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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 20 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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Truckee, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a great museum. Thought it would take maybe 30 minutes but stayed over 2 hours. Have only read a few Steinbeck books years ago. Now am enthused to read many more. Learned a lot about history of the area as well as WWII also. Well worth getting off the freeway in Salinas to see. And, there's a great... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A beautiful Victorian house frames a delicious and inexpensive meal. You should not miss this experience.

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Longport, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is the perfect way to conclude your visit to the National Steinbeck Museum. The staff is excellent and went out of their way to recommend locations for my next stop in Monterey as well as providing directions. The selections in this shop are totally different from those found at the National Steinbeck Museum. If you are a Steinbeck fan,... More

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White Rock, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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167 reviews 167 reviews
73 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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25 reviews 25 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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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
24 helpful votes 24 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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