Carlsbad Food Tours – A Taste of Carlsbad

Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours

Location: Carlsbad Village - downtown Carlsbad California

Adult

$59

Child

$35

5-10 years oldu

Prices shown in USD do not include tax or booking fees. All sales are final and non-refundable. Tickets must be purchased by 10 am for today's tour(s). Our tour stops may vary depending on day of week, holidays etc.

Experience a taste of Carlsbad with delicious foods from authentic one-of-a-kind specialty shops & local ethnic eateries. Eat like a Local!

  • Enjoy the best of Carlsbad’s locally sourced foods highlighting the bounty of California’s fresh fruits & vegetables. A taste of Carlsbad!
  • Carlsbad Food Tours are easily walk-able in the downtown area that hosts some of the best flavors one can imagine.
  • Sample delicious baked artichokes in a cheesy garlic sauce, or our eggplant sliders marinated in a tasty marinara sauce
  • Receive an insiders view into the culture, history and architecture that defines the Carlsbad Village.
  • We have a passion for telling stories and creating unique experiences that allow people to connect through food.
  • Carlsbad Food Tours is Carlsbad’s original and only food tour. Our partners are passionate about their food and you can taste it.
  • Our tour guides are fun, local, knowledgeable and are eager to provide you with a glimpse into local flavor, culture, art & architecture.

8 Delicious Food Tastings are included on our food tour

Our tour also includes wine tasting

Carlsbad Food Tours take place in rain or shine - wear appropriate clothes and bring an umbrella.

Carlsbad Food Tours run daily 11:30am - 3pm

2 miles easy walking between restaurant stops


What to Expect

Eat like a local with A Taste of Carlsbad Food Tour: Expect to be with us about three hours as you learn about the origins of Carlsbad while you sample unique local favorites from neighborhood restaurants, cafes, and specialty food stores.

An expert guide helps you to easily navigate as you discover the diverse history, architecture and culture of downtown Carlsbad Village. Stroll through the main streets of Carlsbad which house a wonderful concentration of museums, restaurants and historic landmarks uniquely mixed with shops and art galleries and vibrant street murals. You’ll walk down Grand Ave to Carlsbad Blvd and enjoy the majesty of the Twin Inns and the Carlsbad Mineral Spa historic landmarks.

Our guided Gourmet Food Tour – A Taste of Carlsbad visits 8 food tasting locations within the quaint village of Carlsbad. The food samplings on this tour are sure to stimulate your salivary glands, and satisfy your appetite for a satisfying lunch that is chock-full of variety. Each tasting is served from locally-owned and operated specialty food stores and ethnic or locavore-style eateries. Experience Carlsbad with A Taste of Carlsbad Food Tours.

Stops include one of Carlsbad’s most romantic restaurant, tasty deserts from local eateries that have been made from recipes past on from generation to generation. Award-winning wines that are grown in California, will be a delight for your taste buds. California wines are some of the best wines in the world.  Enjoy wine tasting at one of Carlsbad’s Urban Wineries. Your Carlsbad tour will last about three hours and provides delicious tastings that are an adequate lunch for most. All food and tastings are included in the ticket price of $59. Come visit Carlsbad Food Tours and A Taste of Carlsbad Food Tours.

Included in the guided walking tour is also our popular Tasting Guide, which features valuable maps, exclusive guest coupons and discounts.

Cultural, Historic and Architectural Experiences – Between the great tastings, you’ll stroll as locals do: through hidden passageways, exploring less-crowded side streets and discovering where to enjoy the freshest food and best wine. Recommendations for meals and lodging, architectural jewels, gorgeous displays of local flora and fauna, and places whose history make Carlsbad what it is.

Treat yourself to an unforgettable cultural & culinary experience. Get off the beaten path visit 8 locally owned eateries & eat like a local

Caldo Pomodoro

Caldo Pomodoro serves up North County's finest Italian fare with exciting dishes and unique ambiance. At Caldo Pomodoro, every dish is created with old fashion Sicilian zest.

Humble Olive Oils

Humble Olive Oils is a family owned and operated olive oil store and tasting room
located on State Street in beautiful downtown Carlsbad.

Vigilucci's Gourmet Market

Roberto Vigilucci is passionate about food. He prides himself on exceptional Italian home cooking reminiscent of his childhood in Milano.

Witch Creek Winery

Witch Creek Winery has honed the focus of their winery on producing a wide variety of outstanding, award-winning red wines.

Gaia Gelato

Gaia prepares gelato in small batches every day, using only our authentic Italian recipes. They have installed in the heart of Carlsbad an authentic Gelato Lab.

Gregorio's

Nestled in the Northern San Diego County beach town of Carlsbad is our Italian kitchen. Gregorio's has been serving up great Italian food and pizzas for over 20 years.

Cafe Topes

VOTED BEST BREAKFAST IN CARLSBAD. Cafe Topes style is of new American with a modern twist on your favorite breakfast and lunch combinations.

Lola's Mexican Deli

Hands down it's the best Mexican food in the village. Authentic Mexican food since 1943! Oldest consecutive business in Carlsbad.

Senor Grubby's

Offers an extensive variety of chocolates, full coffee and expresso bar, and retail wines, ports, and champagne.

Carlsbad Chocolate Bar

Offers an extensive variety of chocolates, full coffee and expresso bar, and retail wines, ports, and champagne.


Where to Meet

A Taste of Carlsbad Food Tours Meeting Location:
Your tour guide will greet you at the corner of State & Grand in front of the fountain at 11:30 am. Parking is available at the Carlsbad Village Train Station and 3 hour street parking.

2898 State Street, Carlsbad California

Meeting Location

2898 State Street
Carlsbad, California 92008, United States

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Yes, there is public parking located near the meeting location of the Food Tour. There are several large parking lots at the Carlsbad Village Train station. Remember our tours are 3-3.5 hours long. Transportation from downtown San Diego to Carlsbad is also available via the train.  The meeting spot for the tour is located near the Carlsbad Village Train Station.

Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can accommodate your needs.

Yes, you may shop at our specialty shops, however remember we are at each location for 15-20 min only, so keep your purchases minimal and quick, so that we can stay on schedule and continue with the informative tour and food tastings in a timely manner. Hopefully, you will allow time at the end of the the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores. You might also want to bring a small bag with you to carry any items you purchase.

Yes, we tour rain or shine! Our experience is that food tastes even better in the rain. Please bring a compact umbrella with you on the tour.

You should bring with you a camera and a small bottle of water. When it’s really hot out, we recommend an application of sunscreen on exposed parts of the body and a lightweight pair of sunglasses. During the cooler seasons it’s important to wear and an extra layer of clothing and consider bringing an umbrella.

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Wonderful tour guide, great food, wonderful walk around Carlsbad, interesting information and history on Carlsbad. What a fun way to get to know Carlsbad! We really enjoyed our 3 hours eating delicious local food, sampling tasty wines and getting to know Carlsbad. We would do this tour again with ou

David WW5863 - TripAdvisor - San Diego California