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3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 (Rosemead Blvd.)
626 793 7300
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Panda Inn is the source and original inspiration behind the nationally...
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 tastes and textures to provide a dining experience that 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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  • 9
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
good menu and food

always good and there are several things i like to choose from everyone there has been there a long time and the wait staff is attentive

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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glendora, ca
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  • Special occasions
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glendora, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

always good and there are several things i like to choose from everyone there has been there a long time and the wait staff is attentive

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Orange, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

The food is great and the atmosphere is exactly what you would expect from any restaurant that calls themselves "fine dining." But my favorite part of my meal was the muddled fruit tea. I had berry but they had a few different options. I had to go back just to try another kind. It was fabulous. Hint: be sure to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We were invited for dinner for a reunion of friends who traveled to Maui a few months earlier. We were hoping for another choice of restaurant but we were surprised by how great the culinary experience would be. The food was plentiful and was delicious. The ingredients were fresh. The veggies were green! We had beef, chicken, shrimp and some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We had everything, even the duck! Too much food, we had to take it home! But it took us a very long time to find parking, it was a nightmare. Can't eat if we can't get in, we all parked blocks away.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Enjoyed this stay with some close friends. The food was very tasty although the service was a little on the slow side. In their defense, the restaurant was completely full and very busy. We especially enjoyed the dry chow fun noodles with beef and the orange chicken which was a tad spicy (sichuan style)...very tasty. A fun treat was the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Great place for a large group of people. Food is mediocre by Chinese food standards but it is Chinese food. Limited wine selection but there is a decent bar. They do offer both white and brown rice with the entrees which is a great and have these wonderful white chocolate dipped fortune cookies.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Good service, a varied menu. Staff was willing to accommodate one of us with a gluten free diet and another in a wheel chair. Food was fresh and authentic Chinese.

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L.A.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is so sad, I have been coming here since it was in a little house 40 years ago. It has been thru many changes all improvements until now. It used to be a good place for a special dinner with great dishes. We went for dinner on a week day, it was packed...kids running all over, babies crying, people... More 

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Ridgefield, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

we did take out. I'd heard great things. It was good, but perhaps expectations were too high. Had cashew chicken, spring rolls, broccoli beef, pork fried rice. I would order it again. Price is $10-$14 per dish.

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

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

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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 Restaurant, 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 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
    (Rosemead Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626 793 7300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions

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 tastes and textures to provide a dining experience that 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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