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“You can sit there all day!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Panera Bread

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Panera Bread
Ranked #313 of 623 Restaurants in Cambridge
Cuisines: Cafe, Soups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Seating
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“You can sit there all day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

A few steps from the Porter Square subway station lies an excellent place to grab a beverage (free refills) and do whatever. They have a full basement, outdoor seating, and ground level seating. Free wifi. Clean bathrooms. Delicious pastries, sandwiches, and large salads. And you can literally study there all day, play board games, or do whatever. (I even took a 5 hour long timed practice test, the mcat, there without trouble.) They have great air conditioning so bring an extra shirt or jacket just to be safe. Lots of professionals, professors, and reasonably mature college students. The Korean meetup group, tutors, and a knitting club occasionally meet at Panera.

About the neighborhood, Panera is right next to a Dunkin Donuts and you can bring coffee from Dunkin Donuts as long as you also purchase something at Panera as well. There's a 24 hour Shaws, a 24 hour CVS, and some gyms right there as well.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Kevin7898
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  • English first
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  • Portuguese first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Free Refills, Air Conditioning, Full Basement, Studying, Good Cause, Free Wifi, Close to train”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

They offer free refills on soda and iced tea. They have a wonderful basement with air conditioning great for studying and informal meetings. Free Wifi. Steps away from the Porter Square train stop.

The pastries are delicious. The pastries are made fresh every day because Panera donates leftovers to homeless shelters after they close in the evenings.

The employees and atmosphere are pleasant. This is an appropriate place for students, families, children, business, etc. There are restrooms in the basement.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter W
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Boston, Massachusetts
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393 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“A great place to relax and read/study”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2011

This is a new branch in the middle of porter sq.
Free parking up to 2h, but it is also right next to the “T” (red line).
The place is specious and they have a whole lower floor with sofas and tables.
Been there twice and always had a place to sit.
Free Wi-Fi and AC for your laptop.
The menu is the regular for Panera – simple, not too expensive and tasty.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank adventix
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