El Serrano-York

4.3
112 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
El Serrano York offers a family-run restaurant where you can enjoy outstanding tex-mex cuisine (with a Peruvian twist) in a cozy atmosphere.
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 Avocado Frito 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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DGSD
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite restaurant that we Love going to❣️

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RitaP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. The service was very good. The fajitas were very tasty. Our grandchildren enjoyed their meals from the kids menu. Great fried ice cream to top it off.

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RobertB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Worst dinner ever. Restaurant wasn’t honoring reservations, went on a wait list when we got there. They then stuck us in the bar. The bartender served us. Got chips and salsa, no bowl. It took 20 min for him to take our order, then we got our food 40 min later. All the time, they take out food was steady out the door. Apparently they were more important. Table and menus went clean. The food came out on hot plates but the food was not. People that arrived later than us that sat in the dining room were finished dinner and left 20 min before us. Took 15 min to get the check while the bartender went to bus tables in the dining room. 6:15 reservation and we got out at 8:30. Most horrible experience. This is usually really good , they have gone downhill.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice dinner with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Server was not attentive at all with a little attitude. Food was pretty good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious and fresh food. Very quiet and intimate.

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SusanM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful serving staff. They took excellent care of us - helping us celebrate my father in law's 93rd birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Local business with great food, very convenient.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

-uncomfortably hot temperature, fans not running
-wrong drinks were brought
-stale chips
-server very inattentive and hard to find
-drinks not kept up

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vipCindyH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy having dinner at El Serrano. The salmon special was exceptional. The creamy lemon sauce had just enough tartness to brighten and enhance the flavor of the salmon. My husband loved his dinner as well.

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RichardR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as it always is! Always enjoy eating there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It had been a while since we'd been here. We moved to a different part of town and just didn't think of restaurants in that area as much. So glad we went on open table because it popped up and we were both excited to go again. Their salsa to start is great! We enjoyed a Peruvian and Mexican lager which were both tasty. We tried shrimp chimichangas for the first time (usually go with beef or chicken) and they were delicious. But the star of the meal was the Lomo Saltado with beef! It's such a simple dish but done to perfection! It won't be as long before we return.

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DanH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

El Serrano is a Peruvian restaurant in an area that most people don't know or appreciate the difference between Peruvian and Mexican. Not that I do really, no attitude. El Serrano has been a family favorite for us for going on 30 years. This is the best Peruvian restaurant anywhere near, and the best "Mexican" restaurant anywhere near. Check your calendar, make a reservation. Repeat.

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CynthiaL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. My first time eating here.

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BCJC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, always good!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was horrible and food was cold

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have a hard time coming here and not getting the fajitas, they are so good! Rosalie is an excellent server, friendly and very attentive.

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EmmaB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. We tried several different apps, tapas, entrees, drinks, and desserts, and everything was excellent. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Honestly, one of the best we’ve ever had, and I worked in restaurants for years. Highly recommend El Serrano. Wonderful experience.

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Peruvian cuisine is not cooked properly. Beef was burned.

MR
MariaR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a special occasion & the staff was very accommodating. Food was delicious as always.

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vipStevenD
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

First time in the York El Serrano, it was good good and hood service.

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BrandonB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. A very enjoyable restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon del Sur was excellent. Peruvian dish made with wild caught salmon. Will definitely order again

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TriciaLynn
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was fast!

CM
CMCEC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this place. We’ve gone here for years. Great food, good value, nice atmosphere.

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Milo
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything on the menu is good. Service is friendly. Will continue to return!

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Mofu
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding! Definitely coming back soon.

MK
MichaelK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to El Serrano in several years. We don'y go because we just do not think about it because of its location. The service was outstanding and the food excellent.

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BWelber
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my husband's birthday with friends. It was a great evening.

Although I had to wait for my requested table a little too long, The food and service were great!
We will certainly go back.

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SusanA
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, can’t say enough about how great our meal was. We had our own little “room” which was great during these COVID times. The food and wine were amazingly good... so good that there was barely a crumb left on our plates and we had dessert.

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BobbiB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

JK
JoeKopp
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The only issue we had was that our pork chops and pollo fundido lacked some of the usual fajita seasoning. Otherwise, all good.

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RalphK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always an excellent meal here with excellent service. Great to find such service during the pandemic. Glad they are open and serving indoors. Don't hesitate to try El Serrano - York if you haven't already. Salsa and chips are excellent.

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SamS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Phenomenal food and wonderful service. A+

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal service was excellent we purchased 2 bottles of wine to take home with us

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Valentines Day dinner for my husband and I- service was slow and inattentive. All other servers visited their tables to offer a “last call” as the bar is required to close early due to COVID. Our server came 15 minutes too late so we only got one drink the entire night. Food was of good portion-sizes but pretty bland. I’ve also been to the restaurant in Lancaster and had a much better experience.

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SusieL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was adequate, service was decent. I think the quality overall has really gone down hill since COVID. They now have a cheaper liquor license so the options are very limited.
There were like 7 different types of bourbon but not one vodka selection. Very few wine options as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is authentic and fabulous every time I come here. One of my favorites for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been enjoying El Serrano for 15 years now. The family and I patronize at least once a week if not more. Absolutely love the owners and their wonderful attentive staff. Not to mention the food is out of this world! Never had a dish I didn’t enjoy!

-Steve

AW
vipAnnW
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Fun night -
Service was ok

FAQs

El Serrano-York offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 757-4963.

El Serrano-York is rated 4.3 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.

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.