Newport Coast/Crystal Cove

Ruby’s Shake Shack


The idea for Ruby’s Diner was born in 1980 after a run on the beach. Doug Cavanaugh had just returned to his native Southern California after successfully restoring and running a restaurant on Nantucket Island off Cape Cod. One evening he was brainstorming about business opportunities with his father, and remembered that he had seen a dilapidated building at the end of Balboa Pier while jogging along the beach. “Although the building is in pretty bad shape now, its architecture really lends itself well to that of a 1940’s diner. I wonder if I could get the place from the city and turn it into a diner that would bring back the fun and nostalgia of that era?” he said. With his father’s encouragement, Cavanaugh started to make the restaurant a reality.

  • Breakfast
  • Casual Dining
  • Dinner
  • Fast Food
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Ocean/Water View
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Pet Friendly
Yelp Based on 766 Reviews Yelp

This isn't your typical shake shack, they definitely have more specialty/ more selections like their wide varieties of shakes. For instants, like their... More

Good view with Laguna Beach and first time with Date milkshake. Made me happy even though covid 19... More

Amazing! Can't eat at the tables take away only or if you call it grab and go.. great place to drive to for meal out for pick up with beach scenic drive... More