If there’s a vegan reuben on a menu, I have no choice but to order it. While I have sampled reubens at many stops along the way, here are 8 vegan reuben sandwiches from restaurants across the United States that you won’t want to miss.
This reuben round-up includes sandwiches from California, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Vegan reubens consist of an intoxicating mix of sauerkraut, creamy dressing, and a briny, toothsome filling. That filling can be seitan, tofu, tempeh, Soy Curls, even jackfruit.
I often make reuben sandwiches & dishes at home (like this reuben-inspired nourish bowl.) And when I travel, a vegan reuben is a standard order whenever I see it on a restaurant menu.
If you share a similar passion, you’ll want to check out this vegan reuben round-up from restaurants around North America. And if there’s a reuben you love that’s not on the list, please let me know in the comments!
(The sandwiches below are in no particular order. My favorite vegan reuben is always the one that’s right in front of me.)
Follow Your Heart – Canoga Park, California
The vegan reuben at Follow Your Heart is the sandwich that ignited my passion for them.
Yes, that’s the same Follow Your Heart that makes Vegenaise, salad dressing, and non-dairy cheese.
Before they became a distributor of plant-based foods, they were a café in Canoga Park. The café & grocery store that started it all is still there today.
When I first went vegetarian, Follow Your Heart was a weekly destination.
First, I’d feast on the seitan reuben in their café at the back of the grocery store. Then I’d buy all of the ingredients to make my own at home using their cookbook.
This sandwich is perfection in its simplicity – seitan made in house, a generous layer of sauerkraut, dressing made with their very own Vegenaise, and a pickle on top. Vegans have a choice of Follow Your Heart cheese or cottage style tofu.
It may not be as flashy as some of the other sandwiches on this list, but hot damn, it’s good.
The Chicago Diner – Chicago, Illinois
The Chicago Diner is synonymous with its reuben. It’s the sandwich for which this 38-year-old eatery is known.
The paper-thin slices of seitan are marinated in a mixture of spices, pickle juice, and beet juice for mouth-puckering flavor. It’s then topped in sauerkraut, dressing, grilled peppers and onions.
It’s finished with a generous helping of melty non-dairy cheese on marbled rye.
This sandwich is my first stop whenever I’m exploring vegan food in Chicago. And I’m sure I’m not alone in that.
Don’t have any plans to visit Chicago? No worries!
You can make their vegan reuben sandwich recipe at home. It’s the official recipe from their cookbook!
Locali – Southern California
Locali is a small convenience store and deli with multiple locations in Southern California.
They serve a flavorful reuben sandwich, overflowing with tofu deli slices, vegan cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye.
And side note, if you’re there at breakfast, the Badass Breakfast Sandwich is legendary.
Champs Diner – Brooklyn, New York
Champs Diner in Brooklyn has a classic diner aesthetic & menu to match.
They serve up comfort foods aplenty, including a flavorful seitan reuben.
It is stuffed with grilled seitan, sauerkraut, melty cheese, and Russian dressing on toasted marbled rye. It’s a hearty sandwich that goes down delightfully well.
To see the other things I ate while I was there (including vegan mozzarella sticks!), check out this post on Champs Diner.
Bean Vegan Cuisine – Charlotte, North Carolina
They also deliver a very tempting reuben. It’s topped with thinly sliced house made seitan, melted Daiya mozzarella, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing.
The folks at Bean don’t skimp on the toppings. That makes this reuben all comfort food pleasure.
Plum Bistro – Seattle, Washington
Plum Bistro in Seattle is on the fancier end of the dining spectrum. It’s an intimate dining space with large windows along one wall.
This reuben at Plum Bistro is topped with their own house-made tofu pastrami, pickled purple cabbage, and thousand island dressing. What really takes it to the next level is the layering of melted vegan cheese inside.
(To see everything I ate while I was there, check out this post on Vegan Seattle.)
On The Bus – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
On The Bus is an all-vegan spot inside of the Milwaukee Public Market. They have sandwiches, burgers, ice cream, and of course, a delicious reuben…
You order at the counter, and then take your food to a public table for dining. They have both indoor & outdoor seating available.
This corned beef-style seitan sandwich is stacked with sauerkraut, aged vegan cheddar, and Russian dressing on toasted rye.
(Check out this post on vegan Milwaukee for more highlights!)
Pig Minds Brewing – Machesney Park, Illinois
Pig Minds Brewing is a brewery & vegan comfort food restaurant.
Get a flight of beer with a side of nachos, wingz, sandwiches, tacos, and a mouthwatering seitan reuben.
The reuben is made with thinly sliced seitan and sauerkraut that is made in house. It’s finished with Thousand Island dressing on light rye.
Check out my full review of Pig Minds for more tempting menu items.
Is your favorite vegan reuben on this list? Tell me all about your top pick in the comments.
Content and photos updated November 24, 2021 to add Pig Minds & On The Bus, as well as remove reubens that are no longer available. Originally published April 7, 2015.