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“It's all about the location, not quality.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Ruby's Diner

Ruby's Diner
#1 Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92661
949-675-7829
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Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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40 restaurant reviews
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“It's all about the location, not quality.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Most Ruby's can be expected to have a certain standard, like great shakes and malts. The rest of the food depends on the Ruby's. For example the Ruby's off the 10 freeway near the Morongo is excellent. This Ruby's on the pier has such a nice location, too bad the food and service are not that good. Hey, if you want to stop in for coffee, or a malt, its good enough, anything else...eat light, don't expect quick or friendly service, you won't get that here. They rely on where they are, not on competition to make their restaurant good.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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18 restaurant reviews
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“Fun, yummy, with a view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

great food, very fast and the view from the pier is great. Watched whales spouting and fishermen reeling in their fish while we ate a great meal.

Visited August 2013
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Bloomington, Indiana
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“A little on the dirty side”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We love the burgers, fries and shakes at Ruby's but this location seemed on the dirty side. We ate on the roof on the pier which probably makes for a challenging environment to keep clean but even the plastic chairs and tables felt on the cheap end of things.

Visited July 2013
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Newport Beach, California
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“Great diner food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Ruby's is a staple of the Orange County beach communities, with locations at Huntington Pier, Newport Pier, Corona del Mar, 17th Street Newport and South Coast Plaza. All the burgers are great; as are the 'skinny fries' and multitude of milk shakes. Breakfast (particularly the Huevos Rancheros) is also terrific. There's not a lot of selection beyond this so if you are looking for more 'dinner' type food.... go elsewhere. It's also relatively noisy - a great place for kids but not for romance.

Visited July 2013
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“50's dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

the good and shakes was great would go back again. Its at the end of the Balboa pier.
We did not like the employees just sitting around eating at the bar as guest was waiting for seats.

Visited July 2013
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