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2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
+1 717-397-6191
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Ranked #37 of 515 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $24
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish, Peruvian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: 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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English first
Tuscaloosa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Food was delicious but the server was incredibly rude. Her attitude ruined the experience for us. Just seemed like an overpriced meal wrapped with a spiteful server. Will never go back.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I decided to try this place for lunch and sadly enough, it was a bad experience. First, I ordered a pisco sour, which is a Peruvian drink, but the drink was really bad. It really made me think the bartender had no idea how to make it ( I was in Peru two weeks ago, so I know what it... More 

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Fort Kent, Maine
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144 reviews 144 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Had everyone (8 folks) meet here for my daughter s bithday, and even though it was before 5pm, and the restaurant was not busy, it still took 15 minutes to be achnowledged by a wait person, then another 45 minutes to get our food, and we finally had to go find our wiat staff to get our check. The food... More 

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Centereach, New York, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Me and my husband ate here for first time, food was very good. We were surprised we eat Latin food all the time were we live. Would go back again.

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Been to El-Serrano several times. The food is slightly above average. The menu is limited. It's something different to try once and awhile.

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I discovered El Serrano shortly after I moved to Lancaster and it has never moved out of my #1 favorite position. The place is just amazing -- the atmosphere, the food, the drinks, the service -- it has never been a disappointment in many, many visits. The menu is not huge, but everything on it that I have ever tried... More 

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LANCASTER
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

At a girls night out we went & had a great meal. Our waiter was good & he didn't make us feel that we had to hurry since girls have a lot to talk about!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I go here occasionally for lunch. Just had a friend there last week. We both ordered from the lunch menu. The food is good and plentiful and at a very good price. The decor is unique and the booths are cozy and private. Chips and salsa are served before your meal arrives. So far everyone I've taken here has really... More 

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Delta, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

First off i have to start off with how truly breathtaking the building is itself; looks like Mediterranean castle! The interior of the restaurant is just as beautiful inside; the woodcraft is literally gorgeous to look at. The food Mediterranean, more on the Hispanic flavor; either way it is so delicious and large portions! I have been there only 3... More 

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We make an annual visit to the Lancaster area and this is the thrid time we have dined at the El Culturas restaurant within El Serrano Restaurant. There are three separate restaurants within El Serrano and we have eaten at El Culturas all three times primarily because we enjoy the Tapas selections offered. Coincidentally we have had the same waiter,... More 

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Additional Information about El Serrano

Address: 2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
Phone Number: +1 717-397-6191
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lancaster County  >  Lancaster
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish, Peruvian

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