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El Serrano

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2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
+1 717-397-6191
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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
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Lititz, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place! Very unique and the food is wonderful! Atmosphere and service was very nice! Whether you are looking for a Mexican dish or a unique Peruvian dish you will not be disappointed!

1 Thank lacyprairie
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here is nothing short of amazing! A visit to El Serrano is always a treat! It's an absolutely beautiful place. The service is great and prices are fair! I've never had a bad experience at this restaurant. The menu is a combination of Peruvian and Mexican. I highly recommend this restaurant! You will not be disappointed!!

1 Thank Micky K
Cochranville, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has never disappointed our family. Tonight my wife and I came to celebrate my birthday. The food was awesome, service terrific, and atmosphere truly Mexican. If you are looking for a authentic Mexican feel good to El Serrano's.

1 Thank Michael S
Marlton, New Jersey
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178 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

great food, great service, good pricing. I cant say enough good things about this place. We were told there would be a 45 minute wait for a table for 6 and 10 minutes later we were seated. I had stuffed chicken in a burrito with sauce....delicious!!

1 Thank Leaner65
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Food was a disappointment. Had the special tilapia with crab shrimp and scallops. Couldn't find the tilapia, 2 shrimp, 2 scallops not sure if there was crab but there was lots of rice and shredded lettuce for 22 dollars. Definitely would not order again. My guest was done with her dinner before mine was served. The waiter was very apologetic.... More 

1 Thank dyhess
Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

Every time The Texas Gibersons are visiting Lancaster PA we always come to this restaurant. Great food and service and atmosphere! The margaritas are a little bit pricey but so worth it!

1 Thank Wendy G
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Really nicely decorated interior and atmosphere with a good variety of food. Prices were moderate and food was pretty good.

Thank Donna K
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

We had a nice dinner at El Serrrano. It wasn't great. It was good. I had the Chuletas de Puerco. The marinade was great in combination with the pineapple, but the rice was delivered separately later, and it was cold. The guy delivering it to the table didn't understand they needed to brought to the table at the same time.... More 

1 Thank markwake717
Millsboro, Delaware
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Overall a great time here. Enjoyed the authentic Mexican/American food here. Salsa and Chips where home made and brought to the table right away. Had the combo meal. Flavorful and a lot of food. Margaritas where made with a good Tequila. Had live Mexican trio band walking around playing for everyone. Great time.

1 Thank Joseph P
Willow Street
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98 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

A beautiful building that transports you into Latin America, especially Peru. Lancaster is home to many Latinos/Latinas from Puerto Rica and Central America. It is delightful to find Peru represented by this restaurant. The menu offers a variety of tasty choices. The dining area resembles a courtyard with a fountain and attractive vegetation. Alcoves provide for semi-private dining. Waiters move... More 

1 Thank Rock1774

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $24
Mexican, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?