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Latin American & Mexican

El Serrano

2151 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster. 717-397-6191 or
Hours of operation: (Lunch) Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Dinner) Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Children (Niños) menu available.

Looking for authentic Latin American cuisine? You’ll find it at El Serrano, along with a Peruvian atmosphere that takes you on a journey to owner Manuel Torres’ boyhood home.

The first El Serrano opened in West York in 1987. After relocating in 1989 to East York, the Torres family opened a second El Serrano in Lancaster in 1994.

The restaurant houses three dining venues in one location: El Serrano, which specializes in Latin American cuisine; Clementinas, a private dining venue; and Culturas, a tapas restaurant. There’s also a courtyard for al fresco dining; a chef’s table located in a cozy nook off the second-floor kitchen (reservation only); a lower-level wine cellar for the restaurant’s wine classes; and a tapas bar adjacent to Culturas on the second level.

The Latin American restaurant menu features appetizers such as Ceviche and Fish Tacos; an array of salads; favorites such as fajitas, chimichangas and enchiladas; Peruvian dishes like Arroz con Mariscos (scallops, shrimp and tilapia, sautéed with ranchero sauce and served with mixed vegetables); and vegetarian options, such as Crispy Yucca Fingers and Chiles Rellenos.

Clementinas’ prix-fixe menu features five courses with a flight of Latin American wines. This venue is available for dining Friday and Saturday evenings (reservations required). The rooms are also available Sunday through Thursday for special events or private parties.

And, Culturas’ menu features cold and hot tapas such as Ceviche, Gazpacho and Pincho, as well as a few “large plates,” including diver scallops and ratatouille-stuffed mushrooms.

Other notable destinations: La Cocina Restaurant (Downtown Lancaster); Tres Hermanos (Mount Joy); La Borimex Restaurant (Ephrata); Flora’s (Downtown Lancaster)