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166 South Willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38501-3139
(931) 528-5986
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10:30 am - 10:30 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

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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
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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Sevierville
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

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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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 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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Monterey, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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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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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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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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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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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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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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