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Steinbeck House

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132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
+1 831-424-2735
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
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Huntsville, Alabama
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781 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 304 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 each room. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a theme that befits the age of... More 

Thank AGoingGal
Madera, California
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220 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 AWFUL!) Steinbeck tea was good but sweet (similar to an Arnold Palmer.) The Creme Brulee... More 

Thank trra
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Winnipeg, Canada
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303 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 out of the kitchen but that's fine with me. We visited on St. Patrick's Day... More 

Thank SueFromWinnipeg
Los Gatos, California
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178 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

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

Thank donwolf20
Alberta, Canada
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124 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 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 house there. The story of how it came to be built was interesting. The ladies... More 

Thank MJH048
Custer, South Dakota
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 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 with rice and local vegetables. As it was her birthday, she got dessert for free.... More 

Thank laurowen
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
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 

Thank AJSardine
Conway, New Hampshire
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

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

Thank FYoung06
Corona del Mar, California
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150 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
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?