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The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop

Closed Now: 11:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Open today: 11:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Our docent was excellent & definitely enjoyed volunteering. We gained a new insight in Steinbecks... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sacramento, California
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This is a lovely, well maintained home that has been turned into a restaurant. I wasn't able to see... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2018
Layton, Utah
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This Queen Anne style Victorian was the birthplace and boyhood home of author John Steinbeck. Built in Salinas in 1897, the Steinbeck family moved into the house in 1900. The Valley Guild was formed by eight enthusiastic women who shared a common...more
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132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
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All reviews boyhood home delicious meal beautiful victorian house steinbeck center place to eat wonderful lunch dinner service large party tea sandwiches the lower level lunch with friends serve lunch visiting the area volunteers basement luncheon john
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our docent was excellent & definitely enjoyed volunteering. We gained a new insight in Steinbecks childhood. A hidden gem.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank cookieladyBayArea
Reviewed September 27, 2018

This is a lovely, well maintained home that has been turned into a restaurant. I wasn't able to see inside the home as it was closed on the day of my visit, but I did visit the gift shop. It was a nice place to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Go2theZoo
Reviewed September 11, 2018

The restaurant was closed the day we visited (Monday) so we were only able to see the outside. It is about three blocks from the National Steinbeck Center so why not stop by. John lived here for a time and it is beautiful Victorian house.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Came to visit the Steinbeck house it was interesting and worth a stop to visit and see, we had an enjoyable lunch there as well and there is also a nice gift shop to look at while there worth a visit when visiting the area

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SGLA2017
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Fabulous, well maintained Victorian with seating in the various rooms. They offer a set menu for each day of the month. Menus are available at the Steinbeck Library and Steinbeck Center. Worth the experience the servers are volunteers and dress in period outfits. The gift...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Bernice D
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

We definitely enjoyed the historic visit to the steinback . My nephews were absolutely fascinated by all of the historic Information that was displayed. We also enjoyed the surrounding community.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jacqueline S
Reviewed July 23, 2018

This was closed when I went, so I'm only commenting on the outside and the grounds. The home is well cared for and street parking is very accessible. It's a really beautiful home that is a must see for Steinbeck lovers. You can look through...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Karen C
Reviewed July 9, 2018

If your visiting the Steinbeck Library visiting Salinas, or if you live in Monterey County and never been there, Have lunch Tuesday through Saturday the a the Steinbeck House a short walk from the Steinbeck Library. This Victorian home is the house John was raised...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TallSocrates
Reviewed June 22, 2018

I am a big fan of the First Friday Dinners at the Steinbeck House Restaurant. A simple three course dinner for around $40.00 per person. The staff is dressed in period attire and serve as hostess for the dinner service. I highly recommend making a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank wineguy5150
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

5 star review. Loved the ambience and service. Very interesting historic decorative. A must do. Lunch is a bit more female friendly as my husband was still a little hungry but he survived!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Murray E
February 5, 2018|
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Response from mikegrattan | Reviewed this property |
It's about 3.5 blocks; easy 5 minute walk.
July 4, 2017|
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Response from budhall2016 | Reviewed this property |
Not a bad idea to have reservations. You do not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy this great house and food.
Kate J
October 24, 2016|
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Response from budhall2016 | Reviewed this property |
You should have no problem parking on the street. The house is on a corner and parking is not usually a problem.