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“A MUST for Steinbeck lovers” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop

The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop
132 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
831-424-2735
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Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Salinas
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.
Monterey Bay, CA
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“A MUST for Steinbeck lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This place is a great stop for those who love all things Steinbeck, or are curious about his background. The gift shop has a wide selection of items and gifts, and many Steinbeck things
to buy (some things not seen at the Steinbeck Museums's gift shop). To make more of a day,
make reservations for lunch at the House upstairs, and you will be treated to an old-fashioned
luncheon served by volunteers in "period" dress. They even accommodated one member's food
allergy! Loved the small town feel of the place, very relaxing and comforting.

Visited June 2013
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Salinas, California
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“Quaint, and worth seeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

There isn't a lot to see inside, other than to get a sense of what the house's layout was. It is very neat from the outside. The photo albums are nicely arranged and informative.

After roaming around, my partner and I opted to have a lunch. Service cannot be surpassed, and the food (from a small menu) was simple yet very good.

Visited July 2013
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Minnamurra
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“Good day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Wonderful lunch.
Loved the way the Salinas community has got behind this, especially the lovely ladies.
Roger the guide was in fine form - he was so enthusiastic and barely paused for breath!!!!

Visited June 2013
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Martinez
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“Wonderful Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The Steinbeck House holds a restaurant staffed by volunteers. The food was wonderful and all the staff were very informative regarding the history of the Steinbeck house. This is a must for anyone visiting the area.

Visited March 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Historic and Homemade Rolls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The Steinbeck House is a little treasure where the docents work for love and the baker makes the best homemade rolls in town. Ask for a tour and you'll learn where John Steinbeck roller skated on rainy days. Make reservations in advance. We had a large party and our service was excellent. Loved the gift shop, too.

Visited April 2013
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