John Steinbeck’s birthplace and boyhood home is a restored Queen Anne style Victorian built in 1897. The Steinbeck family purchased the home in 1900 and raised their family there. It was purchased by The Valley Guild in 1973. It is now a charming restaurant serving lunch Tuesday through Saturday located two blocks west of the National Steinbeck Center at 132 Central Avenue in Salinas and also features a gift shop, The Best Cellar.
The Valley Guild was formed by eight enthusiastic women who shared a common interest in gourmet cooking and wanted to showcase the Salinas Valley produce. The Valley Guild renovated and restored the house after purchasing it. It was opened to the public as a restaurant on February 27, 1974 – the 72nd anniversary of John Steinbeck’s birth.