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Pei Wei Asian Diner
Ranked #500 of 718 Restaurants in Pasadena
Cuisines: American, Chinese
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

This is such an excellent concept... and they really aren't doing anything wrong. Service is fast and cheerful; portions are well-sized; prices are fair. The menu is inviting, and the restaurant is clean and orderly and welcoming. Ingredients are fresh and high-quality. And the food is Not Bad. But it should be more, it should be better. The sauces are under-seasoned or spiced. Most of the dishes taste the same. It's all just too bland, too blah to merit repeat visits. I would like to see this company kick out the jams and start serving some Really Good Food. They've got all the game pieces on the board -- the failure is in the courage to execute.

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Reviewed 4 September 2012

The food is good, if you don't mind some corporation's idea of what authentic is. The atmosphere is kind of fast-food like, but the meals are a little more than that, so it's a good choice for something where Mac's isn't enough to impress. In short, there's nothing wrong with this place, but why wouldn't you try a small family-run establishment instead for a more authentic feel?

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Reviewed 13 October 2010

My family and I absolutely love Pei Wei. It is my two children's (3&4) favorite place to eat, along with my own. When my fav dish was disco'd, the manager was kind enough to come up with a substitution that would satisfy my craving, even though it took him two trys - it was a challenge he would not give up on. There is something for everyone and the atmosphere is inviting and comfortable.

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Reviewed 11 December 2009

Nothing special. I think Panda Express is significantly better.

Thank sypder
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Reviewed 17 November 2009

It's a fun place. Kid friendly. you order, get a number, get your own fountain drink, place the number on the table and once an order item is ready they bring it to your table; a mix between sit down dinning and fast food. I like it. Food is consistent.

Thank BradleyMAltadena
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