Cheesecake Etc. has been a Vancouver landmark since 1979. Open seven nights a week between 7:00 PM and 1:00 AM. It has a cozy interior and a small but focused menu with cheesecakes, teas, and coffees.
I have been going to Cheesecake Etc for years, and its a great spot to enjoy dessert with friends or on a date. I usually eat somewhere in the area, and come here for dessert & tonight it was a nice stop.
I love their cheesecake of the night flavour and seen everything from Blueberry, rum, raspberry cheesecake to name a few over the years. I decided to order the plain cheesecake with strawberries, and got a large slice. Each bite is how I remember it, in years pass, and it was light, delicious and hit the spot. Although I couldn't finish mine, they had no problem packing up mine and sending me on my way.
I try to go in when they first open after 7pm, and if its the weekend, it can get crowded and loud, since its not all that big. Bring cash, have fun, and enjoy eat bite.
I wouldn't admit this to be the best cheesecake. In my opinion, the portions were a tad on the small side. I guess I relate this place too much to the American "Cheesecake Factory" and was expecting a huge selection of variety. Unfortunately, they only offer a limited selection: Cheesecake, Choco Cheesecake, Cheesecake trifle, Special, raisin and walnut cake. That's it.
We shared the Cheesecake w/ Strawberries, and the Cheesecake trifle. The plain cheesecake is what it is, plain. However, it was light and fluffy - plus marks for that. The Cheesecake Trifle was very good.
The ambiance was dim and cozy - just perfect for the dessert fix and a nice chat with friends.
Likes? Open until 1am daily! Service was really good. We were 4 and had a beverage each and shared 2 desserts. With such limited seating, I was pleasantly surprised they never once hurried us or even had a min. charge/person.
Dislikes? My good friend asked for a cup of hot water (just water) and they said because so many ppl ask for hot water, they need to charge $1 for it. That's ridiculous - doesn't it come out of their espresso machine??
Likely to return? I wished they had more selection, but the cheesecake was nice and the hot chocolate came EXTRA hot, as requested, so I am likely to return.
I don't understand why ppl were raving about this place. The cheesecake is small, unpresentable and untasteful. It's creamy but I couldn't taste the cheese or anything. I usually love eating the crust of cake, but this one, ehh, I leave it on the side of the plate. Even I can make better ones with the no-bake cake mix.
No matter how many times and how many years in between visits, the service was and is always so slow. It's true that the cheesecake isn't too rich like a lot of the traditional variety. It's also true that they don't offer much in terms of variety. So it's definitely no reason to go back though the atmosphere is nice. Numerous bakeries offer similarly light tasty cheesecakes, you just need to know where to go. As for sit-in ones, there are far better places too, just that they don't usually specialize in only cheesecake all day round.
It is so hard to find decent cheesecake anywhere, but after many visits over the years, I can say that this place consistently delivers. I usually get the strawberry topping, and Mrs. C. prefers plain. The coffees are 'meh', if that is the right term :)
I agree with the previous esteemed reviewer re the portion sizes. That said, my preferred time to visit is after a meal somewhere else. After all, most full-on restaurants charge way too much and only provide substandard desserts. This place focuses on doing one thing really well. Please work on the beverages though…
Cheesecake Etc. was well known for it's great cheesecake and all my friends told me that they have amazing cheesecake but when i went there last month, sometime in February 2009, I was a little disappointed. I guess everyone told me that it was perfect but I feel that it was just alright. Yes, the cheesecake melts in the mouth and yes the strawberry sauce was good, but there're other places that offer better dessert selection. Just like Sweet Revenge or Sweet Obsession, they have more variety and also more dense and flavorful cheesecake selections.
I've been here a few times and its always a great place to hit up after dinner. Incredible atmosphere, great dessert.
Food - I'm not even a cheesecake person, but I love the cheesecake they serve here. Simple menu, quality dessert.
Service - Polite, friendly and fast.
Ambiance - The best aspect of the restaurant. Very cozy, intimate and just an incredible atmosphere.
I think there's pretty much only one type of cheesecake they serve, but with different toppings (eg. strawberry sauce). There's pretty much nothing else on their menu.
But the cheesecake is really good. My favorite is the one with strawberry topping.
There is a definite lack of nice, romantic spots to have a coffee and great dessert. The only one that I would spend time and my money at is Dairy Queen and this place. Dairy Queen doesn't have the romantic ambiance that Cheesecake Etc. has however ...
