El Serrano - Lancaster

4.7
538 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place, good flavors, excellent Ceviche, our server slightly distracted. Love a well paced meal- didn't quite get there but wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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AllisonH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a fun atmosphere. Always recommend!

CJ
CJfromPA
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect place for a date night, family dinner, or catching g up with friends. Food was amazing, service was excellent, and the prices were more than fair. I look forward to a return trip.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our dining experience at El Serrano. The staff is friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is upbeat and authentic. On our last visit we were seated inside next to a window with a view of the courtyard. Even though it was a cold night, the courtyard looked inviting.

My husband and I each ordered the Pollo Fundido. It is one of our favorite dishes and we are never disappointed. The chicken is flavorful and tender. I highly recommend it. We finished the evening with fried ice cream and it was a delicious ending to an amazing meal.

Thank you to Alex and Kendall for their friendly service! Great servers make a great restaurant even better.

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MikeC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit more pricey than other places but well worth it.
Cultural was closed, but they were seating there so it was great. The courtyard was covered with snow.....so sad.

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Ham98
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant, one of our favorites in the Lancaster area. Great atmosphere and tasty food.

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ToddW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service that is safe in this season of COVID pandemic. The food was delicious and a terrific menu of choices. It was a wonderful evening!

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vipScott
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server Jack was extremely knowledgeable of the menu and drinks!

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AliciaB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

The restaurant has a lot of character and the service is good. Unfortunately the food was bland. The taco salad was 95% chicken which was salty and there was only a little lettuce a dollop of sour cream and a dollop of salsa very disappointing.

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foodielov155
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Drinks are overpriced most places but here they seemed way overpriced...$34 for a small pitcher of Sangria. Stick to the food and stay away from the overpriced drinks and you won't be disappointed!

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SteveH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food at El Serrano is always good. I've never had a bad meal there. The service can be hit or miss. There are some fantastic servers and others that seem new at the job or are just distracted.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very attentive and the food was perfect and came out very quickly!

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Tallguy
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great. The environment was very romantic. The only negative was it took a bit longer than expected for our food to be ready and our waitress seemed quite busy, however, it was Valentine’s Day. I imagine they were more busy than usual. Overall, a great place to eat and I would eat there again.

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WALKIRYAP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our Server was amazing! It was my brother’s birthday and the server definitely made the dining experience so much more enjoyable.

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Betsy
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at El Serrano on Valentine's Day

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time visiting El Serrano and it won't be our last. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was top notch.

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful food and beverages...Was alittle shocked at the price of a pitcher of Sangria.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food as always!!!

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AngelaW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very COLD inside the restaurant, but aside from that we had a wonderful time! The food was great and service was excellent, can’t wait to visit again!

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ChristineD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was delicious. Great wait staff!

KM
KatM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the atmosphere perfect! Friendly staff

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vipScott
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Valentine's Dinner was fantastic! Felt very safe and food and service were terrific!

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MrsG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a great time with family and the food was amazing!

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NelsonB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was nice dinner, as it always is!
Our table was ready and waiting for us when we got there... would definitely recommend!!!!!

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HollyO
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt service. Delicious food. Amazing margaritas!!!

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JulesR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at El Serrano was a lovely experience, especially after almost a year of not doing so. The service was wonderful, food-delicious and the ambiance-lovely. The view of the snow covered courtyard was a bonus.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day

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Healthnut
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Serranos is my all time favorite restaurant. The chips and salsa they give you is complimentary and the salsa is amazing! Everything I have gotten there has been good and the ambiance is wonderful.

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Patrick
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was very good and fast. The beer was very good also.

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ButchB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite, a true gem in Lancaster PA.

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DaMook
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Was good but I would advise to stick to the tapas, fajitas(which we did not have but saw other tables get) and drinks.

Our main dishes from the Peruvian menu left something to be desired, and we like Peruvian/South American food so it was not an issue of “taste” but execution and quality of ingredients. While not bad, the main course food did not at all match the level of the fun atmosphere and great service. The service was welcoming, friendly and attentive without being overbearing.

Overall this is a very nice place that I would give 5 stars to if the food was better.

JC
JerryC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Normally very good, but on this night. Only thing hot was the plate.

JB
JaneB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back to El Serrano since pre-COVID.
All guidelines were followed for safety.
First time for one our guests, and he found the food and drinks delicious.
Missed some favorite menu items, as menu has been paired back, it seems, but was pleasantly surprised with new choices!

MJ
MamaJuba
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My first time there. The place is unbelievably gorgeous! Food was pretty good, although I had something typical. I'll definitely try something next time that El Serrano's is known for.
My margarita was a little underwhelming. Tasted like a mix was used.
All in all, I plan to go back on a regular basis.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a little dark and very cold. Food was very good though.

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viplmelko
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner experience. The service was great, the food fabulous as usual.

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MichaelD
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Made a reservation here and got seated immediately when we arrived. The food was very good and very authentic tasting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to El Serrano. That’s all it took for it to become my favorite. Everything was top notch!!

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vipLarryS
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food.

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marekat
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!

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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 538 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.