The P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is an Asian American casual dining restaurant chain with over 200 location worldwide. The biggest chain of its type in the United States, this brand has grown considerably since it was first founded back in 1993.
Headquarters: Scotsdale, Arizona
Style: Asian American Cuisine
P.F. Chang’s has tapped into a market that few US restaurant chains ever ventured into. After all, this is a country big on Mexican fare and on traditional American cuisine, with chains like Taco Bell, Chipotle, McDonalds and Sonic dominating. They offer customers something new and something different, but with all the consistency and reliability that a chain provides.
P.F. Chang’s History
The first P.F. Chang’s restaurant was opened in 1993, but the story goes back further than that. The chain was named for the co-founders Philip Chiang (later shortened to “Chang”) and Paul Fleming.
Philip Chiang’s mother was Cecilia Chiang, who opened a Chinese restaurant in the 1960s that proved to be very popular. In the 1970s, her “Mandarin” restaurant opened its second location in Beverly Hills, serving the fashionable upper-class, celebrities and rock stars of the time. Cecilia later moved back to China and put her son, Philip, in control of the business.
In the 1990s, Chiang met Paul Fleming, and together they created the P.F. Chang’s restaurant. Their goal was to combine simple Asian ingredients to create food that the American people would enjoy. They focused on lettuce wraps, delicate dim sums and Asian-inspired street fare, and they served it all in a casual dining location, offering comfort, quality service and a relaxing ambiance.
P.F. Chang’s Menu
P.F. Chang’s has a catering menu and some happy hour specials to explore. The main menu is also extensive, with all kinds of entrees, mains, salads, soups and more. Their “Street Fare” menu will escort you to the night markets of the far east; their dim sum menu offers a selection of tasty, bite-size dumplings; and there is also a selection of sushi dishes to enjoy.
The main menu options include beef dishes, vegetarian dishes, noodle dishes, seafood dishes and chicken dishes. There are eastern-inspired desserts, including a Vietnamese Chocolate Lava Cake and Banana Spring Rolls, or you can opt for American options like Cobbler.
There is also a menu for couples, with meal deals on four-course meals for two. These include a selection of Street Fare dishes, soups and entrees, before finishing with a dessert.
P.F. Chang’s Secret Menu
We get a lot of questions along the lines of, “Is the P.F. Chang’s secret menu real or just an urban legend?” Secret menus have come a long way over the last year, which is in no small part thanks to the work that we have done on this site.
As a result, everyone knows about the McDonalds secret menu, the Subway secret menu, the Starbucks secret menu and many more. But for smaller restaurants like this, as well as chains like Hooters and Nando’s, info is a little thin on the ground.
That’s the bad news. But the good news is that we have done the legwork. We have asked around. We have pestered the serving staff and managers and we have discovered that there is a secret menu. It may not be as good as some of the aforementioned ones, and it’s certainly not as extensive. But it exists.
So, be sure to check this out if you want to discover some P.F. Chang’s menu hacks for yourself. We have also included some recipes and some other secrets that can improve your dining experience. You can also do your bit to increase the size of the P.F. Chang’s secret menu. Because the more times you click onto their main webpage after using that search term; the more times you visit our own secret menu page and the more times you pester P.F. Chang’s through social media and in person, the more likely they are to create more hidden menu items.
P.F. Chang’s Nutrition and Calories
P.F. Chang’s has an extensive gluten-free menu. Typically, for anyone with a gluten intolerance, an Asian menu is a minefield. But that’s not the case here and there is no shortage of menu items to choose from. All of these are clearly labelled, and the staff are well trained in dealing with this issue. So, if you’re not sure, just ask.
There are options for other special diets as well, and you shouldn’t have an issue finding something to eat if you’re vegetarian, vegan, or if you have nut allergies. The menu clearly labels what the food contains and there are options specifically for people with special diets.
Asian food is typically very healthy. But Asian American food tends to be a little heavier on the fat, the salt and the sugar. There are healthier options available though.
To learn more about the fat and calorie content of your food, read our P.F. Chang’s Nutrition Info guide. This is updated regularly and contains all of the items on the menu.
P.F. Chang’s Menu Prices
This is a casual dining restaurant, so don’t expect to fill-up on food for less than $10 like you can at Sonic, In-N-Out Burger or Del Taco. The prices are roughly in line with what you would pay at other casual dining locations like Nando’s and Olive Garden. But of course, the food is completely different.
As an example of what you can expect, a starter costs between $6 and $10; soups are just $3-4 for a small cup; the salads, which are full meals in themselves, cost around $10 to $15; and a main meal will set you back around $13.
You can generally enjoy a comfortable meal, with several courses, a bottle of wine and a dessert, for around $50. If money is a little tight, there are cheaper options available as well. Just be sure to cut down on the courses, and to order the smaller versions. You may also want to skip on the wine, as this is always marked-up in restaurants.
To see more P.F. Chang’s prices, and to work out the cost for yourself, read our guide on the subject.
P.F. Chang’s Locations
P. F. Chang’s may have been founded in the United States and this may be their strongest market. But unlike many rival fast food chains that have over 90% of their locations in the US, over a quarter of all P. F. Chang’s restaurants are overseas.
Many of these restaurants are run by the multinational company M.H. Alshaya. This company also helps to operate brands like Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory and IHOP. This support means that P. F. Chang’s can now be found in all of the following countries outside the US:
- Chile (all in Santiago)
- Colombia (all in Bogota)
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic (opening from 2016 onwards)
- Guatemala (opening from 2016 onwards)
- Egypt (opening from 2016 onwards)
- Kuwait (Kuwait City and Mahboula)
- Lebanon (all in Beirut)
- Mexico (including more than a dozen in Mexico City)
- Puerto Rico
- Saudi Arabia (in Jeddah)
- South Korea (in Seoul and Busan)
- Turkey (all in Istanbul)
- United Arab Emirates (around 10 in total, all in Dubai or Abu Dhabi)
- United Kingdom (opening from 2017 onwards, in London)
P.F. Chang’s Store Hours
Most P.F. Chang’s locations open from between 9:00am and 11:00am, to 9:00pm and 11:00pm, depending on the location. These times may vary for the international locations and during Sundays and holidays. Be sure to check with your local store before paying them a visit. You can also call ahead to book a table and make sure they are able to cater for any special diets that you may have.