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Steinbeck House Storefront

Steinbeck House
132 Central Ave
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-2735
(831) 757-5806
The Steinbeck House is the birthplace and boyhood home of John Steinbeck, the 1940 Pulitzer Prize winner for Grapes of Wrath and the Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1962 and now operated by the Valley Guild as a luncheon restaurant.

In the early 1970s Jeanne Pryor, Betty Gheen, Barbara Buckingham and Jane Hansen Tschannel talked with friends who all had a common interest in cooking. In 1971 the Valley Guild was organized in an effort to showcase produce grown in the Salinas Valley. Led by President Betty Gheen, they found the historic 15 room Steinbeck House. By this time the Valley Guild had grown to 81 members who raised over $80,000 in 49 days to authentically preserve and restore this Salinas landmark.

The Valley Guild's active members plan, help prepare and serve luncheons directed by a professional chef. Information on becoming a Valley Guild member can be obtained by calling the Steinbeck House. All profits go Salinas Valley charities and to maintain the Steinbeck House.

The "Best Cellar," the basement shop opened in July 1975, features books, antiques and gift items for sale. It is a good place to browse before and after lunch.

Call for reservations to enjoy this unique dining experience at the Steinbeck House.

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