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Panda Inn Restaurant

3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3115
+1 626-793-7300
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good27%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (13 reviews)
“noodles” (9 reviews)
Opens in 26 min
All hours
Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
3488 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3115
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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
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

The food at Panda Inn far surpasses any other Chinese food I have ever eaten anywhere. The Panda beef and the upside down noodles are great and not to be missed.

Thank 23travelinfool23
Reviewed 7 February 2016

I used to go there back in the 80's and when I moved out of the area I forgot about them. What a loss to me. I decided to try them again and it was a wonderful surprise. It looks expensive but it has something...More

Thank David_DeMulle
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,...More

Thank frankw561
Reviewed 10 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
Reviewed 10 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......More

Thank ChaplainDan
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23 July 2017|
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Response from mlwFortLee_Nj | Reviewed this property |
Suggest you telephone the restaurant directly for accurate answers.
27 December 2016|
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Response from Ketua | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, we didn't drink that night.
Janet C
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, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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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