Duration: 3-3.5 hours
Location: Our food tour meets at 225 State Street, next to the train station & 2 blocks up from Stearns Wharf.
All sales are final and non-refundable. If cancellations occur before the day of the tour, tickets can be redeemed for a future tour date. Tours operate rain or shine.
Eat your way through the Funk Zone - Santa Barbara's hip, new 'hood - while learning about local culture and how to take great food photos.
Food tastings are enough for lunch.
Smartphone photography highly encouraged
All tours begin at 11:30am
Suitable for all ages and fitness levels
Great for group outings & private parties
We CAN provide substitutions for vegetarians and gluten-free
Tours operate rain or shine. (Please wear comfy clothes and shoes for walking.)
This food & photo tour starts on lower State Street and will walk you through the Funk Zone neighborhood where you will taste what Santa Barbara is known for with bites of fresh seafood, gastropub creations, Mexican food, and artisan beer, locally grown wines, & hand-crafted spirits. Along the way, you’ll get immersed in the local culture and hear interesting stories about each place you’ll visit.
You’ll also learn easy-to-shoot photo tips from your pro tour guide and take your food photo skills to the next level using your smartphone’s camera app. By the end of your 3 hour tour, you’ll be eating like a local and shooting like a pro!
Be sure to check out our Sunday tours for a special visit to the neighborhood’s newest restaurant!
Enterprise Fish Co.
One of Santa Barbara’s long established seafood restaurants with a unique history.
Helena Avenue Bakery
The Funk Zone’s only bakery featuring fresh baked breads, goodies, and housemade salted butter & seasonal fruit jams.
Unique corner cafe serving creative wood-fired flatbread and housemade bbq chips.
Mony's Mexican Food Taqueria
Family-owned and operated, hole-in-the-wall taqueria known for street tacos, housemade chips, and the best salsa bar in town. (Weekday and Saturday tours only.)
Cutler's Artisan Spirits
The city’s first legal distillery since Prohibition, featuring top-shelf bourbon, whiskey, vodka, gin, and apple pie liqueur.
Santa Barbara Wine Collective
A top-shelf winery featuring reserve wine labels from five different local winemakers.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
A family run brewing company, featured in the heart of the Funk Zone, focusing on top tier beers.
Shalhoob Meat Company
A Santa Barbara staple in the meat biz that is known for their 100 year old family jerky recipe.
The Funk Zone's newest neighborhood restaurant featuring Spanish cuisine. (Only visited on Sunday tours.)
Santa Barbara Popcorn Co.
Locally sourced, gmo-free popcorn company with incredible flavors and a unique story. (Offered as substitution for vegetarian guests.)
The tour meeting location is Enterprise Fish Company located at 225 State Street; located on lower State Street near the train station. Meet the tour guide in front of Enterprise Fish Company and look for their green Eat This, Shoot That! shirt. The tour will end at Cutler's Artisan Spirits distillery located 2 blocks from the starting location.
225 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, United States
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 usually accommodate most needs.
There are city parking lots within one block of the meeting locations and street parking is available but limited in both space and time. Space, because we’re a busy city. Time, because most spots are only 75 minutes.
Please read all signs when looking for street parking to avoid getting ticketed. (We don’t want you crying at the end of the tour.) Specific parking details are listed on our tour pages.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not stop tours to re-park/move cars.
Absolutely not! Our tours combine architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique half-day experience. Imagine walking through Santa Barbara eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals.
All are welcome on the food tour, but the wine tour requires all guests be at least 21 years of age. The establishments that we visit will only allow those 21 and above because of the law.
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Allison, Trip Advisor
What a great way to explore Santa Barbara -- Culture,art, history, sips and bites all wrapped up in a super fun (easy) walking tour. Even if you're a local, you absolutely will love this; I was shocked how much I learned and how much deliciousness I've been missing out on!