El Serrano - Lancaster

4.7
573 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.

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What 573 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful restaurant in Central Pa. Food and service are always amazing. Our go to spot for special occasions!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. My husband and I had a great time

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BryanH
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always heard how great it is but for some reason never tried. They lived up to their reputation. I wish we had gone years ago. Great, friendly staff. Delicious food in a great atmosphere. We ate first floor and are excited to try the other levels!!

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vipJamesR
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We had a takeout and the server did not include our entire order.

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AnnieF
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Serrano has been on our list of Top 5 restaurants for the last 8 years. We use them as the measuring bar against which we judge all other restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great outdoor space. Old hacienda feel.

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FFoodie
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The lomo saltado was delicious as usual, and eating in the open air courtyard was pleasant. While our server was pleasant and polite, our food took a long time to arrive.

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DanielleB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a quiet night on the courtyard. The server was attentive and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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JohnK
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE are repeat El Serrano diners, so pretty particular. Tend to rely on chicken fajitas; excellent quality, plenty of food. Local sourced beers and wines an excellent addition. Service was excellent, server very familiar with beers and wines. Left very full and content.

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TedM
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate our 56th anniversary and you did not disappoint!!!!
Server was efficient and friendly. Answered our questions courteously.
Looking forward to seeing you again.

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Mattstacy
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing. His recommendations were on point

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Diane
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family had dinner there for the first time on Friday 3/19/21 and it was the best Mexican Restaurant we have ever eaten at.

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BlazeF
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the evening was perfect and enjoyable.

JP
JanetP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

El Serranos food is good, I had the shrimp fajita, great flavor, it was delicious! The rice and beans were a little dry for my liking. The mixed drinks were good. Ambiance was excellent on 2nd floor, dim lighting, great view, very clean, neat and organized. There was no bathroom upstairs, it was on the 1st floor but it wasn’t too far of a walk. The waiter was nice. Will definitely go again.

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MaryW
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good food. Less menu choices during the Covid times but that suited me. Too hard to decide when everything is tasty.

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Stephanie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual! Service is excellent!

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joan
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The atmosphere was very nice .
The waitress was excellent and accommodating to make sure everyone had what they wanted in food they ordered.
However all concluded food was fair.

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Huntzi
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was good. The food was excellent.

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JEFFERYB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were very good. Will definitely return.

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Jodil
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick. Food was delicious. We love eating at El Serrano when we are in town.

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vipBillA
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have only moved into town 3 weeks ago, and this is one of our go to places. Food is outstanding and service is excellent. Don't go without a reservation unless your ready for a long wait.

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BARB
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Menu had both spicy and nonspicy items which accommodated each of us.
charming decor and was very quiet on a Monday evening.

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Always good food and service. Prices are reasonable.

PJ
PaJay
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We normally eat at El Serrano once a year and have always enjoyed our meals, the ambiance, etc. 6 of us had lunch here on Sunday, 4 people enjoyed their meals, however I and my daughter had steak and chicken fajitas and felt that it had been marinated too long as it had a very acidic taste. I'll go again, but if it is the same, I won't return.

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PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food a wonderful place for a date

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vipRRJDining
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been years since we had been here and I am so happy we went back this past weekend. The food, service, and ambiance were top shelf and we will be a frequent visitor from now on!!

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MLeC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here was perfect! They were attentive without hovering. Our food and drinks were delicious!

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SteveK
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 8 old friends having dinner . Our table was perfect by itself making our conversations effortless. The food was wonderful as were the pomegranate margaritas. We will definitely go back . Our server was excellent & she was very attentive to our group !!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter is great. He remembers our drink and food order.

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LawrenceR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love El Serranos, it is our go to for any celebbrations! The food is always hot and delecious!

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vipStephenS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Serrano is consistently a good value with good service. The food and margaritas are dependable.

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JudyW
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Serrano was another great experience. The food is always excellent, the service is great, their Margaritas are the best in Lancaster county. I've tried other places for margaritas and always El Serrano wins!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Celebrated our 19 year anniversary at the place he proposed 11 years ago. ❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place, good flavors, excellent Ceviche, our server slightly distracted. Love a well paced meal- didn't quite get there but wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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sylvieb
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time with a couple of friends for dinner at El Serrano. Great place.

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AllisonH
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a fun atmosphere. Always recommend!

CJ
CJfromPA
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect place for a date night, family dinner, or catching g up with friends. Food was amazing, service was excellent, and the prices were more than fair. I look forward to a return trip.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our dining experience at El Serrano. The staff is friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is upbeat and authentic. On our last visit we were seated inside next to a window with a view of the courtyard. Even though it was a cold night, the courtyard looked inviting.

My husband and I each ordered the Pollo Fundido. It is one of our favorite dishes and we are never disappointed. The chicken is flavorful and tender. I highly recommend it. We finished the evening with fried ice cream and it was a delicious ending to an amazing meal.

Thank you to Alex and Kendall for their friendly service! Great servers make a great restaurant even better.

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MikeC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit more pricey than other places but well worth it.
Cultural was closed, but they were seating there so it was great. The courtyard was covered with snow.....so sad.

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Ham98
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant, one of our favorites in the Lancaster area. Great atmosphere and tasty food.

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 573 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 bookings at the moment.