Panda Inn - San Diego
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Panda Inn - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://pandainn.com/
  • Phone: 6192337800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Shan Liang Huang
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Panda Inn - San Diego
Panda Inn began with a vision to create timeless Mandarin and Szechwan dishes with an innovative style. At Panda Inn, the variety of delicious entrees celebrates remarkable history and the authentic taste of China¡¦s regional flavors. Panda Inn continues to carry on that tradition by practicing the Chinese art of balancing taste and textures that will delight the senses. In addition to the delectable Chinese cuisines, our restaurants offer a fine selection of wines, beers and an exotic blend of signature cocktails.
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Panda Inn - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Decent place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    Food was tasty and the drink I ordered was good. Nothing to write home about though.
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    good for groups
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  • The Panda Inn is a fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    The Panda Inn is a fantastic find. At first, I was concerned because it was located at a "mall". But don't let that hold you back. We had the Honey Glazed Walnut Shrimp; Panda Rice; Green Beans; and Crab Wontons. All were excellent and the Honey Glazed Walnut Shrimp is the BEST I have had anywhere in the world. Our waiter, Rene, was first class.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Always a great experience,
    FranVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Always a great experience, never a dissapointment there. My guests raved about the food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were seated in the back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    We were seated in the back room, which is an open room with very poor accoustics and tables that are very close together. The restaurant was full, so it was noisy. I wouldn't make a reservation again without specifying a booth in the front part of the restaurant.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food no matter when
    Stevz94
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Great food no matter when you go. The Lunch Buffet is outstanding. All of the food has vibrant colors and flavors. Very nice!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Panda Inn is one of our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/12/2012
    Panda Inn is one of our favorite restaurants. We love this place!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Great as usual! Excellent,
    Arvin
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Great as usual! Excellent, tasty Chinese food! Super fast service. Friendly staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • except for the double charge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    except for the double charge card. (card machine error) everything was great.
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    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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  • Top notch service. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Top notch service. The food is consistant, always very good.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find as good Chinese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/15/2012
    A great find as good Chinese food scarce in San Diego. Great place while shopping, before a concert, movie or play in Horton Plaza or nearby, or just when in the area. Delicious garlic chicken dish, shrimp with noodles good but with not as good a sauce. I Highly recommend this restaurant.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Very Helpfull. They changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Very Helpfull. They changed our resevations from 2 to 4 persons even though we were running late due to traffic. The food was very good.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Our experience at Panda Inn
    missnutzVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2012
    Our experience at Panda Inn was good but not impressive. Panda is is the upscale sister of Panda Express. It's hard not to compare these restaurants to Pei Wei and PF Changs. The server was very attentive, she worked very hard to accommodate my husbands strict diet, the manager even got involved to make sure his meal was within his guidelines. The food, while tasty was not memorable. The orange chicken had some punch but lacked sauce, so was like dry coated chicken nuggets. The portions were small for the price. Sorry to the Manager who was so very kind and the server who worked twice as hard at our table, but we probably wont' be returning.
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  • An excellent pl;ace for a
    irakiwi
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    An excellent pl;ace for a quiet dinner on New Year's Eve.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great place for a quick lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/14/2011
    Great place for a quick lunch. Food was delicious, service was prompt and courteous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is a beautiful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    It is a beautiful restaurant and its service continues to be great. The food was delicious and they have kept up with the times and have updated their menus. Hot sour soup...delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Always great food everytime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2011
    Always great food everytime I dine at your restaurant. It is one of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My family has been going here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2011
    My family has been going here for years. A favorite Chinese establishment for my Filipino/Chinese family. Flavors and dishes are consistent with every visit and never fail to leave us fun and content. Don't confuse this place with the tasteless and overly salted Panda Express... definitely a flagship restaurant of the popular chain.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Panda Inn is a predictable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/30/2011
    Panda Inn is a predictable "good" buy, and in its location at Horton Plaza about the only fine dining choice left for pre-theatre meals WITHIN the center. We enjoy going there before attending the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Service, even on a slow night, though is just leisurely enough that it is very hard to get to the theatre well before the curtain unless we start well before six pm.
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  • This restaurant never disappoints.
    Cathy
    Dined on 9/17/2011
    This restaurant never disappoints. This is the best Chinese food in San Diego. I took 2 friends for dinner, their first time. We had the steamed dumplings as an appetizer - incredible, and the sauce they serve it with was delicious. Then we split two dishes, the Orange Chicken, and the Kon Pau San Yan. The Orange Chicken was tasty and crunchy. The Kon Pau was very flavorful. I will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Chinese cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2011
    The Panda Inn (not to be confused with Panda Express!) is probably my favorite restaurant in San Diego. The food is outstanding. I have eaten plenty of oriental food but these guys beat them all. It is a shame that many people don't even know about it. The flavors are unique and the menu is quite varied. My favorite is the Honey walnut shrimp, but I discovered a dish last night, Phoenix Chicken, which is really delicious too. Everything I have had there is excellent.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Excellent service and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2011
    Excellent service and food. Have been coming here for years and will continue to.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a great dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2011
    It was a great dining experience. We were a party of 10 (including 4 kids) and we were sat in a small private room with a round table-. Food was wondering everying enjoyed themselves.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Panda Inn - Get There Soon!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    Panda Inn is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants, they have by far the best Chinese food I've ever had in San Diego (Yes, better that PF Changs!) They offer a wide variety of meat, chicken and fish dishes with all the delicious sauces too! They are famous for their honey walnut shrimp, oh and the white chocolate dipped fortune cookies are to die for. If you have never been to the Panda Inn, then treat yourself soon. I like to sit in the back dining area because you get a great view of the harbor!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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  • We have been to Panda Inn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2011
    We have been to Panda Inn many times before and I always love the food. However, this was a special birthday celebration. I had asked not to be seated in the back room and that's where they sat our party of 7. I had also told them ahead of time (2 separate times) that it was a birthday celebration and the staff people never acknowledge it. They brought the bill and fortune cookies as usual. Quite disappointing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • there were 8 of us and everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    there were 8 of us and everyone enjoyed our time together and the delicious meal. The staff was very attentive.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great service and perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/28/2011
    Great service and perfect place for a group of 10-15 people. Food was excellent and the service is exceptional. I have been eating at Panda Inn for years and have never had a bad experience. Would recommend this to everyone!
