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The Steinbeck House, Salinas

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John Steinbeck House is a historic house restaurant and house museum at 132 Central Avenue in Salinas, California. The house was the boyhood home to the author John Steinbeck.Steinbeck's boyhood home is a turreted Victorian building in downtown Salinas, which has been preserved and restored by the Valley Guild, a nonprofit organization.The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Fixed menu lunches are served Monday through Saturday, and the house is open for tours during the summer on Sunday afternoons. The National Steinbeck Center is located two blocks away at 1 Main Street.
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  • Beautiful house, immaculately restored to the glory it enjoyed when Steinbeck lived here. A real experience and privilege to walk through his home and see some of his furnishings and possessions. A gr...  more »
  • The lunch meal in the restored first floor was delicious. Save room for desert! The volunteer servers were attentive and friendly. They cared about their customers’ experience and were happy to answer...  more »
  • The cellar gift shop book store is below the Steinbeck House. It has a random selection of various items. Purses, Mugs, jewelry etc. But the true gem is the selection of 1st edition and special editio...  more »
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  • Simple sandwiches in a historic setting. We were seated in John's boyhood room directly next to the dresser that he used. Sandwiches were tasty, but nothing to rave about. Worth a visit for the historic setting and supporting the nonprofit group keeping the house open. We made reservations for our group of 6. Not too busy when we arrived at noon, but had picked up when we left.
  • Gino's is a local favorite! A family owned restaurant that serves great food. It gets crowded so would suggest reservations for lunch and dinner. Portions are large and they have very good service. You will usually run into someone you know there! Sometimes the parking lot does get full. They also have a take-out window which is quire handy.,
  • The atmosphere is nice, the service is good. The food sometimes is not that great. Sometimes the food is cold and poorly prepared.
  • I would have liked to have seen the upstairs for our 15$ fee for the tour. We could have seen all that was on the tour by just eating at the restaurant.
  • Extremely fast, clean, delicious food. Very courteous staff as well. Was in a hurry for lunch and food was served in around 7 minutes. Check was brought promptly as well.