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“Greater than the past , Very Good in the present”
Review of Pandora Restaurant

Pandora Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 57 Restaurants in Mount Holly
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Diner
Restaurant details
Medford, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Greater than the past , Very Good in the present”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Old dinner was taken over by Son and fixed the old place up and a new menu, that has you saying your kidding right. The size and selection of foods in the new menu is all most confusing. I went in the diner hungry and had a taste for a certain item. After reading the new menu , I changed my choice, 5 times each time upgrading the choice . I have to admit I would have not stopped but the parking lot was filled. The old trucker rule, if a trucker is parked in front of a place it must be good. Yes I know that rule is not proven to be correct. Walked into a nice diner that now has been opened since October of 2113. The place was packed, I thought oh another wait, but no was seated right away. The server appeared and greeted us, and took our drink order. The cup of soup was like a mini bowl, turkey tortellini was hot but very bland. I kind of wondered why a soup as good as this was bland. Looking around at least satisfied my question. The majority of people in the diner were seniors. Salt and pepper were on the table and it peppered up nicely.
I got stuffed flounder , two nice size potions, again bland but had butter and some spices was tasty. I took the extra home for future meal.

The meal and portions were priced accordingly . All in all travelers on 206 to shore points or coming back from shore will in joy a nice meal , reasonable priced and menu that meets all taste requirements.

  • Visited May 2014
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English first
South Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 396 helpful votes
“I really wanted to like this place, but...”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I really wanted to like this diner. It is just around the corner, the owners live in our neighborhood, and we want to support local businesses in our area. I went for dinner with several friends who have been there in the past and enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to trying it.

The recent renovations gave the diner a much needed facelift. The waitress was friendly, but didn't appear to be very experienced. The menu is enormous with a very large variety of sandwiches, salads, dinner entrees and what piqued my interest was the mini-meals. They were smaller portions of dinner entrees, served with a soup or salad and a vegetable. One of my friends and I ordered the mini-meals, while another friend ordered an omelet and another friend ordered a veggie burger. I point this out because as the waitress explained, only those of us who ordered the mini-meals received bread (ok, like we're not allowed to share with the others at the table). The basket of breads were much more visually appealing than tasty. Another very, very popular diner, Mastoris, a few miles up the road serves the most amazing cheese and cinnamon breads. Don't even try to compete. Their versions of the breads were practically tasteless and stale. The cornbread was average.

While my friends enjoyed their meals, although one friend's chopped steak was medium rare in the center rather than medium well, my lemon pepper chicken was beyond awful. It was supposedly grilled, but came dripping in oil covered in seasoning that tasted like entire salt and pepper shakers had been poured over top. The spices literally burned my mouth and eyes...and I enjoy moderately spicy food. This wasn't spicy, this was putrid. Green beans were over-cooked, wilted and soggy.

The waitress took it back, apologized and asked if I wanted to order something else. All I wanted was bread and water to quell the burning in my mouth. While she removed the meal from the bill, no one from the management came over to apologize or ask what was wrong with the meal. Maybe it's good thing because they are our neighbors, although they don't know us personally.

There are plenty of other diners in the area. Drive a mile south to the Vincentown Diner or a few miles north to Mastoris.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Mom2Boys
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Pemberton
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

What a wonderfully, pleasant surprise. When we went to dinner (a few times), after the opening from remodeling We did not expect the complete and positive turn around in food quality, the meals, so far, have been exceptional, décor, it is now clean and beautiful, and service, from the waitresses to bussing, quick and polite. The owners did an outstanding job of upgrading everything. We look forward to many more visits. Waiting to be seated could use a little work. That is the one area that seems tense and not as organized as it should be. I assume the owner is the gentleman seating guests. He is stoic and does not even respond to "Thank you". A smile costs nothing.The first visit he seated others that entered after our arrival, first. This last visit he did the opposite. He does not organize well. Perhaps a hostess would enhance this area.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Shirley R
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Burlington, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Fabulous diner”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

We have been to Pandora a handful of times since it reopened as it was previously the Esquire Diner (we visited Esquire once and decided never to go back as the food was just ok but the diner needed a serious cleaning and upgrade). Pandora has done a fantastic upgrade! It has a warm, welcoming atmosphere, a fabulous "diner" menu and great service. My family and I love the food and despite the full looking parking lot every time we go, rarely is there a wait, but we wouldn't mind waiting! We've had breakfast, lunch, dinner including salmon and fantastic (yes the Salmon was fabulous at Pandora!). You must try Pandora

  • Visited September 2013
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4 Thank mancini609
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