San Francisco

Mission District Food Tour

A culturally-rich neighborhood transformed through culinary innovation, featuring Latin cuisine and hidden local gem restaurants with unique flavor combinations.

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Discover Hidden Gems, Incredible Latin Flavors, & Innovative Restaurateurs

Our Mission District Food Tour showcases innovative and trendy restaurants, as well as the classic Latin cuisine this neighborhood is known for – the best in San Francisco! Stroll through this classic neighborhood learning about its culinary history as you hear the stories of chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts. Our progressive meal in San Francisco’s Mission District concludes with mouthwatering desserts near Dolores Park.

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1-100+ Guests
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From $115 Per Person
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3 Hours
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3-4 Restaurants
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4 Courses & 3 Beverage Pairings (Optional)
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Public or Private Tour

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
  • Team Building Games (complimentary, optional upgrade)

Example Dishes & Drinks

Our Mission District 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!

Puffy smoked brisket taco on a plate from West of Pecos restaurant in the Mission District

Tyler’s 10-hour Smoked Brisket Taco at a local’s favorite Southwestern Family-owned Restaurant

Fort Point brewery seafood clam roll on a plate

Crispy Fried Clam Roll, a homage to SF’s seafood culture at popular Valencia Street Brewery

The best fried chicken wings from Prubechu Restaurant in San Francisco

Dry-spiced fried chicken Ko’Ko wings with lemon fina’denne’ from SF’s only Fine Dining Guamanian restaurant — the best wings you’ll ever taste!

Hand holding a plate with a sweet potato quesadilla with cashew crema in the San Francisco Mission District restaurant

Seasonal Sweet Potato Quesadilla from innovative Mexican plant-based Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant

Gelato Pop from Sixth Course Artisan Boutique on a Mission District Food Tour

Your choice of seasonal gelato pop from flavors like Enough To Make A MANgo Crazy! or Churr-O-K By Me!

A savory breakfast muffin with an oozing egg yolk center from Craftsman and Wolves on Valencia Street in San Francisco

West Coast cult favorite Rebel Within, a cheese and sausage muffin with an oozing soft boiled egg inside, from innovative pastry chef and James Beard nominated, William Werner

margarita from West of Pecos with orange slice and hand holding the cup

A light and refreshing Mezcal Margarita

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Refreshing Golden State Mighty Dry cider paired with the Rebel Within!

Cod Taco and Beer and Shot braised chicken taco from Tacolicious

Chicken Verde and Cod Taco duo at trendy Taco bar boasting over 350 different types of tequila

Popular salted caramel ice cream scoops in cups from Bi Rite Creamery

Salted Caramel Ice Cream, considered one of the top five desserts in America at the United States’ best loved creamery

Bao Valencia Kimchi Beef Dumplings on a Mission District Food Tour

Creative Kimchi Beef Dumplings at Innovative Asian Restaurant showcasing Bao

Example Restaurants

During this Mission District Food Tour we’ll visit 3-4 of the best restaurants in San Francisco, featuring hot spots (Avital guests skip the line) 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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West of Pecos

Local’s Favorite Tex-Mex Restaurant boasting Thrillist’s Best Breakfast Tacos in San Francisco

Prubechu Restaurant Interior for a Mission District Food tour
Prubechu

Fine Dining Guamanian on Eater’s 38 Essential Restaurant List

Fort Point Valencia Restaurant interior in the Mission District
Fort Point

Local’s favorite Brewery paired with Phenomenal San Francisco Inspired Seafood Dishes

Bao Restaurant Interior in San Francisco Mission District
Bao

Innovative Dedicated Dumpling House featuring handmade bao and delightful desserts

Craftsman and Wolves Bakery in San Francisco Mission District
Craftsman and Wolves

Innovative Contemporary Patisserie from James Beard Finalist for Outstanding Baker

Bi Rite Creamery exterior in San Francisco's Mission District on a Food Tour
Bi Rite Creamery

