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The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop

132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
+1 831-424-2735
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Historical, beautiful, and tasty!

This is the lovely home of John Steinbeck - only important to those that love literature (and I can... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
IrishSurfer
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San Jose, CA
Yummy High Tea

A great way to end the day! We had high tea at the Steinbeck’s family home. It had a great... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2018
Christi S
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This Queen Anne style Victorian was the birthplace and boyhood home of author John Steinbeck. Built in Salinas in 1897, the Steinbeck family moved into the house in 1900. The Valley Guild was formed by eight enthusiastic women who shared a common interest in gourmet cooking and wanted to showcase Salinas Valley produce. The volunteers of Valley Guild purchased and renovated the house. It was opened to the public as a restaurant on February 27, 1974 -the 72nd anniversary of John Steinbeck's birth. The house is operated by volunteers with a minimum of paid staff, and recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary. The Best Cellar is in the original basement of the Steinbeck House. The Best Cellar is a delightful gift shop featuring unique gift items as well as vintage and new Steinbeck books. Original furniture from the Steinbeck family is on display including the headboard of the bed in which John Steinbeck was born.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“few blocks” (4 reviews)
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132 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901-2651
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"boyhood home"
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"delicious meal"
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"few blocks"
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"steinbeck center"
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"place to eat"
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"the lower level"
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"open for lunch"
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"wonderful lunch"
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"special tea"
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"large party"
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"tea sandwiches"
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"service was excellent"
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"lunch with friends"
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

This is the lovely home of John Steinbeck - only important to those that love literature (and I can suggest many of his books). Even if you aren't craving a bit of history, a bit of delicious lunch with a warm welcome is waiting for...More

Thank IrishSurfer
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

A great way to end the day! We had high tea at the Steinbeck’s family home. It had a great selection of treats at the tea. My husband had iced tea instead of the hot teas. They had 4 different tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries....More

Thank Christi S
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

The Steinbeck House in Salinas, California, is the home in which John Steinbeck was born and raised. It is now a lunch restaurant that is owned and run as a non-profit by a warm and friendly group of women. It is worth a visit. The...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This was the first time we had eaten here and we were greatly impressed! The food was excellent, the service was very good, and the prices reasonable.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

I have been volunteering there going on 17 years now and it is really nice to do this. We have all Johns books and first editions,also gifts you can buy and if you go upstairs you can have a wonderful lunch and see where the...More

Thank GoBlueCalifornia
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

After a delicious meal in the Steinbeck House, we decided to check out the Best Cellar Gift Shop, in the basement of the house. The most interesting thing in the shop was a model OF the Steinbeck House!

1  Thank Lena K
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

The Steinbeck house is delightful, charming and offers an excellent lunch in the boyhood home of John Steinbeck. The house is in pristine condition and nicely transitioned into a restaurant that lends a feel of you actually being a guest visiting the Steinbecks. Wonderful, friendly...More

Thank Packed_10
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Cute house but older. A short walk from the Steinbeck Center. The yard at the house is very well maintained. Worth visiting when in Salinas

Thank Lynn C
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Lunch only with menu selections changing weekly. Surround yourself with John Steinbeck, his three sister, parents and grandparents photos and memorabilia throughout the public access rooms in the historic home. Beer and wine available! Save room for dessert and be sure to walk to the...More

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Reviewed 24 August 2017

I attended the Wine Makers Dinner at the Steinbeck House on Friday night August 4, 2017. This event was the week end prior to our Food and Wine Festival in Salinas. I had the Salmon which was Heaven on Earth. Chef Augie did a superb...More

Thank CentralCoastCAMissy
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Murray E
5 February 2018|
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Response from mikegrattan | Reviewed this property |
It's about 3.5 blocks; easy 5 minute walk.
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Curlytop39
5 July 2017|
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Response from budhall2016 | Reviewed this property |
Not a bad idea to have reservations. You do not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy this great house and food.
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Kate J
25 October 2016|
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Response from budhall2016 | Reviewed this property |
You should have no problem parking on the street. The house is on a corner and parking is not usually a problem.
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