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About Checkers Bistro

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.

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

Cuisines:
French American, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
BAR
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri, Sun 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:
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.

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:
Carmelo Mateo

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

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (46)
Special Occasion (39)
Romantic (37)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Cozy (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Business Meals (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Fun (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Authentic (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Casual (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great Beer (4)
Seasonal (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vegan (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

overall good experience, good menu, good food, good drinks, nice atmosphere

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Overall experience was good. Expectations were high based on the reviews. Food and drinks were average.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Everything was great except for my steak frites. Steak was tough. The graciously comped the meal Plus gave me a gift card. Wife’s calamari and divers scallops were excellent as was the Onion soup. Cocktails were very good. First time we have ever had a problem.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Lighting in the dining room could be revamped. Too dark in the banquettes sitting area.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

It was a little difficult to find but its in end of a shopping center but definitely worth the effort
The service was impeccable and attentive. The lobster bisque was delicious. Great Bread crusty with a soft center. I had the scallops and leeks with a side of spinach . The scallops were done to perfection and the creamed leeks were a perfect compliment to the scallops. I finished the meal with a praline/chocolate mousse torte and French pressed coffee. Yummy
I will definitely be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 9, 2018

This place never disappoints. The food is fresh, flavorful, beautifully presented and they do very creative and healthy accompaniments that enhance the entree. Cocktails are always made just the way you want and the service is attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service and food equal to as if you were in a fine restaurant in New York City without the stuffiness.

The level of training of the staff is top notch. Excellent attention to detail.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was great and our server was very pleasant and attentive. Unfortunately they did not have steak knives and my husband had a steak. I thought for a fine dining restaurant with three steak options on the menu it was odd that there were no steak knives. They also didn’t have BBQ sauce. If you have french fries you might want to consider having some BBQ in case people don’t care for ketchup. Other than that everything was excellent! We will definitely be back again!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious, creative dishes, and cozy/dark ambiance. Very professional service. We'd go again!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Fantastic service and atmosphere. White-glove treatment, without the white gloves. Great food and ambiance. Highly recommended for any occasion. Elegant place, not "pretentious" at all.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 5, 2018

My co-worker and I went for a Friday night dinner of small plates. We split four and they were all delicious and were the perfect amount. Our server was excellent and attentive. Lovely brick walls and cozy tables.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love this place. We go every year on our wedding anniversary. In my opinion it is a fun splurge. Everything is delicious. I love the atmosphere and the Luminere cocktail is just amazing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was our fourth time at checkers and not disappointed

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

This was my first time at the restaurant and I was extremely thrilled with everything ranging from the specials to the ambiance. The service was just right as well, ensuring the ability to have a great time with my date. Also, you can add a little fun to the date by requesting special writing on dessert plates, which they accommodate for, and it was fun to see my date's smile from that too! Definitely will go there again the next time I am in Lancaster.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As usual, amazing food and service !!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a great time. Our server was very knowledgeable, and never rushed us. He made good recommendations on the menu and our glasses were never empty. I had the special on Saturday which was cooked perfectly! I will definitely come back.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Definitely our favorite restaurant for wonderful food and elegant service. Excellent place to dine out!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Liked the ambience and a very enjoyable evening. A bit noisy because it was packed, but not overwhelming.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Not our first time at Cherckers, service this time however was less than stellar. The server, might have been new, never checked back with us about our meals nor offered additional breads (which my husband really enjoys), nor did he ask about refreshing our drinks. We will think twice about going back.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

I don't need 50 characters to say "Incredible". Everything was the best it could be.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We continue to dine at Cheker’s because we can always count on good food and great service. We sometimes eat at the bar which is also a fun evening. We’ve often taken friends with us to introduce the place to them. We’ve never been disappointed.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We have been here a few times and have always had excellent service and delicious food. This time, it was so loud that our wait staff could not hear us and we could not hear them. Also, the food was not up to Checker's usual standards. The haricot verts were difficult to cut not to mention chew, and the filet was not cooked correctly even after being sent back. I know we'll be back one day.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We dine here frequently and are never disappointed. The food and service are terrific.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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

Our service and food quality were very good. Nothing outstanding. When I made the reservation for the four of us, I was asked if this was a special occasion. I said that we were celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of friends. We were picking up the tab. Our server said, "I see that this is a 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations." We ordered drinks, salads, entrees, and desserts. I had expected, because of Checkers being somewhat upscale, that our friends would have received SOMETHING gratis. Just "Congratulations." Very unusual when the lady on the phone asked about this being a special occasion. After paying our bill of $240.00 (inclusive of the gratuity) I feel that there really is nothing special about Checkers. It was very good, but that's it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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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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