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The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop

Address: 132 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
Phone Number: 831-424-2735
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Ranked #4 of 9 Attractions in Salinas
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Group tours/day tour
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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.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Florissant, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The Steinbeck House, John Steinbeck's boyhood home, has been renovated and maintained by volunteers. The lunch menu changes weekly and volunteers serve the delicious lunches in the parlor and dining room. The gift shop is located in the basement and it, too, is run by volunteers. Proceeds go to charity and the maintenance of the home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We were able to tour the downstairs portion of the house after our meal. (A large tour group had just left as we finished) The proprietresses were a wealth of information and the food was delicious.

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Truckee, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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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
13 helpful votes 13 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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73 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 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
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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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