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Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour provided by Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours

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Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3–4 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3–4 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    8
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
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 enjoy food from 5-6+ local eateries, 1-2 wine tastings or 1 wine tasting plus another alcoholic beverage (depends on the day, it could be wine, beer or a cocktail). Go where locals like to go. This fun, informative and local walking lunch tour is sure to pleasantly fill you up and entertain the whole family. Great for a daytime activity and awesome way to learn about other places to eat and drink on your visit! TOURS CAN EASILY BE MADE PRIVATE - please email, call or text us for more information regarding private experiences. IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WALKING OR HEALTH ISSUES, please let us know, we do occasionally offer slower paced tours or please consider a private tour experience to meet your comfort level.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7606P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • Beverages (water and one non alcoholic drink)
  • Food and wine tasting
  • Additional alcohol tasting (including wine or beer)
  • Local guide
  • Guaranteed to mostly skip the long lines
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities to tour guide (recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Please feel free to leave gratuities at any of our tasting locations
Duration
3–4 hours
Departure details
  • Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA Due to COVID-19 meeting location varies. We will send detailed meeting and parking information upon reservation confirmation THROUGH VIATOR (we are not provided your personal email address).
  • Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA Due to COVID-19 ending location varies. We will send detailed information upon reservation confirmation. We do not start and end at the same location, but locations are very close (about a block away from each other).
Additional information
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years old
  • Please note: restaurants and tastings are subject to change
  • Walking is involved
  • Most restaurants are wheelchair accessible
  • Kids - parents you know your kids best, kids are welcome, if you think they will have fun with the groups.
  • NOT recommended for toddlers
  • FOOD ALLERGIES/AVERSIONS: Vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free (not celiac) option are available, we will do our very best to accommodate you BUT if we don't know about your food allergies/aversions ahead of time, we cannot accommodate them. Please advise at time of booking if required - add your food requirements in the Special Requirements field upon booking.
  • Special requirements other than food i.e. wheelchair or stroller - please add your requirements in the Special Requirements field upon booking.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • Beverages (water and one non alcoholic drink)
  • Food and wine tasting
  • Additional alcohol tasting (including wine or beer)
  • Local guide
  • Guaranteed to mostly skip the long lines
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities to tour guide (recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Please feel free to leave gratuities at any of our tasting locations
Departure details
  • Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA Due to COVID-19 meeting location varies. We will send detailed meeting and parking information upon reservation confirmation THROUGH VIATOR (we are not provided your personal email address).
  • Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA Due to COVID-19 ending location varies. We will send detailed information upon reservation confirmation. We do not start and end at the same location, but locations are very close (about a block away from each other).
Duration
3–4 hours
Return details
  • Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA Due to COVID-19 ending location varies. We will send detailed information upon reservation confirmation. We do not start and end at the same location, but locations are very close (about a block away from each other).
Additional information
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years old
  • Please note: restaurants and tastings are subject to change
  • Walking is involved
  • Most restaurants are wheelchair accessible
  • Kids - parents you know your kids best, kids are welcome, if you think they will have fun with the groups.
  • NOT recommended for toddlers
  • FOOD ALLERGIES/AVERSIONS: Vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free (not celiac) option are available, we will do our very best to accommodate you BUT if we don't know about your food allergies/aversions ahead of time, we cannot accommodate them. Please advise at time of booking if required - add your food requirements in the Special Requirements field upon booking.
  • Special requirements other than food i.e. wheelchair or stroller - please add your requirements in the Special Requirements field upon booking.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 30 Apr 2021
A note from Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour
If you do not feel well please do not come. Bathrooms available at most tasting locations. Guides have hand sanitizer and most if not all partners have hand sanitizer available. Please remember to bring and wear your masks, we do not have extras.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Santa Barbara Downtown
    Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    Due to COVID-19 meeting location varies. We will send detailed meeting and parking information upon reservation confirmation THROUGH VIATOR (we are not provided your personal email address).
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    El Paseo Building
    Santa Barbara County Courthouse
    Arlington Theatre
    The Granada Theatre
  • 1
    The Historic La Arcada Courtyard
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See and sometimes walk through the Plaza designed by famous Architect Myron Hunt.
    Read more
    Pass by
    Casa de la Guerra
  • You'll end at
    Santa Barbara Downtown
    Santa Barbara Downtown, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    Due to COVID-19 ending location varies. We will send detailed information upon reservation confirmation. We do not start and end at the same location, but locations are very close (about a block away from each other).
    See address & details
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Carolyn P
1 contribution
May 2022
The Santa Barbara Food Tour is a fabulous treasure and I recommend anyone traveling to Santa Barbara to make a reservation. My traveling companion and I had not spent any considerable time in Santa Barbara and did not want to aimlessly wander around wondering what to do. We were so happy with our tour and want to bring our families and friends back to share this amazing experience. Our guides Nancy and Ken were awesome. They were both very energetic and excited to share their city with us. We were lucky to be the only two guests touring that day so it was more like a great afternoon out with friends that just happened to know everything about Santa Barbara.
We started our tour with a fabulous wine tasting at Grassini Family Wines. It is a quaint, boutique winery that reminded us of our local wine country in Lodi California and of course the wine was so delicious we had to purchase some. The tour continued with great detail in sharing the history of the town and the evolution of the architecture. As California natives this was quite interesting. We continued our tour and food tasting with a stop at Taqueria Santa Barbara where we enjoyed authentic foods inspired from traditional taquerias in Mexico City.