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took my family and my husband's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2011
    Took my family and my husband's family there to celebrate a birthday. The staff handled all our crazy requests with poise. Our food was delivered hot and quickly. They got our selections right too. And the food was amazing. Super good Chinese food. Don't let the name fool you - the quality is a 100 times better than the Panda Express' folks are used to seeing. Definitely worth the consideration if you're in the downtown/Horton Plaza Mall shopping area.
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We had excellent service and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/2/2011
    We had excellent service and the food was delicious! We will be returning, and recommending it to others. Unfortunately, the atmosphere is what sets this restaurant back, however. There is very little privacy. They seated my family of four with two small children at a table with two couples on either side of us (in a half-booth, half-chairs arrangement). My children are very well behaved, but the hostess didn't know that when we were seated. We were probably two feet away from each couple. I don't think we disturbed them, and they certainly didn't disturb us, but if my children had been more active, those couples, who were seated two feet away, would have been disturbed. I wouldn't go to this restaurant for a romantic occasion.
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  • Located on the top level of
    SouthBayTwinsDad
    Dined on 3/28/2011
    Located on the top level of the Horton Plaza in San Diego. To me, it's a sit down restaurant version of their Panda Express chain. Nothing really outstanding about their food but, it's not bad Chinese food either. So, if you're looking for great Chinese food in the downtown San Diego area, this is probably not the place for you.
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  • I appreciate the services
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2011
    I appreciate the services of the crew. They are wonderful, forgot the name of the person (male) who served us food and my birthday cake.
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Had a wonderful dinner , not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/12/2011
    Had a wonderful dinner , not crowded at all , called ahead for a table and really didn't need to . Will be back again soon.
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    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food was exceptionally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/4/2011
    The food was exceptionally delicious. We had a wonderful time.
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  • Service was conscientuous,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/25/2011
    Service was conscientuous, intuitive and excellent! What more can I say? We were a group of 13 and I had qualms about seating that many at a single table. But two small square tables placed together and one small round table at each end provided a convenient and intimate setting, And the food was great. The menu of family sized dishes is a great idea and resulted in a lower bill than I had expected. Agreat experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Good food good service all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Good food good service all at a reasonable price.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • One of the best places to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    One of the best places to eat in San Diego-- there is a reason it has been here so long!!!
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  • Took my Daughter here for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    Took my Daughter here for her 21st Birthday. The food was great and the service was Outstanding. The Cherry Blossom drinks were nice.
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  • Great for a pre-show group of nine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    Occasion was pre-show group of family from afar and some friends. Reserved online earlier that day for table for nine, and asked for round table in comment section. Reason ordered online was because phone # not answering! (maybe busy lunch time and all staff busy, but phone message should have said please leave a message, we'll call back. We did call back later, relieved to get an answer, and know that Panda Inn still definitely at Horton Plaza! Waitress was excellent and timely. Group itself ordered just the right dishes and right amount of food, and it was great to share at round table. Bill very reasonable for a large group.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Surprisingly, we had to ask
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/3/2011
    Surprisingly, we had to ask the waitress which dish was the chicken and which was the beef because texturally and flavor did not identify since the sauce was so similar and overpowering. It should have been readily apparent which was which and neither was crispy. In fact all the dishes seemed to have the same base sauce on them even though each was vastly different by description on the menu. The only easily identifiable dish was the aromatic shrimp. It's been years since I've been to Panda Inn and I feel it has gone downhill and rests on its laurels from when it first opened. Our waitress treated us as if we didn't know whether we wanted spicy food or not and I got the impression it was because she had never seen us before.
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  • Although not big on Chinese
    ehb365VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2011
    Although not big on Chinese food unless I visit Chinatown, We found everything we ordered very good. The Thai Salad is amazing with just the right blend of spices. Scallops are delightful pared with asparagus for a yummy blend of flavors, Panda Beef is awesome! The Shrimp were great, everything was great!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Now under bad management!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/29/2011
    I used to be a patron of this restaurant since 1988 because of the great service and food, but my latest visit to Panda Inn San Diego was appallingly horrible. When we arrived, we were told the wait would be 25 minutes. We were seated 50 minutes later by a hostess with a bad attitude. People that were seated after us were served their drinks and soup before us and when we comlplained to the manager, she seemed indifferent and we didn't see her again all night. We didn't so much as recieve a follow up visit by the manager nor any discount offers to make up for the poor service. We won't be choosing Panda Inn San Diego again.
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