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Panera Bread

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23592 Rockfield Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1751
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Newport Beach
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here only because it's near my office. Ordered a chicken Caesar to go....the lettuce was wilted, croutons were stale (and not in a "good" way like they should be), chicken was so-so and dressing was similar to something from a store bought jar. A place known for its bread should have in-house made croutons (these CLEARLY were not).... More 

Thank OCDoc
Irvine, California
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90 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

This is a newly renovated Panera. As you know, this is a self-service restaurant, so do not expect miracles, but the food is good.

Thank Christopher M
Irvine, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

I feel the staff are lazy and get irritated if you are unsure of what to order. The tables are not bussed promptly and you have to wait for a table. They are often out of food items ~ poor inventory control.

Thank Catherine B
Anaheim, California
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

I had the creamiest broccoli soup and the best Turkey with cranberry sandwich. They have the best aroma tastiest tea collection. it's very spacious perfect for big office party meeting. very clean facilities and friendly staff. They're experts in baking the tastiest bread.

Thank highopemom1
Newport Beach
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016

This location moved to a newly constructed restaurant just yards away from the old one (old location is marked as a new IHOP - yet to open). The new building has a drive thru, which is cool. I found this Panera to be very busy and somewhat understaffed on the morning I was there. It was, however, Bagel Tuesday, so... More 

Thank Carlene P
Lake Forest, California
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2016

Went with family to enjoy mid-week lunch at newer place. Ordered chicken sandwich (Frontega Chicken Panini). Ate half and noticed that the chicken had raw looking areas(yuck!). Went to the food passer at kitchen window- was told: " looks like it's cooked to me; that's what dark meat chicken looks like!" Really? This was supposed to be a chicken breast.... More 

Thank joes1914
Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

Nice sandwiches and birthday treat. Lots of construction in business area but accessible. Got takeout for busy class session.

Thank Kay O
Mission Viejo, California
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231 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2016

Not really cheap and the food is about as average as youcan get. Some of their baked goods are decent, but in geneal, why go here?

Thank Richard V
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

We had a great time in the Panera Bread in Lake Forest. Free wifi, Tasty bread and coffee. We enjoyed there.

Thank Mahimai
Laguna Woods, California
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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2015

I wait for the Fall menu to come around. The Autumn Squash Soup is just great. I also enjoy the Turkey Chili it is thick and filling. The bakery items are on display and are delicious. I like the pick two menu that allows for soup and half a flatbread sandwich. This is really a good healthy place to eat.

Thank Vince F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Soups, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23592 Rockfield Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1751
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: 949-380-9910

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