Columbus >Food & Dining > Panda Inn
1446 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH | Directions 4322040.063781 -83.058126
Neighborhoods: The Gables
Got sick on their food in 2005 – I had ordered take out food in March of 2005 and was deathly sick that night. It took
my over 24 hours to get over the "sickness". I will never go there again. Beware!!
Awesome food, authentic Chinese, good upscale atmosphere, but not quick – There's a reason this restaurant was voted best Chinese restaurant in Columbus in 2005.
Extensive menu of traditional Chinese fare appealing to American palates, along with exotic authentic Chinese dishes. I've been to China for two weeks, and SFO/NYC/CHI Chinatowns many times -- this is as authentic as any of the Chinese I've had. Excellent eggrolls, large and tasty pot-stickers, savory soups. The rice is incredible- nutty, flavorful and sticky without being a mess. I could eat a big bowl of it. The eggrolls were crisp, piping hot, and stuffed with great stuff -- among the best in the city.
We've had 8 dishes from there, and all were amazingly good. The TsingTao beer was fresh and cold (had it on 3 visits), never skunky.
It's a bit upscale, so costs more than hole-in-the-wall Chinese, but worth the price. My only complaint is that it takes 90 minutes to eat there for dinner, because they're a bit leisurely... however, many see a relaxed pace as necessary and appropriate in a white linen tablecloth restaurant.
Great Chinese food – I've been to Panda Inn several times and never had cold food, rude staff, or stomach issues after eating there. The service has been consistently prompt and courteous, the food is very good, and the ambience is great. They are also very quick at having your take-out meal ready (usually 10-15 minutes after you call), and the portions are typically enough for two meals.
best karaoke in town!!!!!!!!!!!!! – I went in there to get some cheap chinese food, but I was really surprised and excited that they had some great karaoke going on! The food gave me really bad runns but the karaoke made up for the toilet problems!
This is Chinese Great food! – What a wonderful experience! The food was excellent and we were offered two menus-the traditional american menu or the chinese menu. The waitress explained to us the specials and recommend the eggplant dish to start! The service and value was outstanding!
Not a good experience – I give them credit for trying on the decor, but the food was cold and the dish I had was half raw. (General Tso's Chicken) There authentic Chinese menu seemed promising, but after eating a panfried noodle dish, I noticed that there was quite a bit of MSG involved. Most Chinese places don't use MSG, except for the small amount in the sodium. Either these people were trying to kill me, or my heart rate just started to gradually increase for no reason. Service was also bad and the waiter was quite rude. I would recommend Mark Pi's express over these people.
This white-tablecloth, yet comfortable Chinese restaurant has good service and the best moo shu in town. – The Scene
Despite being located in a strip mall on Bethel Road, the Panda Inn is kind of classy. The decor is typical black and red, with a small bridge to the dining room and golden murals on screens.
The menu is huge, and you'll find all your favorites in a number of combinations. Impress your date by ordering one of the lobster dishes. Peking duck is on the menu, as well as five other preparations including crispy duck. Order moo shu anything. It's amazing--shredded vegetables with egg and your choice of meat wrapped in thin pancakes with plum sauce. Your server will roll them tableside.
If you're feeling adverturous, check out the conch shell salad or the jelly fish salad. Salt and pepper shrimp might sound plain, but pan-frying it with broccoli is a savory treat.
Best of the best Chines Cousine in town – Under the new management from famous Little Dragon, Panda Inn provides romantic and friendly environment. Food is authentic and economic.
Daily lunch special is only $4.75 including soup, egg roll and main course.
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