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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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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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Fred L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Debbie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had wanted to try Checkers for quite some time, 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...More

Thank Justin T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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

2  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

1  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
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Questions & Answers
12 November 2018|
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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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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