If you’re looking for food served in a warm and welcoming environment, Panera Bread is the place to go. It’s a cafe-style restaurant chain that originated in St. Louis, Missouri, and has since expanded all across the United States. While the food is made fairly quickly, Panera Bread does not cut corners when it comes to quality or healthy ingredients. So really, it’s the best of both worlds. And as a bonus, the prices are usually pretty reasonable.

Read on for a more in-depth look at what Panera Bread has to offer, as well as some of its most popular menu items.

Soup & Mac Menu Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Mac & CheeseSmall$7.79
Mac & CheeseBread Bowl$10.29
Mac & CheeseLarge$11.89
Mac & CheeseGroup$29.69
Broccoli Cheddar Mac & CheeseSmall$7.79
Broccoli Cheddar Mac & CheeseBread Bowl$10.29
Broccoli Cheddar Mac & CheeseLarge$11.89
Broccoli Cheddar Mac & CheeseGroup$29.69
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Bread Bowl$8.79
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
Bread Bowl$8.79
Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice SoupCup$6.79
Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice SoupBowl$7.99
Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice SoupBread Bowl$8.79
Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice SoupGroup$20.29
Vegetarian Autumn Squash SoupCup$6.79
Vegetarian Autumn Squash SoupBowl$7.99
Vegetarian Autumn Squash SoupBread Bowl$8.79
Vegetarian Autumn Squash SoupGroup$20.29
Turkey ChiliCup$7.79
Turkey ChiliBowl$8.89
Turkey ChiliBread Bowl$9.79
Turkey ChiliGroup$27.29
Creamy Tomato SoupCup$6.79
Creamy Tomato SoupBowl$7.99
Creamy Tomato SoupBread Bowl$8.79
Creamy Tomato SoupGroup$20.29
Bistro French Onion SoupCup$6.79
Bistro French Onion SoupBowl$7.99
Bistro French Onion SoupBread Bowl$8.79
Bistro French Onion SoupGroup$20.29
Ten Vegetable Soup
Ten Vegetable Soup
Ten Vegetable Soup
Bread Bowl$8.79
Ten Vegetable Soup
Thai Chicken SoupCup$7.79
Thai Chicken SoupBowl$8.89
Thai Chicken SoupBread Bowl$9.79
Thai Chicken SoupGroup$27.29
Kids Signature Mac & Cheese$7.79
Kids Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese$7.79
Kids Turkey Chili$7.79
Kids Broccoli Cheddar Soup$6.79
Kids Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup$6.79
Kids Creamy Tomato Soup$6.79
Kids Vegetarian Autumn Squash Soup$6.79
Kids Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup$6.79
Kids Bistro French Onion Soup$6.79

Salad Menu Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Green Goddess Cobb Salad with ChickenHalf$11.29
Green Goddess Cobb Salad with ChickenWhole$14.39
Fuji Apple Salad with ChickenHalf$9.89
Fuji Apple Salad with ChickenWhole$12.69
Greek SaladHalf$8.29
Greek SaladWhole$10.29
Asian Sesame Salad with ChickenHalf$9.89
Asian Sesame Salad with ChickenWhole$12.69
Citrus Asian Crunch Salad with ChickenHalf$11.29
Citrus Asian Crunch Salad with ChickenWhole$14.39
BBQ Chicken SaladHalf$9.89
BBQ Chicken SaladWhole$12.69
Caesar SaladHalf$8.29
Caesar SaladWhole$10.29
Caesar Salad with Chicken
Caesar Salad with Chicken
Kids Citrus Asian Crunch Salad with Chicken$11.29
Kids Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken$11.29
Kids Greek Salad$8.29
Kids Asian Sesame Chicken Salad$9.89
Kids Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken$9.89
Kids Chicken Caesar Salad$9.89
Kids Caesar Salad$8.29

Warm Bowl Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli Bowl$14.29
Baja Bowl $11.29
Baja Bowl with Chicken$13.29
Mediterranean Bowl $11.89
Mediterranean Bowl with Chicken$13.29