A trip to the Santa Barbara Public Market was next with a delicious pot sticker tasting. Reminiscent of the Ferry Building in San Francisco the market offers a wide range of foods and delicacies to satisfy even the pickiest customer. Our tour continued with a lovely visit to Santa Barbara’s Court House where we happened upon two weddings taking place in Ken’s favorite wedding venue. Next stop was a stop at The Chase Restaurant and Bar and where we enjoyed a very generous plate of authentic Italian food. We ended our tour at Lokum with a Turkish delight and tea tasting.
The Santa Barbara Food Tour is a great way to learn about Santa Barbara while enjoying the culinary aspects and historical features of the city. Our tour guides Nancy and Ken were very easy to hang out with for the afternoon and we highly recommend anyone new to Santa Barbara to take this tour.
Written 12 May 2022
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Neel-Metta
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
Excellent food tour hosted by Maddy. Got some nice and new insights into Santa Barbara’s history as well. We started off with some wine tasting at Grassini wines which my wife particularly enjoyed. Ended up buying a bottle of their excellent Cabernet Sauvignon reserve. The cheese platter was also v nice. That was followed up by tacos at Arroyos, an Asian/ Mexicali infused papaya salad at the food market, a large tasting portion of traditional Italian at Chase and finally some Turkish tea and sweetmeats at Lokum. Maddy was truly phenomenal- quite the raconteur, she gave us some great local colour, and we left as fast but firm friends. We have resolved to try and meet her again should we ever return to beautiful Santa Barbara.
Written 22 December 2021
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DBSB712
Calgary, Canada9 contributions
We can’t thank Georgia and Evan enough for the absolutely wonderful food and history tour of Santa Barbara today! Georgia’s knowledge, friendliness and positive energy level made this the absolute best tour we’ve ever been on.
The tour lasted 4 hours and we ate and drank at 5 different places spanning many different cuisines and wines from the area. Accompanying this gastric feast was the interesting history and sites of Santa Barbara - who knew history could be so interesting?
We definitely recommend this tour with 5+ stars to all of our friends and business associates who plan to venture to Santa Barbara🤗
Written 5 April 2022
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MonkeyMan42
Oakland, CA18 contributions
We visited one winery, a taqueria, a bao restaurant, an Italian restaurant, and a Turkish tearoom and dessert shop. Nancy was our guide and made it all so much fun, sharing her passion for Santa Barbara history and food. It was a great way to try places we never would have tried on our own and also fun to meet other people who love food and swap tips. Nancy kept having us pop into places that weren’t on the tour and was very patient when we couldn’t stop ourselves from grabbing extra bites. Everywhere we went they treated us like VIPs so the tour company clearly takes good care of them. I know they’re always switching up the stops so I’ll try it again in a year or two.
Written 5 December 2021
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Andrew G
2 contributions
Aug 2021
Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours made my wife's birthday an unforgettable one! Best of all, they made me look like a rock star b-day planner. Evan and her team catered the tours food and drink experience based on our wants and needs. We wanted to indulge in extra alcohol for our tour and they did not disappoint. The wine tasting and little cheese/cracker/olive box was the perfect way to start. The food was more than enough and so yummy. Those taco's were to die for! The walking and historical tour of Santa Barbara was truly just the right amount in between each stop. Our legs were never tired and we loved the backstories about the theaters and the courthouse. When our group detoured for an extra cocktail, Evan and our guide made sure we didn't miss the tour finale by hand delivering McConnel's ice cream to us to finish off the stellar tour!
I can not say enough about this companies customer service. They delivered 100% customer satisfaction! I have been coming to Santa Barbara and State Street for 30+ years and this tour still blew me away. I will 100% be back to do another tour. All our friends are still talking about it weeks later!
Written 7 September 2021
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Monica N
1 contribution
Jan 2022
The best food tour thus far! Georgia, our tour guide was so kind, had great humor, and a lot of knowledge which made our experience unforgettable. She was also courteous and gave us privacy when eating our food and it never felt like we were rushed during the food tasting. All the history she shared with us was mind blowing. The food was by far amazing! We felt comfortably full by the end of it. We look forward to definitely exploring Santa Barbara again. You definitely do not want to pass up this food tour!
Written 8 January 2022
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Anna
2 contributions
We had an amazing wine tasting tour in Sonoma. This time of the year, we decided to give Santa Barbara a try. We are curious adventurers and we love it here in Santa Barbara. The food was beyond my expectation. The restaurants we visited were all worth it and they are located humbly behind the crowded streets. We would go past these amazing restaurants if Georgia did not show us. By the way, she was a great guide who would go an extra mile to make the tour wholesome. Her knowledge is incredible. We learn about the rich culture of the buildings and the symbols attached on the landmarks. We will definitely go back to SB thanks to Georgia!
Written 28 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Georgia had so much fun with your group. We hope you had a great rest of your anniversary vacation! Hope to see you again soon!
Written 28 April 2021
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Megan O
10 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
The SB Food Tour is a must do experience for a foodie who wants to explore SB through their stomach! This was a solo vacation for myself and my plan was to relax and enjoy SB’s beautiful weather and architecture. I was reading through some travel blogs to see if there were any highlights in the city and this tour popped up. As an avid foodie who tries to experience the local cuisine, I knew I had to give this tour a try and I’m so happy I did! Evan (owner) was super responsive and so friendly! Nancy (guide) was knowledgeable and fun, making the experience casual and entertaining! We even had Maddie (another guide on our tour) who was so sweet and added a view more fun facts along the way. The tour was easy walking along State Street and the food was DELICIOUS! Good size portions that filled me up (and I came very hungry!), yet not too filling where the walking became difficult/uncomfortable. I HIGHLY recommend this experience for solo travelers and couples looking to mix up the traditional tourist activity! Thanks SB Food Tours!!
Written 10 June 2021
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Natalie Schulz
3 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
What a wonderful mix of culture and food in SB! Georgia was great and you could clearly tell her enthusiasm for Santa Barbara. We started off with some wine and cheese which was a perfect beginning and size of appetizer.

