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The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop

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Address: 132 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
Phone Number: 18314242735
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This Queen Anne style Victorian was the birthplace and boyhood home of...

This Queen Anne style Victorian was the birthplace and boyhood home of author John Steinbeck. Built in Salinas in 1897, the Steinbeck family moved into the house in 1900. The Valley Guild was formed by eight enthusiastic women who shared a common interest in gourmet cooking and wanted to showcase Salinas Valley produce. The volunteers of Valley Guild purchased and renovated the house. It was opened to the public as a restaurant on February 27, 1974 -the 72nd anniversary of John Steinbeck's birth. The house is operated by volunteers with a minimum of paid staff, and recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary. The Best Cellar is in the original basement of the Steinbeck House. The Best Cellar is a delightful gift shop featuring unique gift items as well as vintage and new Steinbeck books. Original furniture from the Steinbeck family is on display including the headboard of the bed in which John Steinbeck was born.

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The Steinbeck House is open for lunch. I think you should have reservations. Each day there are featured, homemade dishes. It's a great way to have a delicious meal and get to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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California Central Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Steinbeck House is open for lunch. I think you should have reservations. Each day there are featured, homemade dishes. It's a great way to have a delicious meal and get to see the inside of Steinbeck's childhood home.

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Thank MtDavid
Salinas, California
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Valley Guild, a group of local volunteers has done an amazing job of restoring the home where John Steinbeck was born and lived until he was 18. The volunteers serve lunch Tuesday-Saturday, and the food is hearty home-cooked style with a different menu every week....but you don't have to eat there to visit the site. They will give you... More 

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Thank Salinas411
Windsor, Connecticut, United States
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I enjoyed a great lunch served by Volunteers in Period Costume. A thrill to dine in the author's home.

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Thank John Z
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

We were blown away! Expectations were very low...instead we had a delicious meal, served by the volunteer ladies. Confetti soup, beef stroganoff and pumpkin roll for dessert. Even better, all the recipes were printed in a cook book that was on display. Complemented our Steinbeck Center visit beautifully and really brought it home to our teens. Highly recommend!

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Thank Kelly F
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We visited the gift shop at the Steinbeck House. They also have a delightful restaurant. The historic Victorian style home was the childhood home of author John Steinbeck. The house is on the national register of historic places.

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Oxnard, California
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

He house was lived in by John Steinbeck and is run by docents. The gift shop is great, especially at Christmas. The menu changes monthly, with usually two options available. Reservations are highly advised as tour buses come through. And especially during the holidays. Check their website for the menu beforehand. A girlfriend and I made it a holiday tradition... More 

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Thank jtdanza
Salinas, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

From the charmingly dressed hostesses who warmly greet you and show you to your table, the Steinbeck House is a favorite of mine for both clients and out of town visitors. Whether my guest wants a hearty entree or a delicious salad reflecting the best lush Salinas Valley produce, the Steinbeck House never disappoints. Their prices are fair, the service... More 

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Thank Brigid M
Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

The House wasn't open to the public when we visited but we were able to walk around the outside and take photos. Next time we visit, we'll definitely plan to have lunch there !

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Thank WineGoddess6
Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Although a different entre for lunch each day, they have always been excellent. Service by period outfitted wait staff has consistently been superior. They can also fill you in on the houses history.

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Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The family house of John Steinbeck was closed the day we visited the National Steinbeck Center a couple of blocks away. Although we didn't get to see the inside or have lunch at the highly recommended tea room there, it was still a very worthwhile visit because we took the time to walk all around the grounds and examine the... More 

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