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Steinbeck House

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132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
+1 831-424-2735
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Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
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Custer, South Dakota
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 with rice and local vegetables. As it was her birthday, she got dessert for free.... More 

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Australia
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 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, the house where John Steinbeck grew up is the main draw. The upstairs part of... More 

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Conway, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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

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Corona del Mar, California
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140 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Fantastic volunteers, who are the servers, fantastic cook, lunch in Steinbeck's home. They close at 2:00, limited space for seating, so you should make reservations during busy lunch time, BUT, we got there at 1:20 and they were able to seat us, party of 3. Weekly food specials, but other items available. Desserts were great, too, we tried all 3... More 

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Salinas, California, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

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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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 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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San Jose, California
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330 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 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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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 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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Manasquan, New Jersey
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284 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Soups
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?