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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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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good25%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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“lunch” (24 reviews)
“creme brulee” (3 reviews)
“sandwiches” (3 reviews)
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132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 25 January 2018

The folks are so nice, it's an all volunteer restaurant except the cook/dishwasher. The money goes to the charity that runs the restaurant. Ask the staff about the history of the house, its very interesting. Lovely historical decor and the food is nice and tasty,...More

Thank ilovecalifornia
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
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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

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
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