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Food Lover's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

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Food Lover's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area, widely recognized as a foodie haven, is home to some of the top culinary cities in the United States (and the world)—including the birthplace of California cuisine. Take your taste buds on a tour of the following areas and sample their incredibly fresh, diverse flavors.

San Francisco
From the dumplings of Chinatown to the Italian eateries of North Beach and the world-famous taquerias of the Mission District, there are plenty of global and local eats to be had in San Francisco. Quite simply, one of the best ways to explore and experience the city is through its food. Food tours often focus on a specific neighborhood, culture, or theme.

North Bay
North of San Francisco lie the farms, vineyards, and creameries that bring the best local and artisanal products to California tables. A trip to the North Bay allows you to taste these top-notch bites, from cheese and produce to oysters and wine, at the source. An easy day trip from San Francisco, many tours will include transportation alongside tastings.

East Bay
The East Bay city of Berkeley is home to much more than the famed university. Its district known affectionately as the Gourmet Ghetto is home not only to Alice Waters’ famous restaurant, Chez Panisse—credited as the birthplace of California cuisine—but several of the highest-quality food producers in the world. Tours offer a sampling of the area’s many specialties, with an emphasis on local, organic, and seasonal ingredients.
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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

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If you fancy yourself a foodie or culture enthusiast, don’t miss this walking tour of San Francisco’s Little Italy—the neighborhood of North Beach. Voted one of the 15 best foodie tours in the USA by U.S. News, join an insider guide and experience a slice of the top things to do in North Beach, such as tasting coffee and witnessing bread being freshly made. Soak up the lively atmosphere of one of the city’s most popular districts as you learn about its cafes and bakeries and see landmarks like Saints Peter and Paul Church.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.60
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Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour

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Stroll the narrow streets and back alleys of San Francisco's Chinatown on this walking tour with a small group. Stop by shops selling authentic Chinese crafts and pottery, as well as hard-to-find herbs and produce. A variety of tastings add up to a full lunch, including tea, fortune cookies, dim sum, and other treats. Listen to guided commentary and ask plenty of questions as you explore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.94
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The Original San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour

The Original San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour

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Chocolate and San Francisco is a heavenly match. And this experience introduces locals and visitors alike to the history and contemporary chocolate culture of the city. On this 3-hour tasting tour, you'll wander the streets that make San Francisco so special, try the finest offerings from renowned chocolatiers and, of course, gain first-hand knowledge of the health benefits of chocolate. Sample away!
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.52
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San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

San Francisco Chinatown Food Tour

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'Forget it Jake. It's Chinatown,' but if you're willing to get off the tour bus, then San Francisco's Chinatown and its foodie adventures don't have to remain a riddle. Explore the roads less-taken, sample Chef Han's world-famous Szechuan cuisine and the delectable Peking duck, take in the sights and smells of the real Chinatown, and see how San Francisco's Chinese Americans live during this culinary and gourmet food tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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North Beach Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol Pairing)

North Beach Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol Pairing)

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Experience this Italian-influenced North Beach neighborhood a four-course progressive dining experience. With an intimate group of 12 people or less, follow your food-loving guide to many of the neighborhood's iconic restaurants starting with appetizers followed by an entree and finishing with dessert - all while exploring the neighborhood through your belly and your eyes. Enjoy experience-enhancing alcohol pairings (if alcohol-pairing option is selected) while tasting fare at some of the most popular spots as well as some hidden gems. Tastings may be selected from wood-oven pizza, to arancini, to cioppino (a seafood stew invented by San Francisco’s Italian fisherman), to handmade traditional cannoli, to California gelato. Hear gourmet gossip about some of the establishments' owners and learn about North Beach's history, from the Gold Rush to modern day.
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  • 3 hours
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$144.00
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Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option

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The Mission district in San Francisco has famously inspired its own style of burrito, but leave room for more than rice and beans on this culinary walking tour. Sample classic dishes from bakery-style cookies to San Francisco clam chowder, and learn about the neighborhood with your guide between bites.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$221.20
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Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

