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El Serrano

2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
717-397-6191
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Ranked #27 of 501 restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
florence, sc
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

The restaurant was noisy and busy so if you're looking for a quiet dinner, this is not it. But the Peruvian food was excellent!!! There is a beautiful courtyard in the middle that looked much quieter. My husband and I got two separate dishes to share--beef tenderloin and shrimp. They both came with something that looked like mashed potatoes but... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

El Serrano is THE best place to get authentic Mexican (and Peruvian) food in Lancaster! Fantastic atmosphere, wonderful food, good friendly service and reasonable prices. The adjacent Tapas restaurant is excellent as well. It is also a great place for gatherings, such as business meetings, family parties, small receptions, etc. We lived in Lancaster for many years, and this is... More

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Huntington Station, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Restaurant does not take reservations for parties less than eight, so go early because El Serrano draws a large crowd, especially on the weekends. Live singer with electronic accompaniment vies with piped-in tunes, which drowns out the high level of noise. Restaurant can lose the flattened, soiled chair cushions and keep its ambiance. Nice sangria, very reasonable bar drinks, and... More

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Richmond, Virginia
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I thought this restaurant was beautiful & the food was wonderful! Chips & salsa are starters for free. Great drinks! Can accommodate large groups & service is pretty quick during the week.

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Very busy and loud on weekends with longer than average wait. Location is easy to get to. Varied menu. Good overall service. Food very typical but good. Decent value....maybe a little pricey for a family of four.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The place is very clean and the staff is very friendly. The food is great! Prices are average. Very nice atmosphere. If you hit it on the right night there is entertainment. Usually someone strolling around singing and playing the Guitar. The building is a Peruvian style. It gets very busy. There are two other resaturants in the same building... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We loved the ambionce the music, the food and the service. Lots of choices in food and venues to choose. The outside courtyard is so pleasant in the spring and summer. Want to go back soon.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The food is so fresh, and the atmosphere inside the restaurant is beautiful! When ever I get a chance to eat here I am there! I have only tried the main restaurant. A coworker at work tried the other area of the restaurant for a special occasion anniversary, she said it was pricey but excellent!

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I visited twice to the restaurant as seeing all the reviews online. Experience for the first visit was excellent as per the wait time had to wait 90 minutes to get to the table. However, in the first visit it was just m wife and I. Second visit I took my whole family there thinking we will get the same... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We had 2 opposite experiences.... Visit #1 --Wonderful experience from the moment we entered! The wait in the courtyard was filled with entertainment, refreshments, and a beautiful atmosphere filled with good spirits! Then, the dining experience definitely satisfied our appetite-- delicious and great service! (this was a couples night out.) Visit #2 -- We went with a larger group and... More

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