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11 Popular Chain Restaurant Desserts To Try

Finish your meal with these famous desserts from popular chain restaurants.

While it’s always nice to explore locally owned or unique restaurants, sometimes all you want is food from a comforting chain restaurant. One of the best parts of any meal is getting something sweet at the end. 

Homemade cheesecake with fresh berries and mint for dessert

The best part about chain restaurants is that, for the most part, people know what they like, and they know it’s going to be the same every time. There’s a certain comfort in that.

If you’re someone who loves something sweet after a meal, you don’t have to miss out on delicious sweets at a chain restaurant.

Best Desserts at Chain Restaurants 

Next time you’re craving dessert or are eating at a popular chain restaurant, don’t skip the dessert menu when they ask.

Whether you’re eating it at the restaurant or taking it home, check out the best chain restaurant desserts that money can buy. 

Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet at Outback Steakhouse

One of Outback Steakhouse’s best desserts is their salted caramel cookie skillet.

It’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet. At the bottom of the skillet, you have a salted caramel cookie cooked to perfection. 

It’s warm, gooey, and delicious. It’s filled with white chocolate chips, almond toffee, salted pretzels, and topped with vanilla ice cream. 

It’s perfect for sharing with another person or enjoying all to yourself. I won’t judge you. You can always ask for the vanilla ice cream on the side if you prefer it that way.

Either way, this has to be on your list of desserts to try. Check out our other Outback favorites before you visit!


Banana Spring Rolls at P.F. Chang’s

Next up, we have P.F. Chang’s banana spring rolls. While some people don’t prefer fruit in their desserts, you still have to try these banana spring rolls at least once.

Chefs here wrap banana pieces in their classic spring roll paper before frying it to get it nice and crispy. 

Once the banana pieces are crispy, they drizzle golden caramel across the spring rolls.

This looks aesthetically pleasing, but it adds some extra sweetness to the dish. 

They serve the banana spring rolls with coconut and pineapple ice cream scoops. It’s decadent, sweet, and refreshing.


Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory

Let’s face it. The Cheesecake Factory is known for its amazing desserts and cheesecake selection.

A lot of people even go to this restaurant solely to feast on their delicious cheesecake flavors. 

There are dozens to choose from, but one of their best is Adam’s peanut butter cup fudge ripple cheesecake. Yes, it’s a mouthful to say, but you won’t care once you take the first bite. 

The dessert is their classic cheesecake recipe swirled with Butterfinger, caramel, and peanut butter. Then, they top it with melted fudge and whipped cream. 


Chocolate Brownie Lasagna, Olive Garden

If Olive Garden is your go-to chain restaurant, you don’t have to miss out on dessert.

You may feel too full after her delicious salads, breadsticks, and pasta dishes, but their chocolate brownie lasagna is divine if you can manage to save room. 

Don’t worry. There aren’t any lasagna noodles in this dessert. That would be weird.

This dessert could easily feed a few people, but it’ll be hard to share once you take your first bite. 

The chocolate brownie lasagna is layers of fudge brownie and vanilla cream cheese frosting and drizzled with more chocolate.


Molten Chocolate Cake at Chili’s

I can’t talk about chain restaurant desserts without talking about a classic from Chilis. 

The molten chocolate cake at this joint is bar far the best dessert on the menu and one you’ll want to try.

Even if you don’t eat it at the restaurant, you can take it home with you to enjoy later.

The dessert is chocolate cake with a molten center and topped with vanilla ice cream. They put a hard chocolate cover on top of the ice cream.

They serve it warm, and the ice cream is the perfect addition to the chocolate cake. 

Find other popular Chili’s items to order the next time you go!


Key Lime Pie at Bonefish Grill

Another popular chain restaurant is Bonefish Grill. They’re known for their delicious seafood, bang bang shrimp, and cocktails. 

After you’ve finished feasting on your entree, I wouldn’t pass on the dessert menu.

They have several desserts to choose from, but I’ll save you the hassle of browsing.

While there’s plenty of chocolate on the dessert menu, their key lime pie is one of their best options.

It’s the perfect combination of tangy and sweet, making it so tasty. It’s rich but light enough that you can easily still enjoy it after a large meal.


