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El Serrano - Lancaster, Lancaster, PA

El Serrano - Lancaster

4.6
4.6
998 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 10 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 998 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lancaster County

    Best Overall

  • Lancaster County

    Best Service

  • Lancaster County

    Best Ambiance

  • Lancaster County

    Best Value

  • Lancaster County

    Good for Groups

  • Lancaster County

    Healthy

  • Lancaster County

    Great for Lunch

  • Lancaster County

    Special Occasion

  • Lancaster County

    Most Booked

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  1. MR

    MarkR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kiana was a great server. Food was fantastic and the drinks yummy.
  2. RC

    RickC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their outdoor courtyard for dining. Great sangria.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  4. SF

    ScottF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great for date night! Seated immediately. Menu was descriptive. Wait staff was polite. Food was wonderful! Ambience is perfect!
  5. CW

    CathyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & service. Our server was superb. Can’t wait to go again! This restaurant is a favorite. One of the best in Lancaster County.
  6. PG

    PaigeG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Serrano was an amazing experience! Our server was efficient and super fun. The food was delicious and the patio was a beautiful. I would highly recommend it!
  7. MP

    MarianP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, yummy drinks,great service, lovely atmosphere.
  8. J

    Judy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Not quite up to previous visits to this nice place. Skimpy amount of food, with tepid rice and barely cooked veggies. Chicken was delicious, though, and the server pleasantly attentive. Not giving up, but hoping for better next time.
  9. SD

    SueD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The service was terrible. We seat with our water for over 30 minutes. When my fajita came out, the tortillas were so brittle that I couldn’t roll them. It simply broke into pieces. The setting inside was wonderful and the food was good. This happened in Father’s Day late in the dinner period, so perhaps the staff was exhausted. There was in my one other group outside, but I am not sure how busy it was insider. When we left the parking lot was nearly empty.
  10. FD

    FathersDayDinner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    El Serrano's food and service are always excellent, and I love the outdoor patio during the spring/summer months. While their margaritas are excellent, two of us ordered other alcoholic beverages last night that we did not care for. Two in our party ordered coffee in lieu of dessert, and it was luke warm. Otherwise, everything else was wonderful.
  11. R

    Ruth

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service - perfect. I ordered the passion fruit "pesco-rita" and although very good, it tasted like a regular Margarita.
  12. CR

    ChristinaR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great dinner. Food & drinks were delicious. Service is good. I would recommend anyone to go there.
  13. c

    cindym

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Father’s Dad dinner. It was outstanding!
  14. SW

    ScottW

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found El Serrano only during the past several months but have been there 5 times already even though it's 45 minutes from our home. The atmosphere is incredibly unique and the food has been outstanding. It has become our favorite place to visit for any occasion. The Lomo Saltado is excellent and my wife and son love the fajitas. I cannot recommend it enough.
  15. S

    Sammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Waiter acted rushed but taco salad and flan excellent!
  16. B

    Bonita

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I server was the best. We had him before and he could not have been any better. Superb! The food was great. We will be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    While the noise level was moderate, it was not unexpected, since there were many families that were having a good time. Our server seemed to be anxious to turn our table, but it may be that their typical customer does not desire a pause between courses.
  18. S

    Sammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent flan and taco salad!
  19. TH

    TessbillH

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Variety of seating- booths , tables and bar. good serving portions and hot plates.
  20. C

    Carrie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to come back
  21. CR

    CRalat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I always enjoy coming here. Great service and food.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Sat outside in the courtyard on a beautiful night. We love this place for their margaritas but we were pretty disappointed with our pitcher this time! It was very heavy on the store-bought margarita mix and didn’t taste as fresh as they normally do. It seemed like they also forgot the tequila. Hoping it was just a bartender fluke! Food was on point, as always. They have the best ceviche! Music choice was a little odd as there were some random country songs peppered in with the traditional Latin music. Server was great!
  23. NE

    NancyE

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent!! Reservations recommended. We got right in with them but lots of people were waiting 15+ minutes. Great food. Great service!!
  24. MH

    MonicaH

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous night to eat out in the courtyard. Beautiful ambiance (very important for me) and our server Anastasia was so sweet and accommodating! She was polite and personable as well as helpful with suggestions and wine tasting before we ordered. It was wine from their own winery and DELISH. The food was delicious and PLENTIFUL! 3 of us had a Tilapia with crabmeat with and AMAZING sauce swerved with fresh veggies and rice (to soak up the sauce). She brought us extra sauce on the side when we asked! Our fourth ordered a Mexican combination and there wasn't any leftovers even though the portions were generous. It was definitely a great night and the prices were very reasonable so a great value for your money. The only bad thing is it's 1 hour away so I can't go again very soon.
  25. GM

    GalenM

    Fort Lauderdale

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Server was super
  26. JE

    JosephERog1234567

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Waited 1 hr for our entrees to be served. Arrived at 6;45. Received food at 7;45.
  27. DM

    DougM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was a great choice for my wife's birthday celebration. The food was tasty. The service was excellent. The restaurant reminded me of Madrid or old city Santo Domingo.
  28. SR

    SurenR

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Exceptional ambiance, tasty food, served piping hot, made for an outstanding evening. The margarita was excellent and the very attentive and courteous service, makes me want to go back and I will.
  29. A

    Alice

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Rice was not cooked properly. Cauliflower had mold. I was ill after eating. Difficult to gain waiter’s attention.
  30. SV

    ShaneVH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was like my wife and I were on vacation! Our new favorite place.
  31. TT

    TravelingTom

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is my favorite restaurant in Lancaster for regular nights out. Food and service are consistently great.
  32. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nce ambiance, food delicious, comfortable outdoor sitting area , waiters were helpful and knowledgeable.
  33. PJ

    PamelaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, good variety on menu, and excellent food
  34. GA

    GeorgeA

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Chimichangas were dry and too thick from breading.
  35. TC

    TedC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great dining experience. Felt like ( you went out)
  36. T

    Tigbear

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Been eating here for years. One of my favorite restaurants - great food and drinks beautiful ambiance and excellent service! My only negative this visit was the restaurant temperature. It was a very hot day. My home AC wasn’t working. Had friends visiting for weekend and made reservations for 8:00. No AC By the time food arrived I was in a sweat…no AC no fans no air circulation. That’s the reason for 4 stars not 5!
  37. PO

    PegO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    A fabulous experience. The only concern was that it was an extremely hot evening and the air conditioning wasn't up to par. We had a party of 10 inside and many of us were sweating the whole time.
  38. m

    mikep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was great except the poor servers were short staffed. Despite that, the food was great as always, we had a party of 7 with 5 different dishes ordered, all were hot and wonderfully presented.
  39. JM

    JoeM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food came out hot and on-time. tasted fantastic. and I can't forget about the chips and salsa, delicious.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We were seated on time and served promptly. The serve staff did a very good job!

FAQs

El Serrano - Lancaster offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 397-6191.

El Serrano - Lancaster is rated 4.6 stars by 998 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 10 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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