Los Angeles

Downtown LA Food Tour

Explore the rich history and great eateries from trendy to ethnic on this Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour!

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Discover Hidden Gems, Worldly Cuisine & Innovative Restaurateurs

Our Downtown LA Food Tour showcases the innovation and trendy restaurants of the Los Angeles culinary world. Stroll through the historic core neighborhood learning about its fascinating history and incredibly captivating architecture, while going behind-the-scenes to meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts. Our 4-course progressive meal in Los Angeles’ Downtown concludes with mouthwatering desserts near the Bradbury Building.

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20 – 100+ Guests
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From $115 Per Person
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3 Hours
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3 Restaurants
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4 Courses & 3 Beverage Pairings (Optional)
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Private Experience Only

How it Works

What’s Included

  • 3-Hour Walking Tour (approximately 1 mile) 
  • Expertly Trained Avital Guide 
  • 4-Course Meal with Appetizers, Entree, and Dessert 
  • 3 Alcoholic Beverage Pairings (optional upgrade) 
  • Delightful Sprinkling of Culinary Stories and History

Example Dishes & Drinks

Our Downtown LA Food Tour includes 4-courses – two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert – with a sprinkling of culinary history and stories in between. We focus on quality over quantity, but we promise you won’t leave hungry! Here are some possible tastings to satiate your curiosity!

French Dip Sandwich at Cole's and an old fashioned on a Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour

Delve into one of Los Angeles’ most famous sandwiches, the French Dip, at its home of origin and hear the real story of its rivalry and Ramon’s family’s bread recipe

Savory Cohinxas on a Downtown LA food tour

Savory Kibe and Pastel Portuguese croquettes at rustic Brazilian home cooked restaurant from chef Natalia – this is the authentic soul of Los Angeles

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Braised taco tasting of chicken mole poblano and steak picado at authentic yet trendy Mexican restaurant

Chocolate Eclair from Bottega Louie in Downtown LA Food Tour

Decadent Chocolate or Salted Caramel Eclair at gold-gilded former Brooks Brothers department store launching the Downtown culinary renaissance on 7th Street

Example Restaurants

We’ll visit 3-4 of the best restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core Neighborhood, featuring hot spots (Avital guests skip the line and go straight to reserved seats) and hidden gems. All of our restaurants not only serve outstanding food and drinks, but they also have a rich story to discover.

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Cole’s French Dip

Historical Restaurant known as the Inventor of the French Dip Sandwich with craft cocktails and hidden speakeasy

Cafe Basque Private Dining Room in Downtown Los Angeles
Cafe Basque

Fine Dining Spanish Basque Cuisine at trendy Hoxton Hotel

Bottega Louie DTLA Restaurant Interior on a Downtown Food Tour
Bottega Louie

Delightful patisserie and restaurant in gold gilded fine dining space

“Spending 3 hours in DTLA it’s past, present and future was a blast! Our guide Penny is informative, warm and witty. Her passion for food, history and architecture is infectious… The portions of food were enough to keep us going for the rest of the day.”

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Where is it?

Pershing Square, South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Our start location varies but is always within a few block walk from Pershing Square in the Downtown Los Angeles Historic Core. You’ll receive your exact meeting location after booking. 

Run of Show

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1: Meet Expert Avital Guide & Introduction

Guests meet Avital Guide at pre-determined location. Kick off the tour with fun introductions!

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2: 1st Restaurant for Appetizer & Optional Beverage Pairing

Arrive at the first neighborhood restaurant and sink your teeth into a delicious appetizer with a carefully curated alcoholic (or non-alcoholic if you prefer) beverage pairing.

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3: Visit Iconic Landmark

Head towards your next restaurant destination, but on the way discover unique murals, historic statues, or hidden curiosities with rich commentary from your Avital Guide.

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4: 2nd Restaurant for Appetizer & Optional Beverage Pairing

Enjoy your second small plate appetizer with another delicious beverage pairing as you hear stories about the restaurant, culinary scene, and the people who make it all possible.