Sandwich Menu Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
The Signature Take Chicken Sandwich$13.29
The Spicy Take Chicken Sandwich$13.29
Chipotle Chicken Avocado MeltHalf$10.29
Chipotle Chicken Avocado MeltWhole$12.79
Toasted Frontega ChickenHalf$10.29
Toasted Frontega ChickenWhole$12.79
Toasted Steak & White CheddarHalf$10.99
Toasted Steak & White CheddarWhole$14.29
Bacon Turkey Bravo SandwichHalf$10.29
Bacon Turkey Bravo SandwichWhole$12.79
Classic Grilled Cheese SandwichHalf$7.29
Classic Grilled Cheese SandwichWhole$9.29
Smokehouse BBQ Chicken SandwichHalf$9.29
Smokehouse BBQ Chicken SandwichWhole$12.29
Napa Almond Chicken Salad SandwichHalf$9.29
Napa Almond Chicken Salad SandwichWhole$12.29
Tuna Salad SandwichHalf$9.29
Tuna Salad SandwichWhole$12.29
Deli Turkey SandwichHalf$9.29
Deli Turkey SandwichWhole$12.29
Mediterranean VeggieHalf$7.29
Mediterranean VeggieWhole$9.29
Grilled Mac & Cheese SandwichHalf$10.29
Grilled Mac & Cheese SandwichWhole$12.79
Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLTHalf$10.99
Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLTWhole$14.29
Kids Grilled Cheese$6.69
Kids Deli Turkey Sandwich$6.69
Kids Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT$10.99
Kids Toasted Steak & White Cheddar$10.99
Kids Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich$10.29
Kids Tuna Salad Sandwich$9.29
Kids Napa Almond Chicken Sandwich$9.29

Pizza Menu Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Chipotle Chicken & Bacon Flatbread Pizza$12.29
Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza$12.29
Sausage & Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza$12.29
Margherita Flatbread Pizza$10.29
Cheese Flatbread Pizza$9.29
Kid's Flatbread Pizza$9.29

Value Duets Menu

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Napa Almond Chicken Sandwich & Chicken Wild Rice Soup$8.99
Classic Grilled Cheese& Tomato Soup$8.99
Smokehouse BBQ Chicken Sandwich & Creamy Tomato Soup$8.99
Tuna Sandwich and Creamy Tomato Soup$8.99
Caesar Salad & Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup$8.99
Greek Salad & Creamy Tomato Soup$8.99

Breakfast Sandwiches (Before 10:30AM)

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Sausage, Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Asiago Bagel$7.49
Sausage, Egg & Cheese on Asiago Bagel$7.49
Chipotle Chicken, Scrambled Egg & Avocado on Ciabatta$6.89
Chipotle Chicken, Egg & Avocado on Ciabatta$6.89
Bacon, Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Ciabatta$6.89
Avocado, Egg White & Spinach$6.89
Bacon, Egg & Cheese on Brioche$6.89
Bacon, Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Brioche$6.89
Sausage, Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Ciabatta$6.89
Sausage, Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Brioche$6.89
Sausage, Egg & Cheese on Brioche$6.89
Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Ciabatta$5.79
Scrambled Egg & Cheese on Brioche$5.79
Egg & Cheese on Brioche$5.79
Breakfast Sandwich Feast$19.59
Fresh Baked Goods Feast$21.99

Baked Egg Souffles (Before 10:30AM)

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Spinach & Bacon Souffle$6.89
Four Cheese Souffle$6.89
Spinach & Artichoke Souffle$6.89

Parfaits, Fruit Cups, and Oatmeal (Before 10:30AM)

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Steel Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries & Pecans$6.29
Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries Parfait$5.89
Fresh Fruit Cup$4.69

Family Feast Value Meals

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
2 Flatbread Pizza Family Feast$56.29
2 Flatbread Pizza Family Feast with Vanilla Cinnamon Rolls$34.69
3 Flatbread Pizza Family Feast with Vanilla Cinnamon Rolls$65.29
3 Flatbread Pizza Family Feast$46.29
4 Flatbread Pizza Family Feast with Cookies$92.69
Family Feast$40.49
Family Feast with Cookies$46.29
Kid's Family Feast with Soup or Mac$40.49
Kid's Family Feast with Soup or Mac & Cookies$46.29
Premium Family Feast$57.69
Premium Family Feast with Cookies$62.49
The Chef's Chicken Sandwiches Family Feast$75.29

