The Cheesecake Factory (Fort Lauderdale)

Posted on April 29th, 2009 · American Desserts Fort Lauderdale


*****  The Cheesecake Factory, 600 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 (954) 463-1999.

I’ m gonna go out on a limb here…and guess that you guys know what The Cheesecake Factory “is”…for those that don’t, a “Casual American-Style” joint.

The Cheesecake Factory has been around for something like 30 years and has restaurants all over the United States…for the record, there are 14 in Florida. Just off the top of my head, I know that within the past 2-years I have eaten in Cheesecakes in Aventura, Boca Raton, Coconut Grove, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens and Miami. My latest “outing” was last night at the Las Olas location.

I call The Cheesecake Factory the “go to place.”…like when you need a real good meal–real good prices–real good portions–real good service. Take a look at this joint’s website for menu/prices/photos/locations. The menu is something like 12-million pages long and trust me on this, you will absolutely positively find something to eat…appetizers, salads, sandwiches,  pastas, pizzas, meat/seafood/chicken entrees, desserts. Your 5 year old, your teenager, your 97 year old grandma…will all enjoy eating in this joint.

Unless I am getting senile here…the decor in all locations is identical (Mayan Indian meets Inca Indian meets Horoscope)…same goes for the menu. How they do it is beyond me, but the waiters/waitresses are the most competent and pleasant group going. Let’s put it this way, The Cheesecake Factory is one of the “top” players in the casual-dining sector.

Over the years, I have eaten sliders, chicken pot stickers, meat loaf, grilled chicken, fried cheese,  cobb salad, eggs…and of course cheesecake. This is just a partial-list…and let’s just say, I have never had a bad meal.

If you have eaten in The Cheesecake Factory…you know that I “speak the truth” when I tell you, that this a terrific restaurant. Big meal-small meal, dessert…this joint has you covered.

Like I said before, my last Cheesecake outing was last night at 6pm at the Olas location…had tickets for  the 8pm performance of  The Jersey Boys at the Broward Center. Great sliders and pot stickers with a Fresca. By the way, you don’t want to miss that-show.

The Cheesecake Factory is open Monday-Thursday 11:30am-11:30pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-12:30am and Sunday 10am-11am.

16 Comments to “The Cheesecake Factory (Fort Lauderdale)”

  1. The Chowfather says...

    Burger king and cheesecake???? what happened to the real Jeff???

  2. JeffEats says...

    The Chowfather: Just had a chance to read your post. No question, BK and Cheesecake are not the most off the track joints…then again, Chipolte (yours 4/29/09) ain’t exactly fireworks, either. Take care.

    Thanks for reading…

  3. Ben W. says...

    Jeff, you are right Cheesecake is a good restaurant that never fails.

  4. Natalie says...

    I did have something bad there once, the Crabcake Sandwich. My fav there is Blackened Chicken Sandwich.

  5. tom s. says...

    jeff eats–i eat out a lot. like you i love all kinds of little nobody joints. you are really good in finding out of the way spots that most people would never find. keep up the good work.

    on another front i read your comments about cheescake’s-Bk’s-caboose’s sliders. i have to tell you that Morton’s in Boca has terrific sliders as does J mark’s in Lighthouse Point. the best that i have eaten in fl are those at arnold’s royal castle. they are just greasy enough.

    one final thing, i am a huge fan of 5 guys and see that years ago you were at a 5 guys before many ever heard the name. great find.

  6. The Chowfather says...

    True regarding Chipotle BUT I was not recommending it, rather passing along a FREE deal during tough times… This BK sliders are gross

  7. first time at Cheesecake this week.
    wonderful selection.
    reasonable prices.
    competent waiters
    delicious food.

  8. If anyone is looking for a delicious cheesecake or gourmet desserts check out Lancaster Cheesecake’s website. I recieved their sampler called “Kid In The Candy Store” as a gift last Christmas and it was awesome! In my opinion, they are as good, if not better than Juniors or the Cheesecake Factory. My favorite flavor was Raspberry Rapture. I couldn’t eat all of the slices and ended up giving a few of them a way to friends! They are located in Lancaster, PA, home of the Amish if anyone is from around there, but they ship all over the world I think.

  9. JeffEats says...

    Andrew A. Sailer: Just had a chance to read your post.

    Just so we are straight, you know and I know and now Jeff Eats’ readers know, that you own/work for Lancaster. That said, I liked Lancaster’s site, so I’ll let Jeff Eats’ readers decide for themselves about the product.

    Thanks for reading…

  10. arnie says...

    service in boca stinks. no one clears table. waiters in attentive.

  11. jenna says...

    Ate there last Sunday. Sat us next to a table full of 10 year olds for their birthday party. This is something that shold be in a more private place. The acustics in that place is bad anyway but yelling girls sitting a few feet away was just not a way to enjoy your meal. Childrens birthdays should be loud and happy but have a brain and seat them in a less crowded area. We didn’t say anything because we are not the type to make a fuss but all around were faces of annoyed customers. The food there is always good and most times the waite staff as well. But we could not have a conversation across the table to each other at all. Don’t bother to call and tell the management later they are so packed they don’t care.

  12. Ken Stephenson says...

    The Board of Health ought to stop in and check the Boca restaurant out. Filthy floors and unwashed utensils and dishes. Amazing to me as to how low this once terrific restaurant has fallen.

  13. Harriet Green says...

    My husband and I use to be good customers of the Boca location.
    I say use to, because after having dessert there last night, we won’t be eating there ever again.
    Rather than going into detail, dirty dishes, filthy cushioned seats, disgusting coffee, disgusting cake, horrendous and nasty service, a perfectly nice evening and hard earned money down the drain.
    The GM of this store better figure out what is going on here.

  14. S G says...

    Sooooo disappointing! Our group of six stopped in for late night coffee and cake, but left very sorry we did. First the table was set with some noticeably unclean dishes and the banquette had salad tucked between the cushion and the wall. UGH!!!
    Then the iced and regular decafs were made with undrinkable overly strong, burnt coffee. Even the replacement cappuccinos and soda were tasteless and worthless. Two pieces of cheesecake proved to be tasty, but the apple crisp had almost no “crisp”, only baked apple slices and ice cream in a syrup.
    Our coffee and cake outing turned into a mediocre dessert and water evening. It took discussion with two managers to get any relief on the bill. We should not have had to ask – it should have been automatic for a manager to simply delete the check when so much has gone wrong and six people are visibly upset about their experience in your restaurant.
    This place may be a big chain, but that doesn’t give them the right to take advantage and abuse customers – even ones who’ll never go back again.

  15. lo lo says...

    Store in Boca.
    Bread dishes were dirty.
    Seats had food on them.
    Food was lousy.
    Waitress was lousy.
    Won’t be back.

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