El Serrano-York

4.5
100 reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
El Serrano York offers a family-run restaurant where you can enjoy outstanding tex-mex cuisine (with a Peruvian twist) in a cozy atmosphere.
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 Avocado Frito 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.





What 100 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

El Serrano is a Peruvian restaurant in an area that most people don't know or appreciate the difference between Peruvian and Mexican. Not that I do really, no attitude. El Serrano has been a family favorite for us for going on 30 years. This is the best Peruvian restaurant anywhere near, and the best "Mexican" restaurant anywhere near. Check your calendar, make a reservation. Repeat.

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CynthiaL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. My first time eating here.

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BCJC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food, always good!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Service was horrible and food was cold

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have a hard time coming here and not getting the fajitas, they are so good! Rosalie is an excellent server, friendly and very attentive.

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EmmaB
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. We tried several different apps, tapas, entrees, drinks, and desserts, and everything was excellent. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Honestly, one of the best we’ve ever had, and I worked in restaurants for years. Highly recommend El Serrano. Wonderful experience.

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Peruvian cuisine is not cooked properly. Beef was burned.

MR
MariaR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for a special occasion & the staff was very accommodating. Food was delicious as always.

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vipStevenD
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

First time in the York El Serrano, it was good good and hood service.

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BrandonB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. A very enjoyable restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Salmon del Sur was excellent. Peruvian dish made with wild caught salmon. Will definitely order again

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TriciaLynn
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great and service was fast!

CM
CMCEC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Love this place. We’ve gone here for years. Great food, good value, nice atmosphere.

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Milo
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Everything on the menu is good. Service is friendly. Will continue to return!

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Mofu
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was outstanding! Definitely coming back soon.

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MichaelK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit to El Serrano in several years. We don'y go because we just do not think about it because of its location. The service was outstanding and the food excellent.

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BWelber
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were celebrating my husband's birthday with friends. It was a great evening.

Although I had to wait for my requested table a little too long, The food and service were great!
We will certainly go back.

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vipSusanA
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well, can’t say enough about how great our meal was. We had our own little “room” which was great during these COVID times. The food and wine were amazingly good... so good that there was barely a crumb left on our plates and we had dessert.

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BobbiB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always

JK
JoeKopp
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The only issue we had was that our pork chops and pollo fundido lacked some of the usual fajita seasoning. Otherwise, all good.

RK
RalphK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always an excellent meal here with excellent service. Great to find such service during the pandemic. Glad they are open and serving indoors. Don't hesitate to try El Serrano - York if you haven't already. Salsa and chips are excellent.

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SamS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it! Phenomenal food and wonderful service. A+

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing meal service was excellent we purchased 2 bottles of wine to take home with us

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Valentines Day dinner for my husband and I- service was slow and inattentive. All other servers visited their tables to offer a “last call” as the bar is required to close early due to COVID. Our server came 15 minutes too late so we only got one drink the entire night. Food was of good portion-sizes but pretty bland. I’ve also been to the restaurant in Lancaster and had a much better experience.

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SusieL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food was adequate, service was decent. I think the quality overall has really gone down hill since COVID. They now have a cheaper liquor license so the options are very limited.
There were like 7 different types of bourbon but not one vodka selection. Very few wine options as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is authentic and fabulous every time I come here. One of my favorites for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been enjoying El Serrano for 15 years now. The family and I patronize at least once a week if not more. Absolutely love the owners and their wonderful attentive staff. Not to mention the food is out of this world! Never had a dish I didn’t enjoy!

-Steve

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vipAnnW
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience5

Fun night -
Service was ok

JA
JimmyA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there at 6:00PM on Saturday to get ahead of the busy time. Great food and service as usual.

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AngelaO
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in York. I took my mother there for her birthday and we enjoyed everything!

JA
JimmyA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I eat there regularly. This time they delivered the wrong salmon dinner selection but when the correct one came out it was one of the best Salmon Serrano dinners I ever had there...

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DannyG
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food is very consistent, but presentation is just lackluster for the price. Charging extra for substituting vegetables for rice or whatever. Drinks were small but prices high.

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JJ77
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

A staple in York for decades, El Serrano-York delivers a worthwhile dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed the food, but service was a little sloppy.

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Winelovers111602
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent, authentic Peruvian and Mexican cuisine, served in an unassuming dining room. We went for a birthday dinner and were not disappointed! The margaritas we ordered were an great start!

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AmyT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Unassuming location in a strip mall however, Great service and food, great atmosphere. I would recommend.

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MickeySS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

El Serrano consistently has good food and margaritas! The service was excellent as well.

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PennyS
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My name is Penny not Colleen....however, everyone was so nice and pleasant, our waitress was a gem.....nice young lady. I love the Cheeseburger, I'm not wild about mexican/pervuian food, however, I love that my friends can enjoy their food and I can enjoy a cheeseburger.

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MAndrew
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My meal was excellent! Compliments to the chef who created a succulent pork chop to go with the other items on my platter. Diana was attentive and accommodating, as it was my first in-restaurant dining since CV-19 arrived.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great as always!

FAQs

El Serrano-York offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (717) 757-4963.

El Serrano-York is rated 4.5 stars by 100 OpenTable diners.

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.