Bakery Menu Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Cinnamon Crunch Bagel$2.49
Asiago Bagel$2.49
Everything Bagel$2.49
Plain Bagel$2.49
Blueberry Bagel$2.49
Chocolate Chip Bagel$2.49
Cinnamon Swirl Bagel$2.49
Sesame Bagel$2.49
Sprouted Grain Bagel Flat$2.49
Jalapeno & Cheddar Bagel$2.49
Half Dozen Bagels$9.59
Tuesday Baker's Dozen$10.59
Baker's Dozen Bagels$16.39
Dozen & a Half Bagels$20.49
Bagel Pack$21.69
Chocolate Chipper Cookie$3.69
Kitchen Sink Cookie$5.89
Lemon Drop Cookie$3.69
Candy Cookie$3.69
Oatmeal Raisin with Berries Cookie$3.69
Mitten Cookie$4.49
One Dozen Chocolate Chipper Cookies$36.49
One Dozen Mixed Cookies$36.49
Chocolate Chipper Cookie 4-Pack$12.79
Candy Cookie 4-Pack$12.79
Lemon Drop Cookie 4-Pack$12.79
Oatmeal Raisin with Berries Cookie 4-Pack$12.79
Mitten Cookie 6-Pack$20.29
Petite Cookies 12 Pack$8.29
Vanilla Cinnamon Roll$4.89
Bear Claw$4.89
Pecan Braid$4.89
Chocolate Croissant$4.89
Vanilla Cinnamon Roll 4-pack$17.29
Pastry RingServes 12$13.69
Blueberry Muffin$4.49
Pumpkin Muffin$4.49
Cranberry Orange Muffin$4.49
Chocolate Chip Muffie$3.39
French Baguette Loaf$5.29
Classic Sourdough Loaf$6.49
Country Rustic Sourdough$11.69
Sourdough Bread Bowl$3.79
Sourdough Bread Bowl 2-Pack$6.29
White Whole Grain$6.69
Tomato Basil Bread$8.89
Black Pepper Focaccia$5.49
Brioche Roll$1.99
Brioche Rolls 4-Pack$6.69
Artisan Ciabatta Loaf$5.79
Classic White Miche$11.69
Asiago Cheese Focaccia$6.29
Orange Scones$4.89
Blueberry Scones$4.89
Mini Scone Variety Pack$11.69

Sides Menu Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
French Baguette$1.89
Fresh Fruit Cup$4.69
Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries Parfait$5.89
Strawberry Squeezable Yogurt$1.99
Mixed Berries Squeezable Yogurt$1.99


Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Plain Cream Cheese$2.59
Reduced Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese$2.59
Reduced Fat Chive and Onion Cream Cheese$2.59
Plain Cream Cheese Spread Tub$5.49
Reduced Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese Tub$5.49
Reduced Fat Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Tub$5.49

Soft and Bottled Drinks Menu Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Diet PepsiRegular$3.49
Diet PepsiLarge$4.29
Dr. PepperRegular$3.49
Dr. PepperLarge$4.29
Mountain DewRegular$3.49
Mountain DewLarge$4.29
Sierra MistRegular$3.49
Sierra MistLarge$4.29
Bubly LimeRegular$3.49
Bubly LimeLarge$4.29
Canada Dry Ginger AleRegular$3.49
Canada Dry Ginger AleLarge$4.29
Bottled Passion Fruit Papaya Green Tea$3.89
Bottled Water$2.49

