El Serrano - Lancaster

4.7
600 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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What 600 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DMichael
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious Peruvian/Mexican served food in a delightful ambience.

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CarrieL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect meal, service, and wine. I wish we lived close enough to come back often. Loved it!

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Monique
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our dinner was fantastic!! Love all the food, love the wines. But please, go back to your full menu. Covid is on the way out anyhow and we miss the full menu.

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MissyY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only complaint was that our reservation for 5 was very close in your cove type seating...otherwise a great evening

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VladimirV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. We really enjoyed the atmosphere outside in the courtyard.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday was fun good service and food!

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ShawnH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back to El Serrano's. The food is always good and at a good value. Ambience is great for alone time with the wife. Service is pleasant and courteous as always. Nice to be back!

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AnaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve gone there several time with my fiancé and we have never been disappointed with the food, drink or service.

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PaulaR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to dine! Everything is wonderful.

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DavidB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants if I want to impress a guest. I go just to get impressed myself

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Serrano has been my favorite restaurant in the area since 2005. Best food around when you need a Mexican/Peruvian fix. Will always recommend to everybody. Nowhere else compares!

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Ham98
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for date night. Food is always delicious and the service is excellent.

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vipDebiD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt was our server and he was a delight: efficient and informative. Fajitas were flavorful as was our Peruvian dish. ...and the picante sauce is amazing, perfect heat!

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KimberlyH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Serrano is excellent place to eat. Everything is cooked well

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JASYum
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the
Lancaster, PA area. Great service, always accommodating, many dining choices, well presented delicious food.

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ChyS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I truly love El Serrano! But I believe they are terribly understaffed. All the waiters are young teens, in which I didn’t mind but it seems they naturally have other priorities. We were there for our 6:45 reservation and didn’t sit until almost 7:30. There was hardly any drinks available. Our food came almost an hour later. The waiter was spilling things off the plate and the food was cold by the time it got to us.

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RobynF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the atmosphere and food! Always a great time with our family!

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JoeKopp
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another great experience at El Serrano Lancaster. We are always happy with our food, and Matt S took very good care of us and served us well. I had the Pollo Fundido, one of my favorites, and my wife had Mixto Limeno, which she very much enjoyed. Thanks El Serrano!

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LewesBeach
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar seating for dinner. Wait and bar staff were exceptional. Beautiful South American decor. Good selection of drinks and Pan American food. I got the pomegranate martini, fried avocado appetizer, and Peruvian Lomito entree Everything was amazing. Def recommend.

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LawrenceR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go to El Serrano's for all celebrations. Love the food. the servers are wonderful and the ambiance is perfect!

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AimeeB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very welcoming and pleasant. Food was delicious, and the service was excellent! Highly recommend!

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Oceanman
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for our guests! Looks like they'll be returning soon.

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JustinS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always and service was on point. Can’t wait to return for more family time

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food quality.

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ByronC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Gordo with smoked grilled pork, and a rich guacamole side. Service staff was professional, attentive and efficient.

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GaryS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service. Love the atmosphere and quality and variety of the food. You can choose Mexican or our favorite Peruvian.

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vipfrancophile
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Because of Covid, some of my favorite things were not available -- Pisco Sour and Chiles Rellenos. Service was quite good, however. I also like the pork chops. However, I would prefer to have the option to select the side that accompanied the pork chops as the accompanying white rice was "blah".

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful restaurant in Central Pa. Food and service are always amazing. Our go to spot for special occasions!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. My husband and I had a great time

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BryanH
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always heard how great it is but for some reason never tried. They lived up to their reputation. I wish we had gone years ago. Great, friendly staff. Delicious food in a great atmosphere. We ate first floor and are excited to try the other levels!!

JR
vipJamesR
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We had a takeout and the server did not include our entire order.

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AnnieF
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Serrano has been on our list of Top 5 restaurants for the last 8 years. We use them as the measuring bar against which we judge all other restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great outdoor space. Old hacienda feel.

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FFoodie
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The lomo saltado was delicious as usual, and eating in the open air courtyard was pleasant. While our server was pleasant and polite, our food took a long time to arrive.

DB
DanielleB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a quiet night on the courtyard. The server was attentive and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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JohnK
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE are repeat El Serrano diners, so pretty particular. Tend to rely on chicken fajitas; excellent quality, plenty of food. Local sourced beers and wines an excellent addition. Service was excellent, server very familiar with beers and wines. Left very full and content.

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TedM
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate our 56th anniversary and you did not disappoint!!!!
Server was efficient and friendly. Answered our questions courteously.
Looking forward to seeing you again.

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Mattstacy
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing. His recommendations were on point

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Diane
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family had dinner there for the first time on Friday 3/19/21 and it was the best Mexican Restaurant we have ever eaten at.

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BlazeF
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the evening was perfect and enjoyable.

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 600 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.