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18 Woolley Street, Canberra 2602, Australia
(02) 6249 8849
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 9
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  • 7
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Decent but nothing special

Pros: service is prompt, food arrived quickly in about 10 to 15 minutes for most dishes, large seating area with ample space around each table. Only moderately busy whenever we have been there even on the weekends. Food: quite average, lacking any special spark or bold flavours. Just your... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
drg003
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pros: service is prompt, food arrived quickly in about 10 to 15 minutes for most dishes, large seating area with ample space around each table. Only moderately busy whenever we have been there even on the weekends. Food: quite average, lacking any special spark or bold flavours. Just your average Chinese food. Unfortunately some of the dishes tasted like they... More 

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Thank drg003
Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there on a Wed night with my cousin, wait staff were lovely but overly attentive. We were asked 4 times in probably less than 2 minutes if we wanted to order drinks! We ordered the lace crab entree which was tasty, followed by the crocodile which was very nice. We thought we would be daring and try the thousand... More 

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Thank happysoul007
Canberra
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

The Ruby at Dickson was Canberra's premier Cantonese restaurant (Rest) for 3 decades. It is sad to see its demise. IMO one of the major factor of a successful Rest is consistence. ie when you walk in you get what you expected. Last Sunday was the first time I sent a dish back in this Rest for 30 years. The... More 

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Thank pigsyACT
Newcastle, Australia
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35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Had some really good Chinese here recently. Dare I say it but the Szechuan chicken was better than BBQ King on Liverpool St in Chinatown!

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Thank Colin S
Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

I was going to give a 3.5 rating but no such rating button on trip advisor. 4 is too high and so opted for 3. The food is good but no wow factor except for the roasted pork which was very yummy with very nice crispy skin. The staff are friendly.

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Thank lykhoo
Sydney
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Needing an early dinner before heading to Floriade NightFest my husband and I stopped by Ruby's, following a recommendation by our hotel. The service was excellent, with an abundance of choices. The food scrumptious. We will definitely pop in again on future visits to Canberra.

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Thank Shoonie
Orange, Australia
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

After not eating Chinese for many years, due to some very ordinary meals that all tasted the same, we decided to try it with a group of friends. We shared most of the dishes & were pleasantly surprised at the food we were served. The BBQ duck was delicious as was the seafood with noodles, Mongolian lamb & the pork.... More 

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Thank terry d
Wollongong, Australia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We have been visiting Canberra for many years, and have always made a point of eating at the Ruby Chinese Restaurant in Dickson. Having just spent a week in Canberra, I was dismayed by the number of reviews on trip advisor which panned the Ruby. Thankfully we were not deterred by the reviews, and twice visited the Ruby during our... More 

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1 Thank Merle A
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126 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is a special occasion place where the authentic Cantonese food is consistently good. The space feels classy with white table cloths. We have been coming here since the early 1980's and have never been disappointed. I recommend the wide range of banquets on offer for various prices.

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1 Thank Christina C
Sydney
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259 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This restaurant serves good Cantonese food along with some live seafood choices. The ambience is above average and the service is attentive and speedy. The menu is as you would expect with no surprises. Overall it is a very decent restaurant and worth trying.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 Woolley Street, Canberra 2602, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Greater Canberra  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: (02) 6249 8849

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  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

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