The Capitol Hill Culinary Experience

DC Metro Food Tours

Zerve Seller: DCFoodTours
Activity #1999
  • Discover DC’s unique history and architecture via culinary adventures through delicious mini-meals at diverse family-owned restaurants.

  • Stroll though DC’s oldest public market and explore its history & culture while sampling some of the neighborhood’s best treats!

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  • Discover the historic & chic Georgetown on a tour that blends progressive, high-end cuisine with long standing DC institutions!

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All times listed are Eastern time zone


Join us for a walking tour of Capitol Hill, a 200 year old melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, and religions. The country's largest Victorian neighborhood has been the home to laborers, craftsmen, and members of Congress alike.

Enjoy a series of dishes from restaurants and shops nestled in quaint row houses, clustered down barracks row, and located inside the district's longest running market.

Your culinary experience may include the following specialties:
  • 18th Century inspired Anglo-Indian Cuisine
  • Award winning Soul Food
  • A variety of traditional Salvadorian dishes and beverages
  • Hand made pastas from a critically acclaimed Italian restaurant
  • Regional American desserts from the area's newest neighborhood restaurant.
Let us take you to the neighborhood John Philip Sousa and J. Edgar Hoover called home. Come see where Roberta Flack started her career. Enjoy a variety of food that follows the culinary history of this diverse Washington DC neighborhood.

All dishes served are included in the tour. Enough food is served that for most participants, dinner afterwards will not be needed. Seating and special service is provided at all restaurants throughout the tour.

We recommend you eating a light brunch before the tour rather than lunch. The dishes you will try resemble small meals rather than traditional tastings. We want you to be able to experience the best each restaurant has to offer.

What Is Not Included?

Guide gratuity is not included, but appreciated

Meeting Location

8th and Pennsylvania St. SE - Eastern Market Metro (Washington, DC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


235 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Capitol Hill Food Tour was Awesome!
jenncdavis Sun, Sep 21  2:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
We had a great time on the Capitol Hill Food Tour. There was a very wide variety of delicious food (Indian, Greek, Salvadorean), and it was all tied to the history of the neighborhood. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We would definitely recommend it.
Rating: 3
Capitol Hill Walk/Food Tour
mingwersen Sat, Sep 6  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
The tour guide, Jennifer was very knowledgeable about the history of Capitol Hill area. The tour was more about politics. While the food was enjoyable and you got a lot to eat, you didn't really learn anything about the food and the culture.
Rating: 5
Great food & history of Capital Hill
sarameyer72 Sat, Aug 30  2:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Andrew was a great tour guide!
Rating: 5
super delicious!
inesye Wed, Aug 27  11:30 AM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My boyfriend and I love the tour very much, all four meals were amazing.
Rating: 5
AWHITE225 Wed, Aug 27  11:30 AM Male 70+ Local Individual
The tour was great! Our guide was both knowledgeable and dynamic. He enthusiastically delivered a most comprehensive combination of history, architecture, neighborhood culture, and food tastings. The range of cuisine was excellent, and the servings were most generous. I most heartily recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Great food and great times in Capitol Hill
aznrice211 Sat, Aug 23  2:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The guide was very friendly and did a good job prompting conversations and keeping the group engaged. During the tour we visited some excellent restaurants that I normally would not have found on my own. The food was delicious and portions were generous. I plan on checking out some of the other tours offered by DC Metro Food Tours during my future DC visits.
Rating: 5
Great Tour - Short Walk
mamoore399 Wed, Aug 20  11:30 AM Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
We lucked out and had a two person total tour. Our guide was knowledgeable about the local area and even made useful food recommendations off the tour-path (BL I learned about the area and didnt feel like I was getting 'sold' places to eat). You dont cover a ton of ground but the path keeps you from noticing or caring much. All in all a great tour. Come hungry!
Rating: 5
Excellent tour
sharivicente Sun, Aug 10  2:00 PM Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
My girlfriend and I signed up for the Capitol Hill Culinary Experience. As you can see by the rating, this was a total success from top to bottom. Our tour struck the right balance of fun/educational without turning into a grind. Here are the details. The tour consists of 4 restaurants in the Cap Hill area. The restaurants are all within 1/2 a mile of each other. In total, we walked a bit over a mile. Our restaurants were: 1. Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill - Anglo-Indian fair. Food 3.5/5 2. Cave Mezze DC - Greek. Food 4/5 3. Las Placitas - El Salvadorian. Food 2/5 4. Zest Bistro - quick dessert, bread pudding 4/5 I do not mean to review these restaurants because this was just a sampling of what the establishments had to offer. Plus, we are not ordering our own food. The fair is chosen beforehand to facilitate a quick and efficient encounter. The portions were surprisingly hearty considering we had 4 on the agenda. I was approaching full by the end of #2. It's important to pace yourself on this tour. Tour Guide: Andrew - enthusiastic, well-spoken, informed, upbeat, approachable foodie. He did a great job guiding 11 people to 4 restaurants in 3.5 hours. Totally worth the money. We've done 2 free tours by foot, and the quality of the tour guide went up substantially on this tour. Anyway, we were guided through a tour of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The tour was a nice pace and packed with entertaining and informative pearls of knowledge. The tour is smartly organized. They don't try and cover too much ground. They do a lot with the square footage the company decided to cover. As mentioned, it found a nice balance between fun, educational and exertion. I fully recommend this tour. The food might not blow you away, but it was a fun and diverse experience peppered with history and interesting information about the neighborhood.
Rating: 5
Capitol Hill
AliandAdam Sat, Aug 9  2:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Wonderful mix of history provided by a very knowledgeable tour guide and excellent and diverse restaurants. It was great value as well. Would definitely do another one!!
Rating: 5
If there's only one thing you do in DC, do this!
lbollin Sat, Jul 19  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I flew in from Chicago to celebrate my bachelorette party with one of my bridesmaids, and this was the activity we'd planned to really "live it up!" for the weekend I was there. And we did! We met our tour guide, Jen, and a handful of other people (locals and tourists) at the Eastern Market Metro Station. Jen sent out a text message about half an hour before the tour, letting us know where she would be and what she was wearing, to make her easy to spot! From there, Jen took us not only on a food tour, but a HISTORY tour. We got to see gorgeous mansions, beautiful row homes, even homes some political and local celebrities lived in! And along the way, we were fed at different restaurants. Do not eat before this tour. I repeat, do NOT eat before this tour. The DC food tours aren't like other cities - where you're given a tiny sip of soup or a small piece of pizza. Nope, on the DC tour, you get FULL meals at every stop. That could mean soup, salad, and an entree, or family-style passed dishes- there were about 7 dishes at one of our stops! You won't need breakfast the next morning either. Every penny you spend on this tour is WORTH IT. And Jen is soooo knowledgeable -she was an absolute blast to learn from! One of the places was Indian food. I'd never had Indian food before, and Jen did a great job of explaining what the different dishes were, how spicy they were, etc. She even pointed out other restaurants along our route that we all might like to try someday. I've been going to DC once a year since about 2008, and this was the BEST thing I've done there so far, hands down. If you're a tourist, put this on your list. If you're local, like my friend was, put this on your list. It'll give you TONS of new places to try!
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?
Tickets must be purchased in advance as tours usually sell out quickly ahead of time. To maximize your chances of getting your desired day, time, and number of tickets, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or Mastercard. Cash is not accepted.
If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
We do not provