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Panera Bread

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5525 Merle Hay Rd Ste 100, Johnston, IA 50131-1445
(515) 251-7733
6:00 am - 7:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
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85 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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346 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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104 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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339 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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96 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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
Marquette, Michigan
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71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

We were traveling on I-35 and were happy to see the Panera sign. It is always a dependable place for reasonably health, semi- fast food. This location did not disappoint. Good service and food, as usual.

Thank Snowshoemqt
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

very similar to other stores in the décor. The soups are the best around. The sandwiches are good but not great. The service is like any other fast food restaurant and is usually only done on ordering. but I like the half sandwich and soup combo. Food comes out fairly quickly.

Thank garyv1955
Iowa City, Iowa
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117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Panera Bread is one of our favorite places to eat because of the menu with healthy options. I ordered a Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread panini, but they screwed up my order, giving me a veggie sandwich instead. I took it back and they made the correct sandwich, and let me have the veggie too! The coffee was fresh and the black... More 

Thank B P
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We had an opportunity to eat here twice while in town. The food and service were excellent. We highly recommend this location!!

Thank Clark P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Soups, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
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 50131-1445
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: (515) 251-7733

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