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132 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-2735
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Charming and delicious food plus Steinbeck's spirit.

An elegant and charming atmosphere. Delicious food surrounded by Steinbeck's spirit. Inexpensive, good cooking, clean and great attention! Excellent to enjoy a dessert with coffee.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
MarcelaT
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

An elegant and charming atmosphere. Delicious food surrounded by Steinbeck's spirit. Inexpensive, good cooking, clean and great attention! Excellent to enjoy a dessert with coffee.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The restaurant is situated inside a restored Victorian home, which was the birthplace and boyhood home of author John Steinbeck. The friendly wait staff wear period costumes and the food is fresh and imaginative. The menu features things like Puff Chicken--a variation on chicken pot pie, except that theirs is a fresh biscuit cut in 1/2 with the pot pie... More 

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Grassy Creek, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Enjoyed a meal with a small tour group from Monterey. Ordered the shrimp salad. Shrimp was small but good. Regional wine. Docents talked about the house and the Steinbeck family during and after our meal. Fun to learn while eating

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Larkspur, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Once a month on Sunday only they have a tour of Johns Steinbeck's childhood led by a docent. Everybody was one on one and very friendly.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Formal Tea (which was fantastic), then a tour of the house. The only area that is inaccessible is the upstairs, as the stairs are very narrow and due to liability issues, the docents won't allow visitors to access the second story. Tea is not the norm - it is only served once monthly on a Saturday. Usually lunch is served... More 

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Bothell, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The house has been very well restored and I am sorry that it is a restaurant and gift shop and not open for tours which I would much prefer.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

What a find! The volunteer staff could not have been more courtious and helpful. The menu is a delight and the food and presentation was wonderful! I loved the "Grandma's Meatball Sandwich"! Every volunteer we spoke with was knowlegable and enthusiastic about serving in Steinbeck's birthplace. The restoration of the house is superbly detailed. The gift shop/museum is a delight... More 

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I can't say enough about the Steinbeck House! My fiance and I have had the pleasure of having both lunch and dinner at the house with our most recent visit being on February 12, 2015 when they were featuring their delicious Valentine's Day menu. The menu is always creative, the food is perfectly prepared, the prices are reasonable and the... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Some 40 years ago a group of ladies in Salinas raised $90,000 to buy the boyhood home of John Steinbeck. Since that time, they have fully restored it, operate an outstanding luncheon restaurant in it, and offer personalized tours of the property. My wife had a cup of tomato leek soup and half of a chopped chicken/bacon/tomato wrap. I had... More 

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Cambria, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Steinbeck House's weekly lunch special this week is Crepes Carlotta, when it is served every two to three months I go over and have them. They were wonderful today, along with the fresh daily rolls they serve. You may choose cup of soup or salad with the meal. Pumpkin roll for desert was delicious! Jelly roll pan Pumpkin cake with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 132 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: (831) 424-2735

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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