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132 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-2735
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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
John would be proud

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Victoria, Canada
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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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80 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Cupertino, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Extremely nice and hospitable volunteer servers. You can tell they love being there. We felt like we got better service than at some other restaurants. Food is definitely fresh. Fast and the right portion--not too small and not too big. Definitely recommend!

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Santa Rosa, California
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42 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

My glazed orange chicken was very good and the creme brulee was great. One of the docents give us a talk which was very informative. We learned a lot from him about Steinbeck and Steinbeck's family.

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Cheney, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We had a lunch there, you need to have reservations, but we got in, I guess we looked hungry...The menu is pretty limited, but the food is fantastic and reasonably priced. The restaurant is the old Steinbeck home. It was converted to a restaurant; the staff is from the local social group of women/men that support it. They are all... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The Steinbeck House is the boyhood home of John Steinbeck, and it's also a beautiful example of an early 20th century Victorian style home. So the setting alone is worth going. The menu changes weekly and is also made with the freshest ingredients you can imagine. Salinas sits in the middle of the salad bowl of the world so the... More 

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California
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13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I lived in Salinas several years ago, and this was my favorite place to have lunch. I was able to bring my husband and daughter here this past weekend and it was just as wonderful as I remembered it. The prices have gone up a bit, but it's worth it. The cream of green onion soup was outstanding...I could have... More 

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Salinas, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This building was the actual home of John Steinbeck and is run by volunteers who put their heart and soul into doing an awesome job. The food is outstanding and all prepared onsite. There is a small gift shop in the basement which includes some of the excellent recipes. Part of the house is still kept intact and able to... 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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