The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

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The Steinbeck House Restaurant is a fun step back in time! This is the beautiful old Victorian home in Salinas where John Steinbeck was born and where he spent his childhood. The home was purchased by a non-profit group of industrious women who lovingly restored the home. There are a few regular employees, but the house and restaurant are mainly staffed by volunteers. There is Steinbeck family memorabilia throughout the house and volunteers were happy to share entertaining stories about life in the Steinbeck household.

2The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

The restaurant is open for lunch each Tuesday through Sunday. They also hold special events including holiday teas and prix fixe dinners periodically. You can check for a current schedule on their website. It wasn’t too crowded when I was there, but I’d recommend reservations if you’ll need a large table for a group. My table by the front window was the perfect spot to enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant and the blue skies outside.

The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

The lunch menu had a nice assortment of choices. Some items remain constant and others change to take advantage of the abundance of local produce grown in the area. Rolls are baked fresh each day.

The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

We had our choice of quiche, sandwiches, salads or soup. Some of the dishes seemed to be a throw back to the Victorian era, others were from the 1970′s when the restaurant first opened and others were very 2017. It was a good assortment that people of all ages can enjoy.

The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

I was happy to find vegetarian options on the menu. I had a grilled cheese sandwich made with brie and apple slices. The veggie wrap sandwich also looked great.

The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

I was told to save room for dessert and I’m glad I did. Creme Brulee is the specialty of the house, but the Frozen Chocolate Charlotte caught my eye. I hadn’t heard of this dessert before, so I looked it up on Google while I was waiting. This isn’t an exact replica of the original Frozen Charlotte, but it does have significance for the time period in which John Steinbeck lived in this house. If you like creepy Victorian tales that parents told to frighten their children into behaving, Google “Frozen Charlotte.” If you just just enjoy tasty chocolate treats, skip Google and know that this dessert was a good as it looks!

The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

The Steinbeck House
132 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901

The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

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13 comments for “The Steinbeck House Restaurant in Salinas, California

  1. Mary Mac
    April 10, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Looks like a wonderful way to spend your time with friends for lunch. I did google Frozen Charlotte. OH MY!!

  2. April 10, 2017 at 5:40 am

    To me it is nice when you can readily recognize what’s on your plate. The house is gorgeous and I am glad it was kept up. Nice place to visit, learn and eat.

  3. Maryann D.
    April 10, 2017 at 9:34 am

    What a lovely restaurant to visit. The food looks wonderful and I know I would like the desserts.

  4. ann hengst
    April 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I love Victorian style buildings , so glad it wasn’t destroyed like so many after time. Fresh looking meals too. Love the interior designs too.

  5. vickie couturier
    April 11, 2017 at 5:46 am

    this looks like a great place to eat,,that food looks delidious

  6. Mia
    April 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    The food looks wonderful and how fascinating to be in the home of John Steinbeck.

  7. Jeffrey
    April 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Would love to go to the Steinbeck House.

  8. Nancy
    April 12, 2017 at 4:59 am

    What a unique and pretty place to dine. The food looks marvelous!

  9. Charlene Underhill
    April 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Looks Awesome!

  10. Donna B
    April 14, 2017 at 4:31 am

    That is such a beautiful home! The food looks amazing and delicious. This is certainly a place I’d love to visit.

  11. Shelley P
    April 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    This would make such an interesting and fun trip. I’d love to visit! And all the food looks so delicious!

  12. Jeffrey
    April 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Would love to go to Steinbeck House.

  13. May 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Yummy good this is a fabulous restaurant

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