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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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If you are interested in John Steinbeck, you must visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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South Jersey
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123 reviews 123 reviews
64 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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78 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

We were fortunate to see and hear the story of John Steinbeck's boyhood home. The restaurant is closed on Mondays - we had just visited the fantastic National Steinbeck Center, and walked a couple of blocks to the house. A docent was just coming to the shop and opened the home and gave us a marvelous and very informative tour.... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Really interesting to hear Steinbeck's story from the enthusiastic women who look after the house. Gift shop is well stocked although the Steinbeck books are a bit pricey.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful food, I enjoy reading steinbeck books, love that I got to learn more history of Salinas and got to just be where steinbeck lived. Wonderful experience, thanks.

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