This is a fine restaurant that is located in El Escorial in Sab. Lorenzo. Its owner is a peculiar man, you have to meet him. It has loads of tapas in generous portions. The terrace is a joy in summer and in winter season since they put stoves and blankets.
Summer restaurant, next to the monastery, where they have a great menu for 16 € plus one drink, this surprises not only for its price but also for its quality. I recommend the Iberian meat pieces with caramelized onions on potato cake base. Superb. Fried milk dessert was a great choice. Totally recommended.
The Bar Cafetín Croché in San Lorenzo del Escorial is one of those perfect places for tapas and some cold beers before you go out to eat, and even for having a drink after a good meal in the evening. It's expensive, but it's worth it for the decor, because it's a nice, quiet place for an evening with friends or family and you'll be happy you found it. Don't miss seeing it.
Restaurant that is right in the center of San Lorenzo. It has got a very extensive menu and there is a family atmosphere. When the weather is nice, they put a cozy terrace with some tables overlooking the monastery. I'll go again as soon as I can
The La Cueva Restaurant is a wonderful place in a building from the time of Charles III, made by Juan de Villanueva, the Prado Museum and the Prince's House architect, among other places. It's a veritable museum, it's worth a look, even if you don't eat anything there. It's also close to the monastery. They specialize in Spanish food with high quality ingredients, highlighting the roasts (using a charcoal oven), red meat, fish, and typical local groceries. They have very competitive prices in this restaurant, (especially compared to others like it in the area). They have a very cool website (www.Mesonlacueva.Com) where you can see the entire menu and the prices.
Excellent ratio value / price. It is a simple place with paper tablecloths ... But dishes are great: you have to have the avocado salad, seaweed and rice. Price between 15 and 20. Menu at noon for 8 euros!! Yamaoka is a friendly Japanese who came to live in El Escorial over ten years ago. Wont disappoint you.
The Tres Arcos Restaurant is a great place with home cooked food, daily menus and specialty "stone meats." There's a family atmosphere, and parking near the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. It's on the road to the Valley of the Fallen. They serve a great "stone meat," you can choose from sirloin or steak, and it comes on a tray with a hot stone, and the meat is raw and you season it to your taste with the 3 sauces, potatoes and some salad. It's terrific. I recommend it, it's something worth trying.