Seattle >Food & Dining > The Cheesecake Factory
700 Pike St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.611700 -122.333338
M-Th 11-11, F-Sa 11-12, Su 10-11
Neighborhoods: Central Business District, Downtown
Exspensive chain quality food – Been a few years since I have been to a Cheesecake Factory, and the in-laws wanted to go for their birthday dinner so we treated. The place is designed incredibly well, but is lost in the cattle car herding mentality of the wait staff. Get em in and get em out. Lots of food choices, was in the mood for a burger, so had the Blue Cheese BLT Burger. Fair. Wasn't bad, but not great either. Kind of like an Applebee's level of quality. Had a Lemon Cherry cheesecake to finish off the evening (don't remember the name of it), but again it was ok...not anything to write home about, but certainly not bad. Could have used about a 1/3 portion of the cheesecake though. In all honesty, I have had better cheesecake made at Costco, however.
Sum it up...you won't be disappointed, but you won't necessarily remember the Cheesecake factory experience either.
Nice Atmosphere- Just Average Food – The food is average and it has a nice atmosphere. The desert was better than the main course. Always seems to have long wait times. Overall not too impressed.
Great atmosphere and food – Cheesecake factory is a great place to eat when you want good quality casual dining. It's not expensive, but the atmosphere makes you feel like you should be paying more for the food.
Decadent cheesecakes and classic American cuisine makes this a popular chain. – In Short
Faux-rustic finishes and colorful light fixtures abound at this almost always crowded chain. The thick-as-a-book menu features Americanized versions of worldly cuisines--Mexican, Vietnamese, Italian, Thai--but succeeds best with American classics. Burgers are a good choice, especially the ""Roadside Sliders,"" mini burgers served as appetizers. The myriad cheesecakes are over-the-top in concept and decadence. You'll leave full, with leftovers.
Great food and service and excellent cheesecake! – My wife and I went to the Cheese cake factory for our wedding anniversary. She had wanted to go there for a long time. We made it out to Seattle from the Puyallup area early and made a resrvation. We then headed down to the Pike place market to look around. When we returned we were promptly seated and were attended to very well. We had drinks quickly and appetizers shortly after that. The food was excellent and prepared the way we asked for. The wait staff was very good at checking on us and getting anything that we asked for. Our table was on an upper level and I had a good view looking all around the restaurant. The place was bustling with activity and all the guests I saw looked to be enjoying themselves. Those who complain that the place doesn't have a childrens menu, should go to Denny's. I take my wife out once in a while to nice place to get away, we have four kids and like the time alone. If I wanted to hear someones little brat crying I would eat at home. I don't pay for a nice meal to hear someone elses kid screaming above my conversation. So cudos to the Cheesecake factory, I didn't have to hear one snivel or whine!
Long waits, mediocre service, in a less prominent location the place would go under, here they have lines... – Two people and we waited for 30 minutes to be seated. Service was slow and not good. Our waiter was annoyed having to get condiments. Servings were large. Food was ok. Dessert was good.
Bill was incorrect and took some time sorting out.
All in all below average
Delicious Lemoncello Cake – My husband and I stopped in to pick up dessert on our way back to our hotel. The restaurant was packed to the max! Luckily, they have a dessert counter devoted to take out! I settled on a piece of lemoncello cake. My husband decided not to order his own dessert, said he'd just have a bite of mine. It was SO good though that he ended up eating half of my piece of cake! :-) If you've not had this one before I highly recommend it. It's light and refreshing with a perfect lemon flavor. If we hadn't of been in town for just one night, I might've bought a whole one!!
No Kid Menus! – I'm baffled as to why this restaurant is voted a family friendly place when it doesn't even have kids menus. Yes, you can find something to appease most children on the adult menu (pizza, fettuccini), but the prices are 2-3 times more than what you would normally pay for a kids meal. I have not returned with my three kids for this very reason. Get with the program Cheesecake Factory! Your name sounds family friendly, you encourage families to come, but you don't offer kids menus! Make up your mind on what kind of restaurant you want to be.
They don't serve just cheesecake! – This is a great place to go if you're with a big group of friends. But make sure to go early because it gets busy once lunch and dinner time comes around. The menu is great because it has all different types of food and not just CHEESECAKE!
Wait was more than twice and long as promised, extra tip added, expensive parking. – Our party of 10 arrived at 1 p.m. Sat. afternoon. We were told by the hostess that the only table of that size would be available in 30-40 minutes. With our large group it sounded reasonable. Hostess kept saying the party at the table we were waiting for were ready to leave. We waited for over 1 hr and 20 minutes, -- then the hostess decided to put 3 tables together for our party, since the party still wasn't leaving. Why didn't she just do that in the beginning? Customers who were waiting when we arrived had come and gone. -- Couldn't eat dessert there (ran out of time) so decided to bring a cheescake home. Our waitress offered to get it from the bakery for us and just add it to our bill. Sounded good at the time but when I got the bill, I also had an automatic 18% tip added, which would have been okay for the food and drink there BUT re-checking the bill when I got home --- an extra tip of $4.50 was added on for the $24.95 cheesecake. I could have picked it up myself on the way out and saved that $4.50. (Talk about salt being rubbed into the wound). -- My miso salmon was great! -- I believe in paying for what we get but my good feelings deflate if I feel I've been taken advantage of. Is that fair? The long wait is my main complaint.
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