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Panda Inn Restaurant

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3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3115 (Rosemead Blvd.)
+1 626-793-7300
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Pasadena, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We dine at the Panda Inn almost every Monday night and it is always very good. Clean crisp feeling, service is always good and the dishes coming out the kitchen fast, hot and very good.

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Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We finally made it to the original Panda Inn. The decor inside it very nice with Chinese artifacts on display. The tables were clean. You could say this is Americanized Mandarin and Sichuan cuisine at its best. The food was very tasty. What is neat about this place is that they have three different sizes of a dish: small, regular... More 

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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have dined at this restaurant numerous times. It was recommended by one of my relatives to try the Sunday Brunch. The hostess sat our party of 6 at a roundtable that is accessible for my grandma. There were several different buffet options to choose from cold appetizers, hot appetizers, hot entrees, create your own soup, and fresh fruits. The... More 

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Thank Matthew Y
Los Angeles, California
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for Chinese American food, the Panda Inn in Pasadena on Foothill will fill the bill. It is a family friendly restaurant with a nice atmosphere and menu appealing to Chinese American palates. Popular dishes are Orange Chicken and Mongolian Beef. There are lunch specials which are very adequate and reasonably priced. The Panda Inn restaurant has... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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690 reviews
370 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not a big fan of their corporate fast food restaurants but I cannot pass up the original location that started it all. The decor is very nice inside and the service is first rate. We ordered a variety of different dishes and they were all delicious except for the salad which I thought was okay. The salad needs... More 

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california, usa
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

first stop the panda pasadena! we got there early and the hostess saw that my husband was on crutches, and immediately let us in, even though they were not yet open. then she brought us water for everyone and little snacks. we waited a few minutes then she took us to a table where she got a prop for my... More 

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Pasadena, California
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118 reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

You wont find many Chinese people at this usually busy place....there are simply far too many places in the general area where you can get much better food, at more reasonable prices, w/o long waits and and iffy service. The food is OK....but certainly more costly than most of the alternatives. The 'happy he' menu is a better alternative here.

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Elk Grove, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

This was a favorite place when I lived in LA 20 years ago and I was excited to revisit. The place was packed at 7pm on a Sunday, which we thought was a good sign. We sat in the bar while waiting for a table, and after 10 minutes, managed to make eye contact and order a cocktail. We were... More 

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Thank Debbie M
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10 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

I have been going to the Panda Inn since it first opened (probably 30 years ago). It started out as truly excellent, though the Chinese food scene then certainly wasn't what it is now. I love Chinese food, as does most of my family. I am not Chinese, but have many close friends who are, who take me to all... More 

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Pasadena, California, United States
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

We have been trying out different Chinese restaurants lately and found ourselves in east Pasadena; decided to give it a try. It is the same family that own Panda Express chain restaurants but is not at all like the fast food places. We had great hot, sweet and sour soup, and one of the best Chinese chicken salads we've had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3115
    (Rosemead Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-793-7300
Description
Panda Inn is the source and original inspiration behind the nationally recognized Panda Express restaurants.
Andrew Cherng and his father, Master Chef Ming Tsai Cherng, opened the first Panda Inn in Pasadena, California in 1973. Their goal was to share the culinary arts of Mandarin and Szechuan cuisines with their local community by emphasizing the Chinese art of balancing tastes and textures to provide a dining experience that delights the senses.
Today, still family-owned with five locations in Southern California, Panda Inn honors over 40 years of heritage and takes great pride in serving delectable cuisine with attentive service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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