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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, United States
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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157 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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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149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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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La Canada Flintridge, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

We have been enjoying Panda Inn since we moved to the San Gabriel Valley in 1978. Originally we frequented their Glendale location, but after a few years transitioned to Pasadena. Our travels have taken us to many cities known for excellent Chinese cuisine, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, San Francisco, New York City, Sydney and Vancouver. Yet in spite... More 

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

After going to the Glendale location many times long ago, finally paid a visit to the original Panda Inn. Came here at 5 on a Sunday and it was already busy. Had to park way in the back. Still had to wait for a table. I was originally told that I wouldn't need a reservation. Another patron that was there... 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, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Private Dining, 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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