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The Cheesecake Factory in San Mateo, CA Opening Today!

by TerriAnn

It’s here! Starting today, The Cheesecake Factory at Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo, CA is open. Though the doors officially open today, a soft opening was held last week and I was able to be a part of it. Actually, anyone that called and made a reservation could participate but spots filled up quickly. Thanks to our friend that forwarded the information, I’m glad I was able to get a table!
Cheesecake Factory San Mateo, California Soft Opening

The area that was once occupied by Mervyns is completely transformed now. Both the interior and exterior have been renovated and this corner of the mall looks fantastic! There’s so much detail outside with new landscaping and typical Cheesecake Factory styling but inside is even better. The space is huge with a ton of seating and decorated beautifully. I loved how the booths were open enough so you didn’t feel claustrophobic but the sides were the perfect height to still give you a sense of privacy for easy conversation. Patio seating is available outside (though there is not much of a view) and some patio-type seating inside the mall is great for a quick, casual meal.

Cheesecake Factory San Mateo, California Soft Opening

To help with a smooth opening, this soft launch was intended as a training exercise for the employees. Each person is given a different menu to order from so the cooks get a chance at practicing several of the dishes. Each complimentary meal included:

  • One appetizer per table
  • One entree per person
  • One alcoholic beverage per person (over 21, of course)
  • One dessert per two people
  • Unlimited soda, coffee, tea

Cheesecake Factory San Mateo, California Soft OpeningWe had the best time! The service was great, the food was surprisingly delish (monstrous portions), and it was all FREE! Our bill would have come up to $96.08 but the server said it was ‘taken care of’ though. We did end up giving him a tip as he was really helpful in giving suggestions and super attentive to our table. Our lunch ended up taking 2-1/2 hours, not that the cooks/servers were slow (in fact everything came out like lightening) but because we were just busy enjoying ourselves.

My husband was not able to join us on our lunch so we will definitely be going again soon. The Cheesecake Factory is expensive but the portions are definitely large enough to share and still have leftovers to bring home. This location also offers food to go. The only thing I worry about is that this place will be getting too popular. Though it does not offer the view that the San Francisco location does, it has free parking, easy access (no cramped elevator that goes 0.1 mph), and everything is brand spankin’ new. With the new H&M and DSW opening next month, our little city mall is going to get busy!


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jocelyn September 19, 2011 - 11:03 am

finally!! one in san mateo! i dont like going to the SF one b/c it’s always too busy..and the one in Palo Alto is nice to go to..but SM is so much closer. Thanks for the info! 🙂

Cookies & Clogs September 19, 2011 - 11:34 am

I haven’t been to the PA one, only the SF location and this one is soooooo much better!

blueviolet September 19, 2011 - 12:09 pm

I love that restaurant, and those early invites are the best!!! Usually they screw up all over the place, but they’re still fun, and when you’re at Cheesecake Factory, there’s no losing!

Cookies & Clogs September 19, 2011 - 12:13 pm

We were fortunate to have an ‘experienced’ server that had been working at another location for two years. Everything went smoothly.

Anjanette "Momma" Young September 19, 2011 - 5:27 pm

It is probably a very good thing we don’t have a Cheese Cake Factory here. Oh how I love Cheese Cake…!!!

Cookies & Clogs September 19, 2011 - 5:44 pm

Hahaha, in that case maybe. Otherwise you’d be Anjanette “BIG Momma” Young 😀 The don’t just have cheesecake they have everything in between as well from smooth and creamy to rich and dense!

Susana September 21, 2011 - 10:33 pm

Thanks, TerryAnn. I didn’t realize it opened so soon. I can’t wait to try it! The one in the city is so inconvenient. This one is closeby, has parking and that’s the best!

Cookies & Clogs September 22, 2011 - 8:43 pm

You’re welcome! Let me know what you end up ordering and if you like it – their menu is soooo huge so there’s no way to try everything 🙂

Min September 28, 2011 - 11:01 pm

Wished I could have joined you! Sounded like a lot of fun!

Cookies & Clogs October 4, 2011 - 7:55 am

Next time 🙂

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