The Cheesecake Factory has a Well-Rounded Menu of Dairy-Free Dishes


Updated in 2021! Despite their name, The Cheesecake Factory has quite a few options for dairy-free diners. I’ve actually tried several of them, without incident, and have found the staff to be quite helpful. Many of you have also written in to share positive experiences at The Cheesecake Factory locations in North Carolina, Minnesota, Nebraska, and beyond. Sure, the cheesecakes are off limits, but all of the menu items below were recently reported as dairy free.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for The Cheesecake Factory (with gluten-free options)

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for The Cheesecake Factory (with gluten-free options)

The menus at The Cheesecake Factory are HUGE. Consequently, their allergen information is a bit to work through. But we organized it into this tidy dairy-free menu guide.

Small Plates, Snacks & Appetizers

  • Ahi Tartare
  • Dynamite Shrimp
  • Edamame (gluten-free)
  • Little House Salad
  • Tossed Green Salad (gluten-free)
  • SkinnyLicious Grilled Artichoke
  • Roadside Sliders
  • Thai Lettuce Wraps
  • Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos
  • Crispy Fish Mini Tacos (MDR only)
  • Ahi Carpaccio (Hawaii only)
  • Ahi Poke (Hawaii only)

“Super” Foods

  • Avocado Toast
  • Vegan Cobb Salad
  • Wellness Salad

Additions Available: Chargrilled Steak, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Grilled Shrimp


  • Small Green Salad
  • Sheila’s Chicken and Avocado Salad
  • Thai Chicken Salad
  • SkinnyLicious Asian Chicken Salad
  • Chinese Chicken Salad (Lite Version)
  • Chicken, Mango and Avocado Salad
  • Seared Tuna Tataki Salad
  • Luau Salad (Lite; Hawaii only)

Dairy-Free Salad Dressings: Thousand Island (gluten-free), Chinese Plum, Citrus Honey Dressing, SkinnyLicious Sesame Soy, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Shallot Vinaigrette, SkinnyLicious Mustard Vinaigrette, Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette, French Mustard Vinaigrette (gluten-free)

Note: The Impossible Taco Salad at The Cheesecake Factory uses vegan Impossible meat, but the salad contains dairy as made. It can be made vegan on request.

Burgers & Sandwiches

  • SkinnyLicious Hamburger
  • Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Burger (gluten-free)
  • The Club
  • Gluten-Free B.B.Q. Kalua Pork Sandwich (gluten-free; Hawaii only)

Note: We’ve been told the Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club and Chicken Salad Sandwich at The Cheesecake Factory can easily be modified for dairy-free guests. They do have the vegan Impossible Burger patty, but the Impossible Burger isn’t vegan on the menu due to the cheese, mayo, and bun. Some locations may use butter to cook their beef – always check at your location to find out if they are using a butter of some type and if it contains milk.


  • Orange Chicken
  • Spicy Cashew Chicken
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Shrimp with Angel Hair (gluten-free option)
  • Tuna Poke with Kale-Cashew Salad or White Rice (Island Style Ahi available in Hawaii)
  • Sesame Crusted Fresh Hawaiian Ahi, Mahi, or Salmon (Hawaii only)
  • Thai Glazed Salmon (Puerto Rico only)

Note: All of the steaks and grilled pork items at The Cheesecake Factory are listed as dairy. This might be due to butter use when cooking. You might be able to order without butter if you aren’t concerned about potential cross-contamination on the grill with other grilled items, or if they can clean the grill for your order.


  • French Fries (gluten-free)
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Steamed White Rice (Puerto Rico; but it looks like other locations have this too)
  • Black Beans (Puerto Rico only)
  • Plantains (Puerto Rico only)
  • Rice and Beans (Puerto Rico only)

Note: When I inquired about shared fryers for the French fries, the company sent an evasive response. Ask on site if you are concerned about cross-contamination from shared fryers.

Other Bread Options

  • Bagel (brunch)
  • Sourdough Baguette
  • Wheat Baguette
  • White Toast

Note: Based on their gluten-free menu, it looks like they also have dairy-free, gluten-free buns. Interestingly, you can buy The Cheesecake Factory’s “Famous Brown Bread” in stores, and it doesn’t contain milk in the ingredients. But at their restaurants, it does contain dairy.

Kids’ Menu

  • Pasta with Marinara Sauce (gluten-free available)
  • Roadside Sliders
  • French Fries (gluten-free)
  • Fresh Fruit


Note: All brunch dishes at The Cheesecake Factory contain dairy. They list several dairy-free omelette toppings on their allergen menu, but the omelettes themselves contain dairy.

Blended Drinks

  • Frozen Iced Mango
  • Peach Smoothie
  • Strawberry Fruit Smoothie
  • Tropical Smoothie

This Post is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for The Cheesecake Factory (with gluten-free options)

Where to Find The Cheesecake Factory

They operate over 200 restaurants in the U.S. See the website below for addresses, hours, and contact information.


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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. linda ungerleider on

    Dairy free need is not a trend. Its an affliction. Settling for brocolli and strawberries is not the solution. A friend of mine makes a non dairy cheesecake that looks and tastes like the famous new york style real deal and not like some that tastes like the box they come in. I have been to non dairy restaurants where the food is even better because instead of dairy they use and know how to prepare with all the new alternatives. Its time to act out like gluten free patients and demand choices not limitations.

  2. Just so you are aware the Cheesecake Factory no longer will provide an allergy menu. My fiancee couldn’t eat anything at the restaurant because they refused to tell her if any items included soy which she is allergic to.