Checkers Bistro

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$31 to $50
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French American
The sophisticated and timeless Dining Room offers diners a warm and intimate space to enjoy Chef Carmelo's 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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SQ
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed Checkers while visiting from CT. Nice vibe and great service. Holly our server at the bar was professional, fun and made our experience great! Nice touches along the way. We will return and definitely recommend for a casual dining experience.

TB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a little get away and decided to try Checkers Bistro on Friday night. It was so fabulous that we went back on Saturday! Everything from the bread, salads, eggplant rollatini, salmon and the pasta Bolognese were terrific! Service was great as well!

JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We've always had great experiences at Checkers but were extremely disappointed this time around. The food was very overcooked; I had the fish special and it was extremely dry and overdone; my wife had a seafood dish that had 3 shrimp and 1 scallop; the shrimp looked burnt and the seafood was overcooked as well. The couple we dined with also were unable to finish their steak frites as neither cooked properly. We were surprised to find that the cauliflower appetizer we had ordered was not described accurately - it ended up being a fried dish and as a result, very little of it was eaten. The bright spot of the evening was the duck taco appetizer, but at $4 each, I would expect it to be fantastic. We won't be returning. Many significantly better restaurant options for your money in Lancaster. I felt bad for our waitress who kept asking if we needed boxes for the food we didn't eat - sorry, but it wasn't worth taking home even to a hungry pup.

LS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Lemon Drop Martini was very good as well. Everything is over priced, food was very good but not 36 dollars good for steak and 11 for a Martini!!!

j
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great and the server was very good, but the server was obviously extremely overbooked. It took excruciatingly long to get drinks, our meal and to finish out our service. Start to finish 2 1/2 hours. This is not the usual experience we have had in the past at Checkers. Certainly hope the next visit is not a repeat.

HG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Shared plates and pizza. Calamari and pizza were excellent! Duck tacos could use a boost of flavor. Wine bottles half price on Wednesday was a bonus!

JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy restaurant; great service, drinks and food. Recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Fabulous from beginning to end!!! Service was Excellent and the food was amazing!! Thank you Checkers for a great dining experience!

R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice spot. Server was attentive and friendly. Food was very good, and price was very reasonable. I will visit again for sure.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I come to Checkers every year for the past 10 years for my birthday. We just love the place. The ambiance is very attractive and comfortable. The service is very good and the food and drinks are excellent as well as a good value.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, great service, I always enjoy coming here.

L
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner experience! Carmelo did a fantastic job in the kitchen and our server India was very interactive and engaging.

CI
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Typically Checkers Bistro is consistent for quality of dishes. This time it was not.

RB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening, great food, excellent martini - however there appeared to be an overcrowded bar scene that raised the level of noise considerably

TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and India were great

FN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner...they had a nice surprise

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Some of my companions' food was quite good, but my chicken was chewy - not tender at all, and soggy. It looked lovely on the plate, but nothing to rave about. I could make better chicken, mashed potatoes and spinach at home. I won't go again. The service was quite poor.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. We arrived 15 minutes early and they scrambled and seated us without much of a wait. Our waitress was knowledgeable, friendly and prompt. the food was very good and the portion sizes were just right.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, restaurant, service, and wait staff. Absolutely love this place and definitely recommend

GG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great to go there! Best restaurant in Lancaster👍

MV
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

My wife and I at checkers this past Saturday evening. We were celebrating my birthday and had always wanted to try checkers.

Upon arrival we went to the bar which was very nice and as we were waiting for our drinks our table was ready. The bar staff brought our drink to the table and everything was very nice.

It took forever to get the waitress to take our order. After she took it she said she would bring a basket of bread which she never did. Our salads arrived and were good. The witness never came back to our table to see if we need refills on drinks, which we did. I finally flagged the waitress down and asked her to bring us some bread which took another 10 min to get delivered to the table.

