We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Steinbeck House

Is this your business?
132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
+1 831-424-2735
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good28%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“lunch” (21 reviews)
“leek soup” (3 reviews)
“creme brulee” (3 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
$$ - $$$
132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
Write a Review
Reviews (52)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 52 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the first Sunday of each month, this restaurant is opened for tours -- this is the home in which Steinbeck was born and spent his early life. The home is is nicely redone and the docents provide exceptional insight into the Steinbeck family and...More

Thank Roadtripsters2015
Reviewed April 16, 2017

I was so happy to have an opportunity to dine here. The volunteers who care for the Steinbeck home have given us all a special treat. The three largest rooms on the main level have been converted into dining rooms with about four tables in...More

Thank AGoingGal
Reviewed April 12, 2017

We recently attended a celebration Lunch party for my Aunt's 75th Birthday. We were greeted by friendly volunteer ladies. Would recommend ordering the Special entree, it was far superior to our run of the mill sandwiches ( AND DO NOT ORDER THE MONTE CRISTO, JUST...More

Thank trra
Reviewed April 11, 2017

A place to learn more about our local famous author John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men, East of Eden, etc) and have a delightful lunch (get reservations!) afterwards.

Thank Liz C
Reviewed March 17, 2017

Super little place to grab an excellent meal but the energy & commitment of the Steinbeck House volunteers makes a visit extra special. The menu is quite broad and the liquor list is limited but inclusive. Prices are a bit low for the quality coming...More

Thank SueFromWinnipeg
Reviewed January 28, 2017

Volunteer staff was very polite and helpful. The food was excellent. The parking is adequate and sheltered.

Thank donwolf20
Reviewed January 15, 2017

We didn't know it existed until the day before so we quickly made a plan to visit. They were having tea and were full so we were only able to visit the gift shop. We were amazed to see a, to scale, model of the...More

Thank MJH048
Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

I took my Mother here for her birthday. I have not been here for over 30 years! The food was as good as it was then. We each had the entree of the week, which was Chicken Cordon Bleu. It was perfectly prepared and served...More

Thank laurowen
Reviewed September 3, 2016

Showcasing the produce that grows in the Salinas valley that John wrote about, this restaurant, serving cheap and delicious simple food, is staffed by cheerful volunteers. The food is only a small part of the attraction however - getting to look around, and eat in,...More

Thank AJSardine
Reviewed July 25, 2016

The group who runs the house and hosts the lunches and teas are knowledgable, welcoming, and full of fun Steinbeck trivia.

Thank FYoung06
Nearby Restaurants
First Awakenings
260 reviews
.23 miles away
180 reviews
.24 miles away
Monterey Coast Brewing Company
118 reviews
.24 miles away
Nearby Attractions
National Steinbeck Center
293 reviews
.19 miles away
The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop
64 reviews
.00 miles away
Salinas Valley Art Gallery
6 reviews
.25 miles away
Maya Cinemas
37 reviews
.25 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Hours and days for lunch
May 1, 2017|
Response from SueFromWinnipeg | Reviewed this property |
The Steinbeck Restaurant is open from 11:30am to 2:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.....and the food & service is great. While you're there check out The Best Cellar Gift Shop. Also open from Tuesday to Saturday but for... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-424-2735
  • E-mail