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166 South Willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38501-3139
(931) 528-5986
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10:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Tasty Buffet

I have been to the Panda Garden in Cookeville, TN many times. I mostly eat in but occasionally I get a to go box. They have a good variety of items and they even have a few sushi items. I would put this buffet up against most any Chinese buffet as it is very good! If you are in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2015
TnOakTree
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I have been to the Panda Garden in Cookeville, TN many times. I mostly eat in but occasionally I get a to go box. They have a good variety of items and they even have a few sushi items. I would put this buffet up against most any Chinese buffet as it is very good! If you are in the... More 

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Thank TnOakTree
Cookeville
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

In my opinion, this is the best Chinese restaurant in Cookeville! There are others that try to copy but fall way short of the mark.

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Thank Michael P
Sevierville
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Big variety of standard Chinese food, usually always fresh, staff is always friendly, place always clean, and reasonably priced. Would give them 4 stars but it's always so hot inside in the summer, hard to enjoy meal while sweating.

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Thank HillbillyTrucker
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

For the price, its a good value. Cookeville is hardly the best place for Chinese buffets, but this is one that is quite acceptable, not great, but acceptable. The wait service was fast and there is a small selection of sushi items.

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Thank CherokeeMan
Monterey, Tennessee
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

For the best Chinese food in the Cookeville area, head over to Panda Garden Buffet. Great price, Great service, and a friendly atmosphere!

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Thank Ronnie P
Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I lived in Nashville for 20 yrs before moving to Cookeville less than a yr ago and I've eaten at Panda Garden probably 40 times. It is consistently the best buffet Chinese in Cookeville and actually better than any in Nashville. The fried zucchini are one of the best things I've ever eaten.

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Thank David S
San Antonio, Texas
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We were traveling thru Tennesee and the wife wanted chinese. Asked the local cop for a reference. Panda Garden. The food was plentiful and cheap, for a reason. It is a buffet, so what do you expect? Anyway, wife orders off the menu.....wonton soup, cold and served in a plastic container. Could not chew the wontons, the soup was the... More 

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Thank David M
Cookeville, Tennessee
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Panda Garden located on Willow Ave in Cookeville is one of the best restaurants in town . Large selection, always clean and well stocked buffet. The staff is friendly and prices are reasonable.

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Thank DonnaPierceBurnsides
Sparta, Tennessee
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130 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This establishment used to produce better buffet style food. It is a good place to visit for the value, but not something you write home to Momma about. They need to have fresher food and then I think they would be above average.

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Thank cheesepleeze
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Panda Garden has the best Chinese food in Cookeville. The buffet has many items including many seafood selections. The spring rolls are excellent. The sweet and sour chicken is very good as well. I often order take out from here and it's always promptly ready. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 166 South Willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38501-3139
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Cookeville
  • Phone Number: (931) 528-5986

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?