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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
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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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016

Being half Chinese we know good Chinese food and when traveling in most parts of the country it is becoming increasingly hard to find really good Chinese food. We have visited this restaurant every time we are in the area and it is always excellent, the food, the service and the ambiance.

Thank frankw561
Seattle, Washington
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92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

I would go elsewhere if you're looking for excellent Chinese food as Panda Inn is overpriced and only okay. You're in a city with lots of wonderful Chinese food nearby - eat at a smaller place, not a chain!

Thank wideawake02
Murrieta, California
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Definitely make reservations if you're going to dine on a weekend, and be sure to request a booth when you do. (A few private dining rooms are available upon special request.) The Upside Down Noodles and Honey Walnut Shrimp were superb! Service was also excellent... DGB

Thank ChaplainDan
Pasadena, California
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429 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2015

It may take a while for your order to arrive (especially if you stop in for take-out), but the flavor of gourmet authentic Chinese food that is not drenched in soy sauce or salt is worth the wait. Many menu items can be customized for different diets: low salt, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, so be sure to communicate what you want/need... More 

Thank Ray Q
Pasadena, California
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143 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015

This is THE place for upscale Chinese food in Pasadena. The atmosphere is just right and upscale. All the dishes that I have tried are very good. Good place for a large group or party. They have private dining rooms.

Thank TerrywHamilton
Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015

Had the wanton soup and the tea-smoked duck. Both were delicious. My dining mate had the moo shu chicken, which he liked. Definitely will be back.

Thank Tristan20AAA
Los Angeles, California
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

Very noisy Sunday buffet brunch. Items include: some sushi; Chinese style soup made to order; numerous deep fried items: fish, pork, chicken all smothered in very heavy sauces; mostly everything has been sweetened with the same sauce so it all tastes the same; small side dish items, (didn't know what they were, no signs); some dessert. Service was fair. For... More 

Thank Kumonski
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A good place if you want some cuisine that reminiscent of Asian flavor but don't want to be adventurous. My to go order usually consist of hot and sour soup, Panda beef ( their version of less fiery Hunan beef) , and some chicken or vegetable fish. Recently they added some new dishes inspired by Schezuan cuisine like shredded spicy... More 

Thank Argonaut72
Los Angeles, California
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215 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Several of my high school friends chose this restaurant for a get-together lunch meeting to plan our next high school reunion. The service was prompt, the food was delicious and there was a pleasing ambiance in the private dining room we were assigned. This was our second meeting at this restaurant and the service was just as good as the... More 

Thank cgmeigs
glendora, ca
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401 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

i've been going there for ages as my aunt introduced me to it while i was at the university there is a big menu with lots of choices you can always find something you like too many choices that i want the service is fast and the waiters knowledgable

Thank brittGlendora_Ca

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?