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Calle San Anton, 4, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
910801674
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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Atmospheric authentic restaurant

We walked to La Cueva restaurant from El Escorial Monastery and were pleased to quickly be given a salad nicoise & fresh crusty bread. This was followed by roasted chicken with mushrooms (+ chips) and then original icecream and coffee. The waiters were helpful and friendly and, although a party of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent food and service in a beautiful, historic building. La Cueva is nearly as old as the village of San Lorenzo itself, and is furnished with impressive period furniture. The food was amazing and the service impeccable. We will definitely go back!

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Valencia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The building (XVIII century) is impressive and transports the visitor to another time. Excellent tapas - there are not many options but very good. The house wine and the meet (chuleton de buey) fantastic !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We walked to La Cueva restaurant from El Escorial Monastery and were pleased to quickly be given a salad nicoise & fresh crusty bread. This was followed by roasted chicken with mushrooms (+ chips) and then original icecream and coffee. The waiters were helpful and friendly and, although a party of 36, we did not feel rushed.

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Leicester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is one of the best restaurants in EL Escorial. It is an old Posada I believe; it has an small interior courtyard with stairs ascending around it to the rooms. The room we ate it was cosy, and there was a stove burning (it was January, and freezing outside). We had really delicious croquettas with our starter, as well... More 

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I reserved here for a birthday luncheon for my wife: we were 7 altogether, and I had reserved for 3 p.m. (a very typical hour for lunch in Spain). As our group were all coming from different directions, and at different times, I had to call them to advise that we would be a little late. “No problem, Sir, your... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Great place to eat a little expensive perhaps, but you will not be dissapointed with the food. Staff very friendly. Looks very old inside which gives the restaurant its charm.

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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is a beautiful inn built in 1768. You can check out the history, photos, info on their website. While it was very charming, cozy and a nice setting to have a meal, the food is very disappointing and not cheap for what it is. We had the fixed lunch menu that came with soup, cochinillo and a dessert. The... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

we went here with a friend from the town. The building is 250 years old and very colorful. The food was excellent, especially the gaspacho and trout.

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San Francisco
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

We had a perfect day visiting El Escorial right when it opened until about 2pm, then over to La Cueva at 2:30pm for a 2 hour leisurely lunch. The building is soaked with atmosphere dating from 1768 or so and we had 3 attentive servers watching over us for the entire time. San Lorenzo is a royal getaway from Madrid... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2009

great cochinillo (and other asados), impressive 1700-something building, Sunday-Madrid-escape recommendation

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle San Anton, 4, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Phone Number: 910801674

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish

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