Clio Logo

Childhood home of American author and war correspondent John Steinbeck. Now serves as a restaurant.

  • Steinbeck home/restaurant today
  • John Steinbeck
  • Steinbeck as a child in yard in front of home

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.