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El Serrano

2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
+1 717-397-6191
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (29 reviews)
“fajitas” (25 reviews)
“lomo saltado” (19 reviews)
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Mexican, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would love to review El Serrano positively, because we enjoyed the El Serrano in York location. But today when we went at 2:00 the doors were locked (tied shut with twist lock and plastic bag) and the other doors were also locked. No signs...More

Thank dar019
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We went with another couple tho celebrate a delayed Valentine's day. We started out with pomegranate margaritas which were very good. We had fajitas, salmon serano and the other salmon which wash Peruvian, and a the el rancher combo. We all were pleased with our...More

Thank Kim E
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Our daughter is local and brought us here. She has to be medically gluten free and she felt confident having eaten here before. We were visiting from Colorado and this was our first visit. We were pleasantly greeted and seated and the waitress told us...More

Thank Lisaonthegoco
Reviewed 15 January 2018

A group of 13 descended on El Serrano on a Tuesday evening...with reservations....a table was ready, the server was prompt in taking drink requests, answering questions about the menu and just generally pleasant. Everyone was happy with their drinks...the majority had the margarita. Several beers...More

Thank SDCooks
Reviewed 23 December 2017

We've been dining at El Serrano for close to 25 years. The beautiful facility and tasty food makes it the place to go for Mexican food and dessert in the Lancaster, PA area. WE love spicy food so the El Bandido is always a favorite...More

Thank Fred K
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Hadn't been to El Serrano for several years and was overall disappointed with this visit. Very average food, ok service, dingy atmosphere. Overall not impressed.

Thank darcytdog
Reviewed 14 November 2017

We moved to Lancaster, PA from San Diego, CA in 2002. Of course, we wanted to find a Mexican Restaurant that would match the excellent Mexican Restaurants in San Diego. We found one soon after we moved here - El Serrano. In the 15 years...More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This place has the best food. I've been going here and the York location for so many years. The consistency is amazing. The owners are gracious. The drinks amazing, especially the Peruvian Margarita, oh my. This and York are my go to restaurants. If you...More

Thank Jbap
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Excellent service and atmosphere. Had a really good Malbec. I'm guessing this is the only South American restaurant in Lancaster. In that context, this is a good restaurant. Also, we visited on a Thursday evening. I had the Peruvian pork chops ("steaks") which came sizzling...More

Thank tom e
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

So glad discovered this on TripAdvisor. The menu has both the traditional and some new dishes. Everything we tried was very good. Even on a busy night, the service was tops. We were there on a Sunday evening and thoroughly enjoyed the live music.

Thank wadleyfla
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4 April 2016|
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Response from Todd B | Reviewed this property |
This place is very loud - that could be a challenge.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 24
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 717-397-6191
  • E-mail
If you haven't visited El Serrano along Lancaster's Columbia Avenue lately, you haven't visited El Serrano. Or, perhaps it is more appropriate to say, you haven't visited Peru. Every square inch of the Latin-American restaurant has been extensively redesigned, upgraded and refurbished authentically, with architectural details similar to those of 150 years ago--to the point that stepping through its hand-carved mahogany doors is like entering a Peruvian hacienda. As owner Manuel Torres says, "it's like going on vacation."
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