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North Beach Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol Pairing)

San Francisco, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • 3-hour food tour of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood
  • Visit four popular and off-the-grid restaurants for food tastings
  • Hear stories of the chefs and restaurant owners, and learn local restaurant tips
  • Hear the stories behind these historical establishments, from the Gold Rush to Prohibition
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Live commentary
Food tastings
Three beverage pairings (if alcohol pairing is selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcohol pairing (if Food only option is selected)

Departure Point

1630 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Departure Time

3:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and small group of food-loving new friends in Washington Square Park, a landmark in the heart of North Beach. Start out along the route of your walking tour, which follows an easy, flat route, and includes lots of food stories. Beginning in the morning or afternoon, this outing will last about 3 hours. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide as you walk, and learn about how this neighborhood was part of San Francisco's red-light district during the Gold Rush Days and the Italian Fisherman who made North Beach their home. Stop by some hidden tunnels that were used to smuggle liquor into the city during Prohibition. Your 4-course culinary experience may begin with San Francisco's famous seafood stew, cioppino, while your guide tells you interesting tidbits about the local food and drink scene.

After a second appetizer at a local hangout, you'll enjoy your entree of either some wood-fired pizza made in the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast, dating from 1935 or delicious Eggplant Parmesan at a local historical favorite restaurant. Your progressive meal will conclude with California's version of Italy - a fresh filled cannoli or gelato. You'll finish your tour just a couple of blocks from where you started. You're free to explore the fascinating neighborhood on your own from here.

Please note: Samples and locations are subject to change without notice. This experience focuses on quality not quantity. Yes, you’ll leave satisfied, but you should taste and experience food in a new way – and this is about the quality and flavor! Great things come in small packages…
Stop At:  
North Beach
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Jackson Square
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be 21 years or older to drink alcohol
  • Vegetarian options available
  • Locations visited are subject to change
  • Tours run rain or shine; please dress appropriately
  • 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

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during North Beach Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol Pairing)?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Awesome afternoon!
, Jul 2019
This was a wonderful tour with great foods and a delightfully fun, charismatic and knowledgeable guide named Ben. The foods? Had we been staying in the city longer, we'd have eaten again at every stop, such was the quality of the samplings. Ben will also point out other restaurants with stellar, long-time reputations while also regaling your group with fascinating information on one the country's great cities. No, not the old, "San Francisco was first settled in blah blah blah..." His stories feel more like little secrets you won't find in any Chamber of Commerce literature. Because Ben comes to the tour with a strong background in food and nutrition, his expertise make the whole experience that much richer. Another plus was that you don't leave the tour feeling like some ancient Roman glutton. You'll be sated for sure, but you won't be plied with an over-abundance of food, as sometimes happens on these tours. My advice? Eat up at every stop. The portions are perfect. Our only regret is not taking this tour early in our last trip to San Francisco, for we surely would have tried these places and many of the others Ben raved about. We came in just for the day for this tour. Do yourself a favor and take this tour soon after you arrive. If you're lucky, you'll get Ben as your guide.
Fun Walking/Culinary Tour
, Aug 2018
We had a good time on our tour, with Ben as our guide. Got good information about the area and restaurants as we visited three different places, sampling four dishes in total. Each dish was excellent in quality and the cannoli at the end of the tour was divine. We did the alcohol add-on and enjoyed the drinks. I recommend this tour.
This was a delightful tour. The...
, Jun 2018
This was a delightful tour. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and the food was great.
This was a top 5 experience for my...
Victor L
, Jan 2017
This was a top 5 experience for my wife and I on our week long San Francisco Vacation. The terrain of which we walked was relatively flat so steep inclines were not an issue. Tollen, our tour guide did a wonderful job, we love her. The only regret is that we didn't give Tollen a bigger tip.
We had a very pleasant experience...
Donald L
, Sep 2016
We had a very pleasant experience! Food was great and the knowledge of the City was a bonus! Highly recommend!
This tour was interesting, the food...
Judith S
, Aug 2016
This tour was interesting, the food was good, but the alcohol pairings were a bit scarce. I don't really think it was worth the cost, although I did enjoy the area we walked around in and the food that we did taste.
Was absolutely great. The right...
Klaus S
, Feb 2016
Was absolutely great. The right sized group. very knowledgeable and pleasant tour guide. I will do the other culinary tours when I am in town next time. Klaus ps : However, the tour guide promised us to send us via E-mail some information on the tour which never happened.
This was so much fun! The tour guide...
Thea W
, Nov 2015
This was so much fun! The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The food was fantastic! What a great way to start our visit to SF!
This may be the best tour I have...
Jeff S
, Nov 2015
This may be the best tour I have ever enjoyed! Our tour guide, Margherita, was very personable and knowlegeable about both the history and food in North Beach. I cannot recommend this tour enough for anyone who enjoys learning about a neighborhood through its dining experiences.
The tour was a blast and Margherita...
Donna R
, Oct 2015
The tour was a blast and Margherita the tour guide was very knowledgeable. I would definitely take the tour again.

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