North Beach Culinary Tour

Discover the Bay Area's Best Italian Dishes During this Three Hour North Beach Food Tour

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Explore the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach & Little Italy neighborhoods during this delicious three-hour San Francisco Food Tour. You will discover the area’s best epicurean delights as you visit four culinary establishments.

This tasty Bay Area Culinary Tour begins when you meet with your friendly and knowledgeable Guide near Washington Square Park. From here, your Guide will escort you and the rest of the group on a one mile route to the best North Beach and Little Italy eateries. You will discover the gems of this great restaurant scene and even visit the hidden Prohibition-Era tunnels where alcohol was being smuggled into the City. Highlights of the Tour typically include an exclusive peek at the Oldest Pizza Oven on the West Coast, and meeting local Chef’s, Restaurant Owners and Industry Experts!

So whether you are looking to learn more about the best places to eat in North Beach & Little Italy, for a unique gift or to enjoy a fun Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, this Bay Area Food Tour is the Ticket!

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Where It's Located hide

  • San Francisco, California

Who Is Included hide

The North Beach Culinary Tour Experience Gifts Certificate is valid for one participant, unless additional participants are added onto the certificate. There will be up to 12 participants in total on the tour.

This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests or spectators.

When It Is Offered hide

The North Beach Food Tours are offered Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays year-round, subject to availability. Tours begin at 3:00 PM on weekdays and at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM on weekends.

How Long Is It hide

The North Beach Culinary Tours have a length of 3 hours and a total duration of approximately 3¼ hours.

Weather hide

The San Francisco Food Tours take place in all weather conditions.

What To Wear hide

Dress comfortably. Flat walking shoes and layers are recommended for this culinary adventure.

Additional Information hide

Participants will walk approximately 1 mile during the tour, there are two slight hills on the route.

Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, seafood, and pork. With advance notice the following dietary restrictions can be accommodated: Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Gluten-free, Pregnant Guests, No Pork and No Seafood. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the experience no substitutions can be made and locations visited are subject to change.

Gratuities for your Guide are not included but are greatly appreciated and may be offered at the end of the event. Participants are encouraged to bring spending money as they will have the opportunity to purchase additional food and beverages.

Alcohol Pairing can be added to the tour for an additional charge at the time of reservation. If added, two of the following beverages will be offered during the tour (beverages offered are based upon the locations visited on the date of the reservation): a refreshing Pimm’s cup cocktail, the famous Pisco Punch cocktail invented only a few blocks away in North Beach during the Barbary Coast, a glass of Chianti Classico, a whiskey-based and honey Gold Rush cocktail, or a glass of perfectly pared Italian red wine.

Tastings typically include two appetizers, one entrée and one dessert. Possible Tastings from each category are as follows:


Cioppino a famous San Francisco creation developed by Italian Fisherman which is a savory tomato based Seafood Stew.

Creative croquettes at trendy cocktail den featured in the New York Times

A house-made charcuterie tasting in historic former Purple Onion Comedy Club

Taste delicious Barbary Coast andouille-wrapped scotch egg at award-winning saloon

Handmade kale chips and vegan sampler at Bolivian music venue located in the former Amelio’s


Authentic Italian wood-fired pizza from the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast – Voted No. 3 Best Pizza in the US according to People Magazine’s Pizza Search

Hearty eggplant parmesan at old-time historical Italian Restaurant


Hand-filled authentic Cannoli at a historic Italian bookshop turned café

A trio of Gelato tastings


Reservation Information hide

All changes to reservations for the North Beach Culinary Tour Experience require seven (20) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.



Here at Experience Days we got the lucky opportunity to interview; Avital Ungar- Owner of ‘Avital Food Tours’, who specialize in sharing the stories of the people ‘behind the food’ in these unique San Francisco walking food tours. The walking tour features four iconic neighborhoods, including: the Mission District, the Haight Ashbury, North Beach and Union Square.

1) Please tell us a little about the history of ‘Avital Tours’ and how it got started?

I started my company in 2011. At that time, I was hanging out in the San Francisco Mission District, my friends and family lived in the Mission District, and there was so much innovation and creativity exploding in the neighborhood with regards to the San Francisco Culinary Scene. Simultaneously, I was pursuing my sommelier certification, and wanted to tell the stories of the chefs and restaurant owners through a unique culinary experience for locals – and the vibrancy of the Mission food scene was a great starting point. I realized that if I could build an experience for someone who lived in the Mission District to come on my Mission District Food Tour and learn something new – whether it was the story of the murals or 5 different types of oysters or the origin of the Mission-style burrito – then I knew that travelers seeking a local’s perspective would also enjoy it.

2) What is the best part of your Job?

I love that I can go out to eat and drink and call it “research.” My work is my play and my play Is my work – I love it!

3) Do you have any news about ‘Avital Tours’ or exciting information or a story you’d like share with our readers?

So many funny things have happened on tours – but I know guests are always shocked to find out that I drive a three-wheeler Meter Maid vehicle for a car to get around the city! Sometimes, its parked on our tour route, and I always love seeing guests reactions when they find out I’m not joking around. I did actually buy one at auction…

4) What do you think makes ‘Avital Tours’ experiences unique and special for customers?

Our core value as a company are: Breathe Curiosity, Take Responsibility, Embrace Quirky, Create Community and Build AWESOME Experiences – so we’re really focused on the small details of the tour and culinary experience from a local perspective.  Specifically, we build our tours from appetizer to entrée to dessert and throughout the experience guests are surprised and delighted by not only the food and drink, but by the stories, quirky personalities and chefs along the way!

5) What’s your most frequently asked question from customers?

Haha – I don’t know! “How do you stay so thin?” My answer is usually “I eat high quality ingredients – and drink lots of wine!”

Thanks so much to Avital for taking the time to talk to us and giving us an insight into these delicious tours! If you want to find out more information on these tours, then please click on the following links (for which we have quite a variety of).


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