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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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Today
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: Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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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  • 72
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 5
    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
Great Food

The Mexican food is prepared well and tastes great. Overall atmosphere is good...very bright inside with natural lighting and clean. Excellent decor and staff was well groomed and professional. The outside is deceiving, it almost looks closed all the time, but inside is the complete opposite. My... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
Ian S
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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English first
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Felix is our server this evening, great guy, very knowledgeable about the menu and the food itself. Speaking of the food, INCREDIBLE! Our meals were outstanding! The drinks were the same! Between the service and the food...easily one of my favorite haunts!

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Berazategui, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We found this place by pure luck. We chose this place because of the food's origin and we were not let down in the minimum. The entrance service was not so good, but every waiter and waitress is very welcoming and helpful, also very friendly. They have such a nice variety of dishes that it's difficult to choose, but whatever... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Friendly and welcoming, large Mexican restaurant with a Peruvian menu. Private rooms available, very nice wine selection. There is a separate tapas restaurant (different hours), but the main El Serrano is reliable and filling : )

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

One of my favorites!! Food and service are the best!! Great family business where the owner Manuel will stop to say hello!! You will not be disappointed!! Beautiful decor inside and out!! Visit there today!!

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New York City, New York
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The Mexican food is prepared well and tastes great. Overall atmosphere is good...very bright inside with natural lighting and clean. Excellent decor and staff was well groomed and professional. The outside is deceiving, it almost looks closed all the time, but inside is the complete opposite. My only "complaint" was the live Mariachi band performing during our visit was just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Its not just Mexican but a wide variety of South American and Mexican tastes. The space is wonderful, with a great waitstaff and extensive bar. The service is among the best and the food fresh and delicious. You will not go wrong with El Serrano.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

El Sorano's is our favorite place to get Chicken Fajitas in Lancaster. Great atmosphere and delicious food.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

If you are hungry for Mexican but want to step it up a notch this is the place. We have probably eaten here at least 50 times and the worse thing I ever encountered which is not something I can say of most places. I just about always get the el bandito.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

After many years in the area, we had never tried El Serrano and wanted to check it out before we move out of state. I have heard a lot of great reviews from friends and perhaps had higher expectations. Upon realizing how bland the salsa is, we decided to order a plate of nachos. The nachos were also bland...no spice... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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57 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

my husband surprised me and took me here for dinner for my birthday. There are actually three different dining options in this restaurant. We ate in Culturas which is the Tapas dining option. These are smaller portions but are great for sharing. We ordered two cold dishes and four hot dishes. We made the mistake of ordering bread. Don't order... 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, Peruvian, Spanish

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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: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Doing business, Bar scene

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?