We want to let all of our guests know that because of the current CDC, State of California, City and County of San Francisco, and City and County of Napa recommendations and until an FDA approved vaccine becomes available all tour activity has been cancelled until further notice. We are taking this extraordinary step because the safety and health of our guests, our guides, and our tour partners are our highest priorities. If you have questions please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will update this website when a vaccine becomes available and is distributed.
When tours resume, we will be doing our best to institute the best possible precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone. We will be limiting group sizes to significantly smaller groups of 6 guests. This will allow our guests and guides to practice social distancing without having unwieldy group sizes. Guests who are couples or families who reside together will be exempt from distancing requirements amongst themselves. Our guides will be wearing masks and will be required to be vaccinated. The State of California requires everyone to wear masks, and the wearing of masks is mandatory for all guests to protect guests, guides, and tour partners. Guests who refuse to wear masks will not be able to parcipate in the tour and no refunds will be offered. All guests will be required to produce proof of vaccination in order to participate in a tour. In most cases where we have a restaurant tour partner, we will again make sure to maintain social distancing. For tour partners with very small locations, we will have our samples individually packaged and distribute them outside. Guests will be encouraged to visit tour partner locations as long as social distancing requirements can be met. To the best of our knowledge most of our tour partners are still functioning, but that is subject to change. Many partners have limited hours and/or limited product availability. If there are significant changes in tours, we will update the appropriate tour page and contact those who have already booked tours regarding the changes.
Finally, we have new Terms and Conditions in the form of a mandatory liability waiver. A check box accepting this waiver during the booking process will be required for all future bookings. Here is the liability waiver.
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!