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Exclusive: North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco, United States

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icon3 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
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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.
  • Alcatraz admission and North Beach behind-the-scenes food tour in San Francisco
  • Learn about Alcatraz’ famous island-prison and inmates
  • Visit four popular and off-the-grid restaurants for food tastings
  • Tours focus on quality over quantity
  • Hear the stories behind historical establishments, from the Gold Rush to Prohibition
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
  • This Viator Exclusive tour can only be booked with Viator

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Each of this tour’s 4 courses rotates, so the food is consistently from popular restaurants.
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Tour guide (For North Beach food tour only)
Food tastings
Tour guide gratuity
Alcatraz Island ticket ($39.90 USD value)
Award-winning self-guided Cellhouse audio tour at Alcatraz Island
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences on this tour.

Departure Point

1: S F Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
2: Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian options available (with advance notice to the company)
  • Locations visited are subject to change
  • Tours run rain or shine; please dress appropriately
  • Not recommended for child aged 10 and under
  • Alcatraz Cruises has a dedicated ticket office at Pier 33 for Tour Operators, Alcatraz Landing where you can pick up your tickets at the Will Call Window for Tour Operators.
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure and present your departure time, ticket quantity, first and last name as well as Avital Food Tour's company name at the Alcatraz Cruises.
  • Photo ID must be presented for all passengers over 18
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Avital Tours

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Exclusive: North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Anais is a great guide if you want some history with the food." See review
  • "We reserved this tour because it was one of the few remaining options for seeing Alcatraz on our vacation." See review


55 Reviews
2 stars
Reviews by Viator travelers
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North Beach Culinary Experience
, Nov 2019
What an outstanding tour with a young vibrant tour leader who took us through some of the most amazing fooderies in North Beach. From thestunning sea food to the amazing pizza , it was unbelievable and our guide/host was so knowlegable, we absolutely loved it
Good experience, bad directions
, Nov 2019
Food was smashing and getting to Alcatraz would a 'must see'. But beware - go direct to Alcatraz first! This was not clear in the directions but has likely changed after we complained.
Best part of our visit
Jennifer E
, Sep 2019
We truly enjoyed our experience. We learned great history of the North Beach area. Went to great restaurants. I would highly recommend. Get drink package also. Dominick and Margarit were so nice and friendly. Also met two fun couples!
Bad advertizing
, Sep 2019
The time of the dining was never shown on my ticket. I told the agent I wanted nothing before 1 P M. He lead me to believe the food tour started after departing the Alcatraz trip. I tried calling before I left my home for California and was not given any information except leave a text if I was going to be late foe my tour. All I was trying to do was get the time of the tour. After getting my boarding pass for the Alcatraz tour the ticketing agent on the wharf told me I had the strangest looking tour reservation and they had a lot of difficult experiences with Viator. Finally the Culinary people answered the phone. The agent told me I was lucky she answered the phone at all and my culinary tour had started at 11AM. I was told they had tried to call me that morning as a reminder. There were no messages or missed calls on either my home or cell phones. Bad experience all around with Viator. Then it was a hassle to get a refund .
Too expensive
, Aug 2019
Although the guide was very nice and the food was good, this culinary tour was too expensive for what we got. The only reason we booked this tour is because we couldn’t find any tickets for Alcatraz !
Better than expected
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide (who’s name escapes me) was fantastic. She was helpful, understanding and provided what I believed was “extra” facts and stops about San Fransisco. The food was fantastic and well worth the cost.
Great food
, Aug 2019
The food was all amazing and it was an interesting way to learn about the history of the North Beach area. Margherita was an awesome guide. Highly recommend this tour.
A treat for the taste buds.
, Aug 2019
Our day began with a tour of Alcatraz Island. A must see when visiting San Francisco. In the afternoon our guide Hannah took us on an exclusive adventure to sample 2 very different Italian delicacies, then upscale Chinese food, and ending with fudge sampling and gelato. Not to mention making new friends from far-flung places. What a great afternoon in San Francisco!
Hannah was the best!!!
, Aug 2019
From minute 1 we were blown away by Hannah‘s tour! She was super nice & knowledgeable! Awesome tour! We weren’t sure if the tour would be a good idea as we had dinner plans but the food and most importantly Hannah’s stories and expertise made all the difference and we cancelled the dinner plans :) If you only do one thing, do the -Alcatraz + food tour!
My first food tour was a blast!
, Aug 2019
Had a great time exploring different restaurants along North Beach and Chinatown! Our guide Wilda was super energetic and engaging. You could tell she really enjoys her job and wanted to share the history of the neighborhood and restaurants with you. It’s not easy getting a group of strangers from a teenager to retirees talking to each other, but she made it happen! The tour included two apps, an entree and dessert. The food was pretty delicious and was definitely glad that some walking was involved! It was also nice that we were able to explore Alcatraz in the morning and still had a few hours to chill before the food tour. Next time I would upgrade to include wine and beer pairings as well. Definitely worth the price.

Product code: 5685NBALC

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