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Checkers Bistro

398 Harrisburg Ave, Champion Forge Center, Lancaster, PA 17603-2990
+1 717-509-1069
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“duck tacos” (55 reviews)
“apple salad” (22 reviews)
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French, American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
398 Harrisburg Ave, Champion Forge Center, Lancaster, PA 17603-2990
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Food and service were exceptional; they made our birthday celebrations special. Menu is somewhat limited, the drink list is probably five times as long. Extensive whiskey selection. The bar gets noisy which does carry over to the restaurant. But it is an enjoyable atmosphere.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank AlisonH308
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had heard about this for years but did not make the drive because of the drive home factor. Well, we should have been more brave before. The atmosphere is very nice, has some bustle but still not crazy loud. The food was good, the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 99cooks111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had wanted to try Checkers for a while, so I finally went with a friend for dinner. The best thing about our visit was the staff; everyone we dealt with was pleasant. We arrived early for our reservation, and they gave us some complimentary...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank JustinCT123
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We have had this on our list of places we must visit. We had heard great things about Checkers and were not disappointed. We went with friends. The noise level was low and we could easily carry conversations. The food was good and prices fair....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Fred L
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

The decor and ambiance were inviting. Our server Mia was exceptional. We wanted a particular bottle of wine which they were out of and she made a recommendation and offered us a tasting of an alternate which was a perfect alternative. Our lobster bisque and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Debbie L
Reviewed 22 October 2018

I really liked the atmosphere and ambience in this restaurant. My visit started out great, the waitress offered me a chance to try 2 different wines that I was interested in to allow me to choose. I ordered the apple pecan salad and salmon with...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Amy S
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We were really disappointed when we walked from our hotel to Checkers Bistro and were refused a table. We arrived around 5/5:15. There was one couple at the bar and the restaurant was empty, yes empty. We were asked if we had a reservation, which...More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank 115gails
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

My husband I came here for dinner after having been here last year (and I have been here several times on girls weekends) and enjoyed it very much. Service as always is exceptional. Had a very delicious Cosmo and my husband enjoyed a local beer....More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank palomino62
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Recommended by Lancaster friend. She was completely right. Business compatriots said they will go back later this week. Made me look like great. Nothing could be better

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank RBM1813
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Proprietors David Payne and Jeff Thornton (and of course, Chef Mateo) show extraordinary sensitivity to diners’ mood, comfort, and of course, taste. Ceilings and petitions, part of the décor, absorb sound, and soft subtle lighting means no glaring interrogation settings. The wait staff is alert...More

Date of visit: April 2018
2  Thank caesarsm0m
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Questions & Answers
12 November 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
20 September 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.
8 December 2016|
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Response from David P | Property representative |
We do not have a Vegan option on the menu, but if you would like to call ahead we would be happy to create a Vegan dish for you. Thank you for your question, David
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 398 Harrisburg Ave, Champion Forge Center, Lancaster, PA 17603-2990
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 717-509-1069
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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.
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