Viator Exclusive: North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour
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Viator Exclusive: North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour

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Stop At: Alcatraz Island, Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133

Want to experience Alcatraz while in San Francisco? Learn about Alcatraz’s famous inmates on this island prison. Take the ferry from Pier 33 and spend a few hours wandering through the prison cells and learning about Al Capone, The Birdman, and “Machine Gun” Kelly. Your Alcatraz ticket is for a morning departure and our North Beach Food Tour departs at 3pm. You should take the 2:15pm ferry back from Alcatraz to arrive in time for your food tour

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: North Beach, Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111

Go behind the scenes of North Beach’s food scene on this insider food walking tour. Your expert guide will lead you on an easy evening walk to popular and hidden spots that only locals know about to enjoy hearty food tastings. Sample Barbary Coast and Italian cuisine from San Francisco's Local restaurant favorites. You'll have reserved tables while learning local tips, and hear stories about this neighborhood’s interesting history, from the Gold Rush to the Prohibition era to today.

Meet in the North Beach neighborhood – a 10-minute walk from Downtown San Francisco. Following your expert local guide, delve behind the scenes of Little Italy’s food and restaurant scene, hearing fascinating historical facts and stories along the way, like how this neighborhood was once part of the Barbary Coast – San Francisco’s red-light district in the 1800s during the California Gold Rush. You'll also visit hidden Prohibition-era tunnels where booze was smuggled into the city. Though you’ll learn a lot of interesting history, this tour is about the food. Come taste California's version of Italian cuisine focusing on local, fresh ingredients, This tour focuses on quality over quantity as its for a true foodie. Each of the 4-courses rotates, so you'll always be visiting the best local restaurants. Guests may enjoy cioppino to charcuterie to pizza to arancini to cannoli or gelato. You’ll find that all the tastings add up to a 4-course progressive meal - a perfect lunch for an average sized eater. Your tour ends in the evening a few blocks from your original departure point, where you’re free to continue exploring this fabulous San Francisco neighborhood bustling with vibrant nightlife.

Please note: Places visited and tastings are subject to change based on availability.

Duration: 3 hours

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  • Tour guide (For North Beach food tour only)
  • Food tastings
  • Tour guide gratuity
  • Alcatraz Island ticket ($39.90 USD value)
  • Award-winning self-guided Cellhouse audio tour at Alcatraz Island
  • Entry/Admission - Alcatraz Island
Not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences on this tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian options available (with advance notice to the company)
  • Locations visited are subject to change
  • Tours run rain or shine; please dress appropriately
  • Not recommended for child aged 10 and under
  • Alcatraz Cruises has a dedicated ticket office at Pier 33 for Tour Operators, Alcatraz Landing where you can pick up your tickets at the Will Call Window for Tour Operators.
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure and present your departure time, ticket quantity, first and last name as well as Avital Food Tour's company name at the Alcatraz Cruises.
  • Photo ID must be presented for all passengers over 18
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Jennifer E
5 | 2019-09-17

We truly enjoyed our experience. We learned great history of the North Beach area. Went to great restaurants. I would highly recommend. Get drink package also. Dominick and Margarit were so nice and friendly. Also met two fun couples!

5 | 2019-08-05

Had a great time exploring different restaurants along North Beach and Chinatown! Our guide Wilda was super energetic and engaging. You could tell she really enjoys her job and wanted to share the history of the neighborhood and restaurants with you. It’s not easy getting a group of strangers from a teenager to retirees talking to each other, but she made it happen! The tour included two apps, an entree and dessert. The food was pretty delicious and was definitely glad that some walking was involved! It was also nice that we were able to explore Alcatraz in the morning and still had a few hours to chill before the food tour. Next time I would upgrade to include wine and beer pairings as well. Definitely worth the price.

Becky H
5 | 2019-07-26

We ate like Kings and Queens. What a wonderful guide and the food was amazing. I Will tell all my friends about our amazing experience.

Thomas R
5 | 2019-07-17

We could not get alcatraz tickets alone so opted for the combo tour alcatraz/culinary tour. Alcatraz tour was so interesting and informative. A real highlight of our trip. The culinary tour was very fun! Part of our tour included Pena PachaMama restaurant. We had a delicious food and amazing stories from the owners. They played music for us and invited my 15 year old daughter to come on the stage and play bongos! The rest of us got up and sang and danced. An amazing experience!

Renee Z
5 | 2019-07-08

We reserved this tour because it was one of the few remaining options for seeing Alcatraz on our vacation. Alcatraz was as awesome as we imagined; the food tour with Arolina (sp?) far exceeded expectations, not just because the menus were tasty but also because her personality and narration, along with the history and storytelling provided by the restaurateurs, were so entertaining. So glad we were “stuck” seeing Alcatraz through the Viator combination tour. It’s been a highlight of our trip so far.

Robert K
5 | 2018-10-03

our tour guide was amazing Anais took us around SF and we had a blast , great food and great personality. have to try

Debra B
5 | 2017-09-11

In my search to find tickets to visit alcatraz on short notice I took a suggestion from other travelers to look at tours that included Alcatraz. I had never been on a food tour before but since we were only in San Francisco for a short time I thought it would be a great way to see Alcatraz and not worry about finding a place to eat. My expectations were exceeded in every way. The company was quick to answer email questions after booking the tour. The tour itself was fantastic. Our tour guide, Margarita, was outstanding! She made North Beach come alive with her stories and history of the area and the restaurants we visited. She made everyone on the tour feel welcome and engaged. Will definitely book a tour with Viator in the future. Read more about North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour 2017 - San Francisco at:

Jillian B
5 | 2017-08-21

Worth the price! This was an amazing and fun expierence! We started at Alcatraz which is phenomenal! Then we did this tour which our tour guide Margarita was such a joy to talk to! She brought us to some very unique restaurants with authentic Italian foods and some beautiful history with very famous people. It was definitely worth it and I would recommend booking this tour!

Tracy S
5 | 2017-08-20

The food tour with Margherita at Avital Tours was wonderful. It was also a great way to get tickets to Alcatraz, always a favorite.

Caryl C
5 | 2017-08-05

What an amazing experience for us and our two teenage daughters! Our culinary tour guide, Tolan, was the best! She was so fun to talk with and is very knowledgeable about the area. We not only went to fantastic restaurants, but also saw and learned really interesting things about the city. Although we booked this tour for the Alcatraz tickets, the culinary experience easily could stand on its own as a highlight of our trip!

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