El Serrano - Lancaster

4.6
716 reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
The El Serrano Family of Restaurants has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1980s as a food trailer at the York Fair--and while it is thousands of miles from Owner Manuel Torres' native Peru, stepping though its hand-carved mahogany doors is like entering a Latin-American hacienda.
Come and discover why we have been in Lancaster since 1993...enjoy Tex-Mex favorites like chicken fajitas or Peruvian specialties such as Lomo Saltado.
Explore our new tapas menu with dishes like Chicken Empanadas and if you are over 21, ask for a sample of our own Finca de Torres selection of wines from our vineyard and winery in Spain.

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What 716 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
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4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaredH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unique ambience great place for entertaining guests with great quality food. Highly recommend!

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Stephie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love, love, love El Serrano. A must when visiting Lancaster!!!

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vipFoodie1
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good experience. Very flavorful food and drinks. Lovely outdoor seating.

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SharonW
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit to Lancaster, and El Serrano’s was an absolutely top notch choice! Service was outstanding and the food and cocktails were amazing!!

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GilmaG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service provided by Micah was absolutely amazing. He was very helpful and made great suggestions. The food was fantastic.

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Petey
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the atmosphere Always good food and drinks

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vipUPS8DAVE
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat out in the patio, when we first got there we were the only ones out there and then later a table of four came and that was it. Our waiter was fantastic and sitting outside was definitely a plus I was shocked that no one else was sitting outside it was a beautiful evening.

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Bruncher
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place. A long-time favorite. We miss Dante, but still great place. Eager to return soon.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was wonderful and our waiter Matt was awesome!

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EvaD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

Very disappointed to be seated in a very narrow area of the restaurant where it was very difficult to access the chairs or move after you were seated. We had a party of 10 and
one side of the table was backed up against windows and the other side of the table was subjected to servers squeezing thru to serve us or other tables. Just not a pleasant experience for the cost of the meal.

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Leigh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience5

Not worth the hype. Slow service and terrible food. It was bland and soggy. Tried 5 different things from the menu and all were terrible. Only good thing was the ambiance

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MichaelK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service everything was truly exceptional. The Peruvian dish Lomo Saldado was excellent. Infant we will certainly be back.

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JOEL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, choice between Mexican or Peruvian , I chose Peruvian, it was outstanding. ..Arroz con Mariscos, will repeat that for sure.
The marguerita was excellent as well.

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Ham98
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good Peruvian food. Beef Lomita was a bit tough this time but usually everything is excellent. Nice Margaritas!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We traveled 2 hours to have dinner her it was great fast service great ambiance

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vipFoodietxtraordinaire
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Salmon in pisco sauce was delicious but served with white rice and bland veggies. Rice and beans might have been better. Salsa and chips were excellent. Fried avocado slices battered in panko bread crumbs with balsamic and jalapeño sauce were interesting and tasty. Garlic shrimp appetizer with toast was quite good. All other Mexican meals were reported as good not outstanding. They were out of the wine we wanted and substitute was mediocre. Margarita was more mix than alcohol.

When we were seated there was food crumbs in our chairs.

The waiter was very attentive and responsive to our special requests. We would try again but would probably go to the tapas bar for small plates.

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JonG
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience5

Service was attentive. The salt levels in all the food is way too high. he food was fresh, looked good, and had good flavor profile. The yuca with garlic tasted great but at $9.00 for 4 pieces of yuca that were about 4" long and 3/4" wide is a high price.

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Pops52
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service!
Hope to return very soon!

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KATHRYNS
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food at reasonable prices. We chose outdoor dining and ate in a beautiful courtyard. Our server was very helpful and efficient. We really enjoyed our dinner.

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vipVickief1
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is just so fun! It’s beautifully decorated and made me feel like I was eating somewhere in Spain or South America! Fabulous food and really efficient service. I highly recommend it.

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DeeDee
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Micah was an outstanding server. He was very conscientious but never intrusive. I had the chicken fajitas which was absolutely wonderful. You could tell that everything had been marinated for quite some time since the flavors really permeated the chicken and the vegetables. My partner had the combination which he really enjoyed as well. Can’t wait to come back to this wonderful establishment!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food!! The best salsa….

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JoeM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

let me sum this up quickly, they have excellent service and food.

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vipErinK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Dined with my husband and his two brothers, who had never been to this location. For me, it has been years. They enjoyed the nachos supreme, and two of us had the Serrano margarita while the other two had the Fresh and Dirty margarita. Both were very good, especially considering our waitress was doing double-duty as the bartender. Unfortunately, the upstairs Culturas was closed, as was the courtyard because of the weather, but we enjoyed the architecture and ambiance of the lower level. Our meals were also very good, with generous portions. Madison, our server, was attentive without being annoying. She was a hustler, as she served a large portion (if not all) of the dining area.

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MLL13
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was delightful, the atmosphere unmatched, the food was delicious and we had no wait by reserving a table online!

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KenK
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was very good and the service was excellent. The waiter was attentive but not intrusive. We had a very enjoyable meal.

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MarieG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent service, atmosphere and food. Everyone is very friendly.

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viprebeccad
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Air conditioning was not working so that was uncomfortable to dine in and eat trying to fan yourself. Would have been great to let us know upon check-in.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a 715 reservation drink and food order by 725 no food until 800 i believe if the restaurant know they are short handed and taking longer than normal service times they should have their staff inform the customers When I spoke to manager on duty all I got was excuses if they cant run a restaurant being short one person they need to think of another business

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LindaC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, great selections, food was delicious.

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Megan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The party who had our table before us wouldn’t leave after they paid their bill. They just hung out at the table, causing our reservation to be delayed. The restaurant offered us another table in a different section and the server was very accommodating even though she was swamped. We really appreciated the service. Food was excellent

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JonF
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! El Serrano is one of our favorite places to eat and this time we took our girls(8 & 13) along with us. They loved it and said they’d like to come back.

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DaveR
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was excellent. I had the Peruvian Pork chops.
Service was a little slow, but the place was packed on a Saturday night.
Even so, we got a little niche in one of the walls, so the noise level was not bad.

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DMichael
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wide ranging LatinX menu with a number of Peruvian specialties.

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MaryAnnR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Friendly service. Courtyard is beautiful. Overall, very pleasant experience.

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vipRaff
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It's a lovely place with great décor. $18 for cheese enchiladas is a bit steep, but I'd come back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone in our party enjoyed our dinners very much we couldn’t take any of the food home because we ate it all!Our server, Micah, was very attentive and professional with our table! Making the whole experience that much better :)

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JohnS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience with good food and atmosphere. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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GaryE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love El Serrano! The food,& the service are always great!! We come here with groups or just by ourselves. It’s our “go to “ place.

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CKohler
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious, service was fantastic, and despite being a hot summer day, there was a nice breeze that allowed us to truly enjoy the beautiful courtyard. We were a bit disappointed the large, beautiful fountain wasn’t operating, but they prettied it up with a collection of ferns. Can’t wait to go back!

FAQs

El Serrano - Lancaster offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 397-6191.

El Serrano - Lancaster is rated 4.6 stars by 716 OpenTable diners.

El Serrano - Lancaster does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.elserrano.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.