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About 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.

398 Harrisburg Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French American, American, Asian

Hours of Operation:
RESTAURANT

Monday - Friday 5 PM - 10 PM
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 10 PM

Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11 AM - 3 PM

BAR

Monday - Thursday 4:30 PM - 10 PM
Friday 4:30 PM - 11 PM
Saturday 11 AM - 11 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 10 PM

Happy Hour: Sunday - Friday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Cross Street:
Charlotte Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(717) 509-1069

Website:
http://www.checkersbistro.com/

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.

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.

Public Transit:
Red Rose Transit Authority buses stop and pickup 1 block from the restaurant.
James Street is the closest public transport bus stop.

Executive Chef:
Jason Black

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Checkers Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Romantic (37)
Special Occasion (35)
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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Cozy (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Business Meals (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Authentic (10)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Casual (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Regular patrons of Checkers for many reasons....quality, atmosphere, service. All in one package! Highly recommended if i Lancaster, PA.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

We had the most amazing and lovely dinner at Checkers on Sunday evening. We asked for a quiet table far away from the bar and received the lovely gift of a table in an empty room where we could have a wonderful conversation with our friends. The service was unobtrusive but attentive and prompt. The apple salad delighted my husband's discriminating taste, the veal with risotto special filled my mouth with an explosion of wonderful flavors. One friend is gluten and dairy intolerant and enjoyed the entrée recommended for her. The warm apple cranberry cake dessert was the perfect finish. The meals were somewhat expensive (and we think $5.00 for a cup of coffee or tea seems a bit much) but we had a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

We went to Checkers for the first time for Sunday brunch. Our server was Joseph, who was very attentive, making sure glasses were kept full and food was served well. Our food was well prepared and tasted amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Everything about our experience was great! We will definitely be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great birthday dinner.
Our waiter forgot to bring requests for take-home boxes of unfinished food to our table. We left without it.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

we enjoy Checkers...always good food, good service.
Its a nice treat!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Overall the food was good. My ny strip was a generous size and perfectly cooked, chicken fingers were one of the best my daughter has ever had...the filet mignon was really tiny but good. Staff very helpful but service was not impeccable.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was delicious as always. Service was a little slower than usual but after talking to our server, we learned he was new. Always a delightful experience at Checkers. It did feel a bit drafty next to the window where we were sitting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Kitchen way too slow, noise level way too loud. Food was good, however cost too high for what we all had.
The shrimp and grits were not characteristic of a Louisiana dish. Lacked flavor and profile. Not what we expected.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great restaurant, great service and food. I had a very nice evening for my first visit. My girlfriend and I went there for her birthday. It was a perfect evening.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We've been the Checkers Bistro multiple times. We always are pleased and return when we are in town. As always the food was fantastic, unfortunately on this trip the service wasn't. We were seated at our reservation time and promptly ordered and received our drinks. Our salads came out in a timely manner but that is where it ended. Once our salad plates were cleared we sat for more than 45 minutes waiting for our entrees. We watched tables that came in after us being served but we were not. After about 40 minutes we were looking for our server to ask if there was a problem and to consider cancelling our order. He could not be found. It almost felt as if he was avoiding our table. At about 55 minutes our entrees arrived. The food runner apologized for the delay without us saying a word so obviously there was some sort of issue. We would have appreciated our server coming to let us know what was going on. The next time our server came to us he just asked if our food was good, which it was but never a comment about the wait. When asked if we wanted dessert we just simply replied it was too late. Hoping this was a one time thing because the food is absolutely delicious. We would love to return but just would appreciate some communication from the staff.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Met my friend for Brunch. The food was excellent and service was as well. The tables are nicely spaced and the restaurant is fairly large. It was easy for us to have private conversation. Atmosphere is very nice - dark and comfy, pretty. Very nice bar area - we didn't hang out in there but it was nice. Our waitress worked hard to make sure our requests were met and she was willing to offer her opinion on things when asked. Very enjoyable Sunday afternoon. I would definitely go back. I also had the wine special of the day which was very good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family and I are from out of town and dinning at your restaraunt was a wonderful experience. Thank you for making our Thanksgiving special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My wife and son went for Thanksgiving. The food was amazing and the service was impressive. Highly recommend the duck taco!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The restaurant is nice and the service was good. However, as someone from NY City who is used to eating really well, the food here is just ok. The steak frites are not as good as advertised. I was actually surprised at the lack of flavor. They were pretty bland.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Service was very slow and the menu was very limited. We went on a Monday night at 6:30 and placed an order for pork chops to which our waiter responded we just ran out. Really?

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We have been regulars for several years. Our family exchanges gift cards so we all go to Checkers for special events. Last visit everything seemed to have gone down a notch or two. It used to be very very good. This time it was just average, not sure if we will return. The menu has changed, this time for the worse. We felt like we were putting our server out, like he had better things to do than serve our dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Good food, great for business meetings, very good service

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my third time at Checkers, and as always it was fantastic. Honestly I have no complaints whatsoever. The staff was attentive but not intrusive, the food was delicious. We will be going again. Oh, and it was a nice touch with the birthday surprise at the end of the meal..

