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“Delicious food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory
10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Ste 3070, Columbia, MD 21044-3851
410-997-9311
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Ranked #33 of 224 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Columbia, Maryland
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76 reviews 76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Delicious food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We went to Cheesecake Factory on a Thursday evening, shortly after 8:00, and got seated quickly. I guess we got lucky in that respect. If you don't like waiting, or have a movie to catch at the theaters next door, avoid the Cheesecake Factory during prime hours. Parking can be difficult during busy times, too.
The other advice I would give is to skip the first course, and just order an entree. Or, make the appetizers your meal. They serve huge portions of food! Almost anything you are in the mood for, Cheesecake Factory has it on the menu: salads, sandwiches, burgers, steak, seafood, pasta...and more. All of us ate about half of our meals and brought the rest home.
Then, of course, there is the huge variety of cheesecakes. There is something to please everybody. My personal favorites are the vanilla bean, banana cream, or key lime.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Columbia, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“If one could hold a conversation here I'd give it 4 stars.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

The food is very good, the service is excellent, and the prices are reasonable however it is so noisy in this restaurant that holding a conversation is an athletic event. One would think the customers were watching a football game and cheering for the home town team. We only enjoy this place when they first open for the day but who wants to eat so early just to have a peaceful place for lunch?

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Laurel Fork, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“If You Like Cheescake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Food was pretty good and the dessert selection was large. Of course we had to have cheesecake - it was very good.

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Columbia, Maryland, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“great cheesecake”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The cheesecake is awesome. Food just mediocre. The wait however, is why I dont go more often. I am not going to wait up to 2 hours to eat mediocre food.

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Olney, Maryland
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“A Gluten-Free Challenge, But OK Otherwise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

While many other prominent national chain restaurants are expanding gluten-free options or offering GF menus outright, Cheesecake Factory, with its gargantuan menu, is a big disappointment. At this busy restaurant in Columbia, a waiter told us there was talk of developing a GF menu, but it didn't turn out. If that's true, it's a pity. The food here can be very good. But it's obvious it can be an easy trap for anyone with gluten allergies, unless you have a server, as we did, who's willing to make numerous trips back to the kitchen to ask the chef about ingredients, including in salad dressings. The salads my GF wife and I ordered were very good and tasty. My Vietnamese spring rolls were fabulous. And the Happy Hour wine pours at the bar were generous and a great value.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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