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Panera Bread

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309 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010
+1 515-956-4580
06:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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Ames, Iowa
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Panera has two redeeming qualities - the baguettes and the cookies. Everything else is cr*p. First, it's always dirty. I don't mean just tables that just need to be wiped (they need a good scrubbing) but it's that level of longterm grubbiness of fingerprints, grease, and in need of a long overdue deep clean. Today, my pasta at was over-microwaved... More 

Thank bugs4cy
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I stop often for breakfast and coffee. I love their light roast but it's almost always out between 8:30-9am. Sadly, when you tell an employee it often seems to be bother. Many times there will be a crowd around the coffee station just waiting to get their brew. The coffee station often seems dirty and very unkept. A little attention... More 

1 Thank ElliottThompson
Des Moines, Iowa
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585 reviews
536 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

These are fabulous. Even better when hazelnut cream cheese is applied. A bit pricey, but well worth it for this bagel. Clean place, friendly staff. MarcyDiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

Thank init4keeps
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

I always love Panera's and this one was no different. I had the turkey chili and turkey cranberry panini. The food was great!

Thank MiriLemon
Piracicaba, SP
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130 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

I used to frequently visited Panera bread with my wife when we were staying at riverbirch apartment from April 2013-August, 2013. The main reason behind our frequent bust was their delicious broccoli and cheddar soup. I used to think it's a pure vegetarian soup, but recently I discovered they use Chicken broth to make it. They have a nice variety... More 

Thank sehgal01
Des Moines, Iowa
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

WE used to frequent Panera frequently even though it is pricey because they had great food. Now we never go there. The portions of soup have really shrunk and the sandwiches now are nothing special. Seems to be a place for upscale college girls to hang out. It used to be you couldn't find a parking spot. Now the lot... More 

Thank constanttravelerrph
Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Im a University of Colorado cheerleader and our team stopped at this Panera Bread on our way to cheer camp in Wisconsin. They had such grace when about 70 people all swarmed in at once early in the morning. I left my wallet (with cash in it) in Iowa and the staff went out of their way to contact me... More 

Thank bissanih
Ames, Iowa
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

After being released from the hospital, my friends brought me this delicious soup, tasty tuna sandwich, and a super HARD bread that I could NOT bite into. Tore it apart to eat the soft part only; birds enjoyed the rest of the bread.

Des Moines, Iowa
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585 reviews
536 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff, clean. The cinnamon crunch bagels are wonderful. The broth bowls are very pricey. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

Thank init4keeps
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Shared a sandwich and salad with my wife. Was excellent. Fast service and great atmosphere for lunch.

Thank Karen K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
American, Cafe, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-956-4580

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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?