Hot Beverages Menu Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Hazelnut CoffeeSmall$2.79
Hazelnut CoffeeRegular$2.99
Hazelnut CoffeeLarge$3.39
100% Colombian Dark Roast CoffeeSmall$2.79
100% Colombian Dark Roast CoffeeRegular$2.99
100% Colombian Dark Roast CoffeeLarge$3.39
Cafe Blend Light Roast CoffeeSmall$2.79
Cafe Blend Light Roast CoffeeRegular$2.99
Cafe Blend Light Roast CoffeeLarge$3.39
Decaf CoffeeSmall$2.79
Decaf CoffeeRegular$2.99
Decaf CoffeeLarge$3.39
Madagascar Vanilla LatteRegular$6.29
Madagascar Vanilla LatteLarge$6.69
Caffe LatteRegular$6.29
Caffe LatteLarge$6.69
Chocolate LatteRegular$6.29
Chocolate LatteLarge$6.69
Cinnamon Crunch LatteRegular$6.29
Cinnamon Crunch LatteLarge$6.69
Chai Tea Latte$6.29
Caramel LatteRegular$6.29
Caramel LatteLarge$6.69
Hot Tea$3.29
Hot ChocolateRegular$5.29
Hot ChocolateLarge$5.59
Hazelnut Coffee Tote$23.59
Cafe Blend Light Roast Coffee Tote$23.59
100% Colombian Dark Roast Coffee Tote$23.59
Decaf Coffee Tote$23.59

Cold Beverages Menu Prices

Menu ItemSize/QuantityPrice
Strawberry Lemon Mint - With Guarana & CaffeineRegular$4.69
Strawberry Lemon Mint - With Guarana & CaffeineLarge$5.69
Fuji Apple Cranberry - With Guarana & CaffeineRegular$4.69
Fuji Apple Cranberry - With Guarana & CaffeineLarge$5.69
Mango Yuzu Citrus - With Guarana & CaffeineRegular$4.69
Mango Yuzu Citrus - With Guarana & CaffeineLarge$5.69
Iced TeaRegular$3.49
Iced TeaLarge$4.49
Passion Papaya Iced Green TeaRegular$3.49
Passion Papaya Iced Green TeaLarge$4.49
Agave LemonadeRegular$3.49
Agave LemonadeLarge$4.49
Brisk Raspberry TeaRegular$3.49
Brisk Raspberry TeaLarge$4.49
Strawberry Banana Smoothie$6.89
Green Passion Smoothie$6.89
Mango Smoothie$6.89
Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Milk$6.89
Strawberry Smoothie$6.89
Cold BrewRegular$4.29
Cold BrewLarge$4.79
Frozen Chocolate Cold Brew$6.69
Frozen Caramel Cold Brew$6.69
Madagascar Vanilla Cream Cold BrewRegular$4.79
Madagascar Vanilla Cream Cold BrewLarge$5.29
Madagascar Vanilla Almond Cold BrewRegular$4.79
Madagascar Vanilla Almond Cold BrewLarge$5.29
Iced 100% Colombian Dark Roast CoffeeRegular$3.79
Iced 100% Colombian Dark Roast CoffeeLarge$3.49
Iced Cinnamon Crunch Latte$6.29
Iced Caramel Latte$6.29
Iced Chocolate Latte$6.29
Iced Chai Tea Latte$6.29
Iced Madagascar Vanilla Latte$6.29
Iced Caffe Latte$5.49
Strawberry Lemon Mint - With Guarana & Caffeine$14.29
Fuji Apple Cranberry - With Guarana & Caffeine$14.29
Mango Yuzu Citrus - With Guarana & Caffeine$14.29
Passion Papaya Iced Green Tea$8.99
Agave Lemonade $8.99
Iced Unsweetened Tea$8.99
Horizon Reduced Fat Organic White Milk$2.89
Organic Apple Juice$2.89
Horizon Reduced Fat Organic Chocolate Milk$2.89
Orange Juice$4.29

FAQs about the Panera Bread Menu

What menu items have been discontinued at Panera Bread?

Sierra Turkey Sandwich

Panera Bread made the decision to discontinue one of their most popular sandwiches, the Sierra Turkey Sandwich. This sandwich was a fan favorite for its unique flavor profile. This was made with oven-roasted turkey, Asiago cheese, sun-dried tomato mayo, and baby spinach on Asiago focaccia bread. Although the sandwich is no longer available at Panera, there are still some copycat recipes available online. However, none of them quite capture the original flavor of the Sierra Turkey Sandwich in my humble opinion.

