Kneading Ruby

4.7
555 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Located at 5 Crown Lane Wollongong, Kneading Ruby offers authentic woodfire pizzas & bespoke dishes made to share.
Produced traditionally with the freshest seasonal produce, join us for a dining occasion with a casual modern approach.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Friday - Sunday; Midday - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday; 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dinner: Friday - Saturday; 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Phone number
(02) 4229 7829
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Regent Street
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Parking Details
Private parking on right hand side when entering Crown lane from Regent street
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Take Away, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 555 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a lovely meal. 2 of the pastas were excellent, we actually ordered a second round of them. Staff were lovely and looked after us well.

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L
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, the service, the atmosphere, all amazing everything is fantastic. Will be back again and again

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TR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my 3rd time at this restaurant and somehow each time is even better! I went with a party of 5 for my birthday and the staff could not do enough for us. The food is outstanding! The cocktails and wine list also amazing. Kneading Ruby is definitely my favourite in the Wollongong/Illawarra area.

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LB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for a birthday and it was perfect! Will definitely be back soon

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MS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The food, the staff, the ambiance. Will definitely be back!

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JG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to eat with friends - awesome and creative cocktails delicious food real crowd pleaser. Definitely recommend for small or larger groups.

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CC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Polenta chips a stand out as usual. Trout tartare was a bit tasteless, it needed seasoning. The beetroot salad was the only disappointing dish, no strong flavours of fennel or pear. Service was outstanding and the night was very enjoyable.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again didn’t disappoint. Excellent food and service.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great night out with friends, great food and atmosphere!

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KM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was delightful and the food was amazing.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Our waitress selected our dinner for us and it was delicious. It was a very busy night so was quite noisy inside.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great service and good at Kneading Ruby’s
We had the swordfish and the local market greens and the pizza is always fabulous there

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MR
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, surprisingly good ambiance. We had one side, one small and one large dish for 3 people and it was plenty.

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CW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place! Food and service was fantastic, can’t fault anything!

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TB
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food and updated menu is perfect for sharing. Service is always excellent.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food and service was great. Hidden little gem.

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C
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and delicious food, I would definitely recommend Kneading Ruby

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kneading Ruby has a friendly and wonderful atmosphere and excellent food.

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Warm friendly greeting upon and throughout our reservation.
Exceptional food and service.
Always a pleasure going back.

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GP
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere. Our servers Sam I think was amazing. Very attentive and had great suggestions. All of the food was extremely delicious. Will be back

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JE
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service was outstanding. My only concern was the noise level, which made it difficult at times to talk to my companions.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My absolute favourite restaurant in the Illawarra. Amazing service, food and wine list and not overly expensive for how good it is!

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F
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great restaurant. The food is innovative and delicious as are the cocktails. Atmosphere buzzing and hip and the service ranges from very good to excellent depending on who you get. Wollongong really needed a place like this. Love Kneading Ruby!!

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MP
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I celebrated my birthday there last week and my family and we really enjoyed everything from the moment we stepped inside our host greeted us by our names. The food was amazing, fresh and beautiful. Imogen our waiter was lovely and attentive. Keep it up, looking forward to our next visit.

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S
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here for my mum's Birthday booking of 5 and couldn't fault anything. Food service and drinks were amazing!

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SL
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere with amazing servers and overall amazing food. A must go!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant is beautiful, service was great, and cocktails were great. Food is good Italian food but I can’t honestly say it’s the best Italian food I’ve had at a restaurant. I would go back as an option for dinner if other preferred restaurants weren’t available.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service from Jackson & Fred, awesome food. My favourite restaurant in Wollongong!

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DC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazed by the venue. Every dish was excellent.

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AY
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kneading Ruby is good for any occasion whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a big family function. The food is always delicious and the staff have a casual vibe with a very professional manner. You’re guaranteed a great night out (especially after a few espresso martini’s🤭)

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, really attentive staff and delicious drinks. Great experience.

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WB
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had dinner before the movies to celebrate my son’s birthday
The food & service was excellent
We had a garlic bread 1 side of lemon fried potatoes & 2 mains between 4 adults
We left the restaurant pleasantly full & saying we need to come back

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MF
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic spot for a special occasion, when you want a spoil that is good value and delicious.

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LS
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love eating here. Thoughtful well executed meals. Xx

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KL
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We popped in after 9pm after seeing a movie and the restaurant was very accommodating given our late arrival. We were seated quickly and the staff were very friendly. I guess the disappointment was the food itself. I had eaten here before and had a great experience, unfortunately this time around the bread was soggy, the polenta chips sounded great in description but didn't deliver and the potatoes were simply too plentiful and it felt like we were wasting food when we had to leave so many behind. Hubby was not a fan of the salmon however for me this was the highlight and I must say the oysters natural tasted delightfully of the sea. Our wine order was delivered twice, but again the staff were very friendly about that with a quick apology. We would have provided some feedback on the night, but their service did make up for any lack lustre dishes.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were made to feel special and the wines were great

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TK
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Gnocchi was amazing. Food came out quickly and service was friendly!

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K
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kneading Ruby is a great, fresh feeling restaurant that Wollongong needed. I have never had a bad meal. It is nice to see some different menu options that all taste amazing. Some beautiful wine options available. The staff are also super friendly and welcoming. I love this place.

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LN
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The staff and food were outstanding. Thank you and bravo!

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J
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff made us feel welcome from the start. We arrived about 5.15pm and there were only a few people in the restaurant. When we enquired about recommendations from the menu, the waiter has the chef, Nathan, attend our table and discussed the menu. This was a marvellous gesture and appreciated. He obviously is passionate about his work as as chef, and was very proud of the menu, and his knowledge and explanation of the ingredients was very informative and well explained. After ascertaining our tastes he recommended the Roasted peppers and buttermilk ricotta, and the trout tartare, cucumber furikake from the smalls. We ordered them and they were exquisite with amazing flavours.

Nathan also recommended the gnocchi with goats cheese and a fresh beetroot salad with fennel and made from local ingredients. Again we ordered them and the salad was beyond description. The freshness of the ingredients and the dressing was absolutely refreshing. The gnocchi was perhaps the best I have ever tasted and even better than what nonna used to make.

We would have loved to sample the dessert menu, but due to the large servings, we simply had no room left for desert. By the time we were offered the desert menu around 7.30pm the restaurant was full, but the staff still attended to us and made us feel welcome to stay. It was such a pleasure to attend this gem of a restaurant with excellent staff, amazing menu and food, and all unrushed. We will be attending again and next time will leave room for dessert :)

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