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Steinbeck House

132 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-2735
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Ranked #7 of 280 restaurants in Salinas
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Jul 31, 2013
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Cheney, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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5 reviews 5 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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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

The best service you can find, I felt like I was in my Grandma's house! Lovely environment and the best homemade food in town!

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va
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Great way to see where John Steinbeck grew up and enjoy a good meal! Visit on a weekend to Salinas, CA.

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Salinas, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Step inside this grand old home and leave your troubles at the door. Enjoy a fine meal, perhaps even a glass of wine, and take in what it must have been like for John Steinbeck to call this place - home. It's always fun to go there and meet people from all over the world. Be sure to take a... More

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Victoria, BC
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45 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

Located on State route 101 in Central California, the town of Salinas has its share of chain and fast food restaurants. But if you take the time to find it, there is an old Victorian house, a national monument in fact, that is the birthplace of the great American writer John Steinbeck and which today is also a small restaurant... More

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Colorado Rockies
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117 reviews 117 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Very nice, informative staff. Lovely lunch and all 3 of us enjoyed our various meals, including cobb salad, chicken/veggie wrap and chicken/mushroom crepe. (This was enjoyed by a man who generally avoids mushrooms at all cost - which is saying it really was great, even with fresh mushrooms.) The tomato soup was wonderful as was the Brandy Alexander pie my... More

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Mill Valley, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

The draw is author John Steinbeck's charming Victorian birthplace. The service by members of the ladies' auxiliary makes one feel welcome. The excellent food urges one to dawdle. The fun shop in the basement is what finally propels you out!

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