Checkers Bistro

4.6
1155 reviews
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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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MN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor, food was well done and properly priced. First time ever visiting, but won’t be the last!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had the best little romantic dinner with my husband! I am vegan and they had a good amount of options for me!! Only complaint was that my husband’s steak was over cooked. Ordered it medium and it came well done. Sexy ambiance, server was on point.

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KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place for a Valentine’s Day meal!! Thanks to the serving staff and chef.

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CS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and setting would highly recommend

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere and delicious food! Would definitely return and recommend!

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing!

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KS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for a date night. Had a reservation and didn't really have to wait. We were seated and greeted promptly. Food was awesome and the waitress was very nice and attentive. Our first time coming here based on reading reviews, will be back!

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E
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Would highly recommend Checkers to anyone looking for a great night out, great food great service, just a great time.

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B
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful interior decorating and attention to details. Generous wine list. Delicious food served hot. Experienced server. One of, if not the best restaurant in town.

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WB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food, great service. Same as always.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Checkers Bistro & we had a fantastic dining experience. Our waitress was knowledgeable about every menu question we had. The atmosphere was romantic & peaceful. The cocktail selection is phenomenal. We will absolutely be returning!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

-Cauliflower was awesome

-Eggplant rotini 👎🏻... breaded and heavy:sauce & cheese good though
-tuna strata 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

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Key West
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor table service waitress spoke in whisper. Never came back for refills. We have eaten at Checkers many times but this experience with poor seating- noisy room & sub par food & horrendous service with friends will not have us returning.

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G
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food great service and very friendly staff

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service by friendly, knowledgeable staff. Each person is extremely welcoming and goes above and beyond to insure a great dining experience. Food is excellent and artistically presented. Our go to restaurant for special occasions

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RW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Checkers is an excellent restaurant with great food & a beautiful layout. Despite the poor customer service we had for my fiancé's birthday dinner on this last visit the customer service is usually nothing short of excellent.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, the staff was amazing and the atmosphere was fantastic. I would love to go back again.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the service is Top Notch!

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T
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dessert took 20 minutes to come out, however everything else was fine.

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Will never go back. Waitstaff was so rude that I ended up leaving. This was the first time that I ever had to do that, and it was after I waited for 15 minutes at my table to even try to order a drink. I had to go back up to the hostess station to get a waitress to see us, then after we finally ordered (two bowls of soup, an appetizer, filets, drinks) the waitress came back to our table and spoke to us in an incredibly rude tone so we said never mind, we will just leave.
As a busy working mom with very limited opportunities to go out to a nice dinner without my kids to only waste almost an hour (waiting to get sat then waiting at the table to place an order) of my time was highly dissapointing.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ask for Colin asyour waiter.
Know you must order your sides separate to go with your entree.
A cup of soup is a large quantity. More like a bowl.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 25th Anniversary. We used to be regulars back in the day before kids. Every Friday night for years (like 7) we lived down town, would meet the same 6 friends and grab drinks, then walk to another place for a light bite. Checkers was a go to.

As years past, had 3 kids, no time for us, we have been there only like 3x but when deciding where to go for our 25th, we could have chosen Amorette or Te but I wanted Checkers.

It started with walking in, not giving my name and the lady at the front said your table will be ready shortly. I asked, did she even know who we were, she said of course.... BooTEMP_OC_CONTENT_HEREamp;@@.

The lady at the bar was fabulous, cocktails beautiful crafted. The bartender (jack of all trade) sat us and ended up being our waitress.

I asked her about the lady at the front, she said “oh she is the owner, she remembers everybody . She remembers what you like, don’t like and seating preferences “ AMAZING!

The food.... we shared the whole meal because we wanted a bite of everything. We started with the famous Duck Tacos, not to disappoint. The DIVER Scallops I wanted to lick my plate. They should serve with a spoon to eat the rest of the incredible sauce . The salads with the house dressing were incredibly fresh and beautifully presented. Then we shared the Brie and Lobster Pizza.... had to bring some home for the kids. Finished with an espresso martini and the chocolate mouse pie.

The entire night could not be more perfect. We will be back sooner than later, this time with our kids to celebrate college acceptances. Thank you for a memorable night. Bring on the next 25!!!

Please excuse typos in that I am doing this in a phone.

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W
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checkers is in my top 5 Restaurants in Lancaster PA!

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great seating and service. Food is always delicious. A definite stop each time we come into town. Wish would open back up on Sunday evenings as it was in the past.

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LL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was attentive and effective. Food was delicious! We love the coffe infused petite filet and French onion soup! Ambience is great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checkers is always reliable!

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NV
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reserved a table for 530. Traffic was heavy so I was going to be a few minutes late. Called to let them know and it was no problem. They held my table which was a great start. The service was excellent, the waitress knew the menu and answered our questions. The atmosphere was great and so was the food! If you want to get a little dressed up and have great food for a fair price, Checkers Bistro is an excellent choice! Great for date night or a special occasion with your significant other :)

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JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, fantastic food, excellent service

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S
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful date night with my husband

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were exceptional; they made our birthday celebrations special. Menu is somewhat limited, the drink list is probably five times as long. Extensive whiskey selection. The bar gets noisy which does carry over to the restaurant. But it is an enjoyable atmosphere.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Checkers! We now have 2 favorite restaurants in Lancaster. Checkers & Cork & Cap. Ambiance
& quality of food equal to Cork & Cap. Love the exposed bricks & window treatment. Relaxed atmosphere.
Service & attention to detail....topped Cork & Cap! Loved our dining experience! Will be back! Can't wait!

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The server’s voice was so soft spoken the one gentleman couldn’t hear a thing. Forgot wine but did comp me for it being late. I don’t handle drinking much after 7 so it was not the best for me. The special was Mahi Mahi and I felt it was over cooked and dry. There wasn’t much sauce with the plate to help. Also the polenta cake crust was very tough and hard to cut through. The kale was the side veggie with the fish and didn’t have a good flavor. I am a good cook so was hoping to be wowed since we don’t go out that often. There was a party of 4 that was seated about 15 minutes after us thst was so loud we couldn’t hear each other. So disappointed for it is an expensive night out.

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H
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Pace of meal was very good, with plenty of time to enjoy wine and the dinner. It would be nice to include at least a side dish with the scallops, which I know are pricey, but other entrees included side dishes.

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D
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious meal catching up with a friend. Food was well prepared & Lesley provided excellent service. The evening was very enjoyable.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing as usual.

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B
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was outstanding. Keep up the good work. This is a great restaurant

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GG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service, Ken did a great job taking care of us.
Very consistent and dependable.
Limited wine menu

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BH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checkers, in our neighborhood in the small city of Lancaster with a vibrant restaurant scene, is one place where we have never been disappointed. At the holidays as we were celebrating an anniversary, it was the perfect place-atmosphere, service, and most importantly cuisine were all excellent. James Street Comos-my favorite drink!

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. Great menu. Disapointed with steaks however as I think they were of low quality. The meat was very chewy, both my wife and myself choose the steak , mine medium and hers well done. I can't blame it on a well done steak as my medium was also chewy as shoe leather. The green beans and potatoes were perfect, and dessert was incedible. The service was top notch! However when spending this amount for a steak dinner i expect the steak to take center stage. This caused the evenings experience to be a disappointment.

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always fantastic. Food delicious. Wait staff is attentive and great at building rapport. Accommodating and very welcoming.

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