You know you’re in Beverly Hills when even a chain restaurant like Cheesecake Factory offers valet parking and a heated sidewalk patio so visitors can dine al fresco during the winter months.
Despite that Been Here Done That tends to review ‘unique’ dining venues, Cheesecake Factory in Beverly Hills bears mentioning given that it is, in fact, distinct to the chain. For starters, this 90210 location was the first of the now 185 restaurants that span the United States and a few international sites such as Dubai and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Secondly, it’s known for its frequent celebrity clientele who are often photographed by the paparazzi as they’re coming and going. And last but not least, it encompasses unmistakable architecture given that it’s built on an incline on North Beverly Drive and reflects the slope inside the restaurant with random dips and pitches in the flooring… even in the bathrooms.
The interior, with much in the way of dark wood and low light, presents as slightly more upscale than other Cheesecake Factory locations, and certainly the line-up at the door is not only indicative of the restaurant’s popularity, but also of most prominent eateries in the Beverly Hills area.
The menu is standard to every Cheesecake Factory, as the restaurant features interesting appetizers, a vast array of uncommon yet mouthwatering salads and sandwiches, ‘glamburgers’, a variety of pasta dishes, a health-conscious selection found in the Skinnylicious section of the menu, and, of course, cheesecakes, in 20 different flavors. Not only are they available on the menu, but also within the bakery counter for take-out purposes.
If you have yet to eat at a Cheesecake Factory, you might be familiar with their tasty treats seeing as they are served in many Barnes & Noble cafes.
Yet despite the many decadent desserts and lunch-like options (of which the chicken parm on a French roll and chicken salad sandwich on Brioche bread remain among our favorites), Cheesecake Factory also creates an unforgettable dinner of steaks and chops. As a matter of fact, the filet mignon at this Beverly Hills locale was one of THE most tender and juicy filets we’ve ever tasted.
As a diner, you can expect:
– to wait 15 – 30 minutes for a table depending on the night you choose to go, though you might be seated quicker if you opt for the sidewalk patio this time of year, where you can see and be seen.
– to be offered a selection of waters to start your meal. After all, it is LA. 🙂
– to consume a lot of calories unless you opt for the Skinnylicious menu which features a variety of appetizers, salads, and lower-cal dishes such as lemon-garlic shrimp and grilled salmon.
– to receive ridiculously large portions, the kind that will leave you feeling overly full or requesting a take-home carton.
– to receive fast and outstanding service from a truly friendly wait staff
– and finally, to pay the same as you would at any other Cheesecake Factory, which approximately is $7-$10 per appetizer, $12-$15 per sandwich, $13 per pizza, $11-$14 per glamburger, $14-$19 for pasta dishes, $20-$30 for steaks, and $8 per slice of cheesecake.
The Cheesecake Factory hours are Mon-Thu: 11:00am- 11:00pm, Fri-Sat: 11:00am – 12:00am, Sun: 10:00am -11:00pm. The Cheesecake Factory Sunday Brunch is served between 10:00am – 2:00pm.
If you’re in Beverly Hills or plan to be, be sure to stop in. It’s a must! And you never know who you might see!