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Stroll through North Beach and Chinatown, two of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods, by night on this food and walking tour. Discover the spots only locals know for dim sum, coffee, and other treats while you learn about the history and culture of these diverse districts from your knowledgeable guide. Samples make up enough for a meal so come hungry!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Ultra Chocolate Tour

San Francisco Ultra Chocolate Tour

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The connections between San Francisco and chocolate are, of course, far richer than just one tourist attraction. If you're on a romantic or fun-filled vacation without the kids, and have a penchant for chocolate and alcohol, then this small-group tour might be just right. On a 3-hour sojourn, your expert guide will lead you through downtown and the historic waterfront, stopping for artisanal cocktails, Belgian beer and chocolates, plus a wine flight. Even better: you receive a Chocolate Lover Card and get VIP treatment at 10 different chocolate boutiques.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$107.74
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Food and Culinary Walking Tour of North Beach

Food and Culinary Walking Tour of North Beach

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Savor the gourmet highlights of San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood with a small-group walking tour that takes in the area’s foodie hotspots. Learn about North Beach’s Italian-American heritage as you explore alongside a local guide, visit local landmarks and hidden gems, and pause to sample five or six distinctive treats. Enjoy an itinerary that changes with the season, but includes atmospheric cafés, beloved artisan food shops and family-owned restaurants, and experience North Beach at it’s most authentic—and most delicious.
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  • 3 hours
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$72.50
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Sausalito Food and Wine Tour

Sausalito Food and Wine Tour

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Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito boasts a handful of famous restaurants with spectacular water views. Experience the culinary charm of Sausalito on this 3.5-hour food-and-wine walking tour, where an in-the-know guide takes you through the downtown village of this popular destination. Visit up to four vibrant and renowned restaurants, tasting delicious bites with dashes of local history. This small-group food tour — the first ever in Sausalito — is limited to just 10 people, ensuring personalized attention.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Mission District Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol pairing)

Mission District Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol pairing)

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Taste an array of culinary offerings in San Francisco's Mission district during this 4-course progressive dining experience. Follow a foodie guide through the historically Latino neighborhood packed with bars and restaurants. Stop at four different restaurants for a prix-fixe menu starting with 2 appetizer stops followed by an entree and concluding with dessert. Along the way you'll hear the stories of restaurant owners and chefs, which will give a behind-the-scenes perspective of the area, while enjoying food tastings. This tour's mission is to help guests experience the world differently through storytelling and food, so you might try a unique dish or experience an old favorite in a new way. So bring a sense of adventure during this fascinating insider tour that's rated five stars on Yelp.
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  • 3 hours
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$115.00
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Hayes Valley Gourmet Food Tour

Hayes Valley Gourmet Food Tour

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San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood has undergone a dramatic renewal over the last 20 years. Now a trendy destination with abundant restaurants, Hayes Valley is the perfect setting for a 3-hour gourmet food tour. Walk with a guide and small group to the neighborhood's specialty retail shops and foodie hangouts such as a speakeasy for a much-needed break. With seven tastings on this walking tour, you won't go hungry nor will your waistline take a hit. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace with a culinary expert guide and sample many products from artisan and local food purveyors. Then visit the former maximum-security prison, Alcatraz, to shed light on the history-packed location during this full-day excursion in San Francisco.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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$152.00
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Exclusive: North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour

Exclusive: North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour

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Prebook this Alcatraz and North Beach tour with this exclusive experience only found with Viator. Both Alcatraz and North Beach are destinations rarely left off a San Francisco itinerary. With an Alcatraz admission ticket and food tour combo, you’ll get to visit both in one day, making this an ideal choice for visitors with limited time. Spend the morning at Alcatraz’ island prison and then ferry back to San Francisco for a behind-the-scenes North Beach food tour. Your guide takes you to hidden-gem restaurants where you’ll sample food while hearing local history and stories of chefs and restaurant owners in North Beach.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$165.00
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San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide during this 2-hour excursion.
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  • 2 hours
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San Francisco Food Tour: A Taste of Japantown

