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Panera Bread

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540 East Betterravia Road, Santa Maria, CA
(805) 349-9800
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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273 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Close to the US-101 freeway, this location is in a outdoor strip mall. The place was clean and the service was good. No complaints, except for the extremely slow Wi-Fi (0.6 mbps down, 0.4 mbps up speeds). It's free, so you can't complain too much!

Thank cohoman
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Every single time i come to this Panera they never have the bread my sandwich is supposed to be on. How do you not have a plethora of breads at 9am!!!??? Worst Panera i have ever been to and I Travel all the time and visit different Paneras this is by far the worst.

Thank ServerLife1738
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Hey, it's Panera! Not gourmet fare, but a certain level of decency is expected, right? Nope! Steak sandwich ordered with grilled onions, got back to the hotel to find they adorned it with marinated red onions which were just plain sweet, nasty, and unappealing. Okay, maybe the Greek salad would save the day...alas, iceberg junk with a sprinkle of feta,... More 

Thank luminaire1
Santa Maria, California
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

I only dropped in for a couple loaves of bread. The service was still cheerful and efficient. Even when I don't want anything but some bread, I still get a nice feeling here and good service. Keeps me coming back.

Thank LadyFree2B
Littleton, Colorado, United States
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This place had no clean silverware and the one spoon they gave us with FILTHY. The plastice ware is ridiculous but either guests steal it for their own, or there is something going on...I hate paying these prices and then getting plasticware when eating in. I get that CA has no water, but then why serve my food in dishes... More 

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163 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Fresh food and friendly staff. The price is ok for what you get. I prefer the soup in a bread bowl and the tasty salads!! Yummmiiii!

Thank Valerie H
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252 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Panera Bread is a favorite place to eat and the qualiity of the food across the chain is very consistent. The sandwiches are fresh and the ingredients are top notch. The food is tasty and the chocolate chip cookies are messy, but worth the mess.

Thank geotech522
Santa Maria, California
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This particular outlet of the Franchise is a model of what this chain presents. Food is always good. Preparation is prompt, ingredients are fresh, service workers are friendly and efficient. They have free wi-fi. No rush is made to hurry customers out of the restaurant, which is clean and well-maintained. Nice bakery too. You can get additional "deals" if you... More 

Thank Edward S
Santa Maria, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The price a little high but such variety and good food. Breakfast, lunch or dinner items. Comfy seating also has tables n chairs outside.

Thank Carey R
Glendora, California, United States
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60 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I always like Panera Bread and drove out of my way to get to this one, but it was well worth it. Very trendy and stylish interior, excellent food and terrific service. I love their french onion soup in a bread bowl.

Thank kewlbreezes51

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, Soups, American
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: 540 East Betterravia Road, Santa Maria, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Maria
  • Phone Number: (805) 349-9800

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