El Serrano - Lancaster

4.7
649 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
*****PLEASE NOTE AS PER STATE MANDATE WE ARE CLOSED FOR INDOOR DINING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH TO SUNDAY, JANUARY 3RD. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND ORDER TO GO and above all else stay safe and think positive!
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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Oldtimer
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at El Serrano on many occasions. This was the first post-pandemic. My guest and I ordered off the Peruvian part of the menu and were very pleased with the preparation and presentation. Dessert at El Serrano is alway a treat and this was bio exception. Our server Martin was appropriately attentive.

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DarrinL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation was confirmed upon arrival and we were seated immediately. Wait staff approached us once seated and asked for our drink order. Drinks arrived quickly and we ordered our dinners. Food arrived quicker than I anticipated and all the meals were delicious. We love El Serrano as it is always consistent with great food, atmosphere and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent night! Can’t wait to go back and sit on the patio

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CharlesH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monday night and the placed was full like it's a Saturday night. Wait staff very helpful and understanding as 2 of our seniors party were using walkers with some difficulty. No wheel chair available but it turns out our dining guest didn't want to use one anyway.
Margaritas were fresh and zesty just like you would expect a South American drink to be.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

There was a wait from the time of reservation. The kitchen was backed up and it took over an hour to get the main course. My husband liked his chicken and rice dish. I thought chicken in the chicken fajita was dry and I did not care for the taste of the sangria I ordered. The server was pleasant and I don’t blame him for the excessive wait. It was over crowded and they did not seem prepared to accommodate the crowd in a timely fashion.

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, drinks and atmosphere! The fried ice cream is the best!

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vipPp20
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience

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KerrieC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Our service was extremely slow!! We waited 45 minutes for an appetizer and an hour and a half for our dinner. Our waiter did not come back to offer more water and we asked multiple times, Overall a very disappointing experience tonight!!

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JennyW
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager, Melanie, went out of her way to help us have a very enjoyable evening. Service and food both outstanding and the atmosphere and decor are great.

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vipSharonG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Great greeting. Waiter was slow returning to table so we got full price drinks instead of happy hour price. Rice was under cooked. We have been here before covid when food and service were a five star. It was one our favorites.

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NicoleB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great time with family.

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vipSusanA
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Quality of is superb and consistent. Love the atmosphere and menu.

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Anisa
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food has the same great quality and staff is friendly.

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SusanT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and enjoyable to eat here. We sat outside (in the courtyard) and it was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very average food. For the price of each dish, our party expected more. We also waited over 45 minutes for entrees. Love the building - great atmosphere. We couldn’t find a parking spot as it was packed! Most likely will not return.

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MaryW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They were running a little behind on reservations but that was fine. The food was delicious as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the food, but your frozen margarita machine is still broken after many months. You make the best ones in the area, please get it fixed ASAP. We’ve gone a few times hoping it was fixed, still not.

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L954
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

meals were wrong after waiting 40 minutes for our food.

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TammyM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Best raspberry margarita I have ever had. Kudos to the bartender. Everyone’s food was absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to come again. We are from York. Looking forward to trying your location there

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ruth
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved Peruvian food choices. Kitchen service slow though. waited over 1 hour.

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SueS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the salmon Serrano, delishes! The Pomegranate Margaritas were very refreshing and the staff was courteous and efficient.

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LawrenceR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come into El Serranos we are met with with cheerful faces and wonderful service and the best food in town!
We always come back whenever we have something to celebrate.

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vipLancasterDiner
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

El Serrano has been a go to for 30 years although it has been a couple of them since I was last here and it did not disappoint!
I had the shrimp fajitas and my friend had the El Rancho Combo.
Both were delicious.
My only complaint was the rice with my fajita was a bit overcooked and dry.
I would recommend that anyone looking for a good Latin American meal to go here.

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AGTandBAT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

They ran out of shredded beef for chimichsnga

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vipPhilipE
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, and the service
was quite good.

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NatalieD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with tasty food. Has an inner court with a very nice setup. I would recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a reservation to sit in the courtyard for dinner. Upon arrival, Hostess told us we would have to wait upwards of 30 minutes if we wanted to eat outside but we could be seated quicker if we decided to eat inside. I explained that I made a reservation to eat outside for a specific reason and that we wanted to eat outside and wondered why it would be 30 minutes. As it turns out, it was only about a 10-minute wait to sit outside. We had a lovely waitress who seemed attentive at first but then it took a very, very long time to get our food. We ordered appetizers and drinks as soon as we sat down. The drinks arrived quickly but the appetizers took about 35 minutes. We ordered food and waited at least another 40 minutes. The waitress did explain that the kitchen was short-staffed and apologized. Overall, the food was fine and the ambiance was pretty as usual but the long wait for food with my two young children made the experience mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service and Food!

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SandraT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always..Fabulous food as well as service and you can’t miss anything you desire here..

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ChrisB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good as usual. The service was a little slow but not that bad. Overall good experience.

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ErinA
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent! We will definitely return to this restaurant.

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BarbaraD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six of us sat outside in the courtyard. Our waiter was terrific, food and drinks were great! Was our first outing together since Covid shutdown, so we enjoyed ourselves immensely!

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KeegenA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Birthday dinner here. Over all this is one of our favorite restaurants to go too.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Our food was cold and took a long time to get it . Our serve was very nice.

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SamuelM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the experience very much. The decor was beautiful, the staff was efficient , and the menu had variety. The food was well prepared and delicious. We intend to eat there again.

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Brian
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and drinks were delicious. Would visit more frequently than just for special occasions if we lived closer.

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vipTeresaC
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Mother’s Day, wonderful food, service and experience! The food was great and the passion fruit Margarita was exceptional!! Service was superior!!

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Carmen
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing! I've been coming here since I was a teen. Love it. All the employees I encountered were very courteous.

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KevinS
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had to wait 35 min.even with a reservation but that was ok. Food was good. There sure was no social distancing though

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JanetI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious; the servers were pleasant, polite, and attentive.

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 649 OpenTable diners.

El Serrano - Lancaster does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.elserrano.com.

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.