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The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop

132 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
831-424-2735
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Ranked #5 of 17 Attractions in Salinas
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Activities: Dining, Group tours/day tour
Owner description: The boyhood home of John Steinbeck is primarily a restaurant, but summertime tours are also available on Sundays 1-3pm, Memorial Day through Labor... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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White Rock, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was quite excited about seeing this sight...but never went in because there was a dude sitting on street corner, outside the house, snorting cocaine. The entire downtown area around this house and the National Steinbeck centre are in bad bad shape....and I'm not a wimp when it comes to travelling on my own but no way. So bloody sad... More

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San Bernardino, California
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72 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We walked here from the Steinbeck Museum which is only a couple blocks away. Unfortunately, we could not eat here because they had a special tea going on. However, one of the volunteers ushered us into the front room and explained that Steinbeck was born in that room. The staff was very friendly and apologized that we couldn't see more... More

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Cork, Ireland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We turned up at the John Steinbeck house at 1.55pm hoping to have lunch in the former home of John Steinbeck. We almost turned away when we realised that it closed at 2pm, however we checked with the lady on the front. desk who welcomed us in without any issue. While the house operates as a restaurant it is primarily... More

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Maryville, TN, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

While cooling our heels one day after a whirlwind tour of Northern California, we discovered this delightful Steinbeck museum close to our motel. Stayed quite a while and enjoyed much of what was on display. One negative was that several of the video displays were broken, which apparently nobody knew about and did not seem too interested in fixing. Interesting... More

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Absolutely loved the tea! The sandwiches, tea and docents made this a fantastic trip for my best friend and Steinbeck fan's birthday!

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Monterey Bay, CA
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This place is a great stop for those who love all things Steinbeck, or are curious about his background. The gift shop has a wide selection of items and gifts, and many Steinbeck things to buy (some things not seen at the Steinbeck Museums's gift shop). To make more of a day, make reservations for lunch at the House upstairs,... More

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Salinas, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

There isn't a lot to see inside, other than to get a sense of what the house's layout was. It is very neat from the outside. The photo albums are nicely arranged and informative. After roaming around, my partner and I opted to have a lunch. Service cannot be surpassed, and the food (from a small menu) was simple yet... More

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Minnamurra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Wonderful lunch. Loved the way the Salinas community has got behind this, especially the lovely ladies. Roger the guide was in fine form - he was so enthusiastic and barely paused for breath!!!!

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Martinez
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The Steinbeck House holds a restaurant staffed by volunteers. The food was wonderful and all the staff were very informative regarding the history of the Steinbeck house. This is a must for anyone visiting the area.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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30 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The Steinbeck House is a little treasure where the docents work for love and the baker makes the best homemade rolls in town. Ask for a tour and you'll learn where John Steinbeck roller skated on rainy days. Make reservations in advance. We had a large party and our service was excellent. Loved the gift shop, too.

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