A Taste of Carlsbad

Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours

Location: Carlsbad Village - downtown Carlsbad California



18-61 years old



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11-17 years old



5-10 years old

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.

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Experience a taste of Carlsbad Food Tours with delicious foods from specialty shops & local eateries.
8 tasting locations, stops may vary.

  • Enjoy the best of Carlsbad’s locally sourced foods highlighting the bounty of delicious vegetables. A taste of Carlsbad Food Tours!
  • Carlsbad Food Tours are easily walk-able in the downtown area that hosts some of the best flavors one can imagine. Eat Like a Local!
  • 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.
  • A taste of Carlsbad is our original 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

A Taste of Carlsbad takes place in rain or shine - wear appropriate clothes and bring an umbrella.

A Taste of 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 Tours: 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.

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Looking to try some of the newest restaurants in town, check out our Indulgence Food Tour.

Private Custom Group Tours are also available upon request.

Our Tasting Locations:

A Taste of Carlsbad Guidebook

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. Our tasting will be baked artichokes with lots of cheese and garlic and their delicious garlic bread

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

Vigilucci's serves up great Italian cuisine. Panni Sandwich or Meat & Cheese Plate

Witch Creek Winery

Witch Creek Winery has honed the focus of their winery on producing a wide variety of outstanding, award-winning red wines. We will be tasting a sparkling wine, red & dessert wine.

Gelato Love

Gaia prepares gelato in small batches every day, using only our authentic Italian recipes. Our tasting will be a flight of gelato with 4 unique tastings

Gregorio's Italian

Gregorio's has been serving up great Italian food and pizzas for over 20 years. Our tasting will be eggplant sliders.

Cafe Topes

VOTED BEST BREAKFAST IN CARLSBAD. Our tasting will be Mom's homemade cinnamon rolls.

Lola's Mexican Deli

Hands down it's the best Mexican food in the village. Our tasting will be Lola's famous bean & cheese burritos.

Senor Grubby's

Mexican American style food. We will be tasting Grubby's specialty Al Pastor tacos. Roasted pork infused with pineapple.

Carlsbad Chocolate Bar

Offers an extensive variety of chocolates, full coffee and expresso bar, and retail wines, ports, and champagne. Our tasting will be Sea Salt Carmel Chocolates.

The Goods

Artisan Donuts

Where to Meet

A Taste of Carlsbad Food Tours Meeting Location:
Your tour guide will greet you at the northwest corner of State & Grand in front of the fountain at 11:30 am. Across the street from our first tasting location Caldo Pomodoro 2907 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Parking is available at the Carlsbad Village Train Station and 3 hour street parking.

Get Directions

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

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