The Original Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

Duration: 3 1/2-4 hours

Location: Downtown Santa Barbara. On and off State Street.

21 & over

$99

Alcohol included

Kids/no ALCOHOL drinkers

$79

NO Alcohol (same tour)

-Children 3+ years require a ticket

Enjoy a local, delicious and fun daytime walking food and drink tour through fabulous Downtown Santa Barbara.

  • Have a great time eating and exploring Santa Barbara
  • Enjoy some local food
  • Wine. MMMMmm wine
  • Support local businesses
  • Fun and informative guides

Rain, shine or wind

Suitable for most fitness levels, less than two miles of walking

Please try to arrive 15 minutes before your tour start time (most tours start at noon)

Tours run about 3.5ish hours

Tour capacity varies (up to 16)

Tours available almost every day- don't see a date you want? Shoot as an email or give us a call!

Restrooms available

Family friendly!

First and foremost, expect to have a good time!

Our tours are designed for guests to have fun, learn about Santa Barbara, get a little walk in and taste local Santa Barbara food and libations. We want guests to be full, but not overly full. There is so much great food in Santa Barbara, we want you to be hungry for dinner.

Logistics:

  1. Tours begin at noon sharp (unless otherwise stated)
  2. Please arrive a few minutes early (if you really want to impress, show up 15 minutes early )
  3. Tours run about 3.5-4 hours (dependent on the size of your group)
  4. Visit 6-7 local tasting locations (this includes 1 local wine tasting room – we visit the winery whether you drink alcohol or not)
  5. Your guide will greet you and will be wearing a Taste SBFT T-Shirt or jacket (if you are really lucky, your guide MIGHT be wearing a fanny packs that say Party)
  6. Tours are all walking tours, please wear comfortable clothes, shoes, etc
  7. We do serve water at most locations, BUT feel free to bring a bottle of water (water is available for purchase at a couple of the tasting locations)
  8. Tours begin and end at different locations (approximately 3 easy miles in total)
  9. As mentioned before, at the end of the tour, expect to feel good, some are really full, others are perfect. We do not want our guests to be too full because being too full isn’t fun and we want you to enjoy a wonderful dinner, because, we have some great dinner spots!
  10. Should you have a light breakfast? Yes, if you wake up early or have a tape-worm, please, we don’t want anyone showing up with low blood sugar
  11. Be ready to have a good time – all of our guides and vendors love Santa Barbara and love tours and want to show you the best time!

 

We work with a variety of awesome local tasting partners and visit 6-7 tasting locations on our tours. We don't visit all of the partners.

Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro

French Patisserie & Bistro

Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar

Authentic regional noodle bowls, specialty small plates & handmade dumplings inspired by the cuisines of Thailand and Taiwan

Il Fustino

Santa Barbara company selling California produced olive oil, vinegar, olives, sauce, tapenade, bruschetta, pasta, gourmet salt, truffle oil, dukkah, & NSF certified fusti.

Los Arroyos

Homemade Mexican Food made with quality ingredients & prepared multiple times a day to ensure freshness. Family owned & operated since 1999

Grassini Family Vineyards

Family-owned & operated boutique winery which specializes in the handcrafted production of wines made exclusively from Bordeaux varietals, using renewable & sustainable resources.

Cebada Winery

Cebada Vineyard is part of Forbidden Fruit Orchards, an award-winning boutique farm & winery

Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Persona specializes in Personalized Wood Fired Pizza

Jessica Foster Confections

Handmade gourmet chocolate truffles & other sweet treats for any occasion

Finch & Fork

Serving up American classics created from fresh, local ingredients and delicious drinks!

Vendors are subject to change

Please note that tastings and tasting locations are subject to change

Villa Wine Bar

Beer & wine lists change week to week so there is always something new. The kitchen is small, but top notch! Simple, fresh & creative.

Happy Canyon Vineyards

HCV is located in El Paseo/Presidio Neighborhood of downtown SB and offers a unique polo themed wine tasting. Specializing in estate-grown handcrafted red wine & white wine blends

Tours meet at DOWNTOWN Renauds Patisserie in the Arlington Plaza - 1324 State Street Suite N

If you see Gelson's Grocery store you are at the wrong location!

Parking lots closest to the start are 4,5,6,7 Parking lots closest to the end are 2,3,8,9
Parking lot map: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=41765

Worry not, all of the meeting info will be emailed to you with your ticket info

Get Directions

Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Where do I park?

There are several paid lots within a 5 block radius of the meeting location. We do NOT recommend street parking because of time restrictions. Specific parking details will be included in the meeting location information after purchasing tickets.

 

There is a lot in front of the meeting location however we are not able to park there. The parking attendants 99.9% of the time will make you move your vehicle.

What about taking my child/children or animals?

While children are welcome on the tour, please keep in mind that tours are 3 hours long and we walk approximately 1.83 miles. All children 3 years and older are required to have a ticket. Children under 2 can attend free of charge if they will not be participating in the food tastings. Please let us know if you plan to bring children when purchasing your tickets. We are dog people, but sadly restaurants do not allow dogs it’s a health regulation thing.

Dietary Restrictions, Food Allergies, Food Aversions

We try to accommodate the best that we can, but if we don’t  know about the allergies/aversions ahead of time, we cannot accommodate.

We are able to accommodate a good amount of allergies but please note that none of our kitchens are completely allergen free kitchens.

If you have a very big allergy (or a mild food allergy), please feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email and we are happy to discuss the tour and make sure it is right for you.

 

 

What if I love the tour so much can I make private group reservations?

Of course you can and we welcome it, we love touring with a group of like minded fun foodies. Click on the Private Tour Request here or link above and fill out the form! Let’s get our fun on.

Will I Have Fun on This Tour?

Yes, if you don’t have fun, there is probably something wrong with you.

Still have questions?   Visit our FAQ page to submit your own

My wife and I spent Sunday afternoon doing this tour. The mix of local food, area history, and drinks was well-balanced. The food choices were a good mix of cultures and portions. However, the guides made the tour. They know the cuisine, know when to serve, and know when to give guests their space."

ArizonaEric11, Arizona, TripAdvisor