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The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop

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Address: 132 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
Phone Number: 831-424-2735
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Activities: Dining, Group tours/day tour
Description: The boyhood home of John Steinbeck is primarily a restaurant, but...
The boyhood home of John Steinbeck is primarily a restaurant, but summertime tours are also available on Sundays 1-3pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. The house also includes the Best Cellar Gift Shop, offering Steinbeck books and unique gift items.
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Tea and a Tour

The tea (and the full luncheon that comes with it; scones, quiche, a variety of tea sandwiches, and numerous desserts) was fabuluous. We asked for a tour of the house after we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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Eagle River, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The tea (and the full luncheon that comes with it; scones, quiche, a variety of tea sandwiches, and numerous desserts) was fabuluous. We asked for a tour of the house after we finished our tea, and our request was granted. I stood in the room where John Steinbeck was born!

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is a restaurant. We thought we would learn about the place where JS was born and raised. not! We were allowed to see the sitting room. We were not allowed upstairs we did not want to bother the diners do we just glanced into the eating areas. I repeat. THIS IS A RESTAURANT, NOT AN ATTRACTION.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We went for lunch, wife liked lunch a lot better than I did, the menu is really ladies' lunch. The house itself has been restored very nicely and is very photogenic. The volunteers are nice as can be, helpful and they know what they are talking about. Need to do this in tandem with the Steinbeck Center a couple blocks... More 

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South Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Travelling through the Salinas valley was a treat for me. Acre after acre of produce that is shipped all over the world. People working in the fields in a variety of tasks but all tending to the produce. I could understand what influenced John Steinbeck. The center showed film clips of the books he wrote and how he obtained the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Visiting the rooms: We were on our own, which worked; Several of the rooms were occupied with other diners, including a relatively large group. Food selection: Limited, which makes sense considering the setting; Quality was very good; Service: Very friendly and attentive.....thanks to the volunteers; Cost: Fair and reasonable; Location: Older section of Salinas; we did not have any problem... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is where John Steinbeck spent his boyhood years. The Steinbeck House consists of a restaurant on the first floor and a gift shop with souvenirs and books of John Steinbeck on the lower level. Lunch was great and generous portions at $14 or so for one. Service was equally great with waitresses that may also serve as tour guides... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a well restored and beautiful old house. I did go in to the gift store which was nice and well kept and had all things Steinbeck. I did not go into the cafe. Wish that it was open for tours.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Of course we had to go here for lunch after visiting the National Steinbeck Center. It was so cool! The house is completely staffed by volunteers, which is amazing. Lunch was good...but my favorite part was going down to the Best Cellar Gift Shop, finding some unusual Steinbeck books and books about him, and then getting them embossed! John Steinbeck... More 

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I had lunch with friends here. It is a beautiful old house. The food was very good. We had great service. The cellar gift shop was fun to browse in, but the selection was limited.

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Morro Bay, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Steinbeck House where author John Steinbeck was born and raised is a rich piece of Salinas,CA history. To see the roots of his childhood and learn that he started writing before any formal schooling was so interesting. The docent led tour is enriching and informative. The house is a restaurant run by a guild of farmers' in Salinas. The... More 

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Address: Address: 132 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
Phone Number: 831-424-2735
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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