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161 Washington Avenue Ext, Albany, NY 12205-5601
518-862-9281
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Shellharbour, Australia
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86 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The broccoli and cheese soup was not to my liking, like nacho cheese with a bit of broccoli thrown in. The flatbread was fresh and hot; no salad was included as in the photo - apparently you need to ask for it. the service person was friendly, the Internet was free and working; Lots of parking nearby.

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Rochester, New York
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2,439 reviews
1,619 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 765 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We ate lunch in this restaurant over as busy lunch hour, and the place was packed. I found there was little room for even maneuvering through the place, which was kind of noisy. Service was as good as they could probably get it, considering the masses. I had the Citrus Cashew Chicken Salad, which was acceptable for the lunch. However,... More 

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Outremont
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

We went to Panerra Bread for lunch after our business meeting. Lots of healthy menu items, good seating, very quick and efficient service. We had the chicken and kale salad, and it was healthy and tasty. Lots of parking, easy access off of the freeway, and great choice for a quick lunch.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

The food was good as usual, typical Panera Bread. An located across the street from the Residence Inn.

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Thank ARM2014
Albany, New York
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329 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I do like the menu choices at Panera so I will definitely continue to frequent this chain, but the delivery of food, even when it's not busy, is slow. Food quality is excellent and the new choices are interesting particularly the Grain Arugula Salad with Chicken. Of course, don't miss my favorite, the tomato soup.

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Thank Sheila L
Plattsburgh, New York
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100 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Superb! We went here for a quick bite while at the K1 Electric Go-Karts. The food was 'Delish' and the staff very friendly. As always the prices were reasonable and we enjoyed the Pick Two option. I had the Mediterranean Salad with Broccoli Cheddar soup and was blown away by them both. Just fantastic. It's wonderful to know that your... More 

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Stratford, Canada
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Great for lunch: quick turnaround and healthy food. Getting back to the Inn can be challenging because of the boulevard-style of the separating Washington avenue.

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Thank Stephane P
Long Island, New York
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Tried to order several items and out of stock, but once got substitute thrown together and poor service.

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Thank Raymond P
Montreal
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86 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My partner and I are major Panera fans. Sometimes, we'll eat exclusively at Panera during a visit to the US. He loves the black bean soup and the scones. I love the chicken soup and the loyalty program ("you have a free espresso drink" and "you have a free breakfast sandwich" are always a pleasure to hear). This particular Panera... More 

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Windham, New York
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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

To be fair, this is the first Panera Bread place I've been to. I wasn't impressed. The service was fine, and so was the lemonade and coffee. However, the "Flat Bread Southwestern Chicken Sandwich" was average at best. Kinda like MacDonalds with more hype and higher prices. In short, it was okay, but I think I'd skip this place next... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Soups
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 161 Washington Avenue Ext, Albany, NY 12205-5601
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: 518-862-9281

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?