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and great service.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food decor and servers are tops. rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Menu fitting to all tastes. All meals prepared to perfection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a most wonderful experience. The food was excellent. In particular, the duck taco appetizer, and the scallops with leeks entree. On previous visits, we have always been seated in the front side of the restaurant, this time we sat on the back side, by the wine rack. The back side was noisier, and the noise level made it difficult for one of our party to hear our conversation. I'll request seating in the front with our next reservation. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

I’m from New York and I was looking for a great place to go on a date and I found this restaurant and I can tell you they did not disappoint from entering the doors to leaving they made my dinning experience a very memorable one .. it was me and my guy’s first official date and our waiter Carl was very professional and his suggestions were spot on and when it was time for dessert he brought out a plate saying Happy First Date which was really something special . So I definitely will be going back everytime I come to visit from NY .

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We sat at the high top tables in the bar area. The food was very good but the waitresses, who were also tending bar, were not very attentive. I would suggest having one waitress just for those tables

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My husband and I visited Checkers Bistro for our 25th anniversary after making a reservation over a month in advance. The atmosphere was nice. The menu was limited which gave us high hopes ( the whole do a few things so they are all done to perfection). It was the service that ruined what would have been a nice dinner...after a fine start with a shared appetizer of calamari our waitress picked up our plates with one of our dinner forks and did not replace it...why was there no bus people on the floor? Our waters where not refilled and sat empty on the table through dinner. Dinner was served, no fork! 5 minutes passed, no stop by and still no fork, we started to share our fork so our food would not get cold. Another 5 minutes passed, still nothing. We were looking for anyone to help but although there were a few people who appeared to be in charge (from a distance) no one came near our table. I had the steak frites and did not get a steak knife. I did not finish because it was to hard to slice with my butter knife. When our waitress finally returned and brought us a fork, after we asked for one, she did ask if we wanted a drink, I ordered a glass of wine and as you can guess, she did not put the order in. When she returned again I did remind her about the wine and she did get it and finally filled our waters although we were finished dinner by then. We will not return. Even if our meal was incredible, the most basic service was not there.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

If you live in Lancaster County or just visiting, you have to make time for a great dining experience at Checkers Bistro! From the Martini's with bleu cheese olives to the roasted chicken entrée, everything was spectacular. I know we are going back next time we are in Lancaster. Two thumbs up.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The calamari appetizer was a solid. Good portion for 4 to share. Drinks were good. The steak and frites were very good.

The server was decent...even though she never introduced herself. Names are good and help build a rapport.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great place! Nice atmosphere - lighting, furnishings, noise level all just right. Food is outstanding! Beet and goat cheese salad is so good. Steaks perfect, seafood is too. Service was awesome. A little pricey on the wine at $12/glass for Merlot. Highly recommend this place.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Something definitely off at Checkers. Years of outstanding meals and service not the same. Hard to make a reservation at a time we wanted, yet when we were seated many tables were empty and never filled during our stay. The coffee infused filet which always was outstanding and I recommended to my guests was not the same quality beef nor was it prepared as it always had been. Waitress ignored us most of the time, and although every time someone got up, their napkin was refolded, we never got water glasses refilled. Sorry, but too many other great places to eat in Lancaster, so I will not be coming back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

my appetizer came with my salad-they assumed my husband was sharing -he wasn't so because I had to finish both items it put us back behind everyone- people who had come in after us were eating their dinners and we were still waiting. My husband ordered a bowl of soup because dinner was so late. We also had to ask for bread. Reservation was at 6:15-left at 8:30-no coffee or dessert. Food was so-so. No one seemed concerned we had to wait.
Many restaurants in the city-cross this one off our list.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent cocktails and wonderful food. Even though the restaurant and bar were busy, we never hurried. The waitress was attentive but not invasive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Superior service, atmosphere and food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

First time at the new location. Really nice feel to the place. Overall the food was really good. Split the calamari with sweet and spicy sauce for an app which was really good. Wife's entree scallops were a tad over salted, but still good. I had the cioppino that I really liked and we both got desserts and a couple drinks. Our server was very nice and helpful (I think his name was Lawrence).

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Restaurant was cute and a great scene however, our entrees took an hour and a half to get to our table making us late to our event. I would understand if we were a big group but there were only 4 people and 2 of them got salads. I would come back again in the hopes the food comes in a timely manner.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our favorite in Lancaster! Always excellent. Highly recommended!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 16, 2017

It was our anniversary and we had the best dinner. We shared the.duck tacos our favorite, the beet salad, the tuna frites, and had some martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives. For dessert we had a pumpkin mousse with molasses ice cream. Everything was fantastic. Joe our waiter was excellent.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Everything was wonderful! Thank you for accommodating a gluten free diet! We look forward to coming back!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing food and service!! Very pleased. Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We love Checkers. They never let us down.
We visit Lancaster every year and always eat at Checkers. The ambience. Drinks, service and food are always a cut above. It is usually my birthday weekend. We usually sit at one of the round tables in the front. It is wonderful and romantic. The duck tacos are a great starter. The filet and the pork chop were cooked perfectly and really tasty.
Very nice, friendly staff.
Highly recommended.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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