We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Steinbeck House

€€ - €€€American
132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
+1 831-424-2735
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good26%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (24 reviews)
“creme brulee” (3 reviews)
“sandwiches” (2 reviews)
11:30 - 14:00 Hours
€€ - €€€
132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (63)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 62 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Owned by the Salinas Ladies Guild and staffed with volunteers, they have done a wonderful job (with the help of Steinbeck’s sisters) of restoring the home as it was when Steinbeck was a young man/ We were not able to stay for lunch, but it...More

Thank IN_Travelers47906
Reviewed 18 February 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 4 February 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 31 January 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 9 January 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 28 December 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 24 December 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 11 November 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 8 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 23 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
Nearby HotelsSee all 25 hotels in Salinas
Travelers Hotel
42 reviews
.45 km away
Travelodge Salinas
57 reviews
.95 km away
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Salinas
185 reviews
1.02 km away
Best Western Salinas Monterey Hotel
287 reviews
1.66 km away
Nearby Restaurants
First Awakenings
310 reviews
.38 km away
209 reviews
.39 km away
Monterey Coast Brewing Company
142 reviews
.37 km away
Nearby Attractions
National Steinbeck Center
333 reviews
.32 km away
The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop
81 reviews
.01 km away
Salinas Valley Art Gallery
7 reviews
.39 km away
Maya Cinemas
43 reviews
.40 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
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
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
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
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing