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Funk Zone Food Tour

Quick Details

  • Food tastings are enough for lunch.
  • Great for small group outings & private parties.
  • Tours operate rain or shine. (Please wear comfy clothes and shoes for walking.)
  • Smartphone photography highly encouraged.
  • Suitable for all ages and fitness levels
Adult Ages 21+
Non-Drinking All ages

Visit the best restaurants in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone

Taste Santa Barbara’s best food and drinks on this foodie adventure through the city’s most eclectic, art-driven neighborhood.

  • Up to 8 tastings & locations, bites, and sips – with a professional tour guide.
  • Discover hidden street art and soak in the culture of Santa Barbara’s most eclectic neighborhood.
  • Learn foodie photo tips and tricks using your smartphone’s camera.

What to Expect

Our Santa Barbara food tour starts on the edge of the Funk Zone on State Street and we will walk you through the heart of Funk Zone and lower State Street neighborhoods where you will taste the cuisine that our city is known for!

Treat yourself to bites of gastropub creations, freshly baked goodies, seafood, and Mexican dishes as well as craft brews, artisan wines and/or spirits. Along the way, you’ll get immersed in the local culture, explore the neighborhood, discover local restaurants, 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 foodie photo skills to the next level using your smartphone’s camera app. By the end of your three-hour tour, you’ll be eating like a local and shooting like a pro!

Explore beyond Downtown Santa Barbara and let your local guide serve you the best of each menu at some of these local hidden hot spots.

  • FisHouse: One of Santa Barbara’s long-established seafood restaurants with local history.
  • Helena Avenue Bakery: The Funk Zone’s only bakery featuring freshly baked bread, goodies, and housemade salted butter and seasonal fruit jams.
  • Lucky Penny: 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.
  • McConnell’s Ice Cream: THE best ice cream in Santa Barbara with recipes and methods that date back to 1949.
  • Santo Mezcal: Southern Mexican cuisine with a Santa Barbara seafood influence.
  • Flor de Maiz: Oaxacan cuisine inspired by Mexican history.
  • Cubaneo: California Cuban cuisine inspired by the owner’s personal heritage.
  • Corazon Cocina: Mexican street food influenced by local markets.
  • Test Pilot: Tropically inspired craft cocktails.
  • Santa Barbara Popcorn Co.: Locally harvested, hand-popped, organic/GMO-free artisan popcorn.
  • Chocolate Maya: Handcrafted chocolates made with fresh, local ingredients.

Where to Meet

You will receive a confirmation email after booking that direct you to your meeting location.

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