Checkers Bistro
Checkers Bistro

Checkers Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.checkersbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7175091069
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm -9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Quishpe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Many of our guests look to host special events, like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or private business functions offsite, at their homes or business. Checkers Bistro provides catering and event management throughout the Lancaster area. Our team will help you locate the perfect location and do everything necessary to create a unique event. Whether entertaining for an intimate gathering of friends, planning a wedding, larger special occasion or a full day business event, we will listen to your needs, assess the challenges and lead you through every step to assure a wonderful experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Charlotte Street
  • Public Transit: Red Rose Transit Authority buses stop and pickup 1 block from the restaurant. James Street is the closest public transport bus stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in parking lots in both the front (off Charlotte Street) and the rear (off Harrisburg Avenue), along the street on Charlotte Street and in the Snavely Lumber’s parking lot, just a half a block up Charlotte Street.
A word from Checkers Bistro
The sophisticated and timeless Dining Room offers diners a warm and intimate space to enjoy Chef Daniels inventive seasonal menus. The dining room is divided in to 3 areas, the Wine Salon, the Stage and the Champions Room. The Wine Salon is an elegantly appointed dining area that faces the glass-enclosed wine cellar. The Stage is a raised area, longer than it is wide, facing a full-length wall of beautiful old casement windows. The Champions Room is a private area that can be part of the restaurant flow or cordoned off for privacy.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Checkers Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (142)fit for foodies (111)romantic (99)neighborhood gem (93)vibrant bar scene (46)hot spot (46)notable wine list (45)good for groups (43)great for lunch (37)late-night find (13)great for brunch (11)Show More
  • Loud hum in the background
    metchem1VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went to Checkers because we heard that the food was quite good and we were not disappointed by the food. We were not pleased to be seated on the far side of tall room dividers / sofa seats. These were too upright and the space felt confined as a result. Most disappointing was there was a machinery hum in the background the entire time we had dinner that marred what was to be a very special evening. Service was very good and the scallops were great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first impression
    October2013VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was our first time. Steak was cooked perfectly. Fish and chips are kind of hard to screw up. Bread was OUTSTANDING. Atmosphere and service very good. We'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed dave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The old checkers was great; the new checkers falls far short on ambiance, overall food quality and presentation, and friendliness of wait staff. This restaurant needs to lose the phony attitude, and return to the attributes that made the old checkers a great place to dine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but Delicious
    SkimpyontheBread
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Pricey but delicious. If money wasn't an option I would come back. But $84 plus tip for a party of 3 is alittle out of my price range. But dinners were cooked to perfection. Waitress was very attentive in making sure everything was ok. Skimpy on the bread but it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poodlemom
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wonderful food. Very special restaurant. Good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    cjmargerum
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had such a nice time at dinner!! Such a beautiful restaurant with the most amazing touches!! Our dinner was incredible from the French Onion Soup to the Roasted Chicken and Scallops with a truffle cream that melt in your mouth ... I asked for a spoon for the rest of the sauce. Yummy cocktails and crazy good service from Karen. We can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    Saint
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    From the moment we entered until we left we were treated with exceptional hospitality and service. The menu is diverse and interesting. The entrees that we enjoyed were presented very nicely and were excellent to the taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Checkers2
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First time at new Checkers location. Ate in smallest dining room. Acoustics loud. Overall color scheme is dark, trying to be cozy but felt cold. Prefer old Checkers location better - miss quite booths/ cozier atmosphere. Crab cakes/ NY strip were good. Service - too many servers!! Waitress/ bread server/ bar server/ drink server/ food server, etc. You never knew who to flag for help. It makes dining experience feel too interrupted with all those different servers. Bread prior to meal - very spartan...only served one tiny piece (1" x 1") at a time. Food overall was good but based on dining room experience we ate in - not sure we'll be back soon again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is our first time back to Checkers in a couple of years. Love the new location and the food and service were even better than we remembered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place food was fine
    Nicole0216
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was a bit fussier than their old menu. I liked the old bistro menu better but do like the new restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, stiff service
    Fress
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food is excellent but the service is excessively formal. It's obvious that the staff is trained to create the illusion of a high-end dining experience. Servers carry the food very high up in the air, use the word "enjoy" incessantly (e.g., "would you enjoy tap or bottled water?"), respond with "Excellent" or "Perfect" to whatever food selection you make, etc. The pretentiousness is unfortunate and completely unnecessary, since Checkers has very little competition in the Lancaster area and is undoubtedly a great restaurant, the above notwithstanding. BTW, this review is based on many years of eating at Checkers, not just one visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go back again place