Sogno di Cioccolata, Carrabba’s

If you manage to save room for dessert after your dinner at Carrabba’s, you will have a decent amount of desserts to choose from. I can’t recommend their sogno di cioccolata enough.

This dessert ticks all the boxes. It has chocolate, vanilla, brownies, cake and is almost like a little slice of heaven.

It’s a fudge brownie mix layered with chocolate mousse and topped with a coffee-flavored frosting and chocolate drizzle. 

This massive dessert comes with several spoons and is perfect for sharing with friends and family.

As much as I love this dish, it’s so rich that it’s challenging to finish it in one sitting. Luckily, it saves well in the fridge.


Pizookies at  BJ’s Brewhouse

BJ’s Brewhouse is famous for its beer, great food, and desserts. Most specifically, their pizookies.

The pizzokies here are world-famous, and you have to try them at least once. 

If you’re like me and are looking at their menu wondering what on Earth a pizookie is, let me tell you.

It’s essentially a pizza and cookie! It’s a cookie they flatten into a skillet and then add toppings. 

Some of the options you can get are their churro pizookie which is my favorite, strawberry shortcake, hot fudge brownie, salted caramel, and so much more.

Each one is topped with a different flavor of ice cream. If you can’t decide, you can order a trio of smaller pizookies so you can sample a few. 


Great Wall of Chocolate, P.F. Chang’s

I know I’ve already mentioned the banana spring rolls from P.F. Chang’s, but I couldn’t resist adding this second dessert from them to the list.

Their great wall of chocolate is a real crowd pleaser and will make any chocolate lover happy. 

I find that sharing this dessert is the best way to go, but who am I to judge if you want the entire thing to yourself. 

The great wall of chocolate is a thick, six-layer chocolate cake with layers of chocolate frosting in the middle.

They line the outside with mini chocolate chips and serve the dessert with fresh raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries for a pop of color.


Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake, Cracker Barrel

I know there’s been a lot of chocolate cakes mentioned on this list, but who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake?

Next time you find yourself eating at Cracker Barrel, you have to try their double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake. 

This isn’t your average chocolate cake, though. As you may have guessed by the name, yes, it does have Coca-Cola in it! We’re talking the real deal, straight from the can.

It adds a slightly different flavor that’s too good to pass up. 

The chocolate cake has a fudge frosting, and they typically serve it with cold vanilla ice cream.

The cake is perfectly warm, allowing the chocolate to melt in your mouth. You can always order it without the ice cream if you prefer. 


Gigi’s Butter Cake at Maggiano’s Little Italy

Last but certainly not least, we have to talk about a dessert from Maggiano’s Little Italy.

While everything on their menu is tasty and impressive, Gigi’s butter cake is the best dessert if you ask me. 

The cake is a short, round shape of vanilla cake, served with fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream.

Overall, the dessert seems fairly straightforward because the cake doesn’t have any frosting, but it’s so good, you’ll eat the whole thing by yourself. 

I know it’ll be challenging, but you have to try and save room for this dessert.

You can always order it to-go and enjoy it from the comfort of your home if you’re too full after your meal at Maggiano’s.


Best Desserts at Chain Restaurants 

  1. Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet at Outback Steakhouse
  2. Banana Spring Rolls at P.F. Chang’s
  3. Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory
  4. Chocolate Brownie Lasagna, Olive Garden
  5. Molten Chocolate Cake at Chili’s
  6. Key Lime Pie at Bonefish Grill
  7. Sogno di Cioccolata, Carrabba’s
  8. Pizookies at BJ’s Brewhouse
  9. Great Wall of Chocolate, P.F. Chang’s
  10. Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake, Cracker Barrel
  11. Gigi’s Butter Cake at Maggiano’s Little Italy

Final Thoughts

There you have it! Whether you’re a chocolate cake person, prefer something with fruit, or can’t resist a warm cookie, you’ll find a dessert at these chain restaurants you’ll love.

These restaurants have plenty of other dishes to satisfy your sweet tooth too. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not make an effort to give all of them a try with friends?

And if you are looking for ideas on what to drink after a satisfying meal, check out these dessert cocktails.

Have we missed your favorite dessert on this list? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll make sure to check it out!

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Written by Erin B.

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.