My favorite was going through all the different alleys and back end paths to see parts of Santa Barbara you wouldn’t have thought to look at. Just when you walk long enough you start to get hungry again, we stop for our next bite!

It was only just over 2 miles walking, super easy to do and I was the perfect amount of full by the end. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Santa Barbara!
Written 2 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for the great review. Can't wait to see you again on another tour!
Written 28 April 2021
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JohnH1972
Houston, TX43 contributions
Sep 2021
We couldn't have picked a better activity to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

This was our third attempt to travel to Santa Barbara and it was well worth the wait. The first planned excursion to the west coast in 2019 was canceled due to an untimely personal injury and the second trip was canceled in March 2020. So clearly I caused Covid. Both times I had to postpone the trip, Evan was extremely helpful and understanding.

Georgia was our tour guide and did an amazing job herding our group around downtown while providing a fascinating history of Santa Barbara. Make sure you come hungry because there is so much tasty food to enjoy. Our group had so much left over at one stop that we sent some home with dinner.

I highly recommend booking this tour when you visit Santa Barbara and hope you have the good fortune to have Georgia lead it!
Written 10 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Tingling Taco Tuesday
We thoroughly enjoyed our Taco & Drink tour through downtown Santa Barbara with our tour guide, Nancy guiding us th
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Great food tour
Loved the birria taco, we were happy to try that for the first time, and the potato taquito, too. The fish taco at
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Taco Tour
Nancy is a gem. Very fun experience. I loved the diversity and variety offered. You will be full by the end for
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can't go wrong with tacos, drinks, and history of the town
This is one of the best tours I've been on. Nancy was fabulous and very informative. The drinks and tacos were am
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Tacos in Paradise
If you want to find the spots in Santa Barbara with the best tacos, this is the right tour for you. Combined with
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Fun Taco Tour!
Our tour guide, Linda, was fun and knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Santa Barbara’s history from the early peo
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Food and wine
Our tour guide Linda was great. Plenty of food and wines. Perfect weather street atmosphere was so alive
LovesAcadia
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Fun Tour
Nancy was great and made the tour a lot of fun. She knows and loves Santa Barbara. There was an excellent variety o
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You won’t leave hungry
Nancy provided an entertaining and informative tour highlighted with great food and drink. We were stuffed by the e
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Taste of the best tacos in town with enough variety to keep things interesting.
Great variety of tacos, different environments and some pleasant walks between. Our guide, Nancy, was great! Clear
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Fantastic!
This tour was absolutely amazing! The guide was super knowledgeable and the food was just to die for. A little bit
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¡Vive la Taste SB Taco Tour!
Guide Nancy was great - delivering the perfect amount of Santa Barbara history and fun facts, but never school teac
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Highly recommend!
What a fun way to spend an afternoon with the girls! The food was SO delicious, the guide was awesome and Santa Bar
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For the LOVE of Tacos!
First off WOW! I was blown away from beginning to end. We got to eat the most amazing tacos I’ve ever had, and I’ve
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Tacos!!! Salsa!!!!
What a fun idea this was. I did not know what to expect. The tour was fun and just about the right length, the i
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