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Ruby's San Juan

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3226
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ruby's has always been the perfect place to take kids, who love to watch the trains. The burgers and shakes are good. What makes this location special is that there is a great outdoor patio called the Sky Ranch that has it's own menu. The patio overlooks downtown SJC and the Mission. The patio has a bar and the menu... More 

Thank Knansea
Dana Point
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The patio is a great place to gather for breakfast lunch or dinner when visiting San Juan Capistrano. It is up on the second floor which makes for a nice view. It is not very busy for breakfast so it has become a great meeting place for morning business breakfasts. The menu is also kid friendly. The decor and model... More 

Thank CapistranoBeach
Oceanside, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoy going to Ruby's, I go to the one in Oceanside quite a bit. I was happy to see that the Ruby's in San Juan Capistrano was just as nice.

Thank nobody12344321
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ruby's is a favorite of all my kids for our "birthday lunch with dad" each year. Great food, prompt and friendly service, and even live music across the street which is a rather nice addition if you like 80's and 90's music. Save room for a Ruby's milkshake for dessert...there are very few better out there.

Thank Chaps W
San Juan Capistrano, California
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I always enjoy eating here. Just visited last weekend and exercised great restraint by not getting the chocolate shake with my salad. Certainly struggled with that decision. The burgers and salads are great and they now have chicken in lettuce wraps if you are trying to pretend dieting. It's local for me.

Thank 350sgk
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Patio seating overlooking the old mission on a friday summer evening. The retro red & white interior is visually demanding, the casual patio a different and calmer environment altogether; using a team approach of seasoned waiter with young servers. Three generations, so we sampled sandwiches, salads with excellent side-dressing and children's menu fluffy pancakes in the evening, all good. This... More 

Thank norah50
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

We have always enjoyed Ruby's food. We have not been in a long time and decided to go here before our movie. As usual the food was good but the service wasn't. It wasn't busy (although I wish it had been so our waitress had a reason) and we had to flag down our waitress every time we needed something.... More 

Thank Britny H
San Clemente, California
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82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

While eating inside with the trains (the photo above) the hard surfaces makes for a loud meal if more than a few tables are occupied, the patio sky ranch patio makes for an enjoyable afternoon. Everyone knows that Ruby's knows their way around a burger. With all of the classics and more than an few specialties of every size, your... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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365 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We took a detour to San Juan Capistrano to see the swallows and the Mission and decided to have lunch too. Ruby's is a fun restaurant, the flavour of a 1950s diner. The food is good, not spectacular but a good value. The Iced Tea is from instant. Ugh!

Thank Wineaux FromAlexandria
Miamisburg, Ohio
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265 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

We visited Ruby's in San Juan Capistrano on Memorial Day. It was busy, but we still got a seat outside in a prime location. We were overlooking the street and listening to the great music playing across the street. The food was very good, reasonably priced and the service was also great.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $20
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3226
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: 949-496-7829

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