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I have been going to panera for years but not as much lately because the portion sizes got smaller and the prices higher. This time, my sons bread bowl was less than half full.

I took it back and the manager said he wouldn't add more to it because they measure the size precisely and that's all you get. I told him I have been getting those for years and never had it filled that low. He basically said too bad and dissed me. So instead of filling it up at a cost of probably only 20 cents, he lost a take home order I had planned on ordering where he would have made over $15 and worse, at least 5 semi regular clients who were tottering on whether panera was worthy.

He was rude and dismissive. When I asked his name, he wouldn't tell me his full name, only "Dan".

When I said please tell me your full name, he refused and said it's just manager Dan. That seems pretty shady to me that a manager of a restaurant is afraid to state his full name.

Product or Service Mentioned: Panera Bread Soup.

Reason of review: Not as described/ advertised.

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Totally agree. I’m over their mini portions.


I had the same issue. I bought 1/2 sandwich with soup and my panini sandwich was not flattened and a was made with a baguette the a size of a deck of cards 11.48 for what????


Panera has really changed. Smaller portions.

The new Panera Bread at Surfside Beach, SC is dirty. No lemons, knifes ..

lay out of the store is awful .. Very disappointed!


Portions are terrible! I asked for a soup and it was small mostly broth....i asked for more and they told me they could not give me more...I hate it! I wish I could complain to someone


I used to eat at Panera three or four times a week....but as of late - portions getting 20% smaller.....I am pissed....I guess they think the 'masses' are stupid. They do have good coffee selection -still - but their pastry selection is getting 'stale'...no change in seven years! Old grade: A- New Grade: B-


I knew someone who worked at Panera. The soup is portioned out in proper measure, the bowls, though, since they are fresh, can vary in size from too small to too large.

You did get the proper soup portion. You just happened to have a larger than average bread bowl.

Youre not going to get free stuff just because the bowl isn't filled to the brim. That's not how it works.


That's bull. You now get a CUP of soup even though it is a bread bowl. They do NOT give you a bowl of soup, it is a cup when you order the bread dowl.


What is your policy when you run out of a very popular bagel before noon on a Sunday? I asked when or if they were making more and was basically blown off. How can you run out of a popular bagel and tell the customer to bad??


" popular bagel" Uhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... It's popular.

Expect it to run out.. Once it's gone, it's gone.

That's all there is for the day, there isn't anymore. It's that simple and most mature adults understand that.


Get a life!


I'd agree but Panera is one of the biggest price gougers out there its ridiculous.


You can't just traipse into a restaurant with your two ton twinkle toes demanding more more more!!!


If Corporate has decreed what you got as the portion size offered, then that is all the manager can give you. If he gives you more, then you will expect it every time you go there.

I can't go into a restaurant and demand a larger portion for free.

Why should you be able to? Don't like the portion sizes, don't give them your business.


the manager should've told you his last name. Hope you complained to corporate.

Start making your own soup at home.

I do this at least once a week. Reheats well, super cheap portions..


The manager’s last name is not required. If she wants to report him, I’m pretty sure his store location and first name would be enough.

If it was necessary his full name would be on his name tag.

I don’t blame him for not wanting to give his full name to an upset stranger. People are crazy so it’s best to be safe than sorry.


The manager didn't act accordingly to Panera standards. He/she should have filled a to go cup with the soup that you requested so bread bowl would be where it should have been to begin with. Simple fix.


Panera has indeed lessened the portion sizes. You can read complaints about this all over the internet. You can blame corporate for that.