When you’re thinking about healthy restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory probably doesn’t come to mind. Famous for large portions, specialty cocktails and, of course, dozens of flavors of decadent cheesecake, eating at this restaurant might feel like more of a cheat meal than a diet-friendly choice.
The Cheesecake Factory actually has a “Skinnylicious” menu featuring healthier food options, including things like lean burgers, lettuce wraps, and tacos, as well as low-cal cocktails like margaritas. Just about everything on this menu is under 600 calories. This is a great option if you want to try a couple of different small plates or are going for snacks and drinks with your girlfriends.
Some general tips for making healthy choices at The Cheesecake Factory include avoiding anything fried, asking for dressings and sauces on the side, swapping high-carb sides for veggies and skipping high-calorie drinks. Read on for some of our favorite, no-guilt menu options.
Seared Tuna Tataki Salad
At 510 calories, this meal-worthy salad is a healthy and delicious choice. Featuring mixed greens, avocado, tomato, wasabi vinaigrette and lightly seared ahi tuna, this sophisticated salad will satisfy your seafood craving.
Grilled Steak Medallions
Yep, delicious, juicy steak made our guilt-free cut. The Cheesecake Factory serves perfectly cooked Angus beef with asparagus, mushrooms and tomatoes over mashed potatoes. The Madeira wine sauce is to die for.
Mexican or Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos
Featuring grilled chicken, crunchy veggies and signature dipping sauces, these lettuce wraps will make you forget you’re eating healthy.
SkinnyLicious Grilled Salmon
Grilled seafood is always a great option if you’re watching your weight. It’s a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Ask for this salmon with green veggies or a salad for a satisfying meal.
The Factory Burger
Clocking in at 740 calories, this burger doesn’t seem like a healthy option. Ask for it without the bun. Trust us, the burger itself will be more than enough for a meal. Choose a salad with vinaigrette for a side dish instead of high-fat French fries.
It’s hard to eat here without indulging in their signature dessert. Stick with a classic and order a slice of original cheesecake (710 calories), and plan to share it with at least one other person. Get a side of strawberries if you’d like, but skip the whipped cream.