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“A Gluten-Free Challenge, But OK Otherwise”

The Cheesecake Factory
Ranked #35 of 271 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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.

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

The food -- I had a burger -- was good and cooked just right. The only down side was the high noise level, which resulted in my rating this one average

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We like to order a few appetizers as our meal - so many good choices. It can be a bit loud, but fun.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The food at Cheescake Factory is nothing to get excited about. The servings are very large so its great if you have a big appetite. The veggie pizza is good. Also, the space is very noisy so having a normal conversation over dinner can be difficult. The real draw is the cheesecake. It is delicious and whether you're a chocaholic or a fruit lover there's a cheesecake there that you'll love.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We don't even get to the cheescakes the appetizers are so good thai lettuce wraps, beet and goat cheese salads. Mojitos Good celebration spot with something for everyone. Excellent service

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