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Back in 1970 a small “hippie joint” opened its doors in Fullerton to an unsuspecting town. Little did this city know what a trendsetter Rutabegorz restaurant would become. Serving only coffee and desserts in the beginning, Rutabegorz has since evolved into one of Orange County’s favorite health food restaurants. With three locations to meet the needs of its “regulars,” it can sometimes seem as if there are not enough “Ruta’s” to go around.

Along with many vegetarian dishes, Ruta’s also serves white breast of chicken, turkey, albacore tuna and assorted lean deli meats. Our salad dressings are fresh and house made and our condiments are low in fat. As usual, we use only the finest and freshest fruits and vegetables. And, our homemade desserts, well, they’re sinful but oh-so-hard-to-resist and worth the extra cheating!

Our mission has always been to provide our communities with a healthy alternative to traditional restaurant offerings without sacrificing taste. We provide “old school” vegetarian values—lots of fresh and natural foods. We strive to make your experience here positive, and hope you’ll enjoy our unique food, casual atmosphere, and friendly servers.

Remember: You are what you eat from your head to your feet. Don’t be a fast-food junky. You can feel good and energetic while enjoying all that your body needs.

RUTABEGORZ TUSTIN, is housed in a historic building with a neoclassic colonnaded front at the corner or Main and C Streets in “Historic Old Town Tustin.”

Placed on the Register of National Historic Places in 1994, our location was built in 1914 by the son of Columbus Tustin. It is one of the oldest buildings in town. The building first served the community as a general store owned by Charles Artz, and has since been home to many various businesses. During the Depression, the building for a short time even became a classroom for local school kids.

RUTA’S TUSTIN opened its doors in June of 1978. At first, only occupying one half of the building, customer demand and Tustin’s booming population caused us to take over the whole structure.

RUTA’S has been serving the community of Tustin for over 30 years. Long term employees often comment that kids they first saw in high chairs, are now bringing in their husband or wife and their own children!

RUTABEGORZ FULLERTON, the first of three locations, was originally the office and residence of Dr. Olsen, a local well known physician who practiced medicine out of the building for over 40 years. In 1970, it was decided that the town needed a coffee house… a place to hang out and discuss the world’s problems. RUTA’S was born. When it first opened, RUTA’S served only coffee, bagels, ice cream, carrot cake and of course, our famous cheesecake. Business was great and customers demanded more, causing RUTA’S to evolve into today’s full service restaurant.

RUTABEGORZ’ near 47 year history is rich. Once threatened in 1973 to become a parking lot, the faithful Tustin community got together and signed petitions, marched and raised Cain. RUTA’S prevailed!

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158 W. Main Street
Tustin, CA 92780


11:00 am - 9:00 pm  Monday - Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday

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