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El Serrano

2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
717-397-6191
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Ranked #25 of 500 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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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Lititz, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visit El Serrano often. While the food is consistently excellent, the wait times seem to always be a problem. I do subscribe to the notion that a eating establishment that always has a wait time MUST be good, as the "secret is out". Parking is absolutely at a premium. Despite the two drawbacks mentioned, I absolutely recommend that anyone... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Loved this place! The Owner is Peruvian and has added his touch to everything, from the decor to the food. Service is good but the food is delicious! The ceviche has just enough kick to it and layered like sashimi. the carne salteada is one of the tastiest I've ever had. The seafood & rice was done in a delicious... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

In addition to Mexican food, there are several Peruvian specialty dishes. The pork chops were truly excellent, with a totally different taste due to the spices and most likely local sourcing. The nachos were as good as I remember having. Service was perfect. Not cheap, but worth the extra expense. No reservations for less than 8, and sometimes there is... More

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florence, sc
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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
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74 reviews 74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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