The Cheesecake Factory (San Francisco, CA, USA).

Union Square from The Cheesecake Factory.

Now that’s one spectacular view you’ll get from the alfresco dining at The Cheesecake Factory. Though a significantly lower count of seats outdoors, we still chose it over the indoor seatings. Well of course, ambience counts in the overall dining experience for me. Be warned though, you’d be put in line amongst tens of others waiting for a coveted seat here at the restaurant.

Front Desk of the Restaurant.

I love how the font makes the restaurant looks like a fantasy arena. Like a Once Upon A Time story behind the glimmering lights surrounding the desk. Don’t be afraid to approach them for a seat even in the sea of people standing around waiting for the seats to free up.

Alfresco Dining Area.

Depending on the season, you’d be grateful for the sun shining onto the diners. While I was there, I sure was. The cold wind was like swishes of teeth-clattering spells constantly cast on me. The waitperson who served our table (I can still recall her name – Tatiana) was way out of many other waitpersons’ league. She made herself more than approachable, easy to talk to, and had good product knowledge. The dining experience was greatly enhanced by her presence.

Their bread basket was made by their own kitchen, and hands down, it was the best bread basket I’ve had in my life. No exaggeration. We could just sit there the whole day stuffing down the bread.

Oreo Milkshake :: USD$6.95+ | Tropical Smoothie :: USD$5.95+.

Oreo Milkshake (USD$6.95+) / Tropical Smoothie (USD$5.95+):: I was largely disappointed by the Oreo Milkshake, partly because it wasn’t easy on the throat, and partly because it wasn’t as ‘chocolatey’ as I’d expected. The Tropical Smoothie on the other hand, triumphs over the latter. It was expectedly refreshing and zesty. Good on a hot summer day, especially.

Fettuccini Alfredo :: USD$10.95+

Carbonara :: USD$10.95+

Fettuccini Alfredo / Carbonara :: We were let known that they have a Lunch Special, which equates to a smaller portion (well, generally because white collar workers have to have a quick lunch). It was served till 5pm, so it doesn’t matter even if you commonly have a late lunch. So this, was the Lunch Special. And even so, it was such a huge portion I shudder to think what the original size would be like. But both the pasta that we ordered were a little off-standard. They were easy to get sick of, and didn’t have much a significant taste to it as we’d have like. I can only conclude that – skip their pasta choices and go for something else on its extensive menu.

Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake.

Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake :: An absolute stunner just by its name already. Sure enough, it wasn’t anywhere near a let down. A relatively sizable portion with more than sufficient of chocolate in a cheesecake, this is for people like me – a Chocolate lover.

Key Lime Cheesecake.

Key Lime Cheesecake :: I thought this was more of a mediocre piece of dessert. I must say though, the vanilla crumb crust saved the day.

If you ask me if I’d revisit the restaurant, I say, sure. I want more of their signature cheesecakes, and probably give other mains on the menu a shot. Not forgetting just experiencing exceptional service for one, and a great view of Union Square while dining on Level 8 of Macy’s Building.

Address (In Context): 251 Geary Street, Level 8, Macy’s Building
Telephone: (415) 391-4444
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs); 11am – 12.30am (Fri & Sat); 10am – 11pm (Sun)
Photos by Kathleen.

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