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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

Lou P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

High energy, knowledgable guide. A great way to learn not only some of the history of San Diego, but see many beautiful historic buildings. Our food stops were varied and the bites just right. Having a larger group 16 proved to be a plus as we got to know other folks from different states. And China! A great way to spend a few hours.

Joseph S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

HAD A BLAST!!! If you live here or not, go on this tour! FOOD FUN AND COCKTAILS! BIANCA IS AH-MAZING!! We are native San Diegans and learned so much about our awesome city! Took a group of 8 of us for my hubs 50th birthday, soooo much fun!!! Don't hesitate!! BOOK IT DAN-O!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A great evening!

Gayle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Adriana did a great job and the food and drink was delicious!

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.

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