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299 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Atascadero, California
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57 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good chicken soup and salad, decent locally made sourdough bread, lackluster grilled wraps, friendly but inattentive staff, be prepared for the bill ($30 for two). I have a food allergy and asked them to NOT put the garlic/mayo spread on the wraps, but there it was anyway. This is typical in SLO county where the staff are friendly but, shall... More 

Thank S S
Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The place is like many other Panera Bread locations and this is what I expected. Excellent fresh breads, soups and variety of tea's. I will go back and have.

Thank Al F
San Luis Obispo County, California
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Love the soup and salad combos. Had the chicken Caesar salad and clam chowder with the bread. The service is also very good, and the place was clean.

Thank traveler2001
Paso Robles, California
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134 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This Panera is just on edge of a large shopping center in SLO and is very convenient. Typical Panera offerings of sandwiches, salads, breads, etc - but the real highlight is the quite nice patio outside, which accommodates a large number of diners. Nice place to eat in the shade and be outside! Also - the service was great! Food... More 

Thank pasowine
Ventura, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Just ate at Panera SLO today trying to break up the long drive from No Cal to So Cal with something a little better than fast food. The food was OK - not great but OK. But there was no one cleaning the tables. Every customer had to clean their own table. I don't mind clearing my dishes but are... More 

Thank Mary M
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

I am a lover of Panera, and this location is often a go-to for me as well as my friends. If you don't know what to get, the Pesto Sacchattini is delicious as well as the Apple Fuji Chicken Salad, and the Mac and Cheese is a creamy no brainer. But I do have some beef with this location. My... More 

Thank imtrulytiff
Happy Valley, Oregon
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We shared a turkey BLT and the bread was fresh and delicious, we also have smoothies that were obviously made of real fruit and the service was stellar

Thank shellijthompson
Goleta, California
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This is the only Panera Bread along U.S. 101 between Santa Maria and Gilroy. It is in a very attractive shopping center in San Luis Obispo (SLO) which draws a lot of CalPoly University students. There are other restaurants in the shopping center if variety is desired.

1 Thank TomSulp
San Jose, California
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Me and my sister went here for a quick snack. A friend of mine gave a gift card so i used it. I ordered brocolli cheddar soup and tuna sandwhich, its good but its not that filling. The place is nice and clean.

Thank Gian Kristian B
Watkinsville, Georgia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

After we ordered our food I went to the restroom. Ew! It was filthy! Then we searched for a clean table, it was joke. We asked a lady to clean the table, she didn't speak, just walked over and wiped it down. Love Panera, the food was good. If we lived in the area though, we would NOT go back!

Thank trishvis

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 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
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 299 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
Recently opened ... probably in the last 6 months +/-?

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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?