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Reviewed December 20, 2019

Consistently good. Excellent taste, the prices have climbed over the years, but the freshness, flavor and variety can not be beat. My family loves the big dude and it satisfies with all its meaty goodness, but when I'm in a lighter mood, I order the...avocado (no cheese) with a couple sides of vinegar and all is right with the world. I have been coming here since childhood and it is good to see it is still delicious and the owner is always friendly when he is there.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

My brother and I stopped here for lunch today. We both got the large subs and they were great! If you have a chance to eat lunch here you should.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

While the customer base is college students, it's a perfect spot for anyone. The location is near the campus but away from the busy street business. There's an outside seating area perfect for sunny Riverside days. The subs, soups and salads are delicious, my family...has been going there for years! Highly recommended for your not so common lunch.More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

Food was excellent, as usual. Service was friendly and efficient! The sandwich has a delicious and unique flavor whether vegetarian or loaded with a meat of your choice. Have been a happy customer for 40 years!

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed May 26, 2017

richard and his rotating staff of students have been in riverside for 45 years and i have enjoyed their work for 42 of those. with nearly 3 dozen choices available (not counting special orders), i have tried many of these over the years and have...yet to have a disappointing sandwich -- or even a mediocre one! the roll is a soft bread (which can be wheat, if you prefer), the contents are generous, and the seasonings are unfailingly tasty. the sandwich is served in butcher paper with a side of carrot slices and peperoncini -- i like to bite a peperoncino before each section of sandwich (4 sections in the foot-long, two in the small size) wakening the taste buds to receive the sandwich.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I love subway but found this place to have a much better product. The food was delicious and tasted fresh. I would recommend coming here and sitting outside on a nice day.

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed April 20, 2016

I ordered a turkey and avocado sandwich on wheat and got turkey and cheese . . . but I was so hungry, I ate it anyway. Great staff, nice side of fresh carrot sticks, and a deck in the shade for eating. Just check your...order carefully!More

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed February 11, 2016

When I was here for grad school, I lived off of these things. I just had one for the first time in 5 years, and I am happy to say they are just as good as I remember. They literally are competing for the best...subs ever. On top of generous meat and cheese portions, the bread is soft and fresh, and you get a nice olive oil/balsamic dressing w/ salt, pepper, and garlic powder (the key!). I love the Italian subs personally (the #1 and #4), but the turkey is really good too. I highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed October 26, 2015

I have been eating at the Sub Station for 43 years and love it as much today as when I first came to Riverside. Richard, the owner, is great to his customers and helps out the area by hiring university students. When my kids are...back in town visiting the first thing they want to do is go to the Sub Station and sometimes they want to go every day they are here. There are plenty of choices on the menu, including vegetarian and vegan. The secret, off-menu, item is a Rich-wich, vegetarian fare on a toasted whole wheat roll. My favorite is #19 (turkey) with avocado and unless it is toasted I prefer the white roll to whole wheat. Hot pastrami is good too. They also have salads and soup. If you are having a meeting or a party the Sub Station is our go to caterer with party platters and giant subs.More

Date of visit: September 2015
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Reviewed June 10, 2015

I am be the original living customer of this place. I know that easily I rank among the very earliest consumers and have always ranked this as an exceptional place to grab a quality sub sandwich of the highest quality and reasonable price. The bread...is always fresh daily, the ingredients are equally as fresh, and the sub tastes great as it isn't just bread. The owner is the original spanning over 40 years. Never a drop in quality. I live in Montana, but return to Riverside and always stop in for a great sandwich.More

Date of visit: June 2015
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

We have been eating sub sandwiches at The Substation for 40 years and haven't found any that even compare. On a 10,000 mile motor home we tried sub sandwiches across Canada, down the East Coast and back to California. Every time the consensus was that...they were good but they didn't compare with The Substation. I have tried a lot of their offerings but for years have ordered the Hot Steak and Cheese. It is to die for! The Big Dude is a family favorite as are several others. They are all so good you just can't go wrong. They get 5 stars plus.More

Date of visit: June 2014
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

This place has one of the best sub sandwiches around in Southern California. The Turkey Avocado sub is my go-to. A favorite stop for lunch when visiting the area. The place has been around for around 50 years and is still always excellent. The service...may seem slow but that's because you're getting a quality sub, so be patient. If you like carrot sticks and peppercinis, ask for extra and they'll usually give them to you. The atmosphere and decor have been there forever but for whatever reason it still (mostly) fits in with today's "hippish" joints. Unlike the typical hipster hangout, instead of trying to look old it does so naturally because of its age. Not exactly a romantic sit-down but certainly a fun little spot with indoor and patio seating.More

Date of visit: June 2014
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Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Just awful service with horrible olives that are meant to help you forget the shocking service times !! I waited 45 minutes for an egg what a Joke

Date of visit: June 2014
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

We have been eating at The Sub Station since they opened in their first location and our opinions have never changed. This place has the best sandwiches on the planet and they have not changed in 40-some years. I say they have the best sandwiches...on the planet but I have never been able to order anything other than the Hot Steak and Cheese--just thinking about them makes me salivate. I have heard that the Meatball, the Big Dude, and the Turkey are wonderful from various members of my family and someday I may be able to turn my back on my beloved Hot Steak and Cheese and try one (but I'm making no promises)! Quite simply the best sandwiches going!More

Date of visit: March 2014
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Wow, first rate all around! Good, service, great food, clean and good value. Highly recommend this one if you are in the area.

Date of visit: February 2014
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The Sub Station is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4