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 its 42nd Anniversary.
Oprah Winfrey and members of her book club visited the Steinbeck House in September of 2003. Her show was filmed on the front lawn of the House.
In April of 1995, E. Clampus Vitus designated the house as a literary landmark.
In August of 2000, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Many Steinbeck family pictures and memorabilia decorate the walls.
The specific and primary purpose of Valley Guild is to maintain and preserve the John Steinbeck House. The Valley Guild is a non-profit, volunteer organization which has owned and operated The House since 1972. Their purpose is to maintain and preserve The Steinbeck House for future generations of Steinbeck readers. The Steinbeck House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Your gratuities are greatly appreciated. They are used solely to maintain the House.