While deciding on the exact style of restaurant they would build, the pair began extensive research on American diners. Their research confirmed Cavanaugh’s initial idea about creating a 1940’s diner concept because, “that’s when balboa had its heyday!” says Cavanaugh. To make the restaurant feel authentic, Cavanaugh and Kosmides combed antique and memorabilia stores throughout Southern California to find 1940’s artifacts, and did most of the remodeling of the building themselves.
Nearly a full year and $80,000 later, Ruby’s diner opened on December 7th, 1982 with three employees and a simple, straight-forward diner menu of hamburgers, hot dogs and malts. Much to her surprise, the tiny 45-seat restaurant was named after Cavanaugh’s mother, Ruby.http://www.rubys.com/4-about_rubys/about_rubys.aspx
Favorite Dish: It's a very popular with the locals and the tourist. We did have to wait some to be seated, but it was worth the wait. If you love the 50's era, you will love this place. Service was great and so was the food. A little pricey, but that didn't surprise me because of this area. Still we enjoyed our table, food, and view!
Yes it is a chain and yes I have eaten at others that were not all that great but this one is special. It sits at the end of the Oceanside pier and the theme is the old fashioned diner with large red booths where they serve huge hamburgers. The food is great to accompany a pretty good view.
Favorite Dish: I love the eggs benedict and pancakes they serve daily until 11A. The hamburgers and floats are excellent and I am not usually a fan of the burger.
Located at the end of the Oceanside Pier, Ruby's Diner puts you right in the eye of the sunset. Stand on the end of the pier and you'll feel the glow of the sun wash right over you. The restaurant is casual and offers everything from burgers and fries to fish at moderate prices. It's a great place for family dining — kids love the walk out to the end of the pier where fisherfolk are trying their luck at reeling in bass and halibut. Surfers frolic in the waves on either side of the pier.
Favorite Dish: Try the small stack of Ruby's Hot Cakes (a.k.a. pancakes) with maple syrup, a side order of sausage links and coffee.