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11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Cheesecake Factory

By Lana Kisner | November 8, 2023

The Cheesecake Factory is an upscale, casual dining restaurant chain known for its generous portions and delicious cheesecakes. It’s a great place to go for a romantic date night but also casual enough to enjoy a quick lunch meal. With their ever-evolving, large menu, there’s always something new and exciting to try at their restaurants. If you love their cheesecakes, food, and atmosphere, here are some facts about The Cheesecake Factory you probably didn’t know.

1. It Is an Upscale, Casual Dining Restaurant Chain With No Dress Code

The Cheesecake Factory is an upscale, casual dining restaurant. There is no required dress code, and customers are welcome to come as they please. However, the upscale atmosphere also makes restaurants a fantastic venue for those looking to get dressed up for date nights or social gatherings.

2. Restaurants Offer a Complimentary “Baby Plate” for Kids

Cheesecake Factory offers a complimentary “Baby Plate” made of sliced banana and fresh bread to keep children in booster or high chairs occupied while you dine. This comes in pretty handy for busy parents. Children 10 and under can also choose their meals from a specialized kids’ menu.

3. Lunch And Dinner Are Busy Hours

Cheesecake Factory restaurants are typically busiest during peak dining hours. At most locations, busy hours tend to be from noon to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, they can be busy all day until about 9 p.m. To reduce your waiting time, you can choose to sit at “high top” tables in the bar area, which is usually always available, and the full menu is served.

4. You Can Order Takeout and Delivery

While the most popular way to enjoy the restaurant’s food is to dine in, the chain also offers takeout and delivery. Takeout is available for all menu items except alcoholic drinks, and orders can be placed online, by phone, or at a restaurant bakery counter. Delivery orders can be placed on their website or through DoorDash.

5. They Take Limited Reservations for Parties of Six or Less

The Cheesecake Factory accepts a limited number of reservations for parties of six or fewer. However, they typically do not take reservations during busy times like the evenings, weekends, holidays, or special event seasons such as prom or graduation. Reservations can be made online or by phone. The best way to make a reservation is through their Reservations Page, which has an online form that can be submitted directly to the restaurant you are interested in.

6. Select Restaurants Can Accommodate Large Parties and Functions

While each location is unique, some restaurants have open floor plans to accommodate large parties. A few locations also have banquet halls that can host private events for up to 200 guests. To find out more information about hosting a large event at The Cheesecake Factory, you can fill out and submit the form on their Banquet Information page.

7. The Cheesecake Factory Menu Includes More Than 250 Items

The Cheesecake Factory is known for its generous portions and delicious cheesecakes, but did you know that their menu includes more than 250 items? The entire menu is available all day, and restaurants don’t mind if you share plates. If a full portion is too much, their SkinnyLicious Menu has some great options for appetizers and small plates.

8. They Offer a Personalized Dessert on Your Birthday

Cheesecake Factory is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday with a personalized dessert. If you order one, they will write “Happy Birthday” and the birthday guest’s name in either chocolate or caramel. The plate is also decorated with candy confetti, and the cake is completed with a candle on top. If you’re too stuffed from dinner to enjoy a dessert, they offer a free birthday sundae with a tiny “scoopette” made of vanilla ice cream fudge and crowned with whipped cream, confetti pieces, and a birthday candle.

9. You Can Order Whole Cheesecakes at Any Restaurant or Online

Most Cheesecake Factory restaurants sell whole cheesecakes to take home. These come in 6-inch, 7-inch, or 10-inch sizes and a variety of flavors. Those who can’t pick just one flavor can order two different flavored halves of a 10-inch cheesecake. These are deeply chilled, so you can easily travel with them and defrost them in your refrigerator overnight.

10. Cheesecake Factory Introduces a New Cheesecake on National Cheesecake Day

National Cheesecake Day is on July 30th, and The Cheesecake Factory is the perfect place to celebrate. Since 2008, the restaurant chain has celebrated the special day by introducing a new cheesecake flavor every year. In addition, they give back by donating a portion of every cheesecake purchased on National Cheesecake Day to The Feeding America network of food banks.

11. You Can Gift a Cheesecake With Their Gift Cards

Cheesecake Factory sells both physical gift cards and eGift cards. Physical gift cards can be purchased from one of their restaurants or retailers like grocery stores and pharmacy chains. Digital gift cards, aka “eGift Cards,” can be purchased online at their website and are delivered to the recipient’s email.

About the Author

Lana Kisner is a writer on the team with more than 15 years of experience in the food service industry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, listening to live music, and hiking with her dog.