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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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11:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Elk Grove, California
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Pasadena, CA
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99 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This place has a great brunch. Attentive staff and great food. I would absolutely reccommend this place.

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West Hollywood, California
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104 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

A noisy but great dining experience awaits at this popular and established Pasadena eateries.With lots of menu choices, there really is nothing to avoid. Good service and festive environment make this place a fun family dining destination. Two tips: parking lot is not very big, and reservations help cut the wait time. A nice alternative to corporate-owned chains.

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Hong Kong, China
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101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Relaxed and casual atmosphere. Definately Westernised Chinese food, although the Ma Po Tofu and Chicken with Chilli and Cashews was reasonably authentically Cantonese. Food is good though. Portions are large. Service is friendly. Good for unpretentious group dining.

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Thank Valleyone
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was the beginning of Panda Express in Ca area. Nice food and beautiful Chinese restaurant. Service and food are great. I will be back soon. Michael Dergar

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you're in for big serving, go here. The chinese food is okay. Crispy noodles has too much noodles and little gravy to go with it. The chicken and the duck dishes we had look similar except for the sauce. The fried rice is a bit different from the Aussie Chinese Fried Rice, no way near our Aussie standard of... More 

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Sierra Madre, California
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

I pass by The Panda Inn at least once a day.If it's any where near a meal time i'm tempted to stop for either a noodle dish or moo shu pork. The Panda was one of the first Chinese restaurants in the area and has kept it's reputation up all these years. It's big, tables and booths, Chinese decor, take-out... More 

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Arcadia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

Has private rooms for large groups. Was able to handle 10 people with different dietary needs. Good variety of luncheon choices. The meal and service was great.

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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, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?