North Beach Food Tour

Join us on our San Francisco North Beach Food Tour as we explore the Italian restaurant scene and former Barbary Coast - known as the most notorious neighborhood in America during the Gold Rush! Visit the Hidden Tunnels where booze was smuggled in up through Prohibition, and get an exclusive peek at the traditional Italian culture. Let’s eat and drink through this cultural neighborhood!

The Basics

3 hours 4 stops $76+ each

Our tours are tasting tours and visit 4 restaurants – two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert. Our focus is on quality not quantity. Yes, you’ll leave satisfied, but we want you to taste and experience food in a new way – and to us its about the quality and flavor! Great things come in small packages…

Possible Tastings*


Taste Ham and Kale Fritters in an alleyway trendy cocktail den featuring in the New York Times  (15 Romolo)

Delicious Clam Chowder and oyster shucking demo at the Ferry Building’s original trendy seafood restaurant just relocated to North Beach, home of the Italian fisherman (Ferry Plaza Seafood)


Authentic Italian Wood-fired Pizza from the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast – Voted No. 3 Best Pizza in the US according to People Magazine’s Pizza Search. (Tommaso’s)

Hearty Eggplant Parmesan at old-time historical Italian red sauce restaurant (Original Joe’s)


Watch an Italian expert cannoli maker fill your delicate cannoli at a historic Italian bookshop turned cafe

Bonus: Sweet and Savory local artisan agave caramel and caramel popcorn at neighborhood gourmet food boutique – this is your “palate cleanser” before dessert!

2 Drink Alcohol Pairing Upgrade [$18 per person]

Sip on a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail made by some of San Francisco’s best bartenders (15 Romolo)

Pizza is paired with a glass of wine, Tommaso’s private-label Syrah (Tommaso’s)

Glass of Italian Sangiovese wine paired with hearty Italian Fare (Original Joe’s)

* Each tour has 4 stops and rotate based on tour date and time. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice. Vegetarian option available with advance notice.

The Facts

  • Meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts and chat with them – hear their historical stories!
  • Available Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm and 4pm-7pm
  • Flat route, approximately 3/4 of a mile
  • Begins at Hotaling and Jackson (10 minute walk from Downtown San Francisco)
  • Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
  • Gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide
  • Advance Tickets are required

Why Avital Tours?

Wondering what makes the Avital San Francisco North Beach Food Tour different from all other tours? Check out our About Us page for the answer!