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“Usually excellent but sometimes not so....” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Panera Bread

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Panera Bread
Ranked #15 of 305 Restaurants in Concord
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: American, Soups
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pleasant Hill, California
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103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Usually excellent but sometimes not so....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2012

We have patronized Panera at the Willows Shopping Center in Concord, CA, ever since they opened and we have usually been pleased with the variety of soups, salads, and paninis. Our favorite is the Thai Chicken Salad, with generous portions of chicken, edamame beans, greens, and a spicy light dressing. Potato soup is wonderful but seems to be on the menu only on Saturdays. A few weeks ago, we invited our good friends to have a light dinner there and sadly, we were all very disappointed. My turkey artichoke panini was scorched on the bottom with very little filling and my husband's soup bowl was only half full and barely warm. Our friends commented on the small portions and lack of flavor for the soups. Restaurant is upscale in appearance but the temperature was really cold, air conditioners blowing on a cold night. We changed tables because the back of the restaurant was freezing cold. When we commented to the server, he dismissed our discomfort by saying that it was always cold back there. Prices are a little high for soup/salad/sandwich fare but the hot mochas are great and excellent variety of baked goods are tempting. Panera needs more quality control of their menu items.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Fort Worth, Texas
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Quick Bite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

We stopped in for a quick bite while we were in town. Great food great service. The meal was a little on the pricey side for the amount of food you be but over all good quality.

Visited July 2012
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Plainview, New York
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent Breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2012

First time I ever ate breakfast at Panera. Breakfast was included in out hotel but we felt like a change. Bacon and egg on a cinnamon bagel- excellent! I've always felt Panera was "okay" for lunch, but this was really good.

Visited August 2012
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“great for quick eats or...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2008

great for quick eats or extended lunches, with something for everybody... great paninis and salads!

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“Some things are excellent like the breakfast souffle, while others are just plain ordinary like the paninnis.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2008

Some things are excellent like the breakfast souffle, while others are just plain ordinary like the paninnis.

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