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132 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-2735
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Added to a long-awaited visit to the Steinbeck Center

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
MarriedWidow
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Gilroy, California
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Gilroy, California
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Garwood, New Jersey
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92 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 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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Thank HenryAbott
Salinas, California
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

While family was visiting from Colorado and New Mexico, I wanted to take them some place special here in Salinas. Steinbeck House Restaurant, is extraordinary and historical house turned into a gorgeous restaurant. The boyhood home of John Steinbeck offers weekly specials for lunch. Their hours are limited, but the chance to dine here will be a memory of a... More 

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Thank AngelaMott
Kent
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We went here after a visit to the National Steinbeck Centre for a quick bite to eat. The place is just amazing; step back in time to the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the family home in his childhood years. The ladies in period costume are a real treat, they were so friendly and welcoming that it was a shame... More 

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Thank methers_9
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

An elegant and charming atmosphere. Delicious food surrounded by Steinbeck's spirit. Inexpensive, good cooking, clean and great attention! Excellent to enjoy a dessert with coffee.

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Thank MarcelaToledo
Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The restaurant is situated inside a restored Victorian home, which was the birthplace and boyhood home of author John Steinbeck. The friendly wait staff wear period costumes and the food is fresh and imaginative. The menu features things like Puff Chicken--a variation on chicken pot pie, except that theirs is a fresh biscuit cut in 1/2 with the pot pie... More 

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Thank Hesperian
Grassy Creek, North Carolina
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Enjoyed a meal with a small tour group from Monterey. Ordered the shrimp salad. Shrimp was small but good. Regional wine. Docents talked about the house and the Steinbeck family during and after our meal. Fun to learn while eating

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Thank Diana R
Larkspur, California
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank TimSamsTravelUSA
Eagle River, Alaska
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334 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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