Asian Sesame Chicken Salad

What made this salad so special? Key ingredients were toasted sesame seeds, Mandarin oranges, and crispy wonton strips. The sesame seeds add a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture, while the Mandarin oranges provide a sweetness that compliments the savory flavors of the chicken and salad dressing.

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Unfortunately, this fan favorite dish was discontinued for unknown reasons. It is possible that Panera Bread decided to discontinue the salad in order to make room for new and exciting menu items. So stop by at Panera Bread, try the alternatives, and let me know if corporate made the right decision. 

Fontina Grilled Cheese

If you’ve ever eaten Panera Bread’s Fontina Grilled Cheese then you know how good it was. It was a warm and melty sandwich stuffed with melted cheese, cheddar and fontina cheeses, bacon with caramelized onions. The sandwich has been very popular since its introduction, which is why people were surprised when we found out it had been discontinued. Currently, Panera Bread still offers grilled cheese sandwiches on their menu but Fontina will surely be missed. 

Frosted Brownie

Another discontinued menu item was the frosted brownie. This brownie was the perfect balance of sweetness and richness with a smooth chocolate-frosting that melted in your mouth. The frosting is sweet and the brownie itself is just the right amount of chewy and moist. Fortunately, you can still order the regular brownie at Panera Bread.

Panera Bread has discontinued a few other menu items as well:

  • Sonoma Chicken Stew
  • Coronado Carnitas Panini
  • Chipotle Chicken Panini
  • Sundried Tomato Cream Cheese
  • Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli
  • Power Kale Caesar Salad
  • Spinach Power Salad
  • French Toast Bagel

Are there any discounts you can claim at Panera Bread?

There’s no better feeling than saving money on your next Panera Bread order. Check out any of their active nationwide promo codes, discounts, or other deals below so you don’t miss out on ways to reduce the total cost your bill. 

Unlimited Sip Club

You can start sipping as soon as you sign up! Panera bread offers a 1 month free of unlimited Charged Lemonades, Coffees, Teas, and Fountain Drinks at any participating U.S. Panera Bread Cafe. Plus, you’ll get unlimited refills of the same beverage once every two hours during regular hours when the cafe is open (with unlimited free refills of the same drink). Make sure to redeem by 12/28/2022 by signing up on their website to get the endless sip of your favorite beverage. 

MyPanera Rewards

MyPanera Rewards is a reward point system where you can earn points based on your visits and the items you enjoy most often when you come to Panera. Basically, you’re getting rewarded for your loyalty. Join MyPanera for free and be one of the first to know when great Panera deals pop up and get exclusive special offers too. You’ll get your first reward just for signing up, a birthday surprise, and be eligible to sign up for the MyPanera + Coffee subscription, an unlimited coffee subscription. 

What are the most popular menu items at Panera Bread?

Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich

We think we’ve struck gold with this sandwich. It’s a savory blend of flavorful ingredients, including oven-roasted turkey breast and Applewood-smoked bacon. It’s a classic multi-star blend with a Signature sauce on Tomato Basil Bread. It’s the perfect marriage of flavors making people want more. 

BBQ Chicken Salad

This BBQ Chicken Salad will delight your taste buds. This tasty salad has chicken raised without antibiotics and a healthy serving of romaine, black bean, and corn salsa. Add a generous helping of the BBQ ranch dressing tossed in a little frizzled onion and Apple Cider vinegar for added flavor. Served on top of a warm baguette and garnished with crispy smokey onions, this sandwich is the perfect version.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

When the soup of the day is Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar, you know you’ve got a winner. This comforting soup is made with chopped broccoli, shredded carrots, and select seasonings simmered in velvety cheesy goodness. The perfect balance of sweet, salty, and umami flavors satisfies any palate. 

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Kitchen Sink Cookie

The Kitchen Sink Cookie is a salty, chocolaty, caramel confection big enough to share. Made with semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel pieces, and pretzels and then topped with flake salt. Why are they called Kitchen Sink Cookies? Because they have “everything but the kitchen sink in them”!

Is there a secret menu at Panera Bread?