    Satisfied2VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We've been here several times, will continue to return often. The food, service, and overall experience is fantastic! The scallops are DELICIOUS! Everyone in our party (4) loved their entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ESPECIALLY PLEASED
    SUSIE
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Checkers was fabulous. The staff is so professional. The food choices were sufficient and very tastey. The wine from Portugal was very good. I would definately recommend this restaurant, even if you just want to eat at the bar, which was comfortable and trendy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but tightly controlled
    justaguywholikesfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I must say I think I preferred the old location. The new facility seems stiffer and less friendly. The staff is attentive and food is tasty and small, but pricey. Eight dollars each for scallops (three for $23) which includes no sides or salad seems a bit much. Sides can be had for $6 each, regardless of which you choose. The bread is delicious and you must savor each bite, because each diner is presented one small (2 1/2 x 3 inch) slice by the apparent "Commandant of Starch". You can, of course, beg for more, but will receive no more butter. Why not offer a mini loaf of bread as another $6 option like everything else? For my money and eating habits, there are more enjoyable, more relaxed, more realistically priced options in the area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First-time to be underwhelmed
    ejwdr
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    In the past I have never been disappointed with a meal. Perhaps it was an off night. Fish was overdone and thus sent back. Service as always remains commendable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top 10 restaurant
    NJdiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Who knew tiny Lancaster offered world-class dining? Checkers fits that bill. Our food was excellent. Service was excellent. Will return on next trip to Lancaster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it as usual except!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have loved Checkers for many years and find the staff and the food outstanding. The new venue is lovely- but did anyone sit on the chairs before they purchased them? After about 1 hour they are very short and uncomfortable. Also we were served a small piece of bread for each of the 4 at our table and one small pat of butter! I used to love the oil and the former bread selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Drove an hour to eat here again
    Bank
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Checkers is outstanding. A range of small and bistro plates and entrees beautifully prepared and served. The food is excellent, the service impeccable, the bartender knowledgeable and friendly. The interior space is cleverly divided so that dining is intimate. We live in an area that has a number of excellent fine dining restaurants, but we don't hesitate to drive an hour to experience Checkers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Clifford
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The first time we were at the new location. We liked the old one but the food was even better, truely outstanding. The mussels were tender and the white wine broth was fit for sopping up with bread. For main I had the coffee cured fillet, cooked perfectly and so tender that we cut it with the edge of the fork. Even the coffee after dinner was great. Our server Kelly was very friendly, very knowledgable and deserved the 25% tip we left. Highly recomended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Experience as Always
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Another wonderful evening with some friends who had not dined here for several years. Everything was perfect. The food is imaginative and delicious and the service extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Boss and our client LOVED it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I used TripAdvisor to find a restaurant for my boss in the Lancaster area for a client meeting. He had never been and he raved about it when he came back. He mentioned how wonderful the food was and the it was a very "neat" place. He would definitely go back and told me that it would be worth the trip if I'm ever so inclined.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    Blessed
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Loved the easy access. Very friendly staff and the service was great. My sister and I enjoyed the best Salmon with the Checkers Apple Salad which was also delicious. It was a little pricey for me but for a special occasion, it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two thumbs up!
    HappyDining
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent food, great service, and a pleasant atmosphere make Checkers a delightful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    EngagedVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We both had crazy days and decided at the last minute to go out. We had been here once and had a good time so decided to head back. It was good the first time and even better this second time. We had a very well made mint julep. The fish special and the salmon were both excellent. The staff was engaging and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sweet Potato Frites-Fantastic
    FoodFan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Special drinks were well crafted and started the evening off nicely. Small plates are pretty expensive--adds up quickly, but portions were generous. We like to try two or three items and not end up stuffed. I ordered a small salad, small plate and "Side" of S. P. Frites and it was too much for me. Everything was delicious, however. Crab cake plus sauce was excellent. Cauliflower just a little too al dente for my taste--almost raw. Also--we would be pleased if they could find a way to tone down the noise level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a nice surprise!
