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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
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Sunday tour

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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Larkspur, California
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Larkspur, California
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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 92 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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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 141 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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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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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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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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Address: 132 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
Phone Number: (831) 424-2735
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
Cuisine: American

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

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  • Cuisine: American

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