El Serrano-York

4.6
82 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
El Serrano York offers a family-run restaurant where you can enjoy outstanding tex-mex cuisine (with a Peruvian twist) in a cozy atmosphere.
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 Avocado Frito 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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BobbiB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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JoeK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The only issue we had was that our pork chops and pollo fundido lacked some of the usual fajita seasoning. Otherwise, all good.

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RalphK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always an excellent meal here with excellent service. Great to find such service during the pandemic. Glad they are open and serving indoors. Don't hesitate to try El Serrano - York if you haven't already. Salsa and chips are excellent.

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SamS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Phenomenal food and wonderful service. A+

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal service was excellent we purchased 2 bottles of wine to take home with us

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Valentines Day dinner for my husband and I- service was slow and inattentive. All other servers visited their tables to offer a “last call” as the bar is required to close early due to COVID. Our server came 15 minutes too late so we only got one drink the entire night. Food was of good portion-sizes but pretty bland. I’ve also been to the restaurant in Lancaster and had a much better experience.

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SusieL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was adequate, service was decent. I think the quality overall has really gone down hill since COVID. They now have a cheaper liquor license so the options are very limited.
There were like 7 different types of bourbon but not one vodka selection. Very few wine options as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is authentic and fabulous every time I come here. One of my favorites for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been enjoying El Serrano for 15 years now. The family and I patronize at least once a week if not more. Absolutely love the owners and their wonderful attentive staff. Not to mention the food is out of this world! Never had a dish I didn’t enjoy!

-Steve

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AnnW
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Fun night -
Service was ok

JA
JimmyA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there at 6:00PM on Saturday to get ahead of the busy time. Great food and service as usual.

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AngelaO
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in York. I took my mother there for her birthday and we enjoyed everything!

JA
JimmyA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I eat there regularly. This time they delivered the wrong salmon dinner selection but when the correct one came out it was one of the best Salmon Serrano dinners I ever had there...

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DannyG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is very consistent, but presentation is just lackluster for the price. Charging extra for substituting vegetables for rice or whatever. Drinks were small but prices high.

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JJ77
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A staple in York for decades, El Serrano-York delivers a worthwhile dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food, but service was a little sloppy.

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Winelovers111602
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent, authentic Peruvian and Mexican cuisine, served in an unassuming dining room. We went for a birthday dinner and were not disappointed! The margaritas we ordered were an great start!

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AmyT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unassuming location in a strip mall however, Great service and food, great atmosphere. I would recommend.

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MickeySS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

El Serrano consistently has good food and margaritas! The service was excellent as well.

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PennyS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My name is Penny not Colleen....however, everyone was so nice and pleasant, our waitress was a gem.....nice young lady. I love the Cheeseburger, I'm not wild about mexican/pervuian food, however, I love that my friends can enjoy their food and I can enjoy a cheeseburger.

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MAndrew
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was excellent! Compliments to the chef who created a succulent pork chop to go with the other items on my platter. Diana was attentive and accommodating, as it was my first in-restaurant dining since CV-19 arrived.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always!

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate over 100 times here and NEVER had a bad meal . Atmosphere and service are superb.

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TamerK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall my experience was good but I hope they could have more vegan options and have a mark fo GF, Vegetarian and Vegan food next to the menu item. I know they have a whole”Vegeteriano” section but it didn’t indicate if it’s just vegetarian or vegan.

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KellyH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We’ve gone to El Serrano many times, this past time our waitress was not very friendly & did not check back often enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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IreneB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very pleasant. 5 ladies and we all enjoyed our food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Diana was our server. She was excellent! We wanted Peruvian fare and she took the time to thoroughly explain each entree. She was attentive, but not too much. She presented the dessert tray and gave us good feedback on the offerings. We complimented her for the fine service.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing! I don't remember the names of the dishes we had. My appetizer was shrimp in a garlic sauce and was to die for! I would've loved it for a main course if it was a larger serving. My husband's main course was tilapia topped with crabmeat and was delicious! The service was pretty good. Our waitress was sweet and attentive, if a little forgetful when we asked for things. Overall I was very impressed with our first visit!

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JoeK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

El Serrano always delivers quality food and service. Dana was our server this past Monday and she did an awesome job. My favorite dish is Pollo Fundido. I highly recommend this place.

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vipNancy
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and good wine. Can’t wait to return.

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JennS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

It took forever to be seated and then the food was subpar and not the best for the prices. The Lancaster restaurant is so much better and offers a better all around experience from my experiences.

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Micha
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The food quality is always very inconsistent at El Serrrano and this time it was poor.
The serving size keeps getting smaller and the prices keep going up.

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vipStan
New York Area
255 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the cooking here and great meals

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vipJNBLSCPE
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Tried the Lancaster location and we weren’t impressed, so we thought we’d try the original York location. We weren’t thrilled. Service was decent, but not romantic. The harsh lighting used in the main dining room is more commonly used in big box stores than restaurants. The food is more Peruvian than Mexican. The prices are a bit steep for both York County and what you get portion-wise. We’d rather drive the extra hour and a half to Philadelphia for authentic Mexican cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server was on the ball. We had drink refills before we were out. She was super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Overall great experience.

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Val80
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly and efficient waitresses

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CouplefromPA55
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second visit with my extended family. As was characteristic of the first visit, our entrees were excellent! Thank you! 😊

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Winnie
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love this restaurant. The food is consistently good as well as the service. The seating is a little close but it adds to the atmosphere. The fajitas never disappoint and their authentic recipes are always good. One change is that they only serve their restaurant wines. Not sure what that was all about but you have to walk to a back room in the restaurant to get your wine, wait staff could not bring it to you. It’s been a little while since our visit so maybe this changed.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! As always.

FAQs

El Serrano-York offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 757-4963.

El Serrano-York is rated 4.6 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.