Panera Bread

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  • Panera Bread, Should Starbucks Beware!

    Jan 29, 2006 by popsrocks is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The "You Pick Two" is a good value.
    Cons: I don't like getting up and down for drinks and food. I like table service.

    Summary: There are perhaps 10 of these bakery-cafes on Long Island. I read in their web site there are now over 825 of them in 35 states. They are on the move. I made my first visit to one about a month ago with my wife. We had heard good things about it. ... read more

  • Panera Bread.. Good but puts a hole in my wallet.

    Feb 22, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Amazing food. Great atmosphere. Healthy for you.
    Cons: Pretty expensive. Usually busy.

    Summary: My Experience: My first experience at Panera Bread was awesome but it was actually the last time I have been there. We went on a Sunday after church and I had never been there before. It was absolutely delicious! With 2 sandwiches, 2 cups ... read more

  • Soup, Salad, and Sandwiches That Taste Wonderful

    Dec 21, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Delicious food and a decent atmosphere
    Cons: Full of calories and a bit on the pricey side

    Summary: It’s been a few years now since I was introduced to Panera Bread.  The menu is fairly simple, but the taste is wonderful. This chain restaurant features soup, salad, and sandwiches.  You can buy a whole or a half ... read more

  • Panera Bread's You Pick 2 was our choice today. Good food but self service.

    Nov 28, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent soup.  Good sandwich.
    Cons: Having to pick up your own food.  Heavy plates to lift down from the counter.

    Summary: There are 2 Panera Bread Bakery-Cafe in our area.  We watched both of them being built.  One is in a classy side of town, and the other in an out parcel of our local mall.Len and I were at a seminar last month, and he ended up winning a ... read more

  • Wonderful first time experience.

    Feb 21, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food and awesome customer service.
    Cons: If you're looking for the typical greasy dinning experience you won't find it here.

    Summary: Today I had my first experience at Panera Bread and I have nothing but praise for this awesome chain I have unintentionally avoided since it's construction. I was looking for something a little healthier for breakfast that would be paired with a great ... read more

  • Panera Bread

    Dec 16, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food, great service and great prices.
    Cons: I wish there was a Panera across the street or closer to me.

    Summary: I made my first visit to Panera's a couple months ago. I thought this was just another everyday run of the mill bakers.How wrong I was!!!My first visit was to the Spring hill, Fl. store. My step daughter took me and I am glad she ... read more

  • Panera: Exposed

    Sep 23, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: If you're cheap and don't like to tip this is a good place for you.
    Cons: Undervalued, underpaid staff. Only appears to be healthy, soup that comes out of a bag

    Summary: Panera Exposed:For any of you who enjoy a home cooked meal, this place is not for you. Virtually every menu item comes prepackaged or frozen. The soups for example are premade, loaded with preservatives and other junk, oh and they are heated in ... read more

  • Consistently awful customer service

    Apr 22, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good food, WiFi, Ok pricing
    Cons: Customer service

    Summary: My guess is that 10 years from now, Panera will have been replaced by a similar company who steals the market with a 'we do the same thing, only better' strategy. Let me say I am not some cranky hot head who has a beef with everyone. I have ... read more

  • Inexpensive, good food, good selection and a location near you!

    Mar 6, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything is fresh, fast and good!  Staff is friendly!
    Cons: None whatsoever!

    Summary: Background:We had seen Panera Bread while traveling around various parts of the state but we never went into one.  We thought it was just a pure bread bakery, not realizing that they offered a lot more than that.  Recently, two ... read more

  • Panera Bread

    Jul 1, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: excellent soups, great coffee drinks, non-fried fast food, free wi fi
    Cons: bakery items are uninspired

    Summary: I’m not a huge fan of eating at fast food restaurants, but sometimes it is necessary, especially when you are on long road trips with two children in the car.  I loathe McDonald’s and will just not eat there, and sometimes we want ... read more

  • Panera Bread is Nothing but Hype

    Nov 20, 2008 by toiletoctopus is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Chipotle Chicken, Service
    Cons: Below Average Food, Some soups are just gross, Employee backgrounds

    Summary: A few somewhat respectable colleagues of mine, were the reason for my visiting a Panera Bread Restaurant.  They had been constantly extolling the values and quality of this establishment, and kept saying that they have never had such ... read more

  • Panera Bread Rocks!!!

