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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Checkers Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
200 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (127)fit for foodies (119)neighborhood gem (87)romantic (84)good for groups (51)notable wine list (51)hot spot (49)great for lunch (46)vibrant bar scene (35)late-night find (10)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • best in lancaster
    nickVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Finally a decent restaurant in Lancaster County. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in this region. Great food and always great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Restaurant!
    OpenTableFan
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went for a romantic dinner with my husband at the last minute and was so surprised. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is amazing. Our waitress was wonderful at recomending a nice wine to go with our meals. Would definately recomend for a private dinner or group dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Shared the duck tacos, delicious. My entree of filet of beef was cooked perfectly, and the potatoes and asparagus were great. We also shared the peach crisp, which sadly was gooey rather than crisp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • checkers new location
    GNO11114
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    More room. Less character. Same great food and service. Serving sizes smaller to hold prices steady. Fabulous desserts. Extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Love the decor of the new site. The food is always tasty. I think the former menu was a bit more versatile for all budgets and tastes, but this is definitely a favorite spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner4Alice
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    In spite of a very tight reservation we had a very leisurely dinner and never felt rushed. Server seemed well informed about food selections when questioned. She was very outgoing and also did not seem in a hurry. My friend had "fish and chips" - I don't know whether he was as impressed with his choice as I was with my "flat iron" steak which excellent. I had some left over and when I asked to take it home, the steak returned in an attractive box.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food gone down hill
    JeffPalmer80
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We went here for our anniversary and I am sorry to say that the food has gone down hill significantly. My husband had the steak frites which used to come with a salad but now is just steak and French fries. The fries were warn but edible. The steak was perfect. I ordered the fish and chips. MY fish smelled and tasted fishy and I could not eat it. The fries were lukewarm and cold in some spots. For the price we paid it was not worth it at all and that is upsetting as this used to be one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect night out!
    Snowball
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husbands birthday dinner. Just the two of us. Perfect evening of good food, service,and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Checkers
    frustrated
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Dining experience was very good, BUT my one complaint is that when I made my reservation on line I was asked for any specific requests and I asked for a table in the main dining area near the wine room and when we arrived we were seated in the upper, much more noisy, level dining area. If special requests are solicited why are they ignored?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimbo
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This a great successor to their previous location which wasn't bad either. This location offers greater ambiance and much more room. It already is considered to be the #1 spot in Lancaster. The owners exhibit friendliness and welcome to all.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bappy46
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I love their small plate offerings and especially their scallops. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Lancaster.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Lancaster
    Critter63
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Make reservations! This is the place to be with atmosphere & excellent food that never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Checkers Bistro Lancaster PA
    Tastebud
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Perfect for our husband-wife birthday celebration. We mentioned to our server early on that it would be nice to have some space between courses, just to enjoy the entire dining experience; we don't know whether or not this affected the pace of our dinner, but it couldn't have been better! Absolutely outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere&terrific location!
    ParkPlace
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We came to Checkers Bistro for our anniversary dinner; really enjoyed the warm and friendly welcome we received from the hostess! Our waiter was helpful giving us recommendations and he provided prompt and friendly service throughout dinner. The noise level from other customers was a little bit more than expected but not terrible. We loved the decor especially the old pictures. After dinner we went to the bar, absolutely loved the bar design and was thrilled to see windows around the cabinets, that is a rare find in a bar. Disappointed there is no separate bar menu, we would come often if there was a bar menu available; we hope that will change in the near future. In the meantime, we plan to come for lunch at the bar sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect martini!
    Suzie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Atmosphere, food, drinks, service...... all great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent experience !!!