Being a chocolate lover, I B-lined directly to the chocolate cheesecake with whipped cream. What I like about their cheesecake is that it's not heavy like most cheesecakes. It's nice and light ... and I could possibly fit two servings if I didn't seem like a glutton to the waitress. I'm not too crazy for their drinks. I had a cinnamon-type drink and all I could taste was cinnamon. A bit too over-powering.
But for a nice, cozy, romantic place for some great cheesecake, this is the place to go. Especially if you are on a date!
Ordered a Cheescake with Strawberries. The cheesecake is very soft and it melt in your mouth. There are some cut pieces of strawberries. Also ordered a hot chocolate and you can taste the bitterness of the coco.
The place is dark and have candle on each table. It's great if you want to share a cheesecake or two with your date.
Service is okay. Nothing specially good or bad.
This place after all these years is still a nice place for cheesecakes. The pieces seem to have gotten smaller but still had enough of it (perhaps just the right size so that you dont start to hate it).
The toppings, I would still definitely go with no toppings or strawberries since the other ones seem a bit too sweet for me. The drinks are okay and the place's ambiance is still nice.
Cheesecake etc. has two parts...the original little dark room and the larger "Tigers" room that is filled with pictures of elephants. Personally I like both...Tigers is better for larger groups, but the original room has the owner jamming away on the electric keyboard.
I think their cheesecakes are rather nice...I like them light and fluffy so they don't sit in your stomach like a block of fat. The ones on the menu are pretty good (plain cheesecake with strawberries) but I like their specials, which are changed up every once in a while. If they ever offer their "drunken peaches" special again, I highly recommend it. :) mmmmm!
I thought this place was good cuz of the stars it received but I could've/should've read the reviews closer. I don't like their style of cheesecake. It was too soft & it has no base. I just ate a slice of mush. It tastes fine but I don't like the texture (I like mine firmer) and lack of pie shell (who makes a cheescake with a shell?! ever heard of contrast?). Also, it's not that worth it, cuz after I ate my cheesecake with strawberries, had a few bites of my friend's cheesecake, I didn't feel satisfied. I ended up going to Safeway for packaged cheesecake from their bakery & it was so much better, sorry to say. Very disappointed. Other than that, the service was good & you don't have to wait for a table.
We used to love this place, especially since they enlarged it so that there is essentially very little wait time for a table. Unfortunately the recipe has changed.. it's just like any other cheesecake place now. No more fluffy texture.. just plain old regular cheesecake. Plus they've also made the sizes smaller - not that it matters because I didn't like it enough anymore to finish the whole slice. What a shame.
...maybe it was the crust!
This is a great date spot, nice cozy ambience.
Service could have been better. The server told us the gourmet special that night was the original cheesecake with blueberries. When we were just finishing our cheesecake, the server sat some people at the table next to us and we heard them say the special was cherries! We would have ordered that! Later we confirmed that it was indeed cherries not blueberries.
There were only a few cheesecakes to choose from compared to other dessert places.
Slices were on the small side, but they were delicious. Would have been even better with crust.
Its a nice place if you crave dessert late at night. My first impression was this place is cozy very dark with pretty candles. I had take out cheese cake with strawberry. It was about a 2 min wait for my cake and the service was very quick. I love the light taste of the cheese cake and the strawberries wasnt to sweet it was perfect!
A great place to chill with a date or a group of friends and its open late till 1pm.
This is one of the many places that open late, and close late. i love their strawberry cheese cakes QUICK, SIMPLE, and fast service. A great place to hang out with friends and family. Everything is great, but it's hard to find parking space.
I bought a whole cheese cake home with a strawberry topping. The cheesecake tasted really weird when it was still frozen and really plain. But when the cheesecake thawed a little bit, it tasted alot better, but it was still really plain and I had to eat it with the strawberrie topping. It was really dar inside the place that I almost thought that it was closed.
If you are looking for cheesecake, look no further. If you are not in a hurry, this place is perfect to chit chat with your friends. It's a bit dark but some ppl like it that way....
cheesecake is light and not too sweet, not that filling after a meal like u'd expect. live music but u can't reli hear anything since it's hot inside so the door is always open. very poor service but they make it up by just smiling at everyone and hope customers buy it.