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NORTH BEACH FOOD TOUR

3 hours 4 courses ~1 mile$99+ per person

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!

 

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How it Works

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Your Progressive Culinary Experience

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 North Beach 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 cioppino through its story of the person who made it and its invention story in North Beach. And yes, locally caught seafood is expensive!

POSSIBLE TASTINGS* (EACH TOUR INCLUDES 4 TASTINGS!)

Enjoy famous tomato based seafood stew cioppino invented in San Francisco by Italian Fisherman

Taste yummy croquettes in an alleyway trendy cocktail den featured in the New York Times

Signature pork sliders in historic former Purple Onion Comedy Club where Phyllis Diller, The Kingston Trio, The Smothers Brothers and Maya Angelou got their start

Taste delicious deviled egg and huckleberry fritter at award-winning Tavern in the historic Moose’s Restaurant

Handmade kale chips and vegan sampler at Bolivian music venue located in the former Amelio’s, known for hosting Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s wedding dinner. Meet Quentin the owner and hear how she met her husband, a two time Latin Grammy nominated musician, and fell in love before opening their food & music venue together

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

Hearty and cheesy arancini at old-time historical Italian red sauce restaurant, a North Beach neighborhood hotspot

Hand-filled authentic cannoli at a historic Italian bookshop turned cafe

A trio of Gelato tastes featuring partnerships with local food purveyors – TCHO Chocolate, St. George Spirits, Numi Tea and Fiddyment Farm Pistachios

Have your heart set on a particular tasting?
Call us at (415) 355-4044 to find out which restaurants will be featured.

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2 DRINK ALCOHOL PAIRING UPGRADE
[$16 PER PERSON]

Sip on a refreshing Pimm’s cup cocktail made by some of San Francisco’s best bartenders

Taste specialty McClaren cocktail featuring Junipero Gin

Kipling Button Punch cocktail a cousin of the Pisco Punch, invented only a few blocks away in North Beach during the Barbary Coast era

glass of Chianti Classico to complement your cioppino!

Pizza is paired with a glass of wine, Tommaso’s private-label syrah

Glass of Italian Red wine paired with hearty Italian Fare

PSST…Looking for a private tour?

Our private food tours in San Francisco are perfect for corporate team building, entertaining clients, family reunions, alumni groups, mothers clubs, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and bachelor parties. Or just get some friends together and organize a private tour!

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What Others Are Saying

This tour was amazing and by far our favorite DLA Piper event of the summer. It was such a gorgeous summer day to walk around the Mission and all of the stops were perfect. Even though I grew up in the Bay Area, this was one side of the Mission I never experienced, and had a lot of fun doing it! – Nancy Lam, DLA Piper Law Firm, San Francisco, CA
Absolutely AMAZING! Best tour I've ever been on in the US and globally. – Jen, Stillwell, KS
This was honestly one of the most fun and educational thing I've ever done in SF. – Jamie, San Francisco, CA

Just the facts

Offered

Mon

3pm

Tues

3pm

Wed

3pm

Thu

3pm

Fri

3pm

Sat

11am 3pm

Sun

11am 3pm

  • Tours Available:
    • Monday: 3pm-6pm
    • Friday: 3pm-6pm
    • Saturday: 11am-2pm, 3pm-6pm
  • Flat route with 2 slight hills, approximately 1 mile
  • Our start location varies but is always within a 3-block walk from Washington Square Park (10 minute walk from Downtown San Francisco). Click here to find your upcoming meeting location
  • Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
  • This is a social dining experience. We feel the best dining experiences are the ones in which we’re seated around tables sharing food and stories with others. Therefore, we have a 4-person minimum and a 12-person maximum. If the minimum number of guests is not reached, we will contact you to reschedule onto another time or date, or offer a refund.
  • Don’t see the date or time you want? Want to upgrade to a private tour? Email sfgroups@avitaltours.com.
  • Gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide
  • 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, spicy food and pork.

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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!

We live and breathe by our Core Values:

  • Breathe Curiosity
  • Create Community
  • Embrace Quirky
  • Seize Ownership
  • Communicate Compassion
  • Build AWESOME Experiences

What's our Value?

  • Our fun and knowledgeable guides
  • Curation of the experience, relationships with high quality restaurants, and dish choice. We eat all of the bad food so you don’t have too – sigh, hard job
  • 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)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

    Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. Tours typically sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. We recommend 2 weeks notice.

  • Do I have to purchase the alcohol pairing in advance?

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  • Can I get a refund or reschedule my ticket?

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  • Is gratuity included?

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  • If a tour is sold out, can I get on the waiting list?

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  • Do you offer tours in other languages?

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