The SubStation UCR Big dude 5.jpg

Home of the Big Dude

Serving Sandwiches Hot, Cold, and Vegetarian

Family Run × Since 1972

(951) 683-4523


(951) 683-4523


We do a lot more than just French roll subs! Don't run around getting potato salad from the market, sandwiches from us, and plates from somewhere else - We do it all! In one stop, we will take care of your plates, napkins, forks, ice, salads, relish trays and cookies for that finishing touch!


Sandwich Trays

Sandwich Tray*
Our most popular catering item.  Great for office or home parties, partly because there's very little notice. Twenty four 3" pieces of top 5 sellers like turkey and provolone, the Big Dude Italian combo, lean roast beef and cheese, a club sub and some vegetarian, like avocado and cheese with marinated cucumbers, on wheat.  All laid out on a decorative platter with toothpicks and olives ready to eat. Feeds approximately 15

Finger Sandwich Tray
Assortment of bite size delicacies like cream cheese & cucumbers, lean roast beef, turkey & swiss, tuna salad, or avocado & cheese - spread lightly with garlic butter on your choice of breads, sourdough, wheat, marble, or rye. 75 piece tray

18" Ring Bread
French bread shaped and baked in an 18 inch circle, filled with your choice of meat and cheese, lettuce, tomato, and our own "Secret Sauce." Feeds approximately 18


Veggie Trays
Crunchy carrot sticks, cucumbers, black olives, sliced dill pickles, chili peppers, and pepperoncinis, stacked high on a tray with creamy ranch dip in the center - feeds approximately 25-35

Meat & Cheese Platter
Thinly sliced white turkey breast, well done roast beef, American ham, Swiss and provolone cheese - a hearty platter, approximately 7 lbs. Made to feed approximately 25-30


Potato or Macaroni Salads - Delicious!
Recommended feeding - 4 people per lb. - packed in 2 lb. increments.

Great tasting cookie assortment to top off that party. Delicious double chocolate fudge, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter. 
$4.99 doz.

Paper Goods
Price is per setting. Includes sturdy paper plate, 16 oz. cup, napkin, and fork.

Canned Soda
Yes, we do that, too .....comes w/free ice.
$0.99 p/can



Don't be fooled by others ... Our giant party subs are usually a "FULL" "6" wide for maximum feedability and come in sizes 3,4,& 6 foot. All giants are custom made to fit your particular needs because not everyone likes the same meats! Choose whatever you like - At no extra charge! If you are planning a party for 30 people (15 men & 15 women) at an average of 5 persons per foot, we would recommend a 6 foot sub. If you would like 3 different taste combinations, try numbers 6, 18 & 19 from our menu - We will also slice it at no extra charge. Vegetarian? No problem, we can do part of it avocado, cheese & marinated cucumber.


  • 3 ft. - $49.99
  • 4 ft. - $64.99
  • 6 ft. - $99.99

$5.00 Board Deposit on 6 ft only 

Think twice, if you don't have a 6 ft. table, order 2-3 footers
Why? it's the same price and a lot easier to handle! It comes on cardboard so there is no board deposit.

Large SCale Catering

Need to feed 100 or 1,000?  Good! The Sub Station is your "go to" place for large projects.  

We do individually bagged lunches for small projects, or multiple sandwiches packed 20 per case and nicely labelled for your easy distribution.  

Some of our largest projects were with Kaiser Steel back in the day for 3,000 people.  We've done 1800 for the college of Natural Science at UCR.  We've also fed 200 for EZ-UP tents, and most recently Project 900 for a local medical facility. We just finished bagged lunches for a First Responders event at Crestmore Manor, where we did a sandwich, chip, cookie, and a napkin.  

Our stellar reputation for being a "get 'er done." makes us your first call for all your big projects.  Contact Richard for a personal quote.  

Yes, we take company and government purchase orders!


Located across from UC Riverside, The Sub Station has been serving up delicious sandwiches for students and Riverside residents since 1972.

Photos by Carrie Johnson



We seat over 100 people in a casual old school environment with an outdoor filtered patio. We serve great tasting "East Coast style" sub sandwiches,soups, salads and Bottled beer. Our sandwiches start with a fresh Italian roll filled with your choice of meats and cheese, garnished with shredded lettuce, fresh cut tomatoes, seasonings and our signature "Secret Sauce" dressing.