Panera Bread is known for its wide-ranging menu options and extensive beverage list—as well as its impressive and diverse baked goods selection, includes everything from brownies to pastries to muffins (and even cookies). But what most people don’t know about Panera is they also have a secret menu.

So if you ever find yourself at Panera Bread and need something special to eat, look no further than these 7 secret items on their menu:

  • Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl Served With Roasted Turkey
  • Power Chicken Hummus Bowl
  • Power Breakfast Egg Bowl Served With Steak
  • Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad
  • Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad
  • Power Steak Lettuce Wraps
  • BBQ Avocado Flatbread
  • Chili-Mac

Are there any menu items for specialty diets?

Panera offers an extensive selection of gluten-free products available on request. If you’re unsure what gluten-free meal to order or if you want the vegan options menu, you can ask the staff at Panera to help you customize your meal that would suit your needs best.

Panera is Bread is also serious about its commitment to the environment too. They have partnered with the World Resources Institute (WRI) to measure the carbon footprint of their menu items and label low-carbon entrees as Cool Food Meals. The goal is simple. They want to encourage more people to eat less meat by making it easy for them to find plant-based options on their menus. 

Check out some of the best vegetarian, vegan, and climatarian menu items below.


  • Vegetarian Autumn Squash Soup: 210 – 330 Calories
  • Creamy Tomato Soup: 240 – 350 Calories
  • Caesar Salad: 170 – 360 Calories
  • Fruit Smoothies: 220 – 300 Calories
  • Avocado, Egg White and Spinach: 350 Calories
  • Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries Parfait: 240 Calories


  • Baja Bowls – Order without feta or Greek yogurt
  • Mediterranean Bowl – Order without feta or Greek yogurt
  • Greek Salad – Order without feta
  • Fuji Apple with Chicken Salad – Order without chicken and Gorgonzola
  • Peach and Blueberry Smoothie
  • Steel Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries & Pecans
  • Asian Sesame with Chicken – Order without chicken and wontons


  • Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli Bowl: 740 Calories
  • Baja Bowl: 690 Calories
  • Mediterranean Bowl: 590 Calories
  • Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken: 560 Calories
  • BBQ Chicken Salad: 490 Calories
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken: 440 Calories 
  • Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt: 940 Calories
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich: 740 Calories
  • Turkey Chili: 330 Calories

Who is the target audience of this Panera Bread’s menu?

When it comes to food, Panera Bread has a solid track record of catering to its most affluent customers who skew toward women, Asian Americans, and particularly, the younger generations. The most popular meal occasions are casual lunches and a quick bite, but Panera’s target audience is young and middle-aged people from middle and upper-middle-class households. 

This is no surprise considering that their menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, and pastas as well as soups made from scratch daily. The secret to Panera Bread’s success? They’ve created an environment where people can eat freshly-made food that’s made with integrity.

Is Panera Bread considered to be an expensive restaurant? 

There’s no shortage of people complaining about the price of Panera Bread food on Reddit. Of course, you’ll find complaints about the price of even the lowest cost fast-food joints if you really want to on this website.

While I think you’d be hard pressed to say Panera Bread is expensive there’s more than a handful of menu items that are overpriced. Here are a couple easy targets for criticism.

  • The grilled cheese sandwich costs $8. There’s nothing particularly unique about this sandwich either. There’s no bacon, tomatoes, or a fancy sauce. The current sandwich contains cheddar cheese between two pieces of sourdough bread. This is a slightly elevated adult version of grilled cheese sandwich, but the price / value exchange is up for debate.
  • As mentioned earlier, a tough one for me is the lineup of chicken sandwiches. The Signature Take Chicken Sandwich and The Spicy Take Chicken Sandwich both cost $12.59. Want avocado added to the sandwich? That will be an additional $0.99 please. Again, even after taking into account food inflation you could pay less for this sandwich at a higher end sit-down restaurant.

Despite my criticisms of this restaurant, I still enjoy it. My kids like it too and they regularly order cups of the chicken noodle soup. It’s one of the few places my entire family can seem to agree on even if the prices of select items raise eyebrows.