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“Suprisingly Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Checker's

Checker's
Ranked #11 of 44 Restaurants in Calistoga
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Phoenix
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115 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Suprisingly Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

With the name Checkers, I was expecting a casual burger joint kind of place and was so happy that's not what it was.

It was very good Italian Food. I had the Ravioli with smoked chicken. This was one of the best dishes I have every had. My husband enjoyed his food as well.

The ambience was nice and service was great. There is a good amount of Italian food in Calistoga, but I think this is the best.

  • Visited September 2013
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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Average all the way around”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

The food here is very average. Unfortunately, chicken marsala doesn't taste a thing like marsala but the chicken carbonara is decent. Large portions, decent service. Avoid the "bottled" water they pour at the table----truly awful! Tastes like dirt or mold. Something is seriously wrong with that water. The artichoke appetizer is bland, not much flavor. The salad is beyond boring, just a few chopped bell pepper pieces and a drip of dressing. Avoid the apps, salad and go for basic recipes like carbonara, marinara and pizza. Service is fine but the kitchen is slow, even on a week night with an empty dining room.

  • Visited September 2013
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Panama Province, Panama
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241 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Everything excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

We had a limo driver take us to wineries for the day, and Checkers was the restaurant she had selected for us to stop and have lunch. The waitress was very friendly, she continued pouring the water, the food was brought out quickly, but the bread that comes first is FANTASTIC! From the pizza I ordered, the BLT sandwich with avocado two others ordered and the greek salad with the soup of day, it was all excellent. Tasty and brought out hot. We took half of the sandwich to go along with half the pizza (since we were nibbling along the way in the limo)--it was easy to get it all boxed up. Definitely stop into Checkers when in Calistoga for an ample menu with great food and service.

  • Visited September 2013
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San Bruno, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Really good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We were hungry and decided to stop in. The food was delicious. The service was great and the price was reasonable.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Kathy P
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boston
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Surprisingly great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

We were looking for somewhere to eat one night after a bike tour and came upon Checkers. There was nobody inside but we liked the menu and figured we would just get some pizza. The pizza was amazing!! The wine was amazing!! The pasta was amazing!! We had a great meal and had enough left over to put in our fridge for a snack the next day. I would recommend this place for a great casual meal.

  • Visited July 2013
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