Checkers Bistro

4.6
1182 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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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was great. We enjoyed Checkers

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G
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a favorite of mine for any occasion - business or pleasure. The quality is so consistent and the service is impeccable. Ownership has paid great attention to detail to make for a fabulous dining experience for their guests. The bar staff is trained very well and gracious.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. A true dining experience. Food and drink were both excelled.

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K
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary dinner and celebration
Thank you for making it special

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VG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Wasn’t that impressed with the service. Weren’t too many options to choose from, but the sad part was that my colleague got a dish with plastic sheet baked in the food! There was not much done other than a sorry from the management. The dish wasn’t even waived off. My dish was okay, but I had the same dish for appetizer and entree which wasn’t explained to me before.

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EC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, we had an awesome night
The bartender went over and beyond to accommodate my wife, food and service were Excellent!

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful local spot - our favorite upbeat, casual restaurant to catch up with our daughter when we visit F&M.

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JC
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went to checkers for the first time for my fiancé’s birthday because it was very highly recommended and we just weren’t all that impressed. They had a very small menu and the food wasn’t anything special. We had the scallops and the duck. It was not bad but it wasn’t anything that made you think like “wow! This is fantastic, we definitely have to come back here again.” For the prices and after all of the recommendations, I definitely expected it to be way better than it was

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J
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely everything was amazing! The plates were smaller but still filling!

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was fabulous!! And the food tasted amazing.

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L
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner experience at this great restaurant. The food and service were tremendous.

Don’t miss the opportunity to dine here if you get the chance.

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P
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great experience. Food is excellent and they offer a wide variety.

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OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience- awesome waiter, did not feel rushed, wonderful food and drinks!!

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MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall very good. There was a little bit of a miscue on one order, which delayed the service. Other than that, the service was very good. The food was excellent. Our party had the apple salad with salmon, house salad, the salmon plate, steak frites, ravioli, Peking duck tacos (appetizer), and, somehow, my kids had room for dessert (double sundae, and something else). Everyone was very happy with his/her meal. the salmon was one of the best salmon plates I've ever had. It's not cheap, but it's worth it. One of my favorite Lancaster restaurants. We'll be back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my husband’s birthday and we wanted to teach our girls how to act at a fancy restaurant. The service was excellent; she let us taste the creole spice to make sure our 10 year old would eat it, and got our youngest’s food out early. The apps were excellent (shrimp and calamari) and the apple salad is always my fav. The kids asked to say thank you to the chef and he came out to say hello. We love it here and enjoy it greatly. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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HD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice location but the service was not the best considering the price they charge, maybe it was just our waiter.

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BB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

everything was great for our tastes and on time. enjoyable evening.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around. Good time spacing between courses and gave us a nice treat for our anniversary. Highly recommend!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server was knowledgable and nice, and the whole experience was great. Service is rated at 4 stars because it was very slow. We waited 10 minutes after we were finished before we were checked on to get a dessert menu. There were other servers in and out of the room, but I couldn't catch anyone's eye to request our server. The food was excellent!

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SU
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so nice to dine at Checkers. It's very consistent, from service to food.

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T
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hostess and server were great. Generally, no issues with overall dining experience. slightly disappointed with beet salad. Not what I've recalled in previous visits.

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

All I can say is that our server Collin, our server, was the best!! Attentive, great timing, sweet...

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LB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Great wine list. Only complaint is that it’s a tad too dark with not enough lighting in the back were we were sitting.

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MN
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a go-to for us on a night out! Incredible food with unique and diverse options prepared artfully. Service is right on point: the best we’ve experienced anywhere frankly. Some favorites are the Apple Salad, Duck Tacos, Steak and daily Creme Brûlée options. Great setting as well.

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TF
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice Atmosphere, Good Service, Good Food. We enjoyed it.

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NF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely must go - great food. They brought us all a flight of Chocolate Martinis on the house because they thought it took too long to get our order to us. We had not even noticed a delay. Top notch!

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MN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and setting would highly recommend

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MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing!

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KS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 9, 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
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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 7, 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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