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Explore the best eats in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego on a walking tour with an expert guide who shares the inside scoop on the district's hopping restaurant and bar scene. Sample delicious dishes at several eateries, sip drinks, and learn about the history of the district as you discover its latest incarnation as a top nightlife destination. Colorful stories shared by your guide make the history of San Diego come to life on this 2.5-hour tour.


  • 2.5-hour food and walking tour of the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego
  • Discover the seedy history of the Gaslamp Quarter
  • Enjoy food samples at five restaurants
  • Sample drinks at three stops
  • See where the early 'women of the night' worked

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's fun to learn about San Diego's exciting nightlife and scandalous history while eating some delicious food!

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What You Can Expect

Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past

Brothels, Bites and Booze: A Culinary Tour of San Diego's Questionable Past

After meeting your guide in the Gaslamp Quarter, set out on your food and walking tour of this vibrant nightlife district, which covers 16 square blocks in the the historic heart of San Diego.

Your guide outlines the scope of the impressive local restaurant and bar scene, and takes you into top eateries to taste their delicious fare. As you stroll at a leisurely pace, pass some of the 150 bars and restaurant, and 94 registered historic buildings in the Gaslamp Quarter. Hear about the origins of this neighborhood, including its notoriety for its red light district when San Diego started out, and illegal booze-running during Prohibition. The area has undergone significant renewal in the past two decades after falling into disrepair in the mid-1900s.

Expect to walk at an easy pace, stopping frequently to try various dishes at up to five eateries with enough samples to make up a full meal. Some of the places that you might visit include: Tin Fish, Meze Café and Grill, Bolillo Tortas, Rock Bottom, Heavenly Cupcake, El Pulpo, Cremolose, Bare Back Bar and Grill, and the Melting Pot.

Please note: restaurants may change and are subject to availability.


Customer Reviews

janet s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We really enjoyed the tour! San Diego has an interesting past and a promising future! I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about the history of San Diego while enjoying good food and drinks.

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Definitely worth it. The guide was knowledgeable and the food/drink was perfect. We did not need supper afterwards.

Ann G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Lots of fun. Weather was iffy, but we managed ok. Guide was very knowledgable
native. Cupcake place was the least successful. Other restaurants were very good as were drinks.

Teri W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour guide did a great job - she was fun, friendly, and informative. I plan to stop in for longer visits at more than one of the places we visited on my upcoming trip.

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

the tour was great, the food was great and the tour guide was terrific. Highly recommend the tour.

Irene P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour. It was a walking tour but the guide was really excellent. We were with a small party which made it better because we could all hear everything well. The food samples were very good, quesadilla and sangria to begin, then on to an Irish pub for mince and potatoes with a small Guiness, then thirdly a slice of pizza and small beer. Finished off in fourth establishment, The Melting Pot for fondue and cocktail. It was good to learn the history of the area too.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Best tour ever! Miranda was an incredible tour guide informative, conscientious and gracious. We had a large group and she made everyone feel like a friend. I would highly recommend this tour.

Susana s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Katie, was a great guide. She explained historic and fun facts about the Gaslamp district while stopping in four different locations where we tested food and drinks. I would do the tour again, it was fun and the food was really good.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour is a must for everyone visiting San Diego!! Our tour guide Katie is very knowledgeable as well as witty and fun! The restaurants were great and information shared was very interesting. Highly recommend it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I give this a great review because we did eat at some places we probably would not have stopped at otherwise. Our guide was enthusiastic but got some of the history scrambled which was amusing. We have been to San Diego many times and taken this tour previously especially for the walking and the new restaurants we stop at each time. Our favorite this trip was The Field an Irish pub where we had shepherds pie. We do not drink alcohol so the guide had non liquored beverages for us at each stop which was nice.

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