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El Serrano

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2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
+1 717-397-6191
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Millsboro, Delaware
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Overall a great time here. Enjoyed the authentic Mexican/American food here. Salsa and Chips where home made and brought to the table right away. Had the combo meal. Flavorful and a lot of food. Margaritas where made with a good Tequila. Had live Mexican trio band walking around playing for everyone. Great time.

Thank Joseph P
Willow Street
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98 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful building that transports you into Latin America, especially Peru. Lancaster is home to many Latinos/Latinas from Puerto Rica and Central America. It is delightful to find Peru represented by this restaurant. The menu offers a variety of tasty choices. The dining area resembles a courtyard with a fountain and attractive vegetation. Alcoves provide for semi-private dining. Waiters move... More 

Thank Rock1774
Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was great service was good and even enjoyed our dessert fried ice cream. Will definitely go again if hungry for Mexican.

Thank Lena S
Venice, Florida
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219 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's been years since we visited El Serrano, but on vacation in the area, we had to try it again. We were not disappointed. Tastefully decorated, a large and varied menu, and an attentive staff made this a very pleasant experience. Our selections were served hot and fresh. Nothing prepared in advance here. We loved everything about out visit except... More 

Thank HappyinVenice
White Plains, Maryland
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88 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is very nice the building is beautiful both inside and out the food was very good and the portions large, the prices a little higher than most Mexican restaurants but the flavor and portion equal out the difference , there was live music the evening we were there

Thank bheath1461
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Everytime we choose to eat here, our experience is always exceeded by the fresh ingredients and taste that comes to your table to enjoy. We love the service and care to be authentic but up-to-date. You may have to wait, but it is well worth it...or call ahead if you are a planner.

Thank Joyce R
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

While the prices here are much higher than your average Mexican Restaurant, the food has always been well prepared and service is above average. Also, their margarita selection is excellent and always good. If you are interested in tapas (small plates), try the Tapas Bar upstairs. Again, the prices are very good. They have also renovated the place, and it... More 

Thank MacDonald S
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234 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful and inviting restaurant. The center courtyard is very nice. Tapas is upstairs. Their lunch menu is good and economical. Their chips and salsa are very good. We both had fajitas. My friend had chicken and I had the vegetarian which were really good. Our service was good even though we were outside by ourselves. I would... More 

Thank Kim E
Smiths, Alabama
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Our family had a dinner party of 14! From the time we ordered until our entree's arrived 1 hr. 22!! Our waiter was very kind but overwhelmed! The Manager was aware of him struggling but did nothing about it! We had to ask for water, and tea and drinks! He was in the weeds from the time we sat down!... More 

Thank Paul S
Quarryville, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Our daughter took us here at couple of years ago, and we have made an effort to keep going back. I really can't find fault in anything, the food, service, and atmosphere are all great! I guess ithe could be a little noisy due to everyone having a good time, but how do you complain about that. I have never... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Mexican, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?