    KiKi3872
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I was in from Atlanta and Checkers Bistro was recommended. What a very nice dinner!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Lancaster
    SouthwesternVacationerVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Was a little challenging locating this restaurant in the corner of a strip mall but well worth the trouble. Initial service was slow, but after the order was placed, servers brought the dishes at a the right intervals. All items were very fresh with great seasoning. The warm apple salad was delicious as were the duck tacos as an appetizer. My wife had a special of Pad Thai and i had a pasta w/Blognese sauce. both were generous portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I was thrilled to bring my sister, who was visiting from out of town, here for a special sister dinner! The ambience is beautiful, the service is so professional and my favorite...the food. The food is always beautifully plated and most of all delicious. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was ok
    dcdc
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We could hear each other talk only b/c I had requested a quieter table online before we arrived. The port wine steak was chewy/tough even though my son requested a "rare" piece and I requested "medium." Wine sauce on it was excellent.We asked for more bread 3 times but finally received it when we were ready to order dessert.The bread quality was excellent though. Ice cream amt was very small on strawberry/rhubarb crisp. We requested another scoop of strawberry ice cream whichwas delicious and larger in quantity. My son's creme brulee was excellent. Your french fries were the best of all the food items we ordered!! We would probably NOT return here. A nice touch was when a staff woman gave us a glass of free wine due to heavy storm.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    Satisfied2VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was delicious, the service was top notch, attention was paid to every detail. We had an outstanding dining experience. DEFINETLY a "come back" place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best in Lancaster.
    Phil1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything was perfect. We go every week and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT PLACE
    Jason
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is one of if the the best resaurants that i have ever been to. If you are planning a Anniversary or a special occasion, go to Checkers!!!!!!I took flowers to the restaurant when they opened to have them ready on the table for when we arrrived. When we arrived they were on the table. They go the extra mile.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service, and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was delicious! I had the Thai Noodles (a seasonal entree) and my husband had the T-Bone Steak. Both were substantial portions and very flavorful. The only thing my husband regretted was that they served only one slice of their warm, tasty bread at a time instead of leaving a basket or plate of bread on the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Location but same great dining
    diplobill
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is among our favorite restaurants not only in Central PA but anywhere. The food is perfectly prepared and served in a professional and friendly manner. The new location takes on the best of the former location's interior but is larger and more comfortable without losing any of the intimacy of the original.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Town
    joyjoyjoy
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Lancaster for food and service. Has a nice menu with small plates, entrees etc. Also excellent cocktails. Reasonably priced for what you get. A must: reservations. I was there this time for lunch on a Wednesday and there was a sign at the reception desk that said reservations after 8:30 only. Make ahead a few days or a week in advance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant surprise
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were spending the day in Lancaster and searched for a good restaurant - we thought checkers looked interesting. And in fact it was far more interesting than anticipated in terns of the appearance, the menu and the quality of the food. A 1st class bistro.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience in delicious!
    HezaPA
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What a great find! The food and staff are amazing, the ambiance is wonderful and you had a diverse crowd of diners. There are gorgeous banquets or tables and a beautifil bar. The Hendricks mojito was perfect. We enjoyed the Checkers apple salad, the tuna frites and the scallops. We had to ask for more bread to get every last bit of sauce and juices. We were too full for dessert but the rhubarb crisp made my mouth water. Also, they are so thoughtful. I had mentioned it was our 10 year anniversary and they made us feel special. We will be back. Again and again. Also of note, while the prices are more upscale, it really is a great value. You won't leave hungry and definitely be dreaming if the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Everything was fantastic. From the outside it looked a bit odd and unpromising but once you step inside it's beautiful, modern and lively. Only problem was the seating. We were sat in a corner next to a double dating couples who were rather noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So happy with the new location
    PickyDiner22
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We loved Checkers Bistro when it was at the old location -- this new location, happily, is better. It is elegantly decorated and thoughtfully arranged for the enjoyment of the diners. Even the cloth hand towels in the "loo" were a tribute to their desire to pamper guests. The food and the service were outstanding, and the bar where we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink was relaxing and conducive to conversation and relaxation. We'll be back -- want to try the brunch!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always!
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    It would be hard to find a more enjoyable restaurant in terms of food, wine and a friendly and professional wait staff. We eat here as often as we can and it is always a tremendous dining experience. Definitely a place not to be missed when you are planning to dine in the Lancaster area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate