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Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience

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San Francisco, United States
Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Experience this Italian-influenced North Beach neighborhood with 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 (add-on can be purchased at the time of the tour) 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

Additional Details

North Beach Experience: 3pm tour with food tastings only (no alcohol pairings)
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Guide
Live commentary
Food tastings
Small group limited to 12 people to ensure a personalized experience
$25 Covid surcharge
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Alcohol pairing (can be purchased at the time of the tour)
1630 Stockton St , 1630 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

All Weekday 3PM Tours, Saturday 11AM & 3PM Tours and Sunday Morning Tours – Meet in front of the Italian Athletic Club – 1630 Stockton Street

3:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide and small group of food-loving new friends 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 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…
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Jackson Square
Meet in the Jackson Square neighborhood – a 10-minute walk from Downtown San Francisco – in the late afternoon to start your walking tour. Come hungry, as you’ll be getting lots of food on this 3-hour tour, which follows a flat, easy route. Following your expert local guide, delve behind the scenes of Little Italy’s food and restaurant scene, hearing fascinating historical facts and stories along the way, like how this neighborhood was once part of the Barbary Coast – San Francisco’s red-light district in the 1800s during the California Gold Rush. You'll also visit hidden Prohibition-era tunnels where booze was smuggled into the city.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
North Beach
Though you’ll learn a lot of interesting history, this tour is about the food. Enjoy a cheese tasting at a trendy wine bar. Then indulge in an Italian wood-fired pizza made in the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast; built in 1935, this treasured tool was copied by Wolfgang Puck at Spago and Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. Pop into a gourmet boutique shop for a sweet-and-savory treat such as artisan agave caramel drizzled over popcorn- yum! Top your culinary journey off with a visit to a historic Italian bookshop-turned-café, where you'll fill your own delicate cannoli with an Italian cannoli maker.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Little Italy
You’ll find that all the tastings add up to a satisfying meal. Your tour ends in the evening a few blocks from your original departure point, where you’re free to continue exploring this fabulous San Francisco neighborhood bustling with vibrant nightlife. Please note: Places visited and tastings are subject to change based on availability.
Duration: 5 minutes
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
  • Guests must be vaccinated and show proof to participate in the tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Avital Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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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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 Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Do yourself a favor and take this tour soon after you arrive." See review

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Elizabeth_V
, Oct 2021
I loved this experience! Wow! The food, stories, and fellow travelers were just wonderful. The ciopinno soup was by far my favorite. The four other guests were just lovely and the walk was more like a stroll, nice and easy. Danielle was our docent and she just rocked. She took care of us which I really enjoyed. I liked not having any responsibility navigating a busy city. Our first progressive dinner and totally not our last! A great value and worth every penny.
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Awesome afternoon!
stancapper
, 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.
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Fun Walking/Culinary Tour
PHinNC
, 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.
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This was a delightful tour. The...
Katomike
, Jun 2018
This was a delightful tour. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and the food was great.
star-5
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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.

Product code: 5685NBDINE

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