We’ve been running food tours since 2007 and know how important it is to get all the details right. You won’t sit around waiting for your food to arrive. You won’t get lost finding the meeting location. We run through all the details beforehand so that you can sit back and enjoy.
We never take more than 14 people on a tour and most of our tours are capped at 12. You’ll get more attention and more space. All our tours are 3 hours, which is longer than most other tours, because we know that’s what it takes to fully experience a neighborhood.
You won’t leave our tours hungry! On bargain basement food tours, you’ll settle on slivers for samples. We give over 20 pieces of chocolate on our Chocolate Tour and generous portions on our food tours. Our guests often finish with goodies boxed up to enjoy later.
You’ll be welcomed warmly by the shops and restaurants we visit. They are our partners and many of them have worked with us since 2007. In many cases, you’ll have the opportunity to speak directly to shop owners and managers as if you lived in the neighborhood. You’ll enjoy a tasting experience that just isn’t possible for the average customer.
Bargain basement tour companies think it’s all about eating and neglect to share the history of each neighborhood. We are obsessed with history and love sharing stories about the Gold Rush, the Barbary Coast, the Napa floods and Japantown. We research each neighborhood and tour partner thoroughly. You won’t find any SF guides better informed than ours.
Gourmet Walks is based in the Bay Area. Our San Francisco guides live in the city, and many were born and raised here. We know and love our city, from its dive bars to its 5 star white tablecloth restaurants. Our Napa guides live in Napa. They grow their own grapes, they visit vineyards on the weekends and they can tell you where to eat this weekend.
Here is a sampling of our valuable tour partners in San Francisco and Napa. Along with your Gourmet Walks tour guide, they will ensure your tour is memorable and delicious!