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El Serrano

2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
717-397-6191
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Ranked #29 of 504 restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $12
Hours:
Thu - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
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
Millersville, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

No problems here. Service was amazingly great for a slow Sunday evening. Our meal came out very fast. Dinner for four was very good and tasty. My wife had Chiles Rellenos and they were excellent. I had Shrimp Fajitas and they were very good but with a little too many onions and light on the peppers. Our guests had Combos... More

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South East PA
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have been there before but never tried the Tappas. I would recommend it. First you are upstairs and it is not crowded. You get table cloths and cloth napkins which is rare now. Our waiter was Justin (spells it differently) and he is excellent and personable. I would recommend to see if you could ask for him. He can... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just had a rather mediocre lunch with a friend who was moving away. The restaurant was very busy when we walked in so I was hoping for some spectacular dish. I got a seafood dish that was nothing to rave about. My friend loved her food. We also had dessert and coffee which was good.

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Bay Village, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My wife & I joined her sister & husband for a superb meal upstairs. The chef came to our table twice to be certain he understood her pepper alergy issue. We were delighted with the many delicious choices. Life music added to the evening.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 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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Senior Reviewer
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
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108 reviews 108 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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