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“Welcome Change of Cuisine”
Review of El Serrano

El Serrano
Ranked #23 of 572 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $24
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish, Peruvian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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."
Huntington Station, New York
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Welcome Change of Cuisine”
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 the menu holds a wide selection of Latin American dishes. Just enough on each plate, too! Waitstaff is courteous and attentive, service is prompt and prices are very reasonable.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Jo Ann M
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Martinsville, Virginia
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170 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Peruvian food”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

I thought this restaurant was beautiful & the food was wonderful! Chips & salsa are starters for free. Great drinks! Can accommodate large groups & service is pretty quick during the week.

  • Visited April 2014
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Nice”
Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

Very busy and loud on weekends with longer than average wait. Location is easy to get to. Varied menu. Good overall service. Food very typical but good. Decent value....maybe a little pricey for a family of four.

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1 Thank Arthur P
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“One of my favorite eating places”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

The place is very clean and the staff is very friendly. The food is great! Prices are average. Very nice atmosphere. If you hit it on the right night there is entertainment. Usually someone strolling around singing and playing the Guitar. The building is a Peruvian style. It gets very busy. There are two other resaturants in the same building that are upstairs. One is a Topas and I don't know about the other one. I found Topas expensive. You get your monies worth at El Serrano.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Dianne M
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fun Time”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We loved the ambionce the music, the food and the service. Lots of choices in food and venues to choose. The outside courtyard is so pleasant in the spring and summer. Want to go back soon.

  • Visited July 2013
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