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5: Discover Neighborhood Story

As you walk to your 3rd restaurant destination you’ll continue your journey through the neighborhood with more awesome storytelling and fun facts.

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6: 3rd (or 4th) Restaurant for Entree, Dessert & Optional Beverage Pairing

Indulge in your main entree course with another incredible beverage pairing as you chat, enjoy, and connect with your fellow diners.

Then enjoy a scrumptious sweet treat for your final tasting. Your Avital Guide will wrap up the tour, answer any final questions, and can recommend other awesome places to visit next time!

The Essentials


Private tours are available any day of the week, at any time! 


The Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour is a flat route, approximately 1 1/2 miles. 

Group Size

Private tours don’t have a minimum or maximum number of people, but we do have a $3,500 minimum.


Guests over 21 years can add the alcohol pairing upgrade which includes 3 carefully curated drinks.


For private events, gratuity is included in your package price!

Lead Time

For private tours, we also require a 2 week lead time. Private bookings made with less than two weeks notice will come with a nominal rush charge of $150.

Private Downtown LA Food Tour

You can experience the Los Angeles Downtown Food Tour as a private experience just for your group. Great for team building, client entertainment, birthday parties, and large groups.

  • Reserve Your Preferred Day & Time
  • Any Group Size
  • Private Avital Guide For Your Group
  • Customize Your Package

“Avital is INCREDIBLE. I booked Avital’s Food tours for a team gathering/end of the year celebration in Downtown Los Angeles and everyone had a blast!! Avital was thoughtful and provided so much assistance with the logistical planning.”

Lauren Z. via Yelp
Downtown LA Food Tour

Upgrades & Add-ons

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Add 3 Alcoholic Beverages
$35 Per Person

Curated cocktails, beer, or wine pairings to enhance your dining experience.

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Add More Food
$30 Per Person

Perfect for dinner-time tours. Available on private tours only.

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Add Bubbly Toast
$25 Per Person

Perfect for celebratory occasions. Available on private tours only.

Dietary Restrictions

One of our core values is #BreatheCuriosity. We enjoy introducing you to new foods and old favorites in new ways. We very much encourage guests to be adventurous and try something new – we’ve even had an 80-year old man try his first oyster with us! Thus, while we love the diverse ways our guests choose to eat, we can accommodate some restrictions on public tours and many restrictions and preferences on private tours. You will be asked for your dietary restrictions during your booking process. If you are unsure if we can accommodate your restriction, please email us at [email protected]. Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, seafood, spicy food, and pork. For private tours, we can accommodate all dietary restrictions with advance notice. On public tours, we can only accommodate the following:

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Pregnant Guests
  • No Pork
  • No Seafood

Why Choose Avital for Your Downtown LA Food Tour?

Expertly Guided

Our Downtown LA Tour is led by a trained, expert Avital Guide. You can sit back and enjoy as your host takes care of all the logistics with rich storytelling and group engagement along the way.

VIP Experience

No waiting in lines and each course is served seated at a reserved table. Tours can be an intimate, small-group experience yet still have that same VIP feeling for large groups.

Experienced Team

A full support team to ensure a turnkey booking and seamless experience from start to finish.

Dietary Restriction Friendly

We understand dietary restrictions and want everyone to leave feeling cared for and full! We’ll ask for your restrictions after booking.

Taste The Best

Instead of visiting a whole bunch of average places with tiny toothpick bites, we visit 3-4 incredible restaurants that not only serve steller food and drinks, but are passionate about storytelling and the guest experience.


How to Book Your Private Event

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1: Explore Packages

Download the PDF proposal to view packages and pricing for each experience. Still have questions? Schedule a call with your Culinary Curator.


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2: Start Your Booking

Submit your event details to get started. Upon submission, you’ll also have the option to make an initial, refundable deposit to reserve your date right away.


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3: Finalize Details

A real human will be in touch to finalize your event details, like confirming your package, how to submit request for dietary or alcohol accommodations, and when your final headcount is due.

Start Your Private Booking