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Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

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Santa Barbara, United States

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icon3 to 4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Walk right past the crowds on this food tour in Downtown Santa Barbara. Your guide leads the way as you pop into five to six tasting locations and one wine tasting room. Savor dishes and drinks locals have made a staple in their everyday lives, and learn about other places to eat and drink during your stay. If you have any food allergies or aversions or do not drink alcohol, please let us know in advance so we can do our best to accommodate.
  • Taste your way around Santa Barbara with a guide
  • Enjoy a leisurely pace as you go to seven local eateries
  • Sample the city's distinctive food and drink
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options available
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Local taxes
Beverages
Food and wine tasting
Additional alcohol tasting (including wine or beer)
Local guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Restaurant gratuities
Gratuities to tour guide (recommended)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Departure Time

12:00 PM

Return Details

Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years old
  • Please note: restaurants and tastings are subject to change
  • Walking is involved
  • Most restaurants are wheelchair accessible
  • Kids - parents you know your kids best, kids are welcome, if you think they will have fun with the groups.
  • NOT recommended for toddlers
  • FOOD ALLERGIES/AVERSIONS: Vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free (not celiac) option are available, we will do our very best to accommodate you BUT if we don't know about your food allergies/aversions ahead of time, we cannot accommodate them. Please advise at time of booking if required - add your food requirements in the Special Requirements field upon booking.
  • Special requirements other than food i.e. wheelchair or stroller - please add your requirements in the Special Requirements field upon booking.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour.

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  • "Off the beaten path for French macaroons, noodles, tacos, and ice cream!" See review

Reviews

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Santa Barbara walking food tour
Mark_F
, Aug 2020
The host was good and gave us lots of history about the city. The length of the tour was good both in time and distance. Could have used a little more food history and a little more about the local scene. Did not like the pictures we took with masks on. Thought we could have done that better by taking pics of couples alone without masks and then sending us the pics.
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star-5
Great food tour!
Ronda_M
, Feb 2020
SBFT was the best! Off the beaten path for French macaroons, noodles, tacos, and ice cream! Guide Linda was awesome. Learned so much history of SB too.
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Rainy Saturday
Inspire4324
, Mar 2019
Not as wonderful as I expected. Pizza, taco, noodle bowl and some macaroons. I felt that for the price a margarita could have been served with the taco, coffee with the macaroons, and the two wine stops were just soso. I was hoping to get a selection of some unique foods that are popular in Santa Barbara. Guess I should have read more before booking.
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Had a Ball
Travel54523698267
, Jan 2019
The entire experience from beginning to end was flawless. The phone staff was knowledgeable and clear about the questions I asked ...it was my first walking tour and I wanted to be prepared . My girlfriend and I got to first location greeted by Brittany who was waiting and so excited to be our guide for this adventure.She was not only prepared she was easy going and so easy to talk to and ask questions .We had a such a good time ! I loved the content of the tour . It truly was a value and I would do it again in a minute.Your guide makes all the difference in the world he or she sets a tone . It’s not just being schooled that important but also the personal touches that make it special. Thank you Brittany for making Sunday such a special day☀️
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Did a road trip from LA to...
Jevin B
, Apr 2018
Did a road trip from LA to Sacramento - this was one of our favorite things my husband and I did. You learn interesting facts about Santa Barbara and get to try some great food. My husband and I were stuffed by the end! Diane did a great job!
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This tour is a fabulous way to enjoy...
jessyann23
, Jul 2017
This tour is a fabulous way to enjoy great food and wine while learning some Santa Barbara history. Brittany our tour guide had an amazing personality and made our tour fun! She remembered all our names and encouraged interaction between the group. Seven places in about 3.5 hours. Two of the stops were to taste some locally made wines. We started at an award winning bakery and ended with pizza and ice cream. In between, we had a sampling of Asian cuisine and olive oil tasting at a local indoor marketplace. What really stood out was the excellent wines produced in Santa Barbara. Two tasting stops with four pours each. Time was allotted to purchase wine and olive oil if any in the group were interested with a 15 discount. Don't eat too much before you go on this tour. It's worth the cost and remember to tip.
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We had a fun filled 3 hours with a...
Barbara R
, May 2017
We had a fun filled 3 hours with a knowledgeable and personable guide. She was a joy to be with and the food and wine experience she choose we diverse, interesting and delicious. If you have a free afternoon in Santa Barbara, give it a try
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A fantastic tour for those who like...
Michael W
, May 2017
A fantastic tour for those who like food, history, and meeting new people. Brittany Eggerts, our tour guide, did a great job explaining not only the food but also answering local history questions a pointing out points of interest. We had a wonderful afternoon enjoying shops that we would not have found ourselves. The macaroons were a great starter. Their is a little something for everyone's taste along the way. Would recommend - their is a little walking involved wear good walking shoes along the way but you have plenty of stops along the way and can always catch the trolley back to your vehicle.
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This was our very first food tour so...
John D
, May 2017
This was our very first food tour so we were not sure what to expect. We were hopeful based on the positive reviews. Our guide Brittany was at the meeting place when we arrived a few minutes early. She advised us that we were the only ones to book the tour that day and she had no problem with that. She asked about any food allergies and food non-preferences and provided us each with a bottle of water. She told us it would take about 3-1/2 hours for the tour and that there would be water and restrooms available at each stop. She saw that we wore sneakers and dressed comfortably, which important since there would be a fair amount of walking. We started at the top of Main St and worked down to near the bottom with some crisscrossing along the way. Brittany pointed out sights of interest along the way. She called ahead to each stop so there was hardly any wait time for our tasting. On the way between stops, she would explain what to expect and gave us background on the restaurant/wine bar. We enjoyed the mix of food/snacks/beverages. Other reviewers mentioned that there was too much or too little to eat. In my opinion there was plenty to eat and at some stops, I got to eat what my wife couldn't finish. As a result, we were both satisfied with the amount of food and ended up having a light dinner that night. I was very pleased that Brittany did not rush us at any of the stops. She said the tour would take about 3-1/2 hr and that is what it took. It was a good mix of food and drink. We probably walked 10,000 steps, which was not a problem for us. At the end of the tour, she asked what was our favorite stop. This was really tough to answer. We enjoyed the macaroons, the noodle bowl, the pizza, the wine and the ice cream so it was hard to pick just one. She then took a some more time to answer questions we had about the area and other things to see and do while in the area. This was such a good experience, we look forward to trying food tours in other cities after checking the reviews, of course.
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198 for 2 adults is way tooo much...
Richard R
, Apr 2017
198 for 2 adults is way tooo much money for the tour because of the restaurants chosen. The restaurants were not upscale at all, but more like fast food. We have been on other tours and the food and the ambience of the restaurants were amazing, but not so on this tour. Started out with 2 French macaroon cookies standing on the sidewalk, then tofu or chicken Asian noodles with plastic utensils in a public market, then pizza group sat on long wall table facing the wall, then wine tasting cramped space, not enough room for the 8 person group, then 4 small 1 cheese bites not enough cheese for all to have even a bite of each type of cheese, then wine tasting and ending with ice cream standing outside on sidewalk. Our tour guide was very nice and did provide information and history of the city. On hot days, the guide should be cognizant of the group and the hot sun by stopping where there is shade and also making sure there is water for the group at the stops.
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