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“You can never go wrong with Panera” 4 of 5 stars
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Panera Bread
3 Shining Willow Way, La Plata, MD 20646
(301)934-8204
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Ranked #8 of 52 Restaurants in La Plata
Cuisines: American
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Waldorf, Maryland
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“You can never go wrong with Panera”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Panera offers a great menu and atmosphere for alone time, with free WiFi or time with friends or family. The fireplace is always a warm welcome with outdoor seating on nice days. The menu changes often to bring new sandwich, soup, or salad selections.

Visited January 2013
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maryland
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118 reviews 118 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Consistently Good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I don't get to Panera Bread often, because there isn't one close to me, but I dropped in this location for some take-out, and as usual, it was a pleasure. From the taking of my order, the check-out, to the picking up my food - no complaints here. I just finished some chicken soup, 1/2 turkey sandwich, and carrot cake cupcake - it's probably a good thing there isn't one closer to me!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent Specialty Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

I love good bread. I have made many, many loaves from scratch. Before children, I kept a sourdough starter alive for over a year. Panera makes very good bread.

Not all Panera Bread locations are the same. I especially like the one in La Plata, MD. They serve soup, sandwiches and wicked deserts. My wife and I shared a bread-bowl of French onion soup. The bowl was a scooped out loaf of sourdough bread. Not only was the bread delicious, but the soup was excellent, as well. Their sandwiches are made to order, except for Paninis during the lunch time rush, which are assembled a little ahead of time and grilled after they are ordered.

The dining room is large, but it has a cozy feel to it. The décor is warm but subtle. The space is divided by panels that seem to be placed randomly. The effect is to create smaller areas, but not separate rooms. There is even a space with large upholstered chairs to relax in and use their wi-fi to catch up on your email, or stock portfolio, or whatever.

What really sets this location apart is its friendly staff. They give their customers as much attention as they need. They are happy to answer questions. What's more, they obviously like each other. The manager, Eileen, places a lot of importance on an upbeat and welcoming atmosphere. That makes a big difference.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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