Pioneer Square Food & Cultural Tour

Taste Seattle Food Tours

Zerve Seller: TasteSeattle
Activity #5157
Experience the food and culture of downtown Seattle's Pioneer Square, as we taste our way through the diverse cuisine of the area!

No future dates/times are currently scheduled for this activity.

For more information, please contact TasteSeattle.

Description

Explore Seattle's first neighborhood named for the city's earliest citizens.

Pioneer Square has a colorful history that began right from its earliest beginnings. On the Pioneer Square Food & Cultural Tour, you'll explore the area where early pioneers first settled and began building the city. This neighborhood has seen a major fire that nearly burned it completely to the ground, the Klondike gold rush boom, the ensuing bust or depression and today, a resurgence of life including an emerging hot food scene. 
 
In the square, you’ll find the city’s oldest surviving buildings constructed in the Renaissance Revival style, numerous art galleries and quirky boutiques
 
The neighborhood has diverse day and night life. During the day, it’s home to a tech-rich work force that enjoys the abundant, delicious lunch spots. At night, there are numerous bars that open their doors, welcoming sports fans pre and post-game. There are also many nightclubs and even a shot-gun wedding store to accommodate your every whim. 
 
Highlights of this 3.5-hour tour include: 
  • 8 stops, including Mom & Pop shops, ethnic eateries & restaurants.
  • 28+ tastings, including three alcoholic drinks (wine, cocktail & saké).
  • Visiting a waterfall and walking by a National Park.
  • Learning and seeing the neighborhood where Seattle began.
The area is undergoing positive change and redevelopment, bringing an influx of new residents into the neighborhood. Savvy restaurant owners and merchants are following the trend by moving into the neighborhood, taking advantage of the revival of this historically charming neighborhood.

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity is not included in the price of your ticket, but is greatly appreciated for a job well done!

