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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 #4 of 15 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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Modesto, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 reviews 5 reviews
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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24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Upland, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We almost did not stop due to others reviews of the area. I called up the Steinbeck House & asked questions about the area. They have had no problems around the House so we went. So glad we did, I didn't see any problems at all, just a run down - down town area a few blocks away from the... More

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I had read reviews about this neighborhood being sketchy, and while I wouldn't go walking around by myself at night, in broad daylight it was completely fine and there were plenty of tourists walking around too. This place is a very short walk from the Steinbeck Center. The book store is very small but is very cool because it is... More

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Salinas, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

This place is run by volunteers & they do lunches. The food is really good & the fine ladies that are volunteers do a terrific job. There are 2 choices daily - 1 is vegetarian. Dessert is extra. The ladies are in period dress & the inside of the house is beautiful. The Best Cellar Gift Shop is well stocked... More

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Laguna Woods, CA
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12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

My husband and I were quite excited about the prospect of visiting this Victorian boyhood home of John Steinbeck, based on the information at their website. So we made a reservation for the luncheon on the day we planned to be in Salinas and arrived on a day when a large group was expected an hour after our reservation time.... More

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