The Original Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

Duration: 3 1/2ish hours

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

21 & over

$99

Alcohol included

Kids/non 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 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 fun time!

Our tours are designed for everyone to have fun, learn about Santa Barbara, get a little walk in and taste local Santa Barbara food. 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.

Logisitcs:

  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 3.5ish hours (dependent on the size of your group)
  4. 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)
  5. Tours are walking tours, please wear comfortable clothes, shoes, etc
  6. 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)
  7. Tours begin and end at different locations (approximately 6 blocks away)
  8. As mentioned before, at the end of the tour, expect to be full, preferably not too full. Being too full isn’t fun and we want you to enjoy a wonderful dinner, because, we have some great dinner spots!
  9. Should you have a light breakfast? Yes, please, we don’t want anyone showing up with low blood sugar
  10. 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!

 

Delicious local food specialties. Please note restaurants are subject to change. Occasionally, we alternate tasting locations.

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

Villa Wine Bar

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

Vendors are subject to change

Please note that tasting locations are subject to change

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

If you see Gelsons Grocery store you are at the wrong location!

Parking lots closest to Renauds are 4,5,6,7 - We are big fans of the Granada lot 6:
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Real Time Parking Availability: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/pw/dtp/pmap.asp

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

Meeting Location

Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro
1324 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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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 really enjoyed this tour. A couple of wine stops showcasing the incredible wine of this area. The food was wonderful - out of the way places with delicious tastes were the focus rather than large places that we more well known."

Johnny P, TripAdvisor