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Experience this Italian-influenced North Beach neighborhood 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 while tasting fare at some of the most popular spots as well as some hidden gems. Sample wood-oven pizza, cioppino, and handmade traditional cannoli or California gelato. Hear gourmet gossip from 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 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 local culinary experience 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 alcohol is perfectly paired!

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What You Can Expect

North Beach Culinary Experience with Alcohol Pairing

Learn About the Exciting History of This Once Notorious Neighborhood

Meet your guide and small group of food-loving new friends in Washington Square Park, a landmark 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 morning or 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…

Customer Reviews

Donald L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a very pleasant experience! Food was great and the knowledge of the City was a bonus!
Highly recommend!

Pamela M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour guide was great. Food was greawt

Klaus S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.

Thea W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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!

Jeff S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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.

Donna R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was a blast and Margherita the tour guide was very knowledgeable. I would definitely take the tour again.

Mark H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My wife and I really enjoyed this tour. Marguerite i may have butchered the spelling of her name and Kat were great tour guides and took us to places we would have never went if not for the tour. Every place we went told a different piece of history and the food at each was fantastic. Tomassos pizza was my favorite, if I had to pick one, but everything was great. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Mark and Carrie.

Emily G

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.

Dave F

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.

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