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Panera Bread

1007 Bower Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29212-3705
803-407-5773
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Ranked #333 of 827 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Bakery, Delicatessen
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- Aug 6, 2014
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English first
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

$20 for a lunch for 2 half/half soup and sandwich. Soup always cold and very little meat on sndwich. Sweet tea ALWAYS out and have to wait. desserts are only a dollar but not covered and hard. Sides are apple/hard chips/hard bread..not great for anyone with braces. Most customers in there to use computers.

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Irmo, SC
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87 reviews 87 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I generally avoid rating these chain restaurants - you either like what they have or you don't and getting consistent food from location to location is part of the offering. I am a frequent visitor to this location and I have noted they struggle some with the consistency. I tend to order items from the menu with an ingrediant ommitted... More

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Columbia, SC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Fresh preparation of tasty food. Their selection is broad, yet almost personal because my meal seemed personalized.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Great food, fast service. I really like Panera Bread. They have a very consistent menu. You can get a great sandwich or fanstastic soup and salad.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

I travel a lot for work and can always count on Panera's consistency and cleanliness. This location was a disappointment. I went in at 7:30 for some soup and Acai Berry Iced Tea. They were out of both. The restaurant was dirty. This is definitely not your typical Panera, unfortunately.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

I ate at many Panera locations and this one is as good as all of them. The service is friendly and the food delicious. This is a great location, close to the mall and tons of shopping plazas. Great place to take a break from shopping.

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Lexington, SC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This is a salad of green Romaine lettuce with real chicken (not formed), blueberries, strawberries and a "to-die-for" Poppyseed dressing that is light and refreshing. I did a 1/2 sandwich 1/2 salad combo and the amount of the salad was more than enough. The only negative is the 1/2 sandwich that I ordered (Cafe Sandwich Smoked Turkey) was very lackluster... More

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124 reviews 124 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

great soups, salads, sandwiches....quick, friendly service...also great bakery items

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Galax, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

You can always count on good service and great food, love the tomato soup!!!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

That's a sad commentary, but it's true. Soups are good; it's a great place for a leisurely lunch or a casual soup/salad/sand light supper.Free WiFi a bonus.

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