5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
Go behind the scenes of North Beach’s food scene on this insider food and wine walking tour. Your expert guide will lead you on an easy evening walk to popular and hidden spots that only locals know about to enjoy hearty food tastings paired with wine and a cocktail. Sample cheese, wood-fired pizza, delicate handmade cannoli and gourmet sweets. You'll meet the owners, learn local tips, and hear stories about this neighborhood’s interesting history, from the Gold Rush to the Prohibition era to today.

This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 3-hour food tour of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood
  • Visit five popular and off-the-grid restaurants for food and wine tastings
  • Meet the chefs, chat with the owners, and learn local restaurant tips
  • Savor wine and cheese, cannoli, wood-fired pizza, artisan caramel popcorn and more
  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This tour makes for a perfect dinner while in San Francisco. Being able to speak with the owners and learn about the area makes eating in North Beach a real treat. Plus the wine is perfectly paired!

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What You Can Expect

Taste of North Beach Evening Food and Wine Tour

Learn About the Exciting History of This Once Notorious Neighborhood

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.

Though you’ll learn a lot of interesting history, this tour is about the food. Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at a trendy wine bar – your glass will be poured directly from the barrel. 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. Pair your slice with a glass of private-label Syrah.

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Margherita was an amazing guide! She was friendly and took us to the best spots in North Beach. I would absolutely recommend this tour to my friends and family. I purchased this for a belated mother's day present. It was a very unique experience, and my whole family enjoyed it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Good tour - learned history, ate great food, enjoyed our wonderful guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We really enjoyed this Food and Wine Tour. Lela was wonderful. She was from the area, very knowledgeable and really cute. She knew all the owner's personally and had a great rapport with them and with us. We walked about 1 mile, pretty easy walking not steep hills and tried food at 4 different places. Each had wonderful food and cocktails and we got to meet and talk with the owners. All the food was wonderful.
Great way to get oriented to North Beach which after a week in San Fran was my favorite neighborhood.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Leila is fantastic. She loves her city and that is completely obvious. The food and wine on this tour are fantastic and you really get to see a fantastic cross section of the SF food culture. I cannot recommend this enough - super fun and again, a great guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. Delicious food, great company, and an energetic tour guide. I was very impressed. Thanks again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We loved our tour. Our guide Laila was enthusiastic, funny and informative. She had a great relationship with all of the owners of the restaurants we went to. We felt like a member of the family instead of a customer. We will definitely sign up for another tour when we return to San Francisco.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Our guide (Melissa) was fantastic. The tour is set up like a meal with appetizers leading to a main course and then ending with a delicious cannoli. Melissa made sure keep the tour informative while adding a good dose of humor to the mix. Meeting the restaurant owners was fantastic, too! Would definitely recommend this to friends. There were even a good amount of SF residents on the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Booked this tour when my husband and I decided to visit San Francisco for our one year anniversary. We had no idea what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised at how much fun we had. On this tour we went to 5 or 6 different gems in the city, had some AMAZING food and some great wine!!!Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and showed us some hidden gems that are uniquely San Francisco. We would totally recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to explore the city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

As a family of four visiting from Chicago this was the perfect tour for us. Our guide was phenomenal! This tour takes you to places that most tour groups would not. Where other tours tend to take groups to well known popular locations this tour really gives you a feel for the city and its history through unique and a wonderful variety places that we may not otherwise have experienced. I highly recommend the tour for visitors and locales alike.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

Informative tour, but the seafood stop was bit of a waste. Unlike other stops on the tour, the restaurant had no historical connection to the neighborhood, and the foot selection - New England clam chowder - had no connection to the neighborhood either. Cioppino would have been a better selection.

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