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Encinitas Food Tour

Eat Like a Local

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The Encinitas Food Tour is a guided culinary experience designed to showcase the best of Encinitas’ vibrant food scene. This tour takes you through six different local establishments, offering a mix of sweet and savory dishes along with 1-2 alcoholic beverages. The tour includes stops at popular spots like Darshan Bakery, City Tacos, Culture Brewing Co., Modern Times Far West Lounge, and Broad Street Dough Co. Each location offers a unique tasting experience, such as seasonal pastries, craft beer samplings, and delicious donuts.

Chef Ben Mastracco

Led by Ben Mastracco, a former food scientist turned private chef and food tour guide, the tour also provides a rich narrative on the history, culture, and art of Encinitas. Participants will not only enjoy delicious food but also learn about the city’s coastal surf vibes, its significance in the California yoga movement, and its charming local landmarks​.

  • Culinary Excellence: We showcase the finest local cuisine, ensuring every tour features delicious, high-quality dishes that highlight the unique flavors of Encinitas.
  • Community Engagement: We foster a deep connection with the local community by partnering with beloved local eateries and supporting small businesses.
  • Cultural Enrichment: Our tours offer more than just food; they provide rich cultural experiences, highlighting the history, art, and traditions that make Encinitas unique.
  • Sustainability Commitment: We prioritize sustainability by promoting eco-friendly practices, sourcing locally, and reducing our environmental footprint.
  • Customer Satisfaction: We are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service, creating memorable and enjoyable experiences for all our guests.
  • Education and Exploration: We strive to educate our guests about the culinary arts, local ingredients, and cooking techniques while encouraging exploration of Encinitas’ diverse food scene.
  • Inclusivity and Accessibility: We ensure our tours are inclusive and accessible to everyone, accommodating dietary restrictions and offering options for various mobility needs.
  • Authentic Experiences: We pride ourselves on offering authentic, immersive food tours that reflect the true spirit of Encinitas, giving visitors an insider’s view of the local food culture.
  • Innovation and Creativity: We continuously innovate our tours by incorporating new culinary trends and creative elements, keeping our offerings fresh and exciting.
  • Passion for Food: Our team is passionate about food and dedicated to sharing that passion with our guests, making every tour a delightful culinary journey.



Adult 18-61
Senior 62+
Adolescent 10-17
Child 5-10

Tasting Locations:

  • Darshan Bakery & Cafe, 949 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA, 15 minutes
  • City Tacos, 1031 S Coast Hwy 101 Suite A101, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA, 15 minutes
  • Culture Brewin Co, 629 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3540, 20 minutes
  • GP Diner, 608 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA, 15 minutes
  • Modern Times Far West Lounge, 470 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA, 20 minutes
  • Broad Street Dough Co, 967 S Coast Hwy 101 Ste 109B, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA, 20 minutes
Encinitas food tour was exceptional.!! April 2024

Encinitas food tour was exceptional.!! Ben was personable and provided interesting history of the area, great places to eat and drink!! Highly recommend to book at the start of your trip so you know where to go and eat and drink again!!

– Karen Hanna/Google
Encinitas food tour and we had a fantastic time June 2024

Ben is very knowledgeable and fun. He took us on the Encinitas food tour and we had a fantastic time. Excellent restaurants and interesting background info on Encinitas.

– Beth Smith/Google
Delicious food choices Sindy Sura

Delicious food choices, great energy from our guide Ben, and very knowledgeable of the city history...

Carlsbad Food Tour and Encinitas Food Tour are excellent.

Carlsbad Food Tour and Encinitas Food Tour are excellent. The food sampling and history/local lore is well researched and the tour guides are excited to share them with you. The food selection is well balanced and quite filling. You won't go hungry.

– Tatiana Ovanessoff
Ben was an amazing tour guide! Encinitas Food Tour

Ben was an amazing tour guide. He made the experience very fun and enjoyable. This was a memorable experience.

– Mary
This was a wonderful tour! 2/4/24

This was a wonderful tour! I've stayed in Encinitas about 8 times but had only been to one place on the tour before. Ben is an excellent guide and very knowledgeable about the city and the food. I will definitely return to the places we visited. Great variety and great way to spend a few hours exploring the food scene here

– Yelp - Jane P