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El Serrano - Lancaster, Lancaster, PA

El Serrano - Lancaster

4.7
4.7
1175 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 27 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 1,175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lancaster County

    Best Overall

  • Lancaster County

    Best Food

  • Lancaster County

    Best Service

  • Lancaster County

    Best Ambiance

  • Lancaster County

    Best Value

  • Lancaster County

    Innovative

  • Lancaster County

    Good for groups

  • Lancaster County

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Lancaster County

    Romantic

  • Lancaster County

    Good for special occasions

  • Lancaster County

    Most Booked

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  1. KM

    KathiM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening - loved the delicious food. Nice server - Micah
  2. N

    Nitsa

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is continually wonderful. Our server wasn’t the most efficient , but made up for it with his pleasant, eager manner. The table was poorly lit to the point of reading the menu with great difficulty and the “background” music was invasive. The drinks were good and we will return because good food trumps all else.
  3. DF

    DonnaF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Waitress could have come check on us a little more . She was very nice
  4. l

    lmelko

    Philadelphia

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite local restaurant, close to home & the food & service are always top notch!
  5. DN

    DavidN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had not been there for years. Great server. Food was fresh and delicious.
  6. TB

    TomB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unlike the national chains where service has declined dramatically over the last two decades, and worse since covid, this place is like going back in time with quality everything. And unlike the big chains, the building and decor is unique, beautiful, and like a real spanish hacienda. It can be busy but still great service.
  7. RR

    RRothFamily

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was excellent. Never have had a bad meal after many visits. Service is always great and timely. Good draft beer is always important to me
  8. RT

    RyanT

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Always love going to El Serrano. Food was delicious. No crowd.
  9. JM

    JamesM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the perfect atmosphere for a birthday celebration. And the waitress was outstanding.
  10. ST

    SelenaT

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love El Serrano! Great food, great service and great ambiance!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!
  12. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at El Serrano. There were seven of us, and we had a terrific waitress--Kendall--who provided excellent service throughout the evening. The food was very good and there was lots of it! The margaritas were superb!
  13. JB

    JoanB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    Found a long black hair in my chicken ensalada. They did take it off my bill, but gross none the less.
  14. D

    Dianaa

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am never disappointed the food is always incredible. The service is always impeccable. Great ambience!
  15. JH

    JohnH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the evening and food was delicious!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing!! Service was a tad slow, which was fine since we weren’t in a hurry.
  17. LE

    LindaE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food was very good and hot. We waited a long time for our food. Much longer then usual. When the food did arrive the server(not the same as took the order) walked right by our table with order and then came back. We were also seated by a crying baby and close to the kitchen hen which was very noisy. Not sure what the problem was with service. It is usually excellent.
  18. JU

    JUSTIN

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    There was a drop neon table behind us with a tremendous amount of yelling, and no one stepped in to say anything. Also, 9 PM closing on a Saturday? 😳
  19. SR

    StacyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! Best salsa around! Food is very reasonably priced. The “Sangarita” was amazing
  20. SY

    SusanY

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! Pleasant greeting upon arrival, seated right away, service was exceptional and the food was fabulous! We sat in one of the porticos which is a little more private which was perfect for a romantic dinner.
  21. W

    Wolfman

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything was exceptional except our table seating was quite tight.
  22. R

    Reynaldo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good. Everything was delicious. Recommended.
  23. JM

    JulietM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always El Serrano provides a great experience and good food. It was a few of my friends first time eating there. They were blown away by the look of the place, pleasantly surprised by the good pricing of the food and amazed by the food. They said it was definitely worth the 45 min drive and they’re going to bring some family back to eat. My family comes all the way from Philly to eat here because the food is so good.
  24. l

    lmelko

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love to end our work week with dinner at El Serrano! The service, the food, the drinks are awesome. We are greeted & welcomed like family every time we go.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome as usual! Our server, Jenise was over the top!!
  26. LW

    LonW

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner, wine, & service from Matt. Busy Saturday night and everything was perfect. Highly recommend the Salmon Serrano.
  27. RK

    RosaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a great experience overall. We were in town to celebrate a milestone in our relationship, and the restaurant definitely did not disappoint. They actually messed up our order, but quickly got it corrected. We just had to wait longer to eat. The meal itself was really good, and service was as good as can be expected, considering how busy they were.
  28. NM

    NatalieM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Good at el Serrano was very good as was the service but the noise level was just too much
  29. AE

    AEMc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good experience overall, impressive place with nice ambiance. Food was great, margaritas not so much. It was very loud!
  30. B

    Barbara

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, good service, nice experience. Will be back!
  31. MS

    MikeS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    IS out favorite date night place to eat. Matt is the best server.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  33. JS

    JeannieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Serrano is a family favorite! Never disappoints! Great food, fantastic staff, fabulous atmosphere. Best place to gather and enjoy those whom you love!
  34. JD

    JanethefrequentDiner

    Philadelphia

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went for dinner on Halloween. There are few places open on a Monday night. We always enjoy dining here but we haven’t been here for awhile. The staff managed to get a convenient table to accommodate my husband’s handicapped legs. A server came to the table soon after we were seated. As usual, the signature margaritas were wonderful. We always get the fajitas. They were plentiful and tasty and a generous portion. We enjoyed everything about the meal.
  35. NM

    NancyM

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. They now offer drinks made with pisco, Peruvian brandy. Fabulous!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful evening with our Millersville student. Service was outstanding!! Music was a bit loud but otherwise just perfect.
  37. CK

    CKohler

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was delicious, as always, and the service was great!
  38. TH

    TracyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always when we visit El Serrano...everything was amazing!
  39. l

    lmelko

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite neighborhood restaurant for a wonderful dinner. We enjoyed the shrimp & garlic sauce appetizer, the salmon de la sur & misto limeno entrees were delicious!
  40. TC

    TeresaC

    Pittsburgh

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cousin reunion! Wonderful time!

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 1175 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 27 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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