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El Serrano

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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: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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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  • 70
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
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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
Great atmosphere, good food

The biggest problem with this restaurant is parking. There are never enough spots ... but once you get in the door it's smooth sailing. It's an extensive space with lots of different coves and dining areas to be discovered. Of course get a Margarita - top shelf is markedly better than bar pour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Meredith C
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This place must be experienced! It never fails to impress! Went there for a special birthday dinner and the food was excellent as always! Wonderful atmosphere too and love the live music.

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Florida
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117 reviews 117 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We were given a recommendation to this restaurant by the hotel (double tree) staff that we were staying. The food is excellent. My wife and I had the chicken fajitas. We looked around at some other dishes that were being served and they looked yummy. The service is great also. I would recommend this place.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The biggest problem with this restaurant is parking. There are never enough spots ... but once you get in the door it's smooth sailing. It's an extensive space with lots of different coves and dining areas to be discovered. Of course get a Margarita - top shelf is markedly better than bar pour tequila. Salads in a tortilla bowl are... More 

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South East PA
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109 reviews 109 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We ate in the Tapas place on the 2nd floor. We had a few couples with a private room. Our waiter was excellent. I actually think it is actually better to go with a larger group so you can then order several types of tapas and share which is what we did. My favorite and I think is a must... More 

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NY
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We were looking for good Mexican and/or South American food. Arrived just as a rainstorm started to all the staff standing outside to watch it. When we Entered the staff was screwing around, even getting in out way to enter the building. The host apologized for the behavior. They took our orde and it came as ordered. The food was... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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
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227 reviews 227 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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

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
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79 reviews 79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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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: Peruvian, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?