After a very long wait the food arrived and it was terrible. I ordered the special dry aged ribeye that clearly sat in the window way to long. It was cut into slices that had dried out from sitting. The steak was like warm. They served it with a herbed butter pat on top of the steak that didn’t even melt because of the cold temp of the steak. The Brussel sprouts were good just cold. The French fries were cold as well.

My wife had eggplant and it was cold and soggy from sitting in the window to long until it was served. The mozzarella cheese that topped the eggplant had already tightened up from sitting in the window and getting cold.

We didn’t get dessert and were very disappointed

I doubt we would return and would not recommend to our friends or family.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to sit at the bar. Bar staff was friendly and efficient.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience!

LU
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great job!

BH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Checkers was delicious and prepared perfectly! The staff was attentive and friendly. The hostess was on point in making sure our delay in seating was addressed immediately. The only downside is lighting. Bring your flashlights!

B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Front desk very polite and helpful. Ken and Sunny(sp) provided great and friendly service at bar. Ken was our server for dinner and did a spectacular job. Luv your restaurant. Been there many times and certainly will return.

Thank you
Bill Logan

KC
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been to Checkers in awhile and was grateful we returned. Had a lovely evening out and our waitress was top notch!

J
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not gluten-friendly! Slow service, terrible gf pizza, tough and chewy filet.
Need I say more?

j
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

First time dining ar Checkers Bistro. My wife and I were very pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. Portions were good size and the staff was very attentive. Will definitely recommend to friends.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was on a visit home and didn't know where to take my girlfriend for her birthday. Checkers was suggested by a friend and I've never been before so the usual hesitation was involved. As soon as we stepped through the door I relaxed and knew this was the right call. Service was wonderful from the hostess to our server. I cannot remember our servers name but he was outstanding and went above and beyond. The food was great the cake was great the wine was better! Thank you and when I'm back in town we will stop by again. Until then!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal! First time here and it will definitely not be the last!! We loved everything there is to offer here! From the drinks to service to food to the atmosphere! Very impressed with this hidden gem in Lancaster! Highly recommended for date nights!!

TK
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Always a terrific experience!

DN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to go on special occasions. Celebrated wife's birthday with a very delicious meal. Look forward to dining at Bistro's in the future.

r
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Excellent service. The steak frites is a terrific dish and duck taco appetizer was outstanding!

MS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My mother and I were visiting Lancaster and decided to try out Checkers Bistro. The food and was great was service! We had a lovely time! Will definitely come back next stop we are in town.

KL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We went to Checker’s for our 15th anniversary this past Saturday. As always the food was phenomenal! For some reason service was a lot slower than usual this day. That’s never happened before but overall it was a beautiful night!

b
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We arrived 6minutes before our reservation and were seated within 10 minutes
We were placed at a corner table at the end of the room
There were 2or3 other tables in mid-room that could accommodate the 4 of us. After 20minutes there was no server.we told the hostess who immediately got water for us and apologized for no service.i believe the hostess was the owner.she was very professional
Two people were seated at the very next table and their server came immediately,took their drink order and returned in minutes
We still had no server
About 5 minutes later the waiter from the next table came to us and apologized as he was just assigned to our table. He took a drink order and returned in 10 minutes with drinks
He then took our dinner orders
After 20 minutes he returned with the first course
After 30 more minutes he returned with 2 main courses and it took 5 minutes for 2 other servers to return with the other dinners
After we finished the main course the waiter returned with dessert menu
A few minutes later he returned and we declined dessert.we asked for the check which he brought within 2 minutes and came back within 5 minutes
The check handling was the only expedient function
The waiter was never engaged in serving us
I found out he had other tables and suspect our table was too much for him to handle
I observed the other servers in the room who gave prompt attention to their clients
Also other parties were seated in the two other tables that accommodated 4 people As to why we were not given those tables was not obvious
It appears there was no server assigned to our table - unusual for an established restaurant
As we left the hostess again apologized for not providing service
She then gave each couple a certificate for $20 on our next visit
I was extremely disappointed in this visit and have not decided if I will return any time soon

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The French onion soup and Lobster Mac n cheese!!

SM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Decided to give Checkers another try after a bit; was not disappointed.

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