Rutabegorz - Tustin

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    ( 4 reviews )

158 W Main St (at Old Town), Tustin, California, USA, 92780

Serves meat, vegan options available. Vegetarian friendly restaurant with several locations in Orange County. Extensive food menu with many choices suitable for vegetarians. Vegans to ask. Open Mon-Sun 11am-close.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Juice bar, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by VeganCookieLover

Pretty restaurant, vegetarian friendly - Edit

You have to specify that you want to modify your dish to make it vegan. Had the falafel plate and switched the creamy sauce for Thai (PB based). Hubby was not impressed with his omni dish (cold shrimp pita sandwich).

Pros: The setting/decoration, Waitress had a cheat sheet with vegan/gf sauces, May have vegan dessert “du jour”

Cons: Not vegan friendly, dairy everywhere , Food is hit or miss

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Nice Title - Edit

The salad was big.

Pros: Talk to waiter about vegan options, Nice ambiance, Downtown Tustin

Cons: Lemon is the only unprocessed salad dressing , Takes a while to make the food, Not enough tea bag flavors offered

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delicious food, fresh ingredients - Edit

Rutabegorz has upped its vegan offerings since I last ate there a few years ago. They seem to like cheese on everything. But there are some really good entrees labeled vegetarian that can be made without cheese. Like the tacos, chili and a great variety of salads. They even serve vegan chocolate chip cookies and cranberry pecan cookies.

Pros: great tacos , vegan chocolate chip cookies, fresh ingredients

Cons: food not labeled vegan, wooden booths are not comfortable for tall people

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Not too vegan friendly - Edit

I've been to this Rutabegorz location approximately 10-15 times and I've never been quite satisfied. I think i only end up there because it is close by and somewhat convenient.
I would definitely say this place is much more suitable to vegetarians than vegans There are some menu items that can be made vegan, but I've never been too impressed with their offerings. I've had several of the salads, a veggie and quinoa bowl (without the cheese), but I often just end up getting a PB&J which I could just as easily make at home.
Their coffee is ok. I've had iced coffee and they do offer soy milk if you request it. I think they could do a lot more to appeal to a vegan crowd, but they don't seem interested in doing so.
The service is hit or miss. Last week I ordered an iced coffee and the wrong item was brought to my table 3 times before they got it right. It seemed strange to me that something so simple could go so wrong repeatedly. However, the waitress was very apologetic. The servers have always been nice and friendly (though they can be pretty slow) and they have a HUGE menu. I think this place does appeal to a lot of people, I just don't think it's a good fit for vegans.

Pros: Cool atmosphere, Convenient, diverse menu

Cons: Need more vegan options, so-so service

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