Checkers Bistro

4.6
1197 reviews
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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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RN
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was generally good but the meal pacing and service felt a touch slow. Our table wasn’t ready at the time of our reservation, despite there seeming to be multiple empty and set tables we passed on the way to ours. First course came out quickly, as did dessert and drinks, but it seemed to take a while before we saw our main course. Service was friendly.

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JF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ambience is perfect for dinner dining for almost any occasion and food was excellently prepared and oh so tasty 👍👍

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DE
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was solid but not exceptional. Service should have been better in this self-proclaimed fine dining establishment. Snootyness and stuffiness do not equal fine. Sparse wine list, and even with this, my preferred bottle was not available. Old world list is seriously lacking. We moved here from NYC and to be honest, if the choices were not so limited here in Lancaster, we likely would not be going back. Given that choices are limited, we likely will. It was our second lackluster experience. Step it up Checkers! Resting on reputation will only get you so far. And don’t give yourself a break just because it was a busy weekend. Not an excuse for any of this.

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RB
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and quality of food at Checkers Bistro were outstanding. I took my mom there for an early Mother's Day, and couldn't have been happier with my choice. Two of us had the French onion soup, which was excellent. They had a delicious apple salad for my dad on a diet, delectable scallops for two of us, and I had the roasted chicken, which was amazing. I could only eat half, there was so much. My father enjoyed chatting up the servers, who graciously took the time to give him their full attention. I enjoyed the the attention to detail in the restaurant, which had been a blower factory 100 years ago. Very much looking forward to going back next time we're in Lancaster.

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LM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The best part about our experience was the service and the fact that we could get a table on a Friday night. From the moment we walked in the door we felt at home and at ease. Food was expensive, but good, and drinks were very good. Would definitely go back.

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food are always first rate. Service orientation is outstanding. A bit pricey but definitely worth it.

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F
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive and had very good menu suggestions.

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d
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was bland. Service was slow, and we were not checked on. Dessert was good.

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

Excellent food! A little disappointed when we showed up 20 minutes early for our reservation to be sat 15 minutes after our reservation time and walk by at least 5 empty tables. Not sure why we had to wait so long but it was worth the wait. Once we sat down our waiter came over right away and was attentive. The calamari was great and the sauce was very different but delicious. The chicken was one of the best chicken dinners I can remember eating at a restaurant. The chicken skin was crispy but not greasy. They stuff mushrooms under the skin prior to baking which was a really nice touch. Very happy with the overall experience and would recommend this place for a high quality dinner.

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LH
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were greeted very nicely and taken to our seats right away. Our server was very nice and helpful and easy to talk with and was helpful with suggestions. He was very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was presented beautifully and tasted very good. The dessert was outstanding and would highly suggest the Lemon Berry Marscapone cake. It was our anniversary and the dessert plate wished us a Happy Anniversary. We were also given a $20 gift card, which was appreciated and unexpected. Very classy!

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FR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My wife and I have eaten at this restaurant over many years and for many occasions. I must say the whole experience continues to worsen in food, service, lighting, and seating. Guess it’s time to note our problems. #1. We specified that we are hearing impaired and requested a quiet table.....nope, we were seated in the worst spot with loud Screaming music. 2. I have complained for years to management and staff, to offer us a “steak” knife for using when we order a $35 steak.....nope, they gave us a “butter” knife. 3. Why should we eat their spinach and/or beans when they leave the stems on? 4. Most recent diner cost us $99.50 and we waited 40 minutes after 1st course for the main entree to be served. 4. They should also train the bartender on how to “mull” mint for a mint julep. 5. Finally, the lightning trough out the restaurant is really harsh, you’ll need light from your cell phone to read the menu and sun glasses to talk to your dinning guest. Regretfully, SP

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JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely inside, the service was passable: one waiter was really good and friendly, the waitress was forgetful and looked harried. The food was tasty and well presented. I liked my Apple Salad, the shared Calamari and the Seared Scallops were delicious! My husband did not love the raspberry reduction sauce on his Coffee Cured petit Filet, it was overwhelmingly sweet. He let the waitress know that and we received complimentary Mango Apricot Sorbet.

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LE
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All of it was great, as usual. The dessert wasn't up to its usual level, but everything was wonderful. We love going to Checkers.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! New menu items were very good. Service was excellent!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was great. We enjoyed Checkers

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G
Philadelphia
41 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
109 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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OT
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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OT
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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OT
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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