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166 South Willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38501-3139
(931) 528-5986
Today
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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food... Good value...

They have a good selection of dishes, and the food is always fresh. The prices aren't to bad either. I'm a little biased as this place is a Christmas Day tradition for my family, but it's good any day of the year.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2013
Matthew0027
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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Monterey, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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Nashville, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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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San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Cookeville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Sparta, Tennessee
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86 reviews 86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 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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Cookeville, Tennessee
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35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

They have a good selection of dishes, and the food is always fresh. The prices aren't to bad either. I'm a little biased as this place is a Christmas Day tradition for my family, but it's good any day of the year.

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Monterey, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

This is a great buffet. Perfect for a quick dinner or large parties. We stop here once a month and are very happy with the food and service. The food is good regular Chinese food no surprises. The frog legs ate excellent.

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Hilham, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

GREAT food. They restock the buffet constantly so everything is hot and fresh. Lots of shrimp styles, even crawfish and crab claws sometimes on weekends. Service quick and seamless. Very nice folks. Often very crowded with lots of families because it is one of the best bargains in Cookeville.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised with this (relatively) small town chinese buffet. I've been to some really good ones so I'm always apprehensive when trying a new one. The freshness of the food was the best part, variety was fairly good. The sushi selection is sad but I did enjoy what rolls were available. I've had a lot better for the... More 

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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
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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