We had our wedding at the Lodge on 5/12/12 and it was perfect. I chose the Lodge because the food was excellent there during brunch, and after having our food tasting for the dinner, it was great, too. We got many compliments from our guests, which was awesome, because wedding food usually sucks. The ambiance was perfect for our wedding, and very affordable (the minimum for dinner was easily a few thousand dollars under that of the other venues we looked at). Alexia, the coordinator that we worked with, was very helpful and knowledgeable about the business, and was able to offer suggestions. The ceremony and reception were BEAUTIFUL, the servers and bartenders were very polite and prompt, and everything went perfectly. I would absolutely recommend them to friends and family for their brunch and as a venue.
The Cheesecake factory is a larger than life experience. The decor insode the restaurants is unlike most other restaurants. With large arcing ceilings, dimly lit, and quiet atmosphere, it is the perfect place for a nice quiet dinner. the seat cushions are pluash, and they prepare for the experience that is about to unfold. When the food comes, first time eaters see how thy trulty got their moneys worth. Portions of food largewr than your head are put in front of you, with a mt. Kilamonjaro sized mound of fries. This is the perfect restaurant for a nice familty dinner for two reasons. It is a nice quiet environment, and it will feed your children for the next two meals as well.
For a chain restaurant...this is one of my favorites. I like the ambiance. The staff is very polite. We had one of the best servers we've ever had anywhere. I especially love the HUGE menu...and if you go there you will know what I mean. Some of our favorites (so far) would be the appetizer fried calamari - one of the dipping sauces is a bit heavy for the light breading but is much better with a little squeeze of lemon. The steak Diane is one of my favorites. The Godiva chocolate cheesecake is unbelievable. The cheesecake puts the bill a little higher than I'm used to but it's worth it.