189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003634.071734 -118.357143
M-Th 11:30-11, F-Sa 11:30-12:30, Su 10-11
Neighborhoods: Central LA, La Brea
Rude staff, not suitable for large groups – We landed here to celebrate my friend's birthday on a Friday night at 8:00 PM. The front office was extremely rude and asked us to wait for 4 hours in order to be seated. They close at 12 and they ask us to wait for 4 hours? Are we out of our mind to hang in there?
The only thing that is worth eating here is the Cheese Cake, everything else is just ordinary.
If you are a large group then don't even think about coming here, unless you want to ruin your whole night waiting.
This restaurant is definitely not a unique dining experience.
Decadent cheesecakes and classic American cuisine makes this a popular chain. – In Short
Faux-rustic finishes and colorful light fixtures abound at this almost always crowded chain. The thick-as-a-book menu features Americanized versions of worldly cuisines--Mexican, Vietnamese, Italian, Thai--but succeeds best with American classics. Burgers are a good choice, especially the ""Roadside Sliders,"" mini burgers served as appetizers. The myriad cheesecakes are over-the-top in concept and decadence. You'll leave full, with leftovers.
Over priced, mediocre food and definitely not family friendly – We have been patronizing these chain restaurants for years. Over this time period, we've seen the menu become more blah and the quality of the food slide. It remains over-priced for the cafeteria-style ambience. While the menu is extensive, the attempts at "thai" and other ethnic foods don't really resemble the cultures from which they are derived. If you're going to eat at these chains, you might as well order a burger and fries because that's what they do best. The service is always SLOW and every time we've been to the one at the Grove-- twenty minutes just to get appetizers and drinks, which is not good if you've got young kids with you. They've messed up our order each time as well. You're treated not like a customer but like a table number. If you're going to dine at the Grove, you're better off at one of the other establishments. Would not go back there again.
Slow takeout service – I did a walk-up takeout for a slice of cheesecake and waited for what seemed like forever. They have the same people preparing cheesecakes for the dine-in patrons as the walk-ups.
Fantastic cocktails – I sit at the bar almost every time I go in and I have to say, what a great place to go for a cocktail! I've owned several restaurants and I know how difficult the bartender's job can be. At the grove, sometimes they are really, REALLY busy but they still make effort to give great service. Sometimes I don't even watch the TV's, I just watch the bartender in the service well. It's like a show. They never stop moving. I notice too, that they don't use mixers for anything. It's all real fruit and purees. That makes the drinks that much more difficult to make, but that much better too. And they don't skimp on the alcohol either. I have to be careful not to have more than two drinks, because although the drinks are strong, they don't taste like it. They make what may be the most perfect cocktails. I generally tip well wherever I go, but these guys, (and gals) definitely earn it. Thanks! Two thumbs up!
Delicious!! – I never ever been in this place... only my friends were been there before, especially thanks to Annie, our waitress, she was very nice with us and very polite... I tried the Bistro shrimp scampi... I don't remember exactly the name, penne pasta with prawn shrimps (a lot of shrimps... that's the way I like :oP..) mushrooms and arugula.... a little bit spicy... very very good!! I think I'll take there my best friend absolutely..
I'm sorry for my English but I'm italian and I'm here only from three months!
All around wonderful – This has got to be the best place to have dinner on earth! The appetizers are diverse, Avocado Egg Rolls and Crispy Crab Wontons are my favorites, the entrees are filling, Miso Salmon makes my tastebuds sing, and dessert is HEAVENLY! I'm torn. Between Linda's Fudge Cake and Lemon Raspberry Cream cheesecake, I don't know which is better than everything that has ever contributed to the concept of delicious...but they're both up there! In addition to the food, the service here is super and the restaurant is simply beautiful, whether you're sitting inside or out on the veranda watching people mill around below.
Great Cheesecake, Avoid Saturday nights – I had their shrimp scampi and cheesecake. Saturdays is very busy, so would recommend some kind of reservation. Their service was great. The scampi was a bit oily for my taste, but my friends loved it. But their cheesecake is to die for! And the atmosphere is very classy as well.
Best Variety of Cultural Food – Cheesecake Factory is a great place to dine casually. The food is great, and so is the service. The thing I like best is that there is so much to choose from the menu, almost too much! One could even be satisfied with just ordereding off the appetizers menu. The calamari is to die for!
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