• Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

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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

Cynthia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great tour our guide was very good and funny


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent. Lots of fun, plenty of food and drinks.

Julieanne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great, fun tour, with a great enthusiastic tour guide. Loved the 1st restaurant that we visited and would never have thought San Diego could have supported so many brothels!

Saundra G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A fun way to get an overview of the Gaslamp area! Good food and drinks.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

It has been more than a year since we took this tour and we still talk about how much we enjoyed it! The food and drinks were great but the best part was the history and stories about the area that our guide shared with us.

linda m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great knowledgeable guide. The tour took us to four different places which provided delicious 'bites' and a booze to compliment their offering. Between the different restaurants, we were treated to enthusiastic tales of the brothels as we were shown the different locations.
My advice, take the tour, but don't eat first...... lots of food and drink!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017


Barbara K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This is such an amazing area with a lot of interesting history. Our stops were diverse and we had plenty to eat.
The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. There is plenty to see after the tour if you want to stay. we parked in a garage near the starting point. Go early because you have a lot of traffic in the area.

joan k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

So much fun - Stephan was full of energy, information and fun. We had a wonderful group -
lovely people from San Antonio, terrific couple from North Carolina/Virginia area and 4 young
travellers from Belgium. Food was great - company lots of fun. Would highly recommend this for
an evening outing in San Diego. We went back to 3 of the 4 places to eat during the rest of our week's vacation.
Although we have stayed in SD many times - this was a highlight.

Irish_be_otch United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Great tour. My BF who had been stationed there didn't know half of these stories. Great food and a great deal.

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