Experience SF’s Little Italy with Incredible Italian Cuisine & Rich History
Join us on our San Francisco North Beach Food Tour as we explore the Italian restaurant scene and former Barbary Coast – known as the most notorious neighborhood in America during the Gold Rush! Let’s eat and drink through this cultural neighborhood!
How it Works
Example Dishes & Drinks
Our North Beach Food Tour includes 4-courses – two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert – with a sprinkling of culinary history and stories in between. Plus an upgrade option to include 3 carefully curated beverage pairings. We focus on quality over quantity, but we promise you won’t leave hungry! Here are some possible tastings to satiate your curiosity.
Famous tomato-based seafood stew, Cioppino, invented in SF by Italian Fisherman
Authentic Italian wood-fired spinach parmesan pizza from the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast – Voted No. 3 Best Pizza in the US by People Magazine’s Pizza Search
Taste yummy croquettes in an alleyway trendy cocktail den featured in the New York Times
Hand-filled authentic cannoli at a historic Italian bookshop turned cafe
Modern Day Pisco Punch, a nod to the historical invented during the SF Gold-Rush cocktail
Hearty and cheesy Gnocchi alla Gorganzola at old-time local’s favorite Italian Restaurant
A duo of made-from-scratch Gelato tastes Creme Fraiche and Dulce De Leche from the SF Chronicle 12 best 🍦 shops
Kipling Button Punch cocktail, a cousin of the Pisco Punch, invented in North Beach
Glass of Tommaso’s private-label syrah
We’ll visit 3 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 and numerous awards (think James Beard Nominees, Michelin Plate, and Eater’s Top 38).
Eater Essentials 38 Restaurant Known for Top Quality Seafood and Cioppino
Historic 1935 Restaurant known for Oldest Pizza oven on the West Coast — also voted #3 Top Pizzeria in the US and inducted into Pizza Hall of Fame
Historic restaurant loved by Anthony Bourdain with meticulously crafted cocktails, live jazz music, and vintage-inspired Barbary Coast era decor
California Fish Market
Contemporary fresh caught seafood restaurant from well-regarded North Beach Restauranteur Francesco Corvucci
Authentic Italian Eatery known for being a local’s favorite reminiscent of Italian piazzas with outdoor dining
Historic Italian Bookstore turned cafe for fresh stuffed ricotta cannoli
San Francisco chronicle’s Top 12 Ice Cream Shops featuring made-from-scratch gelato with rotating daily flavors
Osmanthus Dim Sum Lounge
One of TimeOut San Francisco’s top Dim Sum Restaurants on the border between Chinatown and North Beach
Modern Chinese Restaurant awarded by Eater as Restaurant of the Year
Modern Italian Restaurant known for pizzas and delightful pastas
- 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
Where is it?
601 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAView on Google Maps ⧉
552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAView on Google Maps ⧉
155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAThis is a description of the location View on Google Maps ⧉
Tommaso’s Ristorante Italiano
1042 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAView on Google Maps ⧉
15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAView on Google Maps ⧉
1441 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAView on Google Maps ⧉
644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAView on Google Maps ⧉
Barbara Pinseria & Cocktail Bar
431 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAView on Google Maps ⧉
California Fish Market Restaurant
550 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USAView on Google Maps ⧉
Our start location varies but is always within a 3-block walk from Washington Square Park (10 minute walk from Downtown San Francisco). You’ll receive your exact meeting location after booking.
Run of Show
1: Meet Expert Avital Guide & Introduction
Guests meet Avital Guide at pre-determined location. Kick off the tour with fun introductions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
6: 3rd 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!
Private tours are available any day of the week, at any time! Public tours are available on Saturdays from 3pm-6pm PT.
The North Beach Food Tour is a flat route with 2 slight hills, approximately 1 mile.
Private tours don’t have a minimum or maximum number of people — choose your 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.
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! For public tours, gratuities are not included. 15%-20% is customary in the tourism industry. That’s about $20 per person.
For private tours, we can accommodate rush bookings as well as advance bookings so email us [email protected] or submit booking form and we’ll get right back to you. Our public tours sell out fast so we recommend purchasing your tickets at least 2 weeks in advance.
Private or Public
You can experience North Beach via a public food tour or you can book a private experience just for your group.
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
- Private Avital Guide For Your Group
- Customize Your Package
Join other foodies on this regularly-scheduled experience open to the public. Great for couples, solo travelers, and small groups.
- Pre-Scheduled Tours
- Purchase 1-5 Tickets
- Join Other Foodies (Capped at 12 Guests)
- Prix Fixe Menu with Optional Beverages
Upgrades & Add-ons
Add 3 Alcoholic Beverage Pairings
Curated cocktails, beer, or wine enhance your dining experience.
Add More Food for Heartier Meal
Perfect for dinner-time tours. Available on private tours only.
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. We can accommodate the following on public tours:
- Pregnant Guests
- No Pork
- No Seafood
Why Choose Avital for Your North Beach Food Tour?
- Expertly Guided: Our North Beach 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.
- 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 incredible restaurants that not only serve steller food and drinks, but are passionate about storytelling and the guest experience.
All tickets are nonrefundable. Consider it like buying a concert ticket – that seat is reserved for you and we will be unable to resell it. As a small business with only 12 tickets per tour, it’s important that you purchase tickets when you’re sure you can go. If you can’t make it to the tour you purchased, the tickets are transferable.
Gratuity is not included. 15%-20% is customary in the tourism industry.
Yes! Our Progressive Meal is a full meal! The base package features appetizers, entree, and dessert (~3-5 dishes) and is great for lunch or dinner. For private tours, you can also choose the “add more food” upgrade for an even more luxurious and robust menu (~5-7 dishes) great for a heavy lunch or solid dinner.
Our pricing already includes applicable taxes! For private events, there is a standard $25 per person private event service charge noted. This helps ensure we can tip your guide and restaurant servers for larger/private groups. No surprise “booking fees” or hidden extras.
It’s okay! We can accommodate dietary restrictions and requests for non-alcoholic substitute beverages. We’ll ask for your requests and restrictions during booking.
We strongly discourage it. Everything in your pre-booked tour is ordered and prepared in advance to be ready on arrival at each restaurant. Orders placed after arrival take much longer, and come out with little time to spare before we head off to the next course. Guests end up disappointed, leaving cocktails behind or feeling pressure to drink up. Not a good experience.
Yes and no. Our experience takes the best elements of seated dining, prix-fixe chef’s tasting menus, blended with the best elements of a classic food tour, to create an entirely unique dining experience: the Avital Progressive Meal.
That’s okay! You can still book to reserve your date/time with an estimate and adjust later. We accommodate changes of +/- 20% from your original number. Ask your curator if you need special arrangements for larger changes.
That’s our job! We’ve spent years testing out all of the city’s awesome restaurants, finding those quirky characters, and building a culinary experience with story and purpose (that’s also delicious!) Trust us, that’s why you came here.
We’ll send your confirmed meeting address prior to your tour date. The menu itself, and featured restaurants, follow a prix fixe tasting menu style and are revealed as part of the experience itself as it unfolds. You can explore our example featured dishes to understand the caliber and style of dishes and cocktails we highlight.
Our North Beach food tour is a flat route with 2 slight hills, about 1 mile of walking.
Our Mission District food tour is a flat route with about 1 ½ miles of walking.
Our public tours sell out fast so we recommend purchasing your tickets at least 2 weeks in advance. 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, and deadlines for dietary restrictions info and final guest count are extended to 3 days prior to the event date. Inquiries less than 3 days in advance require all guest info upon booking.
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