The Cheesecake Factory

3 ratings
$$ • Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Appetizers, Bread/Buns, Burgers, Cheesecake, Dessert, Pasta

Warning

This is a chain, which typically means a high risk of cross-contact. It may not be possible to dine safely at this establishment.

4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center
Skokie, IL 60077

Most Recent Reviews


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I ordered the 4-cheese pasta that was listed as a gluten free option. The description listed 4 cheeses plus marinara. I asked for the marinara on the side because I don't like cheese sauce and marinara mixed together. My waiter didn't speak English very well, he brought me a bowl of dry gluten free pasta with chicken on it, and a bowl of marinara. I asked him where the cheese was and he brought me a small plate with a dollop of ricotta cheese on it. I told him it was supposed to be 4 cheese pasta, I expected there to be some kind of yellow cheese sauce in it, and he proceeded to bring me 2 more small plates with shredded cheese. I really didn't know what to do next, I was so confused. I told him I expected the dish to look like macaroni and cheese with yellow cheese sauce. He went to get the manager, who thankfully spoke English, and he had told the manager I wanted to know why my noodles were yellow. I explained to the manager that I ordered the gluten free 4 cheese pasta dish and I was expecting something more like macaroni and cheese. He said no worries, I can whip you up a cheese sauce if you like. He came out soon after with a cheese sauce for my noodles which tasted pretty good despite the fact that their gluten free noodles aren't all that great to begin with. Then I ended up getting sick when we got back to the hotel. We don't go to pricy places like this often, it was supposed to be a special treat for my daughter's birthday. Definitely won't be back.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Burger on a gluten free bun was great. Fries were also on the gluten free menu - they were so good. Had no problems after eating there.

Updated 9 years ago read full review

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Guac was a bit too spicy and corn cakes were just ok. Better off getting the arugula or asparagus salad and pasta.

Updated 10 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Appetizers
  • Bread/Buns
  • Burgers
  • Cheesecake
  • Dessert
  • Gluten-Free Menu
  • Pasta

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Kid Friendly
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegetarian Friendly

Notes


The Cheesecake Factory has an extensive gluten free menu. Gluten free options include pasta, burgers (with buns), and cheesecake for dessert.

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Reviews of this Chain

Symptomatic Celiac

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Not many gluten free meal options and only 3 cheesecake options. Definitely not the safest option but very good if you are willing to risk it.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Glutenized.. sick for days.

Although the waiter confirmed gluten free for my salad, it had to have been cross contaminated

Symptomatic Celiac

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I’ve been coming here frequently the last few months and I can say honestly if you’re super sensitive to gluten or allergic to it, I don’t recommend this location at all. I always make sure to tell my server I have a gluten allergy and it’s always hit or miss whether they take that seriously.

When they do, the food is amazing and they are super accommodating, giving me gluten free rolls instead of the free bread they usually serve and having my food prepared in the allergy section of the kitchen. A manager also took my order and verified with the chefs to make sure nothing would be a problem.

Unfortunately this level of care isn’t guaranteed and recently I’ve been getting really sick from the food, so I had to stop going altogether. It’s not worth the risk! The last time I went my food didn’t come with the allergy indicators they usually stick in it and I didn’t say anything because I thought the staff knew what they were doing. I got so violently sick after, I stayed up all night and had to call out of work the next day.

I feel bad complaining because the staff are usually so friendly and nice, but this really affected my health. I think people should know that they often make mistakes with the gluten free food, even with specifying an allergy :(

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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My daughter who has celiac told the waiter that she had a gluten allergy and would get very sick if he did not put the order in as gluten free. Waited over an hour for our food. The pasta she got looked gluten free but after 3 bites, she said it did not taste good. Within 15 minutes, she was sick in the bathroom. Told the waiter - did not seem to be concerned. Asked him to take the dish off of our bill and that did not seem to concern him either. Overall, do not eat here if you want gluten free food.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Celiac

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I let the server know I was gluten free - coeliac multiple times so she would get my order right and I confirmed with her again before my meals came out and she still gave me the gluten cheesecake instead of the gluten free one

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

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