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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%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (28 reviews)
“lomo saltado” (21 reviews)
“fajitas” (24 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Mexican, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603-4332
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I dined for the first time and we will definitely be back. From the courteous staff, accommodating us with a booth after we were seated at a table, to the waiter who gave us his honest favorites on the menu to our...More

Thank Karlene S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son picked this place for my birthday. If you enjoy experiencing different cuisines this Peruvian restaurant is a must go!!! We had a delicious ceviche so different yet sumptuous! We ordered a Peruvian specialty lamoto? Beef tips in a dark sauce with a fava...More

Thank Colette A
Reviewed 7 May 2017

I just don't understand why this restaurant has such good reviews. The food was not nearly as good as your average "hole-in-the-wall" Mexican place, but it cost a lot more. One small basket of chips to share and $2 for refills--really?? Service was friendly but...More

Thank Suzette P
Reviewed 1 May 2017

My husband and I stopped here for dinner since we hadn't dined here in years. We chose to sit in the outside courtyard since the weather was nice. The fountain in the middle had bees buzzing around it, as did the benches, and the table...More

Thank Nprus
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Returning to El Serrano last week left us disappointed in the quality of the food as to compared to our previous visits. What was once one of our favorite dishes, "The Chicken Enchilada" turned out to be a lack luster effort of Mexican cuisine. A...More

Thank Henry P
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We had a Peruvian dish called Chuleta Puerco (pork chops with pineapple) and it was excellent. The service & staff were great. Would recommend this for a nice, unique experience.

Thank Teddy1081
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This was one of the most unique restaurants I've ever been to! They have options for special "private dining" rooms, located through corridors. They even have upstairs dining. El Serrano also has live entertainment and a bar. I was with a large group and due...More

Thank Faith L
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Shrimp fajitas were great! The staff from this restaurant was really friendly. They seem to have a very family friendly atmosphere.

Thank johnnyh78
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Varied menu, excellent staff. Always a fun time when we come here. Food has been consistently good for years.

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 1 March 2017

In all my years of traveling around the United States, I have NEVER experienced a Peruvian/Mexican restaurant more special than El Serrano! It has such a grand feel even as one pulls into the parking lot. You can tell that the owner went to great...More

Thank Donna S
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I'm going on a first date with a woman who is spanish I'm English we are learning to communicate is this a good place to eat and have a beer and get to know her
3 April 2016|
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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
US$6 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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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