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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” (54 reviews)
“apple salad” (22 reviews)
“profiteroles” (7 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 3 weeks ago 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

1  Thank Gail S
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

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

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

Thank caesarsm0m
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Yes, another recommendation from our B&B proprietors (confirmed by Trip Advisor of course!). Before this meal, we had been eating rather casually enjoying lighter meals and bar food. We were ready for a "nice" dinner and this was perfect. Excellent beverages. Service was great. Our...More

Thank kaseysmom
Reviewed 31 July 2018

We had dinner here while staying at The Lancaster Arts Hotel. Checkers is a faux, period pub on the edge of the town. It's housed in a nondescript block of premises and takes a little finding. However, this does not discourage the locals as it...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 19 July 2018

We selected this restaurant based on online reviews, a single friend recommendation, and proximity to our hotel in Lancaster. Twelve longtime friends needing dinner in a quiet setting where we could catch up. Everyone loved the food. Duck tacos, french onion soup, scallops (fantastic) over...More

Thank AnnieRT
Reviewed 6 July 2018

Checkers is beautiful!! I loved the décor of the restaurant, very dimly lit, tables spaced far apart modern, trendy, classic. The food was exceptionally delicious, gourmet, would highly recommend. Definitely a 5-star meal.

Thank Barbara J
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We wanted to have diner in a better restaurant than the ‘normal’ restaurants in the area. We made a good decision going there. The food was wonderful. A little bit more expensive but high quality. It can take a while before they serve you diner,...More

Thank chene0110
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Romantic atmosphere, great food ( coffee cured filet and duck tacos were incredible) wonderful service. Will be back!

Thank RWE0205
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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
Michael E
10 June 2016|
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Response from Jeff T | Property representative |
It's approximately 7.5 miles and should take 15-20 minutes. We'd love to see you for a pre-show dinner. Please let our staff know of any time commitments and we'll be sure your dining experience works for it. Thanks for... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - 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
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
Checkers Bistro has an eclectic menu, with American, French and Asian influenced 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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