Checkers Bistro

4.6
1069 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
BAR
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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Phone number
(717) 509-1069
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carmelo Mateo
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Catering
The Checkers experience doesn’t stop with our four walls – we can bring Checkers to you. Whether you’re looking to dine family-style from the comfort of your own home, or plan an elegant reception in a Lancaster venue, our off-site event menus feature the same pristine, seasonal ingredients farmed, raised and caught local purveyors. We’ll work with you to craft a customized event, seamlessly executing each detail from planning to party with the same warm hospitality and personalized service that are integral to the Checkers experience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Charlotte Street
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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.
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Public transit
Red Rose Transit Authority buses stop and pickup 1 block from the restaurant.
James Street is the closest public transport bus stop.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1069 People Are Saying
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l
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This is one of our all-time favorite restaurants and consistently is excellent. However this time we had a server they did way below average. When he came up to the table he did not even say hello or his name he just ask what we wanted. And we had a hard time tracking him down for the rest of the evening. Even at the end of the evening I had leftovers boxed up and he never did bring them to me I had to go back to the prep station and ask for them.This is extremely unusual for Checkers. Their service has always been extremely outstanding

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

This was our first visit. The food was delicious, we enjoyed everything from appetizers to dessert. We will definitely come back and I will highly recommend to my friends and family. I wish I remembered our servers name because she was AMAZING. She was very helpful with making suggestions and answering our questions. Also our cocktails were excellent.
THANK YOU

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its one of our favorite restaurants - and the atmosphere is terrific for talking and enjoying dinner !

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SB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Entrees were great, service and atmosphere were great, but the dinner bread was hard as a rock!

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KV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner and our server, Colin, was great! I had a delicious barbecue salmon and my family had steak dinners which were prepared perfectly. Try the calamari and salads which we all enjoyed. It was a perfect venue to end our wonderful Lancaster weekend. We will be sure to visit this restaurant again when we are in town.

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R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checkers is one my favorite Lancaster restaurants. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. Plenty of parking back of restaurant.

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WV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were top of the line. Reservations made online were simple and helpful. Only complaint would be for lukewarm water served for hot tea.

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D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Wine selection was not available. Sparkling water was not available. Server did not serve wine properly. Food mediocre at best. Not s good experience.

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LP
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have visited this restaurant on many occasions. We were celebrating my mother’s birthday. Our waitress was great. Food was good despite delivery of food was a mix up. We had to wait awhile for food, check and leftovers.

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OB
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal there and it was within walking distance of our hotel. We would go back.

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JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always feel comfortable and the food never disappoints! Friendly and engaging; one of our favorites.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service where both above 5 stars! Calamari and eggplant roltinni are incredible and must gets. Service was outstanding

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating first night out after having a baby! Service was outstanding and very accommodating!

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c
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistent service and food. They never disappoint.

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JZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicole and Sonia are REAL PROS. Our bar and dinner experience was top notch beginning to end. Our guests visiting from out of town were quite impressed!

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. From food to service, they exceeded every one of our expectations.

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MW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The menu seemed limited compared to what I remember at prior visits. The food we ordered was good, but not exceptional like I remembered from the past. The ambiance and the service were great. Our server was friendly and helpful. It was nice she brought out the dessert with a beautiful birthday inscription for my husband's birthday. The dessert was outstanding.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was "OK." I was never offered a 2nd cocktail. Steak was overcooked, and rather bland for a coffee rubbed filet.

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MK
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I ordered the filet mignon at $30 and the meat was dry and tough. This was definitely not melt in your mouth filet. Not sure if it really was filet mignon or some lesser cut. The sides were ok but for the price and quality I doubt I will return ever.

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D
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great experience at Checkers. Our "go to" spot for fine dining. Keep up the great work!

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B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sonja was great and attentive. Entire staff is very good and most polite. Food here is always superb.

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JD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun spot. Friendly staff, food door very comfortable atmosphere

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P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Quiet enough for good conversation. Chic restaurant for a visit with my son and new bride from San Francisco. A get together enjoyed by all.

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D
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elvis was our waiter and he was attentive and fantastic. He really made our meal that much more special. Would highly recommend.

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CK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liz and Paul,
We can’t thank you enough for the very special dessert that you sent welcoming our family to Lancaster. We were so surprised and humbled by your kindness. Thank you for making our first evening away from our “First-Year” son so memorable and happy. Sending best wishes to you as you make the drive south. We are certain we’ll see you again as we look forward to spending more time over the coming years in your beautiful and welcoming city.
Fondly,
Liz and Chris

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n
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just lovely from start to finish. The staff was attentive yet respectful of our privacy. The food was delicious.

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RP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our wedding anniversary at Checkers. We were greeted and seated cheerfully and promptly. The service was timely, but not rushed. The food was excellent. I especially recommend the Seared Divers Scallops. We will return.

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MF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Dinner was very flavorful and our waitress was top notch. I wish more places hired staff like this.

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SO
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance! Great service and nice menu!! It was our first time there and plan to go again. Thanks!

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c
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food portions okay. But service slow. Food very good

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l
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been coming here for many many years and this was the first time that we all were just a little bit disappointed with our food. Some of it came out cold. It wasn’t quite as delicious as always and the drinks were definitely not as good. Because we’ve been loyal customers we will come back. Hopefully this night was just a fluke

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and great food. Service was excellent

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SP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very consistently good all around! We’ve been there for lunch, dinner, anniversary, drinks at the bar........all great!

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AM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were promptly seated and then had to wait 20 minutes before we were approached to take our drink order and then another twenty minutes between coarses. A little long! That’s not to say that our wait was uneventful. First, a waiter came by to bring me a coffee cup (before I even got my first drink!). Then another waiter tried to give me a glass of wine...unfortunately I had yet to even have the opportunity to order my first drink. Our first course was very nice. Then came our main course. My partners cole slaw that came with the salmon was inedible. The waiter was very obliging and offered to substitute with asparagus (which arrived after our meal was finished and our plates cleared), but the gesture was thoughtful. The mashed potatoes which came with my entree were swimming in a very salty sauce..again inedible. I chose to just stop eating and take my meat only home. The crime brûlée which we shared for dessert was tasty, but soupy. All in all disappointing experience and meal.

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D
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

CHECKERS BISTRO is one of our "go to: spots in Lancaster. The food is consistently excellent, the service very good and the location, just a few minutes from downtown, is great.

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D
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Many time diner at Checkers....always excellent! Highly Recommended!

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BA
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Checkers menu never disappoints and is my "go to place" whenever entertaining clients or friends.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Excellent service! Sat at a private booth that still gave the ambiance of the restaurant without having to see another table. The waiter was very friendly and attentive and the restaurant gave a special treat for our special occasion.

Not very French cuisine.

The food was average. It was not on par with the pricing and in general had just a bit too much oil. Salad slightly overdressed and gnocchi was dry and crisped yet still in a small puddle of oil.

However, the service made up for any gripes with the food.

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FP
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Second visit within a month --very disappointing.

Ordered the salad special -- tuna overcooked and potatoes almost raw.

Will not be back

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