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Steinbeck House

132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
+1 831-424-2735
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good25%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“lunch” (24 reviews)
“creme brulee” (3 reviews)
“sandwiches” (2 reviews)
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132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
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Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

Located exactly half way between Cambria and San Francisco, I consulted Trip Advisor for a place to stop for lunch. Amount other choices we went Steinbeck House. I wish we could have been there for a tour, but had a great lunch. Nothing fancy. If...More

Thank BklynTech69
Reviewed February 4, 2018

We were driving home from Christmas in Eureka and happened to be approaching Salinas around lunch. Quick Google Search for "Great Lunch in Salinas" popped up this name. Looking further, it seemed worth a spot. Terrific place. Good food & docent/wait staff were adorable. AND...More

Thank kris s
Reviewed January 31, 2018 via mobile

We visited the Steinbeck house and Steinbeck Museum and we were very impressed with all the information that has been gathered and presented on his life. If you have any interest in his writings this will facinate you! We bought two more of his books!

Thank GregT2750
Reviewed January 9, 2018

John Steinbeck's boyhood home is now a restaurant. After visiting the Steinbeck Center, we walked two blocks to Steinbeck House to have lunch (we had made a reservation). The tri-tip steak with red potatoes was delicious; the Steinbeck tea is refreshing; dessert was scrumptius.

1  Thank Lena K
Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

Very nice place. Full of history. Great good and service. Went there right after seeing the Steinbeck museum. It’s about a 5-minutes walk.

Thank Alex_Azmi
Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

Had a tasty desert, surprise, ice cream with the pastry. Good deal, Steinbeck would have approved. California graciousness.

Thank Cllark W
Reviewed November 11, 2017

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 November 8, 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 August 23, 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 July 9, 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
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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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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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