Koreatown Food Tour

Our Koreatown Food Tour visits the most densely populated and ethnically diverse neighborhood in all of Los Angeles which in the past few year has seen an explosion of innovative and trendy restaurants. Stroll through the historic Korean neighborhood learning about its role during the L.A. riots of 1992 and how Koreatown and its residents rallied together and became more inclusive, tolerant, and united, also while hearing the stories of chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts who have made Ktown their home. Our progressive meal in Los Angeles' Koreatown concludes with mouthwatering desserts. This is not a typical Koreatown Food Tour - its a culinary experience!

The Basics

3 hours 4 courses $79+ each

Your Progressive Meal

Our 4-course progressive prix-fixe dining experience visits 4 restaurants – two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert, with a sprinkling of culinary history and stories in between.

Our Los Angeles Downtown Food Tour focuses on quality over quantity.  Like a great sushi meal, our goal is to have you sample the highest quality ingredients – small dishes with huge flavor. We strive to shift your perspective of Korean cuisine through its story of the person who made it and even the best darn sangria pairing you’ve ever had. So no, we don’t serve your average Korean cuisine!

Our value is:

  • our fun and knowledgeable guides
  • curation of the experience through high quality restaurants and dishes
  • stories of the restaurant owners, chefs and neighborhood
  • facilitating interactions with the community
  • seamless logistics (tables are reserved, guests are seated and food arrives quickly)

Possible Tastings*

Sample a true representation of the Hispanic meets Korean neighborhood with a kimchi and chorizo fried rice empanada with kimchi aioli at a Colombian-Korean fusion restaurant and art gallery for local K-Town artists

Beat the summer heat with some refreshing mul naengmyeon, a sweet, sour, savory cold soup that boasts a bounty of buckwheat noodles, asian pear, cucumber, radishes, green onion, and boiled egg in a cool pool of homemade chicken stock

Enjoy a festival de moles from James Beard Award-winning chefs. Taste from your selection of six traditional Oaxacan moles, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous…try their deep-fried grasshoppers!

Sample smoky, sweet, spicy braised short ribs Korean BBQ with traditional “banchan” or “side dishes” which include pickled radishes, kimchi, candied lotus root, and marinated mung bean sprouts. Wrap it all in a crisp cold lettuce leaf, and enjoy!

Bite into a handcut “Simpson’s-style” donut, a playful pink pastry covered in colorful candy-coated sprinkles, from an LA institution which has been family-owned and operated for over 30 years

Savor a sweet red bean steam bun at a hidden gem praised by Anthony Bourdain who makes all of their dumplings by hand

* Each tour has 4 stops and rotate based on tour date and time. While we love the diverse ways our guests choose to eat, we can only accommodate vegetarians, pescatarians, gluten-free or pregnant guests. We unfortunately cannot accommodate any other dietary restrictions, allergies or food preferences at this time, as there simply isn’t always a “next-best” option. Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, seafood, and pork.

The Facts

  • Hear the stories of chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts!
  • Available:
    Thursday 11am-2pm
    Saturdays 11am-2pm
  • Private Tours Available for groups of 6 or more lunchtime, afternoons and dinnertime. Please email groups@avitaltours.com with your date, time and headcount, and we will happily curate a private experience for your group.
  • Alcohol pairing upgrade for guests 21+: $16 per person for 2 tasting drinks
  • Flat route, approximately 1 1/2 miles
  • Begins in Koreatown (15 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles)
  • Advance Tickets are required

Dietary Restrictions

One of our core values at Avital is Breathe Curiosity. We enjoy introducing you to new foods and old favorites in new ways. We very much encourage guests to be adventurous and try something new – we’ve even had an 80-year old man try his first oyster with us!  Thus, while we love the diverse ways our guests choose to eat, we can accommodate the following restrictions.

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Pregnant Guests
  • No Pork
  • No Seafood

You will be asked for your dietary restrictions during your booking process. If you are unsure if we can accommodate your restriction, please email us at info@avitaltours.com. Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, seafood, and pork.

Why Avital Tours?

Wondering what makes the Avital Koreatown Food Tour different from all other tours? Check out our About Us page for the answer! Or check out our other Los Angeles Food Tours.