Meeting Location

Pioneer Square (Seattle, WA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay with cash?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Cash is not accepted.
If a tour is sold out can I get on a waiting list?
If a tour is sold out, please use the "Contact TasteSeattle" link to the left of the page. We'll contact you if any spots open up!
Do I need to purchase a ticket if I’m not eating?
Yes, all guests that come on the tour must purchase a ticket. Non-paying individuals will not be able to join the tour for any reason. The cost of the ticket not only pays for the food and drinks that are sampled while on the tour, it also pays for the tour guide's wages. Your guide is offering a valuable service of providing historical, cultural, architectural and neighborhood specific information during the 3-hours you are with them on the tour.
Is Taste Seattle Food Tours appropriate for children?
Unfortunately this tour is not conducive to children. We will be in a couple of locations that serve alcohol and do not allow children under WA state liquor laws. Our Pioneer Square food and cultural walking tour was developed to provide a great representation of the neighborhood, which includes an urban winery, pre-prohibition cocktail and a saké tasting location. For this reason, we do require that all tour guests be at least 21 years of age or older. If you have any further questions regarding tickets for children or young adults, please contact us by clicking the "Contact Taste Seattle" link on the left side of this page.
Are the walking tours given in bad weather?
Of course-- it is Seattle after all! All of our tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We will not be outdoors for the entire 3 hours. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions. It is impossible to cancel a tour at the very last minute due to many circumstances beyond our control. It’s best before purchasing your tickets to research weather conditions for that time of year. Although Seattleites don’t normally use umbrellas, we do suggest you bring one to stay dry if there is a chance of rain.
How should I dress for my tour?
Please dress casual, comfortable and appropriate for the different seasons in Seattle. Do as the locals do and wear layers—it allows you to adjust to our area’s ever changing weather. General Weather Conditions in Seattle: January1st-April 15th- Usually cold and rainy; April 16th-July 4th- Mild temperatures with more rainy days than sunny days; July 5th-Sept 30th- This is the time of year we live for in Seattle. Hot, sunny days are normal July through Sept; Oct 1st-Dec 31st- Starts off crisp and mild and then gets cold later in October for the rest of the year.
Are tour guide gratuities included in the price?
Taste Seattle Food Tours do not include gratuities in the cost of our tours as these are discretionary. A standard gratuity for a tour guide in Seattle is similar to the restaurants you’ll be visiting: 15% to 20% of the tour price. If you had a great experience, gratuities are gratefully accepted by our tour guides.
What should I expect if I take a Taste Seattle Food Walking Tour?
During our tours you will learn about the history and culture of a neighborhood, while tasting delicious food specialties from local Mom and Pop food shops, ethnic eateries and restaurants. Most of the food tastings are served while standing in or outside of the food establishment. There is at least one sit down tasting that takes place in a restaurant on each of our tours. This sit down tasting takes around 20-25 minutes and will allow everyone to enjoy themselves in a relaxed manner. While on the tour, we go in and out of food establishments, walk down interesting streets and learn about the fascinating history and culture of the neighborhood.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
Seattle is a city built on hills, and there are some parts of the tour where we will be walking uphill. We are on our feet for approximately 3 hours. We walk at a very casual pace. Please note that there are some stairs that we navigate during the tour. If stairs are a problem for you or any of your guests, please indicate that when you purchase your tickets so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.
How many people can attend a tour?
We limit the tour to a small size to include only a few parties so our tours remain intimate. If one tour is sold out, there is a very good chance we will offer the same tour the next day.
How much food is served on the tours?
There are 8 stops for food and drink tastings on our tours. For most people, there is enough food that lunch afterwards is not necessary.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Indeed! There is a good sampling of beverages. The Taste Seattle Food Tours include natural soda, coffee, wine, cocktail and premium saké. Additionally, water is provided throughout the tour.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected locations and will be pointed out by your tour guide. However, we strongly encourage guests to use the facilities before meeting up so that we can start the tour on time.
What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
At this time we CAN provide food substitutions for vegetarians at most stops (excluding Salumi), but we CANNOT make food substitutions for any other food allergies (such as gluten-free or dairy-free). We are sorry for the inconvenience. Our Food Tour has been designed to highlight the best and most unique aspects of each establishment. Unfortunately, there isn't always a "next best" option that also meets the special dietary needs of each of our guests. Since we have your health (and palate!) in mind, we truly appreciate your understanding on this issue.
What if I have a life threatening food allergy?
If you HAVE SERIOUS FOOD ALLERGIES please contact us BEFORE purchasing tickets for any of our food tours or events. Please click on the "Contact Taste Seattle" link on the left side of the page.
Are any of your walking tours wheelchair-and/or stroller-accessible?
Unfortunately, wheelchairs and strollers are not recommended on our tours, due to the many narrow sidewalks that we walk on, the uneven cobblestone streets that we cross, certain staircases that we use when entering establishments and the very small shops that we visit. If you have further questions, please contact us by clicking the "Contact Taste Seattle" link on the left side of the page.
Can I shop during the tour?
We ask for the courtesy of our other guests that you wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on schedule, which will ensure that the quality of the freshly prepared food is not compromised. We suggest and highly recommend leaving time at the end of your tour to revisit the places you want to return and shop at.
When is the best time to take the tour?
We recommend taking the Taste Seattle Food Tour at the beginning of your visit so you have plenty of time to revisit the neighborhood and return to your favorite food tasting locations to taste again and use your tour coupons.
Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. If you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour, please contact Taste Seattle Food Tours by clicking "Contact Taste Seattle" on the left side of the page.
May I bring my dog on the tour?
While we are huge animal lovers and would love to bring our own dogs on the tour, due to the various food establishments we visit and health code regulations, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.
Does this tour have anything to offer a local Seattleite?
Definitely! Many of our guests are from Seattle or neighboring towns. Locals often attend to learn about the neighborhood and the city in which they live. We highly encourage being a tourist in your own town. We mainly stay off the "eaten path", and therefore are often able to show you parts of a neighborhood you would not have visited on your own and expose you to some of the best specialty food store locations and neighborhood restaurants away from Downtown.
I took this tour before. Has anything changed?
We do change the tour slightly. Many parts of the tour remain the same, but we do our best to improve upon and enhance the tour continuously.
Does the tour end at the same place where we started?
No, but the start and ending points are within a few blocks of each other. All participants will receive a map in their participant guides at the beginning of the tour to help with return transportation options.
Is there parking near the tour meeting point?
Yes, there is both private and street parking located near the meeting point.
Are cameras allowed?
Yes, in fact they are encouraged. We think documenting your tour is part of the fun. We also encourage you to share your photos by posting them with your review on Zerve. However, we do not allow video cameras or tape recorders.
Can I get a refund or reschedule my tickets?
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because you are guaranteeing space on that particular tour event. No credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. It is your responsibility to show up at the right location and on time. Our events commence promptly at the scheduled time.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, private tours are available for groups. To inquire about a private tour, please click on the "Contact Taste Seattle" link on the left side of the page. A Taste Seattle Food Tours representative will contact you within 48 hours to inform you if the date and time requested is available and to discuss the details about your private tour.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, gift certificates are available for Taste Seattle Food Tours and make a perfect gift for holidays, graduations, birthdays or any other special occasion! They're an excellent idea for any food lover on your list. To purchase a gift certificate, click on "Contact Taste Seattle" link to the left side of the page.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).

Other Policies

All tour participants must be ages 21 and up
All tours are limited to participants ages 21 and up because of age policies at the establishments we will be visiting. Please make sure to bring valid government issued identification with you.

About

Taste Seattle Food Tours

Our motto at Taste Seattle Food Tours is to Live Life with Flavor and Fun, and we believe our walking tours do just that
 
Pioneer Square is the birthplace of Seattle and we help our guests explore the neighborhood by tasting our way through a food and cultural experience one bite at a time. We developed our tour by researching the diverse food and drink being offered in Seattle’s first neighborhood. What we found is that there is truly a culinary renaissance happening. We take care of every detail for our guests so they can simply relax and enjoy the event.
 
Our inspiration is very personal and comes from our passion for amazing food (life is too short to eat bad food) and discovering a place using all our senses: taste, smell, sight, sound and texture. We believe taste is one of the most fun ways to experience our surroundings. 
 
Taste Seattle Food Tours is about sharing those experiences with community and visitors because it’s that much more fun when you share something you love!
 
A good teacher is always one that can make it fun to learn. Our main objective is to help our guests experience delicious, local food and drink, while sneaking in some history, interesting cultural facts and architecture so you feel a little smarter at the end of the tour. We’ll give you a backstage pass into the hottest culinary neighborhood in Seattle. 
 
Join us to share our discoveries of Pioneer Square and the unique historical and cultural story this neighborhood has to tell.
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