    sparty
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Checkers is truly one of the best (and most consistent) restaurants in Lancaster. The food, beverage & service is always outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pabarby
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Most of what we had was outstanding. My husband had the beet salad, delicious! I had the Checkers Apple Salad and it was yummy, too. For an entrée I had the Scallops Small Plate over creamed leeks - everything was perfect. Scallops were cooked to perfection and delicious. There were only 3 but they were large and it was the right size for me. The leeks were wonderful. My husband had the Fish of the day which was red snapper. He didn't think the fish measured up to everything else we were served. It was a little dry and he wondered how fresh it really was. But his vegetables were fresh and cooked perfectly. We had the crisp of the day for dessert which was a great ending. Our server was very attentive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud Atmosphere but Good Food
    EnjoysEatingOut
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've eaten at Checkers a number of times and definitely enjoy their food. Staff is friendly and efficient. Elegant atmosphere for lunch but dinner time is more lively and definitely loud. Unfortunately some people use this restaurant for business dinners which is quite annoying for those wishing to have a nice dinner. We enjoy talking with our friends and when the table next to you is conducting a sales pitch it interferes with a social atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Serious regional contender
    Yankel
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    More than just a neighborhood find, the restaurant is consistently delivering high quality, creative dishes that are on par with those ranked highly in major markets. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable wait staff makes the experience very enjoyable...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic birthday
    Austin
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The fweling was Very relaxed and the door was great. Specialty drinks were above and beyond. My girlfriend left with a Rose compliments of our waiter and we highly suggest the blue Nile. Anytime were in the area we'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!!
    Love2lunch
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Everything from the romantic decor to great menu choices and attention to the customer makes this one of my favorite places to bring friends for lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable lunch.
    LancasterLady
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The staff at Checkers is welcoming, friendly without hovering. Food is delicious. Salads looked beautiful when brought to our table. My friend had a Cobb salad which she commented was excellent; I had the caesar salad with chicken breast - it was very good. The only comment on the seating would be since she is tall, the booth seat was too short for her so she switched to one of the chairs at the table. The booth seat was comfortable for my height. My husband and I used to eat frequently at Checkers, and since the move to the new location we've been there for lunches but not dinner. Hope to soon. Very clean restroom.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful price fix menu
    eats
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    sunday night price fix menu was great. it included a drink, appetizer, entree, and shared dessert for 2 people at a good price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same outstanding food and service!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Simply said, Checkers Bistro is one of the best (if not THE best) dining experiences you will have in Lancaster. The service is outstanding and the food always interesting and delicious. This was my first visit to the new location. Many had expressed concern that the intimacy and charm would be lost with the move from N. Mulberry street. I am happy to say that is not the case. Executive Chef Daniel Quisphe continues to serve up the most interesting of plates. I have a hard time getting beyond the fish special. No one does fish like Chef Daniel. If you have only ONE night to spend in Lancaster and only ONE meal...do it at Checkers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining experience!
    Michoel
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Freshly cooked food, welcoming staff, knowledgeable service and wonderful ambience! You nailed it! Consider us regulars! I do have (1) suggestion, though. Our 15 year old granddaughter was with us. Although hamburgers are not on your menu, without hesitation, our server apparently spoke to the chef and our granddaughter was happy with her burger. Ha! The next day she told me Checkers is now one of her favorite restaurants......but, said she recommends adding mac & cheese to the menu. You know, I think that is a great idea!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with my mother
    goodson
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I took my elderly mother to dinner on a Tuesday to spend some time with her. It was a great choice as we had the atmosphere to talk and the food was very good. They had tucked us in a corner as requested, by was not necessary as it was not crowded or as loud as I have seen it on a Saturday night. Service was above average. Wine by the bottle was reasonably priced, but by the glass was not worth the money for such a small pour of wine. We will go again, but will drink water or iced tea.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still drooling
    FoodieCouple
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From great craft cocktails to start to delicious apps and entrees- excellent dining experience! The lobster bisque was one of the best I've ever had- velvety and full of flavor. The petit filet was equally as good, done perfectly. In addition, the new location has a great ambiance. Looking forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Restaurant
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is the best restaurant in the region , in terms of food, service and décor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JimT
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Seated right away, nice table. waitress was slow to get our drink order. Food was great! Seemed like the Waitress forgot about us at the end of our meal. Getting coffee and desert was painfully slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fabulous choice in Lancaster PA
    CruvertwinVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As a Local, I love having such amazing dining choices in Lancaster PA. One of my favorites is Checkers Bistro. The food is delicious and the staff is very professional. It's a great lunch option and their salads, soups and pizza are first class. This is a restaurant for all you foodies out there !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great lunch spot
    GaryH
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The new location is convenient to Lancaster businesses and continues to serve great food. Ambiance is very good with well lit tables by a wall of windows. I have been to the new location several times and find the service quick and friendly. The Cuban sandwich is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.