    Jul 2, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything
    Cons: Prices are a little high

    Summary: I love Panera Bread. The food is probably the best I have ever tasted. Their Asian chicken salad and their broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl are to die for. The only problem is the prices are a little high, but I am willing to pay them for the quality ... read more

  • Panera Bread's Secret Side

    Jun 18, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Their food is wonderful enough, but they top it with a donation program that's incredible!
    Cons: None that I can tell.

    Summary: I was seriously jonesing for an orange scone one night and thought I had enough time to get to Panera Bread before it closed, then I'd pop over to the grocery on the way back. I parked the car, walked toward the entrance trying to decide if I needed an ... read more

  • Don't Take Away My Chicken Sandwich!

    May 25, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Yummy breads, free Wi-Fi, good service
    Cons: Some menu items disappeared and never came back!

    Summary: I have to blame my husband for one of my chain restaurant additions. He always suggested that I go to Panera Bread to do work in the morning before getting my day going. Panera Breadis a source of coffee, lunch, office time and bathroom ... read more

  • A Little Something More Than Another Corner Bakery

    Mar 30, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Freshly baked goods; fresh ingredients; great tasting chow; oh the cookies!
    Cons: Expensive, but then again quality costs.

    Summary: Like I stated in my review of the Corner Bakery Café, I love sweets! And my favorite sweet treats—baked that is—are chocolate chip cookies, the more chips the better. And the bigger the better and Panera Bread, like the Corner ... read more

  • Panera Bread - Knoxville

    Feb 29, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Food quality, price and speed of service (normally).
    Cons: Parking can be an issue.

    Summary: Service and food quality may vary from restaurant to restaruant. Even chains have variations. This review will contain some general information about Panera but details will be specific to the following location: Panera Bread 4893 North Broadway ... read more

  • Fresh Bread, And a LOT More

    Feb 1, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Not Expensive, Good Selection
    Cons: No table service

    Summary: Panera Bread is a staple as a lunch destination with my coworkers. We either go there, or pick up to eat in our office. Panera Bread was established in 1981, and is quickly spreading across the nation. As of this review, there are 1168 bakery-cafe's in ... read more

  • Cafe Nirvana

    Jan 26, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: prefers to eat in because the atmosphere is so cozy and relaxed
    Cons: Prices are a little high,Meat & Potatoes people may walk away hungry.

    Summary: I adore mostly everything about this restaurant. From the jazz music playing faintly in the back round ,to the trendy decor ,and the samples sitting in the basket as you walk in. A great place to brunch or lunch with friends. Here are a few of my ... read more

  • Panera Bread: A bread lover's dream..

    Dec 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good tasting ingredients, Usually good service, clean.
    Cons: Your chances of getting a good tasting sandwich or a bland sandwich are 50/50.

    Summary: I have been to Panera Bread locations from South Florida to North Carolina and I feel the hype of Panera Bread is greater than the actual taste of the food. I don't know if it is by design, but all I taste in their sandwiches is bread, which is about an ... read more

  • A Solid Corporate Citizen...AND Free Wi-Fi

    Dec 12, 2007 by coldsteel7 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Restaurants & Gourmet
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Delicious bread, pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza. Free Wi-fi.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: Much has been written here at Epinions about Panera. There are currently 145 reviews, and I don't intend to read all the other ones. I would like to share my own anecdotal experiences at Panera, as well as taking the opportunity to point out some ... read more

  • The Beauty of Panera

    Sep 12, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Panera is inviting, whether it be the tasty food or the free internet access!
    Cons: Panera is often extremely crowded because of all of these benefits.

    Summary: Panera bread is a classic. The food is cheap and everyone loves the tastes (with some healthful benefits, depending on what you order)! I myself eat there every weekend and engadge in a lovely conversation with the colorful people who work there. ... read more

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