San Francisco Food Tour: A Taste of Japantown

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Bring your appetite and your walking shoes for a delicious Japantown food tour. Learn about the history of this unique neighborhood in San Francisco and visit several authentic markets, restaurants, cafés, and tea houses with your gourmet guide. Discover where locals go for the best Japanese food in town, and taste six to seven samplings, from red bean ‘taiyaki’ to sweet rice ‘mochi.’
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  • 3 hours
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Best of North Berkeley Food Tour

Best of North Berkeley Food Tour

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On this gourmet food walking tour of Berkeley’s ‘Gourmet Ghetto,’ venture behind the scenes of the North Shattuck district. Food tastings include gourmet cheeses, chocolates, gelato, pizza, sandwiches, and wine at notable venues committed to sustainable and organic cuisine. An in-the-know guide introduces you to local owners and chefs who enlighten you about the culinary culture of this San Francisco Bay Area enclave.
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  • 3 hours
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$110.00
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Russian Hill Gourmet Food Tour

Russian Hill Gourmet Food Tour

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Russian Hill is one of San Francisco's most popular neighborhoods for shopping, eating and sightseeing. Discover it all on this 3-hour walking and tasting experience that visits seven different shops and restaurants. With a small group, you'll visit a butchers shop, a cheesemongers, a bakery and a gelato shop. What's more, you'll take in amazing views of the bay and classic San Francisco architecture while hearing tales from San Francisco's frontier-era history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.07
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Mission 18th Street San Francisco Food Tour

Mission 18th Street San Francisco Food Tour

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Get a taste of San Francisco’s Mission District on this 3-hour food tour. Led by a local guide, you'll treat your taste buds to a diverse range of cuisine, from traditional Latin recipes to modern spins on local dishes. Bring an appetite for authentic tacos and Mexican delicacies, house-cured pastrami sandwiches, horchata-flavored cupcakes and more. This tour is offered along Mission in the evening along 18th Street.
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  • 3 hours
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$115.00
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Uptown Oakland Food and Drinks Tour

Uptown Oakland Food and Drinks Tour

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Explore Uptown Oakland through its food on this 3-hour food and drinks tour. Oakland rivals its neighbor San Francisco as a major foodie destination in the Bay Area, and you can find out what all the fuss is about as you enjoy samples and craft cocktails with a guide who shows you around the neighborhood.
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  • 3 hours
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$111.00
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Mission 24th Street San Francisco Food Tour

Mission 24th Street San Francisco Food Tour

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If you believe in getting to know a city through its food, you don't want to miss San Francisco's Mission District, where this walking tour introduces you to a variety of dishes and cuisines. Accompanied by a guide, you'll explore the neighborhood—a San Francisco favorite—on foot, stopping to taste tacos, house-cured pastrami, cupcakes, and more. All food tastings are included.
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  • 3 hours
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Tendernob Culinary Experience

Tendernob Culinary Experience

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Skip the tourist traps of San Francisco's most-trafficked neighborhoods and get a taste of the up-and-coming Tendernob's dining scene. This small-group tour takes you to four restaurants—both popular and ones that only locals know about—to enjoy hearty food tastings.
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  • 3 hours
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$100.87
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Oakland's Temescal Tastes Tour

Oakland's Temescal Tastes Tour

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Taste your way through Temescal, one of Oakland's hippest neighborhoods, on this food tour. You'll get to know the artsy district through its culinary creations, from Korean rice bowls to tacos to tomato soup made with Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
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  • 3 hours
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$110.00
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Craft Cocktails Tour in Downtown San Francisco

Craft Cocktails Tour in Downtown San Francisco

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Get to know San Francisco's cocktail scene on this 3-hour walking tour that introduces you to a sampling of bars in the city. Accompanied by a guide, you'll visit roughly three bars, plus a couple of other stops (subject to change). Enjoy different types of drinks, meet bartenders and mixologists, and learn about the art of making craft cocktails. A couple of food tastings are also included.
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  • 3 hours
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