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Checkers Bistro
Checkers Bistro

Checkers Bistro Details

  • 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: French American, 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
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Excellent food, great service, and a pleasant atmosphere make Checkers a delightful dining experience."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I was in from Atlanta and Checkers Bistro was recommended. What a very nice dinner!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. We go every week and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our only complaint is, with many available open tables, they sat us by the service station."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This my third time at this restaurant and by far my best experience. The other 2 dinners were good, but this one was amazing. I am a vegan and the chef usually makes me up a special plate. The one this week was a grilled eggplant, grilled oyster mushrooms, sauteed spinach and roasted red peppers with a soy citrus vinaigrette. The flavors exploded in your mouth, smoky and salty. I can't give it enough stars."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had been to Checkers several times while at James and Mulberry. The new location and setting is great! It definitely added to the already awesome food and service. Knocked a point or two down for noise as one in our party had hearing difficulties and she missed much of the conversation."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Happy to have the always delicious Thai Noodle dish back and the Rockfish special was great!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our first time there, when we initially drove up thought we made a mistake choosing restaurant, but when we walked in we were pleasantly surprised. Service was exceptional, food was very good, and atmosphere was nice. Definite return and will tell others about it"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and really enjoyed our special dinner with friends at Checkers. The service was super. Thanks, Kelly! Our desserts were served with a beautiful memo and it was written in chocolate. Yum. Great steak and salad. Nice wines. Checkers will be reserved for our special nights. John and Deb"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been going to Checkers and its many predecessors for decades. It was our favorite restaurant for many years in its original location, and in its new location is not only our favorite for both spur-of-the-moment dining and special occasions but is in our judgment the best restaurant in Lancaster -- a high standard, because the city has many good restaurants. The new decor is great, the noise level is well controlled, the service is always good, and the food is outstanding."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This bistro met and exceed all of my expectations for food and service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My husband and I arrived in time for our 6:30 reservation. At 6:45 we were seated at a round ample table in a secluded area that was very satisfactory since it happened to be our wedding anniversary. Our server (last name Newcomer) was attentive and provided us with information about the menu items. Our food was good, service was good and we left with a lovely rose that was an anniversary gift."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We dined at Checkers Bistro on Sunday evening for our 4th anniversary. As always, the food and service were spectacular. The new location is beautiful and we couldn't have been more pleased with our evening."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Very good dining experience with great wait staff."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We eat at Checkers several times a year and we really are enjoying the new location. Food was great. Service is more consistent at this location although our server was a bit slow to take our orders. After that everything was fine."
    Dined on 6/28/2014