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El Serrano

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Mexican, Peruvian, Spanish
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2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
+1 717-397-6191
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: If you haven't visited El Serrano along Lancaster's Columbia Avenue...
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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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 122
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
great mexican / south american food

First time to the restaurant was for my son's 30th birthday. Not a place I would have chosen but was really glad he did. Great food and service. Definitely recommended.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Robert N
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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237 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

First time to the restaurant was for my son's 30th birthday. Not a place I would have chosen but was really glad he did. Great food and service. Definitely recommended.

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
226 reviews 226 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Nice atmosphere. good margaritas. had garlic shrimp. just ok. was with clients and their meals looked interesting. Service left a lot to be desired after young server reached across me to serve another person and spilled hot liquid in my lap and hand. NEED TO PROPERLY TRAIN SERVERS!!!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

We haven't been back in a while . The cost of Margaritas is a little high. What I found annoying is they charge extra for a second basket of chips and salsa. If you buy 2 margaritas and two meals the check is OVER $45 . I would think it would be good customer service to give extra chips and... More 

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My daughter and I stopped at El Serrano's yesterday for dinner. I had the Pollo le Parillo. which was marinated chicken breasts with white rice and steamed veggies. The chicken was very tasty and moist. Service was excellent, would definitely go back again.

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Nantucket
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67 reviews 67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Peruvian food with a Mexican flare and authentic ambiance. Fun place for a birthday celebration for my 'mature' mom. Excellent "dirty" margaritas, ordered on the rocks. Our server, Jordan, was attentive without being intrusive. Steak fajitas, sizzled with flavor and very tender steak. Order a side of hot sauce but watch out, it's pureed jalapeno, delicious but lethal. Share the... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

There were 17 people in our gathering and they managed to seat us at one large table. The food was very good and our server was terrific. After dinner a tour was arranged and it was informative. We met the owner upstairs and he was a very friendly. Give it a try, you won't be disapointed. Make sure you call... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

No human ever answers the phone when calling this restaurant....No personal touch...Perhaps, they are successful in spite of their selves... Our first lunch experience....no outside signs let us know where the main entrance was...front of the building had a wrought iron gait and we thought that was the main entrance. Drove around twice and realized that we should enter though... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

El Serrano is so authentic from the food to the ambiance - you'd think you're in a far away country. outstanding, well worth the trip & prices

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Great amazing atmosphere and food. Pleasant servers. Had friends birthday, group of 8. Everybody loved there plate. Great Pablo Beef!!!!

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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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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Peruvian, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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."
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?