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El Serrano

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(12 Reviews)

2151 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 397-6191

Today: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Fax: (717) 397-6191

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all major credit cards
Price Range
Mexican Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Spanish Restaurants, Caterers, American Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants, Vegan Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Spanish, Caterers, Mexican, American, Latin American, European, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Michael K.



This is a great restaurant I would recommend to anyone. Sit at the bar with Ashley and Haley and enjoy the best margaritas anywhere. Service is excellent. Atmosphere exceptional. Entertainment is good. Never had a bad experience and we probably been there 25 times. Prices are very reasonable too, and the food is consistently delicious!



Not Authentic....Not good!

If you want n Authentic Mexican experience you have to try out El Rodeo! Wonderful!



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Great food, great price, great time

My absolute favorite restaurant! I've never had a bad meal here and the service is always good. Love it - hope you're in business forever. Excellent if you're in the mood for something different but not outrageous. Love the Pollo Fundido! The atmosphere is fantastic - I love the little booths and sitting in one always heightens the dining experience when I'm there.



Great food, great value

We have enjoyed eating here several times. Great place for family get togethers. Service is prompt and that really helps when taking children out!



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The diamond in the rough of Lancaster!

We went upstairs and tried a variety of foods that was fantastic. The fish of the day (rockfish) mixed with cucumbers and assortment of other veggies had a burst of flavor that was quite refreshing. Also, the packets of crab meat with a dip of avocado was also delectable. The fried avocado was a little bland, but the dessert and other options made the price worth it. Lastly, the building is unique and makes dinning there extra spectacular.



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Everything is great

Food and service are always great, always consistent. Fun atmosphere. If you like mexican, you need to go.



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Best Mexican Food!

I really loved the atmosphere in this restaurant. The service was great and the food was really good too. I would return.



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Good tunes, good food, great service, powerful drinks...

I went to El Serrano on a crowded Friday night with my girlfriend and was seated immediatly in a private booth right next to a nice little water fountain. The place was packed but the service was great. Chps and salsa were very good but i feel the salsa needed a little more kick. We ordered drinks (sangriarita) which was a mix of a margarita and sangria, and let me tell you... two of these and i was good to go. Well made and delicious..the drinks were bad@ss. She ordered the taco salad, i ordered a combination plate and everything was excellent. If i have one thing to complain about it would be that my food came too fast, it litterally took about 7 minutes from when we ordered to get our food. Everything was hot, spiced right, and before i knew it, it was all gone. After drinks we took a walk into the bar area where there was a 3-man jazz band jammin out for a small crowd, seating was immediate there as well. Overall i thnk this place is awesome and i will be coming back for at least a few more dinners in the near future. I reccomend this place to everyone.



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Great Mexican Food

Was seated quickly on a Friday night! Nice atmosphere, good and prompt service, great chips and salsa.



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I went with a Peruvian friend and drove from MD . When we arrived, the parking lot was full and the building was very attractive. We went in and they were able to seat us right away, but the restaurant was full. We ordered a wonderful appetizer and drinks. The margarita was EXCEPTIONAL with fresh juices. Unlike any I have ever had! Had to order another round it was THAT good. Then we ordered food. WONDERFUL! The service was very good and fast. THE BEST was the music! Two musicians walked from table to table, playing guitars and singing...absolutely I fell in love with El Serrano! Cannot say enough and we are going back tonight. I really wish they had reservations! Nice details throughout including Listerine in the bathroom! The LOMO SALTADO is exceptional!



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A nice, casual, fun place

I really must highly recommend this restaurant. The biggest draw back is the wait, and they do not take reservations. Fortunately, there is a bar in which to wait, but that can get crowded.

The food is Mexican and Peruvian, and it is of a good quality. I do wish they would vary their menu periodically, but I guess they found something that works.

They recently remodeled, and it is a very nice atmosphere, although sometimes a bit noisy depending on where you are seated.



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best hispanic food in lancaster

El Serrano is truly a very good restaurant. The food is amazing. Whenever we have a choice on where to go out to dinner, El Serrano is top of mind. They have good music at times, a nice atmosphere and very good chips and salsa. You get these before your main meal. Their margueritas, all flavors are full of fruit, and for the main meal, I like to get the combo platter to sample different foods. We love el serrano! ;

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