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Panda Inn Restaurant

3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3115
+1 626-793-7300
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good27%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (5 reviews)
“noodles” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:30All hours
Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3115
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11 - 20 of 96 reviews

Reviewed 28 November 2016

We have been trying out different Chinese restaurants lately and found ourselves in east Pasadena; decided to give it a try. It is the same family that own Panda Express chain restaurants but is not at all like the fast food places. We had great...More

Thank martha6262014
Reviewed 2 November 2016

This place has a great brunch. Attentive staff and great food. I would absolutely reccommend this place.

Thank debPasadena_CA
Reviewed 1 September 2016

A noisy but great dining experience awaits at this popular and established Pasadena eateries.With lots of menu choices, there really is nothing to avoid. Good service and festive environment make this place a fun family dining destination. Two tips: parking lot is not very big,...More

Thank Stan D
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Relaxed and casual atmosphere. Definately Westernised Chinese food, although the Ma Po Tofu and Chicken with Chilli and Cashews was reasonably authentically Cantonese. Food is good though. Portions are large. Service is friendly. Good for unpretentious group dining.

Thank Valleyone
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was the beginning of Panda Express in Ca area. Nice food and beautiful Chinese restaurant. Service and food are great. I will be back soon. Michael Dergar

Thank MichaelDergar
Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you're in for big serving, go here. The chinese food is okay. Crispy noodles has too much noodles and little gravy to go with it. The chicken and the duck dishes we had look similar except for the sauce. The fried rice is a...More

Thank Ketua
Reviewed 1 June 2016

I pass by The Panda Inn at least once a day.If it's any where near a meal time i'm tempted to stop for either a noodle dish or moo shu pork. The Panda was one of the first Chinese restaurants in the area and has...More

Thank DamePeg
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Has private rooms for large groups. Was able to handle 10 people with different dietary needs. Good variety of luncheon choices. The meal and service was great.

Thank dynamitedon
Reviewed 28 April 2016

We have been enjoying Panda Inn since we moved to the San Gabriel Valley in 1978. Originally we frequented their Glendale location, but after a few years transitioned to Pasadena. Our travels have taken us to many cities known for excellent Chinese cuisine, including Beijing,...More

Thank Gary K
Reviewed 20 April 2016

After going to the Glendale location many times long ago, finally paid a visit to the original Panda Inn. Came here at 5 on a Sunday and it was already busy. Had to park way in the back. Still had to wait for a table....More

Thank peterlc63
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Does the restaurant offer corkage fee for carry in wine?
27 December 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Ketua | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, we didn't drink that night.
Janet C
Obviously there is a risk of cross contamination, but do you have some gluten free options?
28 September 2016|
Response from Stan D | Reviewed this property |
I personally do not. Check with the restaurant,
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
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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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