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1007 Bower Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29212-3705
803-407-5773
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Paner bread back on our quick meals list

we had not been to Panera bread for a few months but stoppe din on impulse. My wife tried the new Turkey and apple sandwich and I had a half of the same with fall squash soup. it was surprisingly good. The staff was more with it than last time and service was good and the restaurant clean and neat.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 10, 2015
Edward S
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Lexington, South Carolina
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Lexington, South Carolina
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188 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

we had not been to Panera bread for a few months but stoppe din on impulse. My wife tried the new Turkey and apple sandwich and I had a half of the same with fall squash soup. it was surprisingly good. The staff was more with it than last time and service was good and the restaurant clean and neat.

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Thank Edward S
Columbia, Maryland
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277 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I stopped for lunch while on a business trip to Columbia. They took my order right away and the food cameout quickly. It was excellent. I had a pleasant quiet dinner which is exactly what I wanted.

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Taylors, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We have stopped here frequently over the years as we travel I-26. I don't think we have ever had a good experience there, but we love Panera in general so we keep trying. There seems to be a dismal lack of training for the employees. They cannot get an order right, make change properly, and especially NEVER make an espresso... More 

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Thank Tuckersnana
Philadelphia
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Experienced great service and delicious food for my couple visits while I was in Columbia. Panera Bread is my favorite when traveling. It's a great treat and reasonable. Plus I love their dark roast coffee. I want to mention Kevin who was awesome. Thanks for another great experience!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

I stood in the store for 18 minutes waiting for my online pick up order that was not ready. They were not at all busy and everyone working there worked with no sense of urgency.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

I came after rush hours for a late lunch around 2pm because is was the closest thing I liked in the area I was. First the line was front the cash register until the door. I don't know if the people before where ordering a lot of food or the person in the cash register is new but it was... More 

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Thank Robles T
Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We have dined at Panera restaurants many times but this one was one of the best. It is located adjacent to a large shopping center. Two of us had soufflé's and two others bagel sandwiches. We also had pecan braids and a blueberry muffin which were fresh. The meals were prepared quickly and were very good. This is a large... More 

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Thank Joe H
Orangeburg, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Yes this would be a 5 star review except for the menu prices which I always find a bit high. Yes the food is excellent, the quality always good, the selections diverse and tasty. No one can argue about their baked goods or their fresh bread. The staff is well trained and friendly. The establishment is always clean and well... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

Food was very good. Ordered bbq salad and a half turkey panini. Tasty! We had a big group and they allowed us to use the meeting with no notice due to it being empty. They even brought us our food. Freindly staff.

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Thank danda84
Lexington, South Carolina
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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

this past week we stopped in to Panera bread. The menu has improved since our last visit to a Panera Bread in Florida. It is much less salty. My wife has to watch her sodium intake. We had a steak and cheese on a chiabtta bread and I also had an onion soup which was flavorful without being salty. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1007 Bower Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29212-3705
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 803-407-5773

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen

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