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3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
+1 626-793-7300
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Ranked #15 of 591 Restaurants in Pasadena
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Rosemead Blvd.
Description: Panda Inn is the source and original inspiration behind the nationally recognized Panda Express restaurants. Andrew Cherng and his father, Master Chef Ming Tsai Cherng, opened the first Panda Inn in Pasadena, California in 1973. Their goal was to share the culinary arts of Mandarin and Szechuan cuisines with their local community by emphasizing the Chinese art of balancing a mixture of tastes and textures in each entree to delights the senses. Today, still family-owned with five locations in Southern California, Panda Inn honors over 40 years of heritage and takes great pride in serving delectable cuisine with attentive service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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English first
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Came here with a large group for a Sunday family brunch. It was very busy and the food was decent . Lots of selection would have liked some more items that weren't so sweet ... And more noodle dishes . It would be nice to have some soup like chicken sweet corn. Overall it was nice and I would recommend... More 

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Suzanne E, Public Relations Manager at Panda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your comments and suggestions about our Sunday Brunch. Please do try our a la carte menu, seasonal menu and lunch menu when you have a chance! Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience. More 

La Puente, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I ordered Cashew Chicken, which came with salad, steamed rice, and egg roll. It was just enough to get me full and it was delicious! Great price... Will come again!

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Suzanne E, Public Relations Manager at Panda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback and your business very much and are so pleased you enjoyed your meal and found it a good value! More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Went there this evening for dinner with the family. We ordered the lettuce wraps for appetizers. Then 4 entrees for the main meal, the honey walnut shrimp is amazing! Ordered a couple of cocktails then 2 deserts to share. The bill came up to $98. The service was great and the atmosphere was nice. My wife and I are going... More 

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Suzanne E, Public Relations Manager at Panda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are pleased you enjoyed your dining experience. I personally highly recommend the sea bass -- good call for your next visit! More 

L.A.
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148 reviews 148 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

When I was a kid there was a little house serving excellent Chinese food standing here. At the time Andrew the owner (still) would come out to the tables and talk to you. Eating there was always a treat and still is. Now it is a big pretty restaurant with several dining rooms, bar and a take-out department. A friend... More 

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Suzanne E, Guest Relations Manager at Panda Inn, responded to this review

Cynthia, thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you are a long-time Panda Inn guest! We appreciate your business very much (especially Andrew and the rest of the Panda Inn staff that have been there for many years!) Thank you again. We hope to see you back soon. More 

West Covina, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

After a couple of years since I've been to the original Panda Inn in Pasadena.I grew up in Pasadena and I have been going there for years, but haven't been back for awhile. So, I went back to try it and bring back great memories. It wasn't quite the same as before, but the quality of the food made up... More 

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Suzanne E, Public Relations Manager at Panda Inn, responded to this review

Joseph, thank you for your review. We appreciate your business and take your feedback very seriously as we are always looking for ways to improve the experience of our guests. More 

Honolulu
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Despite the plethora of Panda Express places throughout Calif and HI, this was a fun restaurant to go back to. Their food is consistently good.

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Suzanne E, Public Relations Manager at Panda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are proud that Panda Inn was the inspiration for the Panda Express stores but appreciate that you enjoyed your visit and your meal. Thanks again. More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We ate at Panda Inn because we enjoy Asian cuisine and it was within walking distance of our hotel. We were pleasantly surprised by the food and the atmosphere and discovered that Panda Inn is not the average Asian food restaurant. Fresh ingredients were used in our Cashew Chicken and there were plenty of fresh vegetables (bok choy, onion, etc)... More 

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Suzanne E, Public Relations Manager at Panda Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are so pleaed you enjoyed your meal and your dining experience! Your feedback and your business are very important to us! More 

Monrovia, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We've been going to Panda Inn in Pasadena for years and they never disappoint! The food is always exceptional. The wait staff is very efficient but they could work on being a little friendlier. Our recommendations are the won ton soup, the pork rib appetizer, the sea bass and the sweet and sour chicken. The portions are generous and there... More 

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Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate your feedback and your business very much! More 

Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Hit this place for dinner. Had the Walnut Honey Shrimp while my friends dined on the Orange Chicken and Broccoli with Beef. Good atmosphere and high quality food. Would stop in again!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This restaurant was clean and family friendly. We loved the Sunday brunch. There was a large assortment of delicious dishes to try, sushi, soups and desserts. Mimosas and mai-tai's were also included. Topped off with white chocolate dipped fortune cookies, we would definitely eat here again.

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Address: 3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone Number: +1 626-793-7300
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Chinese

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