San Francisco Institution for SF’s best ice cream from Anne Walker and Kris Hoogerhyde

Interior of El Porteno Restaurant In the Mission District of San Francisco
El Porteno

Authentic Peruvian cuisine with focus on comida Criolla and comida Chifa

Sixth Course Dessert Boutique on a Mission District Food Tour
Sixth Course

Delightful Patisserie from Innovative Pastry Chef Gianina Serrano

Arepas Latin Cuisine Restaurant Interior in San Francisco's Mission District
Arepas

Latina owned Venezuelan Restaurant featuring delicious arepas, live music and a Chef/Owner from Top Chef

“10/10 would definitely recommend!”

Fantastic tour of the Mission, with a great history of the area and each place we went to. Our guide Philip was exceptional in helping answer our questions, picking delicious dishes, and finding unique and amazing places for us to stop at. 10/10 would definitely recommend!

 

Kyle H. via Google
Mission District Food Tour

Where is the Mission District Food Tour?

Women's Building, 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Our start location varies but is always within a 3-block walk from the 16th Street Mission District BART Station (15 minutes from Downtown San Francisco). 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

Availability

Public tours are available on Sundays from 12pm-3pm PT. Private tours are available any day of the week, at any time! 

Distance

The Mission District Food Tour is a flat route, approximately 1 1/2 miles. 

Group Size

Public tours have a 4-person minimum and a 12-person maximum. If the minimum number of guests is not reached, we will contact you to reschedule onto another time or date, or offer a refund. Private tours don’t have a minimum or maximum number of people, but we do have a spend minimum.

Alcohol

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

Gratuity

Gratuities not included for public tours. 15%-20% is customary in the tourism industry. That’s about $20 per person. For private events, gratuity is included in your package price!

Lead Time

Our public tours sell out fast so we recommend purchasing your tickets at least 2 weeks in advance. For private tours, we can accommodate advance as well as rush bookings, please submit a booking request and we’ll get right back to you.

Private or Public Tour

You can experience the Mission District Food Tour via a public food tour or you can book a private experience just for your group.

Private Tour

A private experience, just for your group. Great for team building, client entertainment, birthday parties, and large groups.

  • Request Your Preferred Day & Time
  • Any Group Size, Best for 5+ People
  • Private Avital Guide For Your Group
  • Customize Your Package
Public Tour

Join other foodies on this regularly-scheduled experience open to the public. Great for couples, solo travelers, and small groups.

  • Pre-Scheduled Tours
  • Purchase 1-4 Tickets
  • Join Other Foodies (Capped at 12 Guests)
  • Prix Fixe Menu with Optional Alcohol Pairing Upgrade

“Definitely recommended.”

We did the food tour for a company offsite. It was an enjoyable tour of some of the Mission’s best places to eat at. And the stories about the murals, art, chefs and restaurants’ origins were fascinating. Definitely recommended.

 

Yan M. via Google
Mission District Food Tour

Upgrades & Add-ons

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Add 3 Alcoholic Beverages
$35 / Person

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

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Add More Food
$30 / Person

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

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Add Bubbly Toast
$25 / Person

Perfect for celebratory occasions. Available on private tours only.

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Team Building Games
Complimentary

Booking this tour for a team building activity? Add 1-2 of our quirky-and-classy games for added fun and connection. In between courses, your Avital Guide will lead your team through fun and interactive team building games. Games last about 10-15 minutes each.

Dietary Restrictions for Mission District Food Tour

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 Mission District Food Tour?

  • Expertly Guided: Our Mission District Food 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. 
  • Professional & Reliable: A full support team to ensure a turnkey booking and seamless experience from start to finish.
  • 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.
  • 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.
SF Food Tour FAQs

How to Book Your Private Tour

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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.

Psst! Looking to join a public tour? You can buy tickets here!

Start Your Private Booking