Checkers Bistro
Checkers Bistro

Checkers Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.checkersbistro.com/
  • Phone: (717) 509-1069
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Checkers Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (126)special occasion (124)neighborhood gem (85)romantic (76)notable wine list (58)good for groups (50)hot spot (50)great for lunch (39)vibrant bar scene (32)late-night find (9)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • A great experience
    KingBee
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had a great experience here. They were very accommodating (we accidentally made a reservation for Sunday but thought it was for Saturday. They were full but managed to find us a great table for 2 after only a short wait) and the atmosphere was very pleasant. It felt very friendly and comfortable without pretending to be something it wasn't. Most importantly, the quality of the food was excellent! The roast chicken was moist and very tasty without being over-seasoned and the Tuna Frites (medium rare) was superb. The only glitch was that they didn't have the first choice of wine, but we made do with another vintage. They do have an impressive looking wine rack which covers up an entire wall in the restaurant. Last, but certainly far from least, the service we received was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Region
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It was special for our 27th anniversary, Great dinner with terrific wine and special dessert. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was our second dinner experience at checkers bistro and once again an amazing meal and atmosphere ! Love it and is on our top favorite list!!!!! Highly recommend for a special occasion or a night out with good friends !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suebee
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Disappointed with the limited salad and no more small plates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a date.
    Tony
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I had the grilled salmon ....perfect. Service was super our waitress was patient attentive,and knowledgble of their menu. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Absolutely love Checks Bistro. We had not heard anything about it before we went so had absolutely no idea what to expect. Loved it. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything I hoped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent food, great combinations to create amazing tastes! Creative, genius, true talent for sure. But it wasn't just the amazing food, the service for was top notch as well. We couldnt have asked for a better experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    couple38
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Checkers was recommended to us, and it was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. We were celebrating our 38th anniversary, and the atmosphere was romantic. The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The serving sizes were ample. Our waitress was excellent (there when needed only). She suggested a wine for each of us, and they both paired well with our meals. We splurge once a year on a nice dinner, and this was just that - a splurge. But we both agreed that it was one of the best we have experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    cibdy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    excellent food and service one of the best restaurants in lancaster
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I went there for our anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint! Our server was super!! Unfortunately I got the fish of the day and I did not like it. Other than that everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud
    Lsudul
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Checkers has something in common with Rock Lititz in that the noise level is disturbing. We could not wait for our meal to be over so we could get away from the loud talking. The food was very enjoyable, however, the salmon was served with the skin intact. We feel that, for the price, the skin should be removed prior to serving same. The scallops were served with a leek broth that was tasty. Our steak was done to perfection. The wild mushroom soup was memorable but a sliced mushroom or two was not in the picture for some reason. It was a blender made soup, I suppose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • deedub
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food and service were exceptional. We will continue to frequent this exquisite restaurant and, for my taste, the best in the area. Never, ever drop the duck tacos from the menu..
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Fantastic Dining Experience
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We are never disappointed when dining here. The food and service are always exceptional and out latest dinner was a wonderful experience. We are very lucky to live in Lancaster and be able to dine here many times a year. The Shrimp and Grits rivals we have ever had in New Orleans, and the entire menu is just delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • francophileVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Love that half bistro salad and yummy duck tacos for lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sub- par
    Unhappy4
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We usually like Checkers. Good food with neat dishes like duck tacos. I felt like the kitchen was in strike this time. My goat cheese and beet salad was salty? The wrong soup was served. Turns out they ran out of the special and forgot to tell us. My brussel sprouts were essentially raw little bullets. Salmon was good but I asked them to box it up and it disappeared and was not brought back. My dessert was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food and service exceptional..............very noisy and loud bar which carries to dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dinner and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We have always loved the food and atmosphere at Checkers! On our recent visit, our server Sonja recommended the fish of the day and it was truly outstanding!! Her service throughout the dinner was top-notch and made the evening so enjoyable. We can't wait to go back. If you have not tried out the new location--go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Resturant
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food and service made this another wonderful night at Checkers
    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
  • Can't say enough good things
    jordan
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is the best place to dine in Lancaster. From the new location's decor, to the always amazing food, to the excellent drinks and great people...just cannot be topped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening!
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Checkers is a beautifully decorated restaurant with excellent food and very well trained and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Very good restaurant. A little difficult to find for a person from out of town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was "ok"
    JuanCruzJr
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    It was an "Ok" experience. My wife had to send her steak back twice because it wasn't well done as she had requested. I sent my steak back as well since I didn't want to eat without my wife. The color of the steak was pale, not a great color, and it wasn't hot enough. The waitress was very nice she was apologetic. She gave us a $20 gift card so we just might give them a second chance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambiance is amazing!!!!!
    modfam341
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Checkers is the one place you want to celebrate all your special occasions. However, it is also the one place you could go with your friend or friends and enjoy a glass of wine and RELAX! This place is all about the ambiance. Whether you want a multi course meal or wine and small plates, this restaurant will never disappoint! *Whatever type of mood you are in, get the duck tacos!!!!!! I dream of those!!!! (You will too)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant very much. The service was excellent and the servers were very friendly. Flat iron steak and coffee cured petite filet were both delicious. I will be bringing my parents during Thanksgiving weekend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    PickyEater
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a great meal, as always. Great food and service. The diners at the next table were extremely loud and there was only 4 of them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Anniversary Dinner Our
    iamgrateful
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I want to celebrate our 28th Wedding anniversary in a special place. Checkers filled the bill with excellent service. a Chilean Sea Bass that was out of this world, and chocolate mousse that melted in our mouths. The atmosphere was relaxing and enabled to reflect on how blessed we have been and are. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.
    cook4me
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    David's menu is deliciously satisfying - the perfect place to relax and enjoy lunch or dinner. Great for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Impressive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Despite the restaurant running out of the night's special just before two of our group of four ordered it, our experience at Checkers was terrific, The restaurant is really sharp visually, the service was great (our waiter was awesome), and the food was amazing. My New York strip was in the top three restaurant steaks I've EVER had. For that kind of entree, the $30.00 price was rendered pain-less. And the "Aviator" martini - unique and delicious. Heartily recommend Checkers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.