children” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ruby's Diner

Ruby's Diner
5630 Paseo Del Norte #130D, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760.931.7829
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Ranked #16 of 270 restaurants in Carlsbad
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
SURREY HILLS
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Reliable and Hit with the Children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Great value for money and tasty food and good reliable service with a smile. Great location at the Premium Outlets and also around the corner from LegoLand. Large serves and we found quite tasty.

Visited January 2013
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Oslo, Norway
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Holy Hamburgers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Good food, you never leave hungry, that's for sure. Love the chocolate shake, and that you get a bit more than what fits in your glass. :) Lunch or dinner, don't matter, if you want large and tasty burgers, this is the place to go! Nice with the train roaming the ceiling! :)

And once you're done (or before you go there), shopping galore at the Outlet.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Shorewood, IL
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8 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great milkshakes, otherwise a pretty average diner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I was staying down the road from the Carlsbad Outlets and decided to stop in to Ruby's for some burgers. The diner is within the outlet strip mall but is still decorated in Ruby's 50's style, complete with a model train running up above the diner's heads.

I ordered an aloha burger, my wife ordered a turkey sandwich. The food was okay. Nothing terrible, nothing spectacular. Prices were what I would consider the norm. The place was moderately busy but our service was fast and the waitress came back often to refill drinks and check on us. The milkshakes were great, and came with the mixing cup so you get a good amount of milkshake with each order. We tried peanut butter cup and strawberry. (We later went to the Ruby's in Oceanside and also tried the Black Forest. All were good, but we both felt the strawberry was easily our favorite.)

Overall, this was a pretty good diner experience. After eating breakfast at the other Ruby's, I will say that I think the food quality for their breakfast is better than their dinner.

One tip: Join the Ruby's eclub before heading out. They send all sorts of promotional offers, with the first one being a free milkshake. Definitely worth the couple of minutes it takes to sign up.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sherwood Park, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Average food Average prices”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Nothing fancy. Nothing out of the ordinary. Service was good. Stopped at both locations. One on the pier was a little more unique than the one at the mall.

Visited November 2012
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Carlsbad, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Dog Friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We arrived after they stopped serving Breakfast (10 minutes) The manager came over and told us if we still wanted Breakfast, they would let us. We did. We have only eaten Breakfast here because it is excellent. Don't know about their other menu items.

Visited December 2012
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