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Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
+1 973-324-0310
Today
06:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Hours:
Sun 07:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 22:00
Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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West Orange, New Jersey
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

More of a Bistro style than anything. Their bread selection is good, but nothing spectacular. The atmosphere is pleasant and comfortable for enjoying a short snack. Mine is near a movie theater and gets customers in waves. Everything is fresh and tasty, without being overly expensive. I enjoy it more than Au Bon Pain.

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Thank OldDad T
West Orange, New Jersey
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014

The food at the Essex Green Panera is about the same as any other locations--what you would expect. It is a nice place to meet people, and we often go there for coffee and breakfast on a Saturday. It's nice to see people we know there, and many are regulars who go there to congregate, chat, meet, and work. West... More 

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Thank 161945
NEW JERSEY
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Good place to have breakfast. Good soup and fresh salad daily. It gets really busy especially on weekends.

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Thank loveurope00
Saint Charles, Missouri
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112 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

My soup and sandwich was quite good. It was very cold so the soup was wonderful. They don't have a gooey butter pastry-I guess that is more Midwest but they need to try them up East. Service was great. No complaints.

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Thank Rosemary83
New Jersey
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337 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

This is such a great mainstay for coffee and a snack, or lunch or a simple dinner. My only problem is the tendency of people who tie up large booths alone with coffee and a laptop.

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Thank Annelyse C
Peabody, Massachusetts
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171 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

Not one of the worst locations but at least there is plenty of parking. Normally they don't mess up on your order so I guess that's all you can expect.

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Thank papsj
Columbia, Maryland
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85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

If you like Panera elsewhere, you will like this one. It is conveniently located, the staff are fast & friendly & the food is hot & good. We have stopped for soup and sandwiches several times over the past month and have yet to have a less than satisfactory experience.

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Thank maboffey
Montville, New Jersey
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

Same old food, not worth the calories which are very high for salads. Sandwiches have gotten smaller - more bread, less meat.

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1 Thank susanrmtlakes
Antonito, Colorado
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2013

Fast, efficient service, friendly and excellent soups, sandwiches and salads. Muffins display now includes calories. Excellent coffees, bagels & varieties of cream cheese.

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Thank Grannydee57
San Antonio, Texas
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73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

Even though it was hectic because of the storm it was not very clean, no one wiping tables, trash cans filled, Food was good just not the best it could be.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Soups, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 22:00
Thursday
06:00 - 22:00
Friday
06:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  West Orange
  • Phone Number: +1 973-324-0310

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?