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Ruby's Diner

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American, Diner
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5630 Paseo Del Norte #130D, Carlsbad, CA 92008
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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San Diego, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The turkey burger is my usual choice here. But the last 3 visits have been not good. The turkey patty tastes like dirty grill. Don't know if they cook the beef patties on same grill or not but the taste is awful! The fries are fine fyi.

Thank tango982015
San Diego, California
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went there for dinner because my daughter wanted to eat there. Didn't have to wait very long for a table. Waitress was not very friendly and it didn't feel like the AC was working. Very noisy with lots of kids. Food wasn't very good.

Thank blueeyedgirl2
san tan valley,az
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73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

can be very crowded on the weekends,has decent food and can be family friendly,good waiters and has a train the run overhead and lots of old timely stuff to look at

Thank Jc F
Southern AZ
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172 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good variety of choices: hamburgers, fish, and shakes. Good service. Lines are long on weekends, so go early!

Thank AZTravelLady
Chandler, Arizona
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was ok. I'll start with the good. Our server, Akos, was very polite and friendly, despite the fact that we looked totally frayed from being at Legoland for 9 hours. The trains that ran along the ceiling and on display in glass cases were a dream come true for my 3 yr old son who is a gung-ho train... More 

Thank Leila D
Carlsbad, California
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347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and granddaughter joined me for a Sunday lunch at Ruby's in the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Most of the booths are for six and we had plenty of room. Our server, Alexandra, was friendly, courteous and helpful. The menu is extensive and should be adequate for anyone. My granddaughter had the Kid's Burger (turkey) with milk, my wife had... More 

Thank Gordon C
Appleton, Wisconsin
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The shakes are great and the food is just okay. The parking is terrible in this outlet mall so it is hard to justify dealing with the parking just for a shake.

Thank jsfromwi
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to Carlsbad Outlet Mall led me to this great little diner loved the food and great service. what a nice treat.

Thank Cynthia S
Flower Mound, Texas
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42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great shakes, fries and atmosphere. Kids always loves rubys. Vanilla malts are the best. The kids always over seeing the train. Definitely a great childhood memory.

Thank foodland2014
Henderson, Nevada
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Ruby's Diner, Carlsbad, for dinner with two friends during a recent beach vacation. Found the staff, menu and food to be as expected -- welcoming, well-prepared and delicious. Fried green beans? Unexpectedly yummy! Chili was well seasoned and loaded with meat (no beans). Clam Chowder (Boston style) was loaded with clams. Far less crowded than the Oceanside Pier location,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $15
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5630 Paseo Del Norte #130D, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 760.931.7829

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?