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Checkers Bistro

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French Onion Soup
Classic soup with caramelized onions and crostinis, baked in gruyere and cheese gratinee.
Pumpkin Bisque
Garnished with candied walnuts & homemade creme fraiche.
Soup Du Jour
Changes daily
Garden Salad
Baby greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots with your choice of our homemade dressing: ranch, bleu cheese, balsamic, preserved lemon and poppy seed or membrillo vinaigrette.
6.00 / 11.00
Checkers Caesar
Romaine hearts, croutons and parmigiano-reggiano tossed with creamy homemade caesar dressing.
Roasted Winter Squash Salad
Arugala, cranberries, sunflower seeds, Maytag blue cheese, herb lime vinaigrette.
Roasted Beet and Local Goat Cheese Salad
Roasted beets,‏ goat cheese, micro greens and hazelnut vinaigrette.
Roasted Apple Salad
Roasted local apples, organic spring mix, caramelized walnuts and red onion finished with shaved old German weissa cheese and lightly tossed in a preserved lemon and poppy seed vinaigrette
Steak Frites
Grilled 10 oz. Flatiron steak, frites, truffle oil, mushroom and herb butter.
Coffee Cured Petite Filet
Tender 4 oz. Filet mignon, potato gratin, asparagus in a port wine gastrique.
Crab Cakes
Jumbo lump‏ crab cakes served with potato gratin, sautéed spinach, remoulade and lemon.
Tuna Frites
Grilled Ahi tuna served with wasabi aioli, garnished with tomato, red onion, cilantro pickle, with housemade frites tossed with yuzu soy vinaigrette.
Roasted Chicken
Local half chicken stuffed with mixed mushrooms, thyme and truffle oil and finished with au jus. Served with sautéed spinach and smashed potatoes.
Fish Du Jour
Fresh, changes daily
Beef Bolognese
Veal, beef and pork in a hearty tomato sauce with fresh herbs, tossed with pappardelle pasta.
Shrimp and Grits
Jerk sauteed shrimp with tomatoes and poblano peppers over creamy grits.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Oyster Mushrooms
Served with almond butter sauce
Lobster Ravioli
Homemade ravioli stuffed luscious morsels of lobster served in a sage beurre blanc sauce.
Perfect as a first course, as a lunch, to share a few different tastes with friends or simply to enjoy with a delicious glass of wine
Peking Duck Tacos
Chinese barbeque duck, crispy wonton taco, guacamole and micro greens.
Taco $+4.00
Town Dock Calamari
Dredged and flash fried, tossed with lemon and herbs, accompanied by salsa verde.
Eggplant Rollatini
Baked eggplant with ricotta, parmesan, tomato sauce, basil and mozzarella.
Rollatini $+6.00
Shrimp and Grits
Jerk sautéed shrimp with tomatoes and poblano peppers over creamy grits.
Seared Diver Scallops
Prince edward island scallops, truffled creamed leeks, port wine reduction.
Grilled Salmon Filet
Served with crispy butternut squash risotto cake. Brussels sprouts apple fennel salad with a hazelnut vinaigrette.
Roasted Pork Ribeye
Served with caramelized butternut squash, shaved fennel cilantro. Apple scalion salad. Finished with cherry and coriander demi-glace.
Grilled New York Strip Steak
Served with twice-baked potato filled with chorizo and sweet onion confit. French beans and horseradish au-jus.
Sauteed Spinach
Sauteed Asparagus
Potato Gratin
Brussels Sprouts
Cauliflower Mornay
Housemade Smashed
Squash Risotto Cake
Checkers Bistro has an eclectic menu, with American, French and Asian influenced dishes. We are passionate about Food, Wine, Craft Beers and Spirits. 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. It's always a beautiful day at Checkers Bistro.
$25 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
French, American, International
Takeout, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

We heard great things about this restaurant, all untrue except for the duck tacos, the only dish we ate that was palatable. No spicing except for extreme salt, little other flavor. Drinks were disappointing, I asked for mine without ice, and when they brought it...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020 via mobile

Very Disappointed! I had heard lots of good things about this restaurant and thought it would be a great place to celebrate a friend’s birthday. A group of 8 of us went for a 60th Birthday Celebration. I made reservations 3 weeks prior to the...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

Went to dinner as guests of our financial advisor. Service and atmosphere lovely as usual. Wife's steak overdone. My seafood portion was unusually small but more notably bland. Look for better next time. If I were paying the steak would have been sent back.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 25, 2019 via mobile

Owner was horrible and refused to take back the pizza which was soggy and falling apart. The food that was not sent back was good.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 7, 2019 via mobile

Ambiance was nice, not too loud, servers were attentive and friendly. Apps were Duck tacos (tasty but lacking texture) Risotto balls (breaded and deep fried deliciousness) and calamari (lightly fried and quite good) Dinner was Baked Salmon filet with risotto she said was very good,...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 27, 2019 via mobile

We were traveling through Lancaster and did not arrive until after 9pm and had not had dinner! After some searching found that this restaurant stayed open til 12 and decided to give it a try! It was DELICIOUS! Service was great! Definitely make this a...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 23, 2019

My family and I visited Lancaster over the past weekend and after a very nice afternoon watching a baseball game at F&M college, we decided to "Check Out Checkers". The restaurant was very busy on this Saturday evening, so we were asked if sitting in...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 12, 2019

Excellent welcome and server. Visited on a Wednesday when all bottles of wine are half price, which helped as otherwise v. expensive. We both had the sword fish special which came very thick and not cooked through so had to go back, but problem was...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed July 7, 2019 via mobile

Our food was fine here - duck tacos, beet salad, salmon, burger. The “off” part was the wine. First two whites tasted like they had expired. Tried a third which was just okay and not what was expected. Server very nice and trying to be...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 6, 2019

Disappointing. Arranged a last minute three day trip to the Lancaster area and read many food reviews and decided to dine at Checkers. The waitress was subpar. Hard to hear, had to remind her twice for bread, after the appetizer was almost gone. Got lost...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Roger G
May 27, 2019|
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Response from Joel S | Reviewed this property |
I've never seen anyone in shorts - man or woman.
November 12, 2018|
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Response from David P | Property representative |
Absolutley they are acceptable. Thank you very much for checking. Regards, David
Traci B
September 19, 2018|
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Response from palomino62 | Reviewed this property |
I would say business casual. Dockers & collared shirt for man. Casual dress or capris/slacks for woman. You don’t need to dress up but I certainly don’t think I would wear shorts.
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