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Panera Bread

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5525 Merle Hay Rd Ste 100, Johnston, IA 50131
+1 515-251-7733
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Johnston, Rhode Island
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's almost always a crowd filling the booths and tables. Many types of pastry are available. Tasteless, as far as I think.

Thank IgorIowa
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48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Johnston Panera is a regular in our breakfast rotation. The interior always appears neat and we have always had great service. Since our primary reason for visiting is breakfast, I cannot comment on the other menu items but the bakery products and breakfast sandwiches are top notch. Great coffee and they take care to keep the dispensers filled. Just... More 

Thank 114bruceb
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Always a favorite, this restaurant maintains high quality standards and is a good stop, day or night.

Thank Jane W
Keosauqua, Iowa
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

The staff and food at Panera in Johnston Iowa are Awesome. The food is well prepared and tasty. The staff are professional and helpful! Love it there!

Thank Kris R
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88 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

One of the best Panera Bread Restaurants we've ever been too! The service was spectacular! The food was better than we've ever had at any Panera Bread! Just a spectacular place to visit!

Thank Alvin H
McKinney, Texas
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408 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

First time at this location, it was a stop on the route from Chicago to Iowa to visit family. Great place for a meal that hits the spot when traveling. The soup and sandwiches always are freah and satisfying. Love the fresh baked cookies, especially the otmeal raisin and monster nut.

Thank Tenishea T
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125 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

we have eaten at Panera Bread locations in many states. On this trip we were on I80 headed west and did not want to stop at a burger joint. We saw the sign for it and drove maybe 1/2 mile north to this location. We got there just before the lunch rush. You can depend on Panera for consistent taste... More 

Thank Ted F
Park City, Utah
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380 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

Love Panera's Rapid Pickup. Fix experience had some bugs but will figure it out. This Panera is easy on/off I-80. Order was ready for pickup on time. One of two sandwiches wasn't prepped properly but we survived.

Thank TumbleweedandCactus
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

Lobby was full. We had planned for take out anyway though. Each had panini or salad and a soup. As expected it was all good. New monster cookie is great also. Call it the 'everything' cookie .....

Thank Jerry U
Des Moines, Iowa
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180 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2016

We were in a bit of a hurry to get to an event. We had approximately an hour to eat & go. Panera always is great food, fast & convenient. 3 of us ate 3 different soups & they were all great. The baguettes are always yummy. Services was fast & good.

Thank Miata P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Soups, Cafe, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5525 Merle Hay Rd Ste 100, Johnston, IA 50131
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-251-7733

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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?