Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

24 Reviews | Santa Barbara, USA

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3 to 4 hours (Approx.)
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Eat delicious lunch food, drink great drinks and learn about downtown Santa Barbara on this 3.5ish-hour walking tour. Indulge your palate for a few hours with sipping, sampling, and savoring. You will visit 5-6 local eateries which includes one local wine tasting. Go where locals like to go. This fun, informative and local lunch tour is sure to pleasantly fill you up and entertain the whole family. Great for a daytime activity. Great way to learn about other places to eat and drink on your visit!

UPDATE AS OF 12.7.20
Please note when restaurant seating is closed or it rains, tours WILL CONTINUE BUT will pivot and transform into awesome to-go-style tours (unless otherwise specified)

TOURS CAN EASILY BE MADE PRIVATE - please email, call or text



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Average 4.54 out of 5 stars based on 24 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Twin88gal, Mar 2020 Verified
SBFT was the best! Off the beaten path for French macaroons, noodles, tacos, and ice cream! Guide Linda was awesome. Learned so much history of SB too.
Jevin B, Apr 2018 Verified

Did a road trip from LA to Sacramento - this was one of our favorite things my husband and I did. You learn interesting facts about Santa Barbara and get to try some great food. My husband and I were stuffed by the end! Diane did a great job!

jessyann23, Jul 2017 Verified

This tour is a fabulous way to enjoy great food and wine while learning some Santa Barbara history. Brittany our tour guide had an amazing personality and made our tour fun! She remembered all our names and encouraged interaction between the group. Seven places in about 3.5 hours. Two of the stops were to taste some locally made wines. We started at an award winning bakery and ended with pizza and ice cream. In between, we had a sampling of Asian cuisine and olive oil tasting at a local indoor marketplace. What really stood out was the excellent wines produced in Santa Barbara. Two tasting stops with four pours each. Time was allotted to purchase wine and olive oil if any in the group were interested with a 15 discount. Don't eat too much before you go on this tour. It's worth the cost and remember to tip.

Barbara R, May 2017 Verified

We had a fun filled 3 hours with a knowledgeable and personable guide. She was a joy to be with and the food and wine experience she choose we diverse, interesting and delicious.

If you have a free afternoon in Santa Barbara, give it a try

Michael W, May 2017 Verified

A fantastic tour for those who like food, history, and meeting new people. Brittany Eggerts, our tour guide, did a great job explaining not only the food but also answering local history questions a pointing out points of interest. We had a wonderful afternoon enjoying shops that we would not have found ourselves. The macaroons were a great starter. Their is a little something for everyone's taste along the way.

Would recommend - their is a little walking involved wear good walking shoes along the way but you have plenty of stops along the way and can always catch the trolley back to your vehicle.

John D, May 2017 Verified

This was our very first food tour so we were not sure what to expect. We were hopeful based on the positive reviews.

Our guide Brittany was at the meeting place when we arrived a few minutes early. She advised us that we were the only ones to book the tour that day and she had no problem with that. She asked about any food allergies and food non-preferences and provided us each with a bottle of water. She told us it would take about 3-1/2 hours for the tour and that there would be water and restrooms available at each stop. She saw that we wore sneakers and dressed comfortably, which important since there would be a fair amount of walking.

We started at the top of Main St and worked down to near the bottom with some crisscrossing along the way. Brittany pointed out sights of interest along the way. She called ahead to each stop so there was hardly any wait time for our tasting. On the way between stops, she would explain what to expect and gave us background on the restaurant/wine bar. We enjoyed the mix of food/snacks/beverages.

Other reviewers mentioned that there was too much or too little to eat. In my opinion there was plenty to eat and at some stops, I got to eat what my wife couldn't finish. As a result, we were both satisfied with the amount of food and ended up having a light dinner that night.

I was very pleased that Brittany did not rush us at any of the stops. She said the tour would take about 3-1/2 hr and that is what it took.
It was a good mix of food and drink. We probably walked 10,000 steps, which was not a problem for us. At the end of the tour, she asked what was our favorite stop. This was really tough to answer. We enjoyed the macaroons, the noodle bowl, the pizza, the wine and the ice cream so it was hard to pick just one. She then took a some more time to answer questions we had about the area and other things to see and do while in the area.

This was such a good experience, we look forward to trying food tours in other cities after checking the reviews, of course.

Rita V, Apr 2017 Verified

We met up with Stephanie at a French cafe. She was a delight. The tour was so nice especially because we were on foot and we're able to view Santa Barbara through the eyes of a local. We enjoyed our experience thou roughly!

Janet L, Feb 2017 Verified

It was a wonderful. 3 hours. Lots of good food and interesting info about Santa Barbara history.

wwakeford, Dec 2016 Verified

Really fun trip. Well planned and the people we met were also great. This was worth the money and gave us a chance to cram in a lot of Santa Barbara life in a short amount of time. Definitely recommend.

Nancy C, Oct 2016 Verified

Excellent hostesses and great tour.

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