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El Serrano

2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
+1 717-397-6191
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (29 reviews)
“lomo saltado” (21 reviews)
“fajitas” (24 reviews)
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Mexican, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I've been to this restaurant many times since I'm a local. The food is always delicious, but I seemed to notice that the portions are smaller. I usually cut mine in half and take some home for the next day, but there want quite enough...More

Thank redtamato
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Went there last night with my daughter. Celebrating another test completed for her nursing degree. It was by far a wonderful experience. The male servers were perfect. We had three cold and two hot tapas. The fired avocado and little crab wraps (Paquetitos de Cangrejo)...More

Thank Dot W
Reviewed June 16, 2013

My wife and I stopped by here after a spending a day in the Amish Country. The food was fantastic.Start with the nachos and go to the fajitas.My wife says the wine was great.The service was outstanding. Thanks Felix !

Thank DaveJoseph
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Took my folks there for anniversary dinner. First time for them, and they loved it! I've had lunch there many times, and it's always perfect. You'll never find a better margarita.

Thank LancasterTwpGuy
Reviewed June 4, 2013

the only problem you might have is if you try to go in on a weekend...they get long waits because their food is good. They have three types of restaurants but we like the normal one best especially their fajitas. Best anywhere!

Thank birdbreeder
Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

Nice and warm ambiance for this restaurant. The menu is basic and good, just a little bit of creativity to become marvelous.

Thank Paul C
Reviewed May 7, 2013

If we are in the mood for Mexican food in Lancaster, PA this is where we go. The food is alway very good and the margaritas are the best! This is where we went to dinner for our anniversary, always a favorite place to dine!

Thank donandjudyo
Reviewed May 5, 2013

A factory with terrible and salty food. Really wanted upper end great mexican food. There was an hour wait, margaritas were week, food salty and serice poor. Go some where else.

2  Thank mundy7111
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Visited El Serrano on an early Saturday dinner trip for 3. Liked the ambiance. Would have like endless chips & salsa as we planned what we'd eat. One had the El Sarrano combo, one the chimichanga, the other fajitas -- we all enjoyed -- all...More

Thank HersheyRed
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We had heard rave reviews about El Serrano. Our meal started off with great (but overpriced at $30 a litre) white sangria and chips and salsa. Our entrees were a completely different story. My crab enchiladas were mediocre at best. The quality of the crabmeat...More

Thank Carla299_13
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Response from Todd B | Reviewed this property |
This place is very loud - that could be a challenge.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $24
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
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
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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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