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Checkers Bistro

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American, French, International, Contemporary
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398 Harrisburg Ave, Champion Center - Suite 700, Lancaster, PA 17603-2990
+1 717-509-1069
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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New York City, New York
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94 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While in a strip mall and unassuming from the outside, Checkers has a beautiful, chic, cozy interior. We often go here to sit at the bar for a drink and delicious appetizers. When it's on the menu, the shrimp and grits are fantastic. Also, the roasted beet and goat cheese salad is perfect.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a nice restaurant for our anniversary dinner. As with everything else, a lot of better restaurants in Lancaster are closed on Sundays but Checkers was not so we took a chance and were very glad we did. The food was exceptional, one of the best meals I have ever had locally. Yes, the portions were on... More 

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finally made it to Checkers to see what my Lancaster friends were talking about. We received a friendly greeting and chat upon entering and the service was excellent. The food was good although the portions were smaller than I am used to. The décor was great and the bar impressive.

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Thank rimiller00
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the food, loved the staff, loved the interior! the wine list was extensive, the menu filled with delicious options for big and small appetites. The appetizers might have been enough--portions and flavors were both satisfying-- but the entrees sealed the deal. tried the deserts. the staff came out with a White platter, with the following words written in Chocolate:... More 

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chicago
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently ate dinner at Checkers. The menu was creative, but very overly priced for the small portions that were served. The kale salad I ordered before the entree was the size of an ice cream scoop and cost $12. The 4oz petite filet came with 3 aspargus spears,a very small portion of potatoes and cost $24. While the filet was... More 

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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can't associate anything about this fine dining gem with the fast food Checkers. Our Inn-keeper suggested we dine here and we will be forever grateful. He suggested a dinner of small plates because their "food is phenomenal!" We had the salted flash-fried, squid marinated in saki. Wow! Then the Peking Duck won ton Tacos, fantastic. We finished with the... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Almost impossible to get in without a reservation so I suggest you get one. The food is amazing the service is great as well. I had the Char fish that was a special that evening and it was unbelievable? Creamy, butter like flavor. The only thing I didn't like about the restaurant is the tables are too close to each... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a family dinner. Company was more important than food , yet we were impressed by the quality and quantities.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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151 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Checkers is an excellent dining option for those looking for a slightly more upscale experience. Our recent visit had some high points and low ones as well. We were cordially greeted by both the front of house staff and our server. Wine selection is solid and fair on pricing - especially given PA's ridiculous regulations. We selected a good value... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have long been a Checkers fan.....but something is missing presently. The menu is more limited than ever and has remained the same mostly. I would love to see some new offerings (but don't ever lose the Duck Tacos!). There are some GREAT tables and cool spaces to sit but some of the tables are far less comfortable/interesting. Our party... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $40
Cuisine
American, French, International, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 398 Harrisburg Ave, Champion Center - Suite 700, Lancaster, PA 17603-2990
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 717-509-1069
Description
Checkers Bistro has an eclectic menu, with American, French and Asian infuenced dishes. We are passionate about Food, Wine, Craft Beers and Liquor. We purchase as many ingredients locally that are in season. Our goal is to deliver a fine dining experience in a friendly and consistent setting. We welcome your feedback through TripAdvisor and will respond to your comments.Live, Love, Eat at Checkers Bistro.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?