El Serrano - Lancaster

4.7
494 reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
*****PLEASE NOTE AS PER STATE MANDATE WE ARE CLOSED FOR INDOOR DINING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12TH TO SUNDAY, JANUARY 3RD. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND ORDER TO GO and above all else stay safe and think positive!
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.

Support El Serrano - Lancaster during COVID-19

What 494 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
Service
4.7
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJoanB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to have a fine restaurant with tremendous food open in a Monday night.
El Serrano never disappoints. Great food with unique foods and flavors Well crafted drinks. Good value

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GreggF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing as always. One of our favorite places!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very Clean. No covid concerns.

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AidaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

El ambiente muy bueno, las yucas fritas exelente. El lomo saltado estaba un poco crudo y tuve que esperar a que me lo volvieran a cosinar. La mesera muy amable y eficaz. Eramos 10 en la mesa y nos atendió super bien.
Lo recomiendo ya que al ser 10 personas y solo 1 plato llego mal está perdonado el chef.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great girls night !!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place is top notch! Food, drinks, atmosphere and service!!!! One of the best places in Lancaster County! Can’t wait to go back.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The food took what felt like forever! I mean I know it was a larger group of people but we were there from 5:30-8:20pm. The food was okay it was my first time there and I loveeee Mexican food but the quesadillas were soggy and the chimichangas were huge but barely anything in it. No sour cream or any appealing fillings just meat and cheese. The waiter was sooooo nice and kept apologizing for the wait on food and kept us hydrated with sodas and drinks which was nice but most of our bill ended up being on drinks. Spent over $400 in total ! Which I found to be extremely expensive but then again most was on drinks. Overall we had a nice time since we were able to socialize and have drinks and the waiter made it feel very welcoming which I appreciate him for ! Wished I caught him name but he deserves recognition for his service. I also was upset about not getting the tour everyone talks about. My overall experience was okay and it was a very beautiful clean place. Bathroom very clean and loved the fact it had listerine. lol

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JosephM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best dinners I’ve had in a long time. The chips and salsa were hands down the best I’ve ever had! Dinner was really good, and prices were surprisingly affordable for the quality. Hands down a five star experience

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Liza
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went to El Serrano for dinner for the first time and we enjoyed it very much. The building as well as the interior appointments make for a lovely atmosphere. Our Peruvian cuisine was delicious and our server was very friendly and attentive. We look forward to going again!

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Rohrid
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Food was delicious & our server, Matt was exceptional!
Thank you for a great meal and an excellent dining experience.

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SitterD
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in every way!! Fabulous tats food, service and ambiance ❤️🥂🎉

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TimothyG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was the location I wanted to spend our 3rd wedding anniversary, at. The food is always great, the 1st round of drinks were authentic, the appetizers (coconut shrimp)...were fresh and flavorful. I always tend try try new items, when we return, but with a meatless died, im restricted.

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MauriceW
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great and our server, Carlos, was outstanding. Very attentive and polite.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time here but not our last. Large portions of delicious appetizers and entrees. Highly recommend the Gambas and Lomo Saltano...beef was incredibly tender and cooked perfectly.

Nice ambiance with music and fantastic service.

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HFCo
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Good and pleasant. Service was good and would recommend to friends

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LawrenceR
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to El Serranos for all our celebrations for over 10 years and have never been disappointed, the food is wonderful, the atmosphere is wonderful. No complaints!

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JeanetteM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food at El Serrano is always good. The margarita was delicious as well.

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vipJoanB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hadn’t been to El Serrano in years and decided it was the perfect stop before a show in Millersville. We were right! Starting with delicious margaritas, the perfect blend of creativity and classic...a must try. Our entrees were simply delicious. We had a classic burrito, as well as some Latin dishes. Each was delicious . Portions were ample generous
Ingredients were high quality.
Service was very professional and friendly. All the COVID standards were practiced, and it was neither intrusive or offensive.
CANT WAIT TO GO BACk!

