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Steinbeck House

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132 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-2735
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Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Salinas, California, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoy a gourmet lunch served by gracious volunteers in a beautifully preserved historic setting. One of the best restaurants Salinas has to offer.

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Thank Brigid M
San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch today and it was delicious. We had the tomato leek soup, caprese salad and manicotti. Home made rolls were very nice. The waitresses are volunteers and are sweethearts and the gratuities go toward the upkeep of the house which is beautiful!

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Thank SanFranciscoJune-bug
San Jose, California
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291 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

This is a must-see place when in Salinas. Run by warm and friendly volunteers, this birthplace of John Steinbeck is a wonderful backdrop for the lunches served here. The menus change weekly with just a few choices, but the food is always tasty and homespun. We had zucchini lasagne with tomato leek soup which were both good. We were the... More 

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Thank 2butterfly
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

We drove through Salinas and just decided to stop in. We did not know the closing time was 2 pm, we came 1:55, and were ready to leave again, however, we were welcomed warmly inside in the beautiful rooms and had a table assigned. The food was very delicious and we had a wonderful Steinbeck ice tea combination to go... More 

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Thank Jacob A
Salinas, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

don't overlook this quaint dining experience. although limited hrs, they have lunch only, this is a charming experience: you're served by the House volunteers, your menu is perfect, it doesn't matter what you order, you'll like it, and for atmosphere, somehow the pace of life is set back to a relaxing one - I don't know whether it's the part... More 

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Thank rbbruni
Manasquan, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

Beautifully restored house where Steinbeck grew up and wrote some of his books, where they serve lunch in the drawing rooms. The choices are nice sandwiches and salads, served by volunteers, and it is a nice place to stop when you are in Salinas. Downstairs is a small gift shop where you can see the bed where Steinbeck was born.

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Thank SeeTheWorld4Peace
Culpeper, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

We dropped in for lunch knowing that their menu is limited and is run by volunteers. The house is beautifully maintained. After an enthusiastic greeting, we were seated and promptly brought bread and drinks. Our service and food were fabulous, a bit of a surprise given the nature of the place. We had a lovely time and I will come... More 

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Thank Scriptspring
Gilroy, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

After ten years of saying I was going to go, I finally made it to the Steinbeck Center and this gem. I was unaware they served lunch at this house. Volunteers at the Steinbeck Center suggested making a reservation--which we did an hour before going--and they gave us a free drink coupon. Everything about this house was delightful. The servers... More 

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Thank MarriedWidow
Garwood, New Jersey
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111 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I am a huge Steinbeck fan. On my solo journey across the country by train this summer, I had to make a stop in Salinas. I had a wonderful lunch of soup and salad. This place is run by a group of ladies that were absolutely wonderful and make everything in the original kitchen of the Steinbeck Family. They can... More 

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Thank Amanda D
London, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

I'm a Steinbeck fan so getting a chance to not only visit the house he was born in but enjoy the delightful lunch menu served by the volunteers that run the place, was too good to pass up on. Great salads and wraps washed down with copious amounts of 'Steinbecks' (Arnold Palmer's anywhere else but a nice touch) and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Soups
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: (831) 424-2735

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?