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Steinbeck House

132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
+1 831-424-2735
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good26%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“lunch” (22 reviews)
“leek soup” (3 reviews)
“creme brulee” (3 reviews)
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132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Reservations are not usually needed. Quiet, relaxing atmosphere. The pleasant, volunteer staff members are knowledgeable about John Steinbeck and eager to share! Plan extra time to tour the house with wonderful Steinbeck family memorabilia. Plenty of food choices and pairings with great dessert selections! Photo...More

Thank kathy-mgt
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I was just there on November 3rd, as always the food was fantastic! We had a table for 6, I had Salmon, with a green salad, steamed veggies, and a rice pilaf. The salmon was incredible! It seemed like it had been swimming just a...More

Thank CentralCoastCAMissy
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

This is the house John Steinbeck was born and raised in . It has a wonderful restaurant that is staffed all by volunteers. The food was excellent and the staff was extremely friendly and eager to answer any questions about Steinbeck and the house. A...More

Thank hotsparks57
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We visited Steinbeck House because I love John Steinbeck's writing. Even if you don't like Steinbeck's work, if you are in the Monterey Peninsula, you must visit if you enjoy traditional early 20th century American food!! It is run by a non-profit group, and serves...More

Thank Kim K
Reviewed 30 June 2017

I took my book club here after reading Steinbeck all summer. It was wonderful. The people there are special folks who made our visit memorable. The food was good and we had a great time. Make sure you go! The gift shop was awesome too

Thank Kat E
Reviewed 8 May 2017 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 17 April 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 13 April 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 12 April 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 18 March 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
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2 May 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
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
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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
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