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KatM
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely my favorite place! The food and drinks are amazing! Great atmosphere. Very friendly staff.

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JamesB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for a birthday celebration. Manuel (owner) stopped and chatted with us. He was very interesting. We had delicious meals and we all needed to go boxes. Our dessert was served with a sparkler.

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LancSC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a very nice meal at El Serrano. Felt very comfortable as all the wait staff wore masks, and we were seated in our own out of the way alcove, so not near any other tables that were in use. They even had small individual servings of the complimentary salsa, with the tortilla chips served in a white paper bag, so you could just pour out a few on your individual plate. The Gambinos (shrimp) appetizer was very tasty and almost enough for a meal. The service was very good, and our waiter was able to give us good descriptions of the menu items.

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vipScott
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place for dinner, especially during COVID. We were tucked in a booth in a sheltered area that was completely isolated from everyone and felt very safe eating here. The food was delicious and the server was exceptional. I highly recommend a night out here.

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Bonster
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was very friendly and efficient. The food and drinks were delicious .

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great service and nice atmosphere.

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CyndyR
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed our meal here. Nice quiet, able to have conversation. Waiter was very attentive. Food was good. Nice job following COVID protocols

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JillC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

El Serrano's open courtyard with widely spaced tables is a safe and beautiful venue for a late fall dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I came to El Serrano to celebrate my birthday with 6 other family and friends and everything was great! Our server was very accommodating and our meals were great!

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Tony
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We were sitting at a high table and low chairs. Chairs should have been a little higher

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and atmosphere seemed very authentic. Felt like we were a Disney resort type restaurant. Service was quick and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Service was extremely rushed. Pretty much dropped our food down and ran off. A couple of menu items we asked for they didn't have. Didn't seem as nice as in the past.

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KimK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service! The sangarita and fajitas were yummy!

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PeggyR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always delicious. We always have our family get togethers here. The atmosphere is great and the employees are always helpful and patient.

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EricR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always love El Serrano's. The food and service is always good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience even in the midst of covid masking , seating , and protection particulars

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MariaG
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food in a delightful atmosphere. Unique place, feels like a getaway.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are from Nashville and needed a place last minute for dinner. Found this on open table. In the dark, on our first trip to Lancaster, it was hard to find, but so worth it!
Every staff member we encountered were super friendly and helpful. The bathrooms were spotless. The table spacing was great, and our service was wonderful.
Now the food, we had fried yuca, lots of garlic, which is fine with us, and we loved it! The appetizer nachos, very good! Now the fajita’s, seasoned perfectly with real spices & veggies. The steak & chicken were tender, cooked perfectly.
In a city with many options to choice from for premium meals, I would label this place as one of them!

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LonW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect evening! Party of 4 for girls nt & Jack was our server. He made our dining experience absolutely wonderful. We were able to sit outside in the courtyard and the atmosphere was so nice with lighting and light music playing. All of our entrees were delicious, especially the salmon serrano. We would like to thank the staff for all of the Covid-19 protocol they follow & for making our visit a safe one.

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LuisL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Our server, Matt, was very attentive and pleasant. The food was very good but a little pricey. The restaurant itself has a very old world spanish look which was very nice however it seemed like the place was being neglected in it's appearance. The parking area with two abandoned cars didn't help to make an inviting appearance.
I'm sure that in it's heyday this place was very impressive. With a little more love this place can become a gem again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was very poorly prepared and lacked flavor. My wife got the fajitas and the chicken was rubbery and bland. I got the El Serrano combination platter and it was also very bland and my tortillas were cold. My chimichanga was covered in liquid yellow cheese that tasted like it came out of a nacho cheese pump. Our meals with 2 margaritas was close to $80 and was way overpriced.

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vipSandrar
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food as always!!

FAQs

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

El Serrano - Lancaster is rated 4.7 stars by 494 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.