The chain was founded in Scottsdale, AZ in 1993 by Paul Fleming and Philip Chiang.
The restaurants serve American Chinese cuisine from a menu originally conceived and planned by chef Philip Chiang. "P. F. Chang's" is the namesake of Paul Fleming (P. F.) and Philip Chiang (whose surname is simplified to Chang).
As of 2010, P. F. Chang's operates more than 200 restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Kuwait City, and Dubai in United Arab Emirates.
The 18-week projects are approximately 7500sf in size.