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Chess N Checkers Pub & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1801 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA 18109-9113
+1 610-264-4131
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Denver, Colorado
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193 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Happy hour on a Tuesday. 3 people in the place. Bartender who had about as much personality as the napkin my cocktail sat on. I think an employee was one of the other two. Lol. Drinks were good. Tv on with volume and music playing from a personal Bluetooth speaker behind the bar. I'm staying at the hotel next door... More 

Thank mjenks8
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really was looking forward to having dinner here. We ordered a meat pie (which wasn't a pie ) and a medium rare burger. The meat pie was a wedge or slab of food on a plate with over cooked, cold asparagus. The medium rare burger was raw. The food was also cold. The staff was rude and walked away while... More 

Thank Sandy M
navarre fl
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I have been going to chess and checkers for many years while traveling on business, they are one of my favorite places in the leiheigh Valley Allentown area. The bartenders are friendly efficient in a way that could be off putting at first, however they are really nice and will take good care of their guests. I can go months... More 

1 Thank Scott S
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257 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Living in the Lehigh Valley all my life I have avoided going to Chess & Checkers due to word of mouth comments. I finally wanted to go to make my own assessment. After dinning there last night my opinion was confirmed, go somewhere else. To begin, my brother and I went there at 7:30 PM on a Saturday night. There... More 

Thank 860Vetman
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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150 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Nothing spectacular here. We were there on a Sunday night at 6pm and there was only one other group of 6 in the building. Food was mediocre.

1 Thank Rod M
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64 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Why we had not tried this before on one of our visits is beyond me. Out of the 8 of us, EVERYONE loved their meals. It was one of the best meals I've had in the ABE area. Considering it is within walking distance of our hotel, we will be going there every time we go back to PA. The... More 

2 Thank tangokilo12
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My husband thoroughly enjoyed the crab cake, which was almost completely crab and had only enough filling to hold it together. I had a delicious filet mignon. Both were cooked to perfection. We also enjoyed the hand cut French fries. The server was pleasant and observant. He was very helpful as we were navigating my husband's wheelchair. The ambiance was... More 

1 Thank Linda P
Dayton, Ohio
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

I went in for dinner and ordered a filet mignon cooked medium. What I received was a flat piece of meat, about 3/8" thick, that was tougher than a NY strip. Why call yourself a steakhouse if you don't know how to cook a steak? It was a shame because the decor was really nice and there was a fireplace... More 

Thank Greg H
Ottawa, Illinois
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172 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

I was not impressed with this place. I saw the sign that said Best Crab cakes, so a colleague and I went in on a weeknight to have a beer and eat some quality crab. We sat at the bar and we ended up being one of only 3 patrons in the bar that night. The guy next to us... More 

Thank storm0926
Sebring, Florida
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We had "time to kill" before our flight back to Florida and wanted something besides fast food so thought we'd try Chess and Checkers. It was about 12:30 and the place was deserted. Might be because the location is not the easiest to get to. Waiter was very pleasant . We decided to order the crab cake lunch- mine on... More 

1 Thank Judy G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1801 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA 18109-9113
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Allentown
  • Phone Number: +1 610-264-4131

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?