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El Serrano - Lancaster, Lancaster, PA

El Serrano - Lancaster

4.7
4.7
1111 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
The El Serrano Family of Restaurants has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1980s as a food trailer at the York Fair--and while it is thousands of miles from Owner Manuel Torres' native Peru, stepping though its hand-carved mahogany doors is like entering a Latin-American hacienda.
Come and discover why we have been in Lancaster since 1993...enjoy Tex-Mex favorites like chicken fajitas or Peruvian specialties such as Lomo Saltado.
Explore our new tapas menu with dishes like Chicken Empanadas and if you are over 21, ask for a sample of our own Finca de Torres selection of wines from our vineyard and winery in Spain.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Peruvian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (717) 397-6191

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,111 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Lancaster County

    Best Overall

  • Lancaster County

    Best Food

  • Lancaster County

    Best Service

  • Lancaster County

    Best Ambiance

  • Lancaster County

    Best Value

  • Lancaster County

    Fit for Foodies

  • Lancaster County

    Good for Groups

  • Lancaster County

    Healthy

  • Lancaster County

    Outdoor Dining

  • Lancaster County

    Romantic

  • Lancaster County

    Special Occasion

  • Lancaster County

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Sammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT and EXCEPTIONAL service and food and ambiance! Excellent manager who was extremely helpful! I’d HIGHLY recommend it!!
  2. C

    Cassie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We absolutely love El Serrano! The atmosphere and the courtyard are beautiful!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner experience! Amazing private dinner and food!
  4. MM

    MarcM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Food is fantastic service is fantastic. Just a little pricey. 2 adults 2 adult beverages 2 appetizers and 2 entrees plus tip $123. Don’t get me wrong it’s a great place. But a little too pricey to frequent often.
  5. F

    Franksfoodfeedback

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and will definitely be coming back! Keep up the good work!
  6. LK

    LarryK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. We were outside in the courtyard so the noise level was very low. Times we have been inside the noise level was problematic with a larger group. There are a few small side rooms that can seat small groups which eliminates the noise issue of the main dinning room.
  7. K

    Kent

    Adelaide

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for a birthday party - which our server, Jannese, figured out right away. The first chips and salsa were excellent. We ordered an appetizer and it was more than enough for two. When Jannese refilled my iced tea, she noted that it was freshly brewed and warm, so she brought an extra glass of ice. Very nice touch! Our entrees (Enchilada for one, and Chimichanga for the other) were far too big for us. We are not slight eaters, but the plateful was, well, a plateful. We took half of each plate home. Delicious entrees, but we did not order dessert - a loss, I think. The hostess greeted us as we put our first foot over the threshhold. I note that when it happens. The dining area was clean and appealing. The music and ambient noise were noticeable but not too loud for us to have conversations. Good work by all. Thank you.
  8. MH

    MikeH

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great location food was outstanding and the drinks were very tasty
  9. RM

    RobinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance is A+++++++. Live over an hour away and it's worth the drive for special occasions.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Waitress was overbooked and service was slow.
  11. JS

    JohnS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. It is always a treat at El Serranos.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!!
  13. MT

    MaxT

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Food was acceptable but nothing more. Drinks are very sweet and margaritas are sugary. Service was exceptionally slow. After asking for the check we waited 16 minutes until it arrived. I observed our waitress clearing several tables biting that time period rather than getting the check. (And there was no one waiting for the tables.) Three drinks per person and a single course of food and we were there for two and a half hours.
  14. BM

    BarryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere! We love El Serrano's !
  15. BJ

    BJohnson

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Will definitely return.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were fabulous! We will be back soon
  17. MB

    MichaelB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great atmosphere. We enjoyed everything including our server Matt.
  18. M

    Michelebop

    Philadelphia

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always delicious!
  19. DD

    DaveD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    VERY NICE, VERY CLEAN, NICELY DECORATED, NICE SPACING BETWEEN SEATING. GOOD FOOD
  20. E

    Ellen

    Philadelphia

    184 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    184 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed another dining experience at El Serrano. It’s a fun place to eat.
  21. P

    Param

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance of the place was great and so was the food and service.
  22. NB

    NBDiner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We went for a bachelorette party. Our server was very nice and we like the atmosphere. Our waitress told me there wouldn’t be any mushrooms in my food, but there were many large mushrooms. Could have been a safety issue if allergic.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Micha our waiter was very professional and did his job very well. Thank you, Micha!
  24. PR

    PamR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Micah was our waiter and he was so good! Very attentive and right on top of it! Food was delicious as always. Our favorite place to eat! Highly e!
  25. K

    Kelli

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend the El Bandido if you enjoy spicy food. Staff and Manager, Melanie, are all wonderful!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Traveled 2 hours both ways to eat at el Serrano and it was worth the trip as usual
  27. GR

    GeraldR

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Their chips and salsa are the best. They were a little short of help but we still got served in a timely fashion and the pace was ideal for the conversations we were having.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going to Thus restaurant when we in town, Love it!!!
  29. G

    Georgine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and food at El Serrano never disappoints. Our server was knowledgeable and experienced making our visit that much more enjoyable.
  30. LS

    LindaS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    As always the outdoor seating on a summer evening was beautiful. Our waiter greeted us right away and was very nice. We were celebrating our daughters birthday. The food was delicious. From the appetizers to all of our meals. Our waiter came back several times while we were eating to ask us if we needed anything. We have been to El Serrano several times.
  31. DR

    DonnaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    E had a little wait for service, our server was wonderful, but all in all everything was fabulous!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  33. l

    lmelko

    Philadelphia

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Again we enjoyed our neighborhood gem for Peruvian food. We loved the red & white sangria. The pork chops & tilapia entrees were outstanding.
  34. TC

    TeresaC

    Pittsburgh

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely night with my guy! Excellent service, excellent food!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All went well!
  36. MW

    MisterW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our August 24, 2022 visit to El Serano for an anniversary dinner was outstanding! Beginning with traditional chips and salsa (the best), our server, Michah, was prompt, polite, friendly and attentive to our every request. Our meal was delivered and served in a very timely manner. Michah frequently dropped by our booth to assure our meal, etc. met our every expectation. AND ... our dinner and dessert selections were postively memorable! A FABULOUS experience at El Serano.
  37. GB

    GeorgeB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it is always an enjoyable experience with El Serrano's. Waitress was attentive, friendly and warm. The food was hot and invitingly served. Flavor was excellent. Looking forward to returning.
  38. TL

    TomL

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Great service. Food was ok - a bit salty for the main entrees (beef fajitas and Lomita). Dessert was the best (rum cake and fried ice cream).
  39. RW

    RedWineLover

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Have been to El Serano many ties and the food & service are always good. Good selection of Mexican and Peruvian food. The decor is also very nice.
  40. PD

    PatD

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food always excellent. Decor outstanding. Waitress very good. All employees friendly. We have been coming here for many years and will continue to drive 45 minutes. Best fajitas ever.

FAQs

El Serrano - Lancaster offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 397-6191.

El Serrano - Lancaster is rated 4.7 stars by 1111 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for El Serrano - Lancaster

2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Lancaster

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Peruvian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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