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El Serrano

2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
+1 717-397-6191
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (27 reviews)
“lomo saltado” (22 reviews)
“fajitas” (24 reviews)
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Mexican, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hadn't been to El Serrano for several years and was overall disappointed with this visit. Very average food, ok service, dingy atmosphere. Overall not impressed.

Thank darcytdog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We moved to Lancaster, PA from San Diego, CA in 2002. Of course, we wanted to find a Mexican Restaurant that would match the excellent Mexican Restaurants in San Diego. We found one soon after we moved here - El Serrano. In the 15 years...More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has the best food. I've been going here and the York location for so many years. The consistency is amazing. The owners are gracious. The drinks amazing, especially the Peruvian Margarita, oh my. This and York are my go to restaurants. If you...More

Thank Jbap
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Excellent service and atmosphere. Had a really good Malbec. I'm guessing this is the only South American restaurant in Lancaster. In that context, this is a good restaurant. Also, we visited on a Thursday evening. I had the Peruvian pork chops ("steaks") which came sizzling...More

Thank tom e
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

So glad discovered this on TripAdvisor. The menu has both the traditional and some new dishes. Everything we tried was very good. Even on a busy night, the service was tops. We were there on a Sunday evening and thoroughly enjoyed the live music.

Thank wadleyfla
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We stumbled upon El Serrano simply by accident and it was truly fantastic from the greeting through the whole dinner. Austin, our server was truly fantastic; he knew the menu well and had some great recommendations since he had tried them before. We would recommend...More

Thank tdudley01
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Well, the sad truth is the fact that you have a beautiful restaurant with great atmosphere, with terrible food. My family and I returned recently to see if our last visit was an aberration or if the food has taken a turn for the worst,...More

Thank Henry P
Reviewed 24 August 2017

We had a group of 27 for dinner in the Culturas Tapas restaurant. We has a blast and the food was very tasty. The servers were very helpful in ordering both food & beverages. The red sangria was excellent & a favorite with everyone. The...More

Thank aquadoc2000
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

My husband has come here many times when he's been in the area for business. When we pulled up I was skeptical because the building was so large. The restaurant is a bit dark and the food is so good. If I wasn't out in...More

Thank Lmc323
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

You can't make reservations the day of even if you are a party of 8! Crazy rules, never heard of this. When we arrived we were told it would e a 30 minute wait even though restaurant was half empty! After finally sitting down, I...More

Thank mes3205
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3 April 2016|
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Response from Todd B | Reviewed this property |
This place is very loud - that could be a challenge.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
  • Phone Number: +1 717-397-6191
  • E-mail
If you haven't visited El Serrano along Lancaster's Columbia Avenue lately, you haven't visited El Serrano. Or, perhaps it is more appropriate to say, you haven't visited Peru. Every square inch of the Latin-American restaurant has been extensively redesigned, upgraded and refurbished authentically, with architectural details similar to those of 150 years ago--to the point that stepping through its hand-carved mahogany doors is like entering a Peruvian hacienda. As owner Manuel Torres says, "it's like going on vacation."
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