We serve up Hot , Cold and Vegetarian sandwiches. Our Avocado and cheese with marinated cucumbers on the Wheat roll is one of our popular health conscious options. Other healthy options include our  selection of salads. Try our Chicken Garden Salad w/ 7 vegetables, a pair of bread sticks and your choice of Ranch, Italian or Balsamic vinaigrette.

Our "lean" pastrami comes from the eye of the round, a special cut w/ little or no fat, East Coast style, with mustard and a pickle or West coast with lots of veggies on it. Our Meatball sub is in a rich red sauce, with 3 kinds of cheese, red ripe tomato slices, and served on the Italian roll.



(951) 683-4523



3663 Canyon Crest Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507



Mon-Sat 10:30 am–7:45 pm
Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm

Our Story

Richard and his dad building the outdoor patio in 1972

Richard and his dad building the outdoor patio in 1972

Established in 1972



The Sub Station is one of the oldest eateries in the city of Riverside. Founded right here near UCR in 1972 we have a stout reputation for great food, fun and employees. Under the same ownership for 43 years our East coast style subs have remained the same for 4 decades, because of our uncompromising effort and passion for serving great food.

Everything in the restaurant that you see and sit on is original. Every table and bench was built by hand by Richard and his Father.  With a small budget Richard had to rely on all the carpentry experience he gained from his Dad growing up. Today his fathers passion for wood continues to live on through Richard. 

The Sub Station has always been about people.  Our great employees and "you " our loyal old friends and soon to be "new friends".  Come experience the Sub Station...its like coming home!

Meet the Business Owner

Richard M.

Business Owner

Although Richard grew up a "Jersey Boy "  he started college in Colorado and finished by graduating from Chico State up in Northern California. He was immediately drafted and spent 12 months in Vietnam. Upon returning home he grew a bodacious "afro"and shortly thereafter opened The Sub Station along with his college roommate who left the company a year later. Over the last 43 years The Sub Station has become a local favorite and one of the oldest eateries in Riverside.

Richard 2015

Richard 2015

RIchard 1972

RIchard 1972



(951) 683-4523



3663 Canyon Crest Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507



Mon-Sat 10:30 am–7:45 pm
Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm

Come Visit Us!

We are located at 3663 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA. 92507

Substation Wood Texture.jpg

Yelp Love!

Mmm...I sure do love the Big Dudes here! I totally recommend coming here at least once while you’re still at UCR!
— Karen T.
There are two five-star deli-style sandwich shops in Riverside. This is one of them.
— Ronald T.
Ultimately the BEST Sub place I have ever eaten at. I have loved this place since I was a little girl. It was like our family treat when ever we had an eventful day.
— Laura R.
Comparing The Substation to Subway is like comparing Boston deep-dish pizza with a Lean Cuisine microwave pizza. Really.
— Seth W.
The Big Dude is hands down the best sandwich in town!
— Patrick E.
This is where I come if I’m working hard and want to treat myself or get something really special for someone new to the area. And you are supporting a business that supports the students at UCR!
— Letitia P.

Love us? Let us know!

Just add some mayo, mustard, and of course peperoncini to the Big Dude, and it is heaven on Earth!
— Jenn W.
These sandwiches are just wayyyy too addicting! They use very simple ingredients but turn out a phenomenal sandwich.
— Yezi Z.
I must say this place is WAAAAY better than the Subway that is down the street. The staff are really nice and friendly, and they have free wi-fi too!
— Rebecca N.

Meet our Subbers! We have been employing college students for over 43 years.

A learning experience

The Sub Station is more than just a job.  Being family run it has a sense of community.  Teamwork, respect, and responsibility are values that pervade the experience of being a "Subber".  The symbolic relationship between the owner, the valued customer, and the valued staff all work together for a common dining experience and sense of "pride" in your work. 

Lots of fun to be had

The Sub Station is not your average college job. When becoming a Subber you not only get to join our family atmosphere but you get to participate in fun adventures like trips to the lake, camping, employee dinners and many more.  Beyond all the great events you will make everlasting friendships that last a life time.  You may even meet your future husband or wife here. We have been known to produce more than a few weddings over the past 43 years!  


We are always looking for the next generation of Subbers to join our crew. If you are interested in becoming part of our fun team please email your resume to or come visit us and drop one off in person.  We look forward to meeting you soon!





(951) 683-4523



3663 Canyon Crest Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507



Mon-Sat 10:30 am–7:30 pm
Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm