Have you ever wanted to be a restaurant reviewer? CISL San Francisco teacher Lou Ann gave her students this chance when she asked her class to review a restaurant and write a report about their experience. The class chose The Cheesecake Factory and compiled a beautifully detailed review of the establishment. Thank you to each of the students in Lou Ann’s class for creating such an organized review: it looks like the students definitely learned some new vocabulary words during this project! We are always impressed with the writing skills of our English learners, and this is a shining example of the English language skills our students are achieving.

Enjoy the review, and warning: you may be hungry after reading it!

Level 8 Class Review: The Cheesecake Factory

Instructor: Lou Ann Bassan

Students: Yang Il (Angelina) Park, Jose (Pepe) Rico Morales, Jeongha (Olivia) Hwang, Hadeel Alrajhi, Moe Ito, Marie Marino, Jong In Baek, and Young Ji Kwak.

Date: March 8, 2012

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Sometimes, as we know, the first comments that we heard or read of a restaurant is enough to go to the restaurant or not.  I am referring to word of mouth.

The things more listened to of The Cheesecake Factory are different. People usually recommend to go there because of the quality of the food. People are more focused on the quality of food instead of the cheesecakes that are a second thought, although they are well valued too. Some foreign people thought that this restaurant was only to drink coffee and have a cheesecake because of its name, but anyway they heard that it was a good place to go. Besides, some people decided to go The Cheesecake Factory only because they listened to the name of this restaurant on the TV show!

However, some people heard from their friends that the worst things are that you have to wait a lot of time because you can not make a reservation, and sometimes the staff is not so kind…

In general, the first comments that most people heard about The Cheesecake Factory  are good comments, although after their own experience some people weren’t too glad with some services of The Cheesecake Factory.


The Cheesecake Factory is a well-known restaurant in the United States, and its history is more than 60 years old. There are 151 restaurants spread across the country.  Of course, this restaurant has never been as big as it is now.  It started in 1940 as a small shop in Detroit owned by Evelyn Overton.  After some difficulties she and her husband opened a new shop, which was just a 700 square foot in Los Angeles in 1975, and the success of this shop made them to create new flavors for the cheesecakes. Finally in 1978, their son opened a restaurant with the name “The Cheesecake Factory” in Beverly Hills, California, with the intention of providing a good experience to have dinner and the restaurant became an immediate success!

Because of this amazing story and the magnitude of this restaurant, we will do a good review of this interesting place!


People like the Cheesecake Factory for many reasons.

In this restaurant, you can find many dishes, from appetizers to desserts. The huge quantities allow you to share the food and in that way, you can taste many dishes.

The Cheesecake Factory is not only famous for cheesecakes obviously, but for general dishes too, like pasta, pizza, meat and salad and others desserts, such as tiramisù or carrot cake.

However, you can’t find ethnic food. There are no specialties like Asian food or South American food. You can see a lot of dishes with international names but just the name is ethnic. Unfortunately, you will not find any Asian flavor in “Asian Chicken Salad”.

According to three of our reviewers, the “original cheesecake” is the best that they have never eaten. The citrus flavor, the lightness of the cake and the fine crust are really appreciated by the cheesecake addicts.

In the case of Angelina, she always eats dishes with cheese, because she believes that cheese is the specialty of the restaurant (Cheesecake Factory). However, Hadeel explained she doesn’t really like the salad dressing because she thinks it is not homemade. Another negative point that we can underline regarding the dishes, except cheesecake, is that almost everything is made with chicken, there is not a lot of imagination.

Regarding the cheesecake, Moe was disappointed about the “low carb cheesecake with raspberries”; it didn’t really taste good but she thinks it is because the cheesecake is “light”. In my case, I was more than disappointed about the “white chocolate raspberry truffle”. It was very heavy and I couldn’t find the flavor of the white chocolate and it was more a raspberry jam than fresh raspberries. Moreover, they put some Chantilly cream on my cheesecake and when I tried to take it off, I discovered that the fresh Chantilly was hiding the old one. The first Chantilly cream they put was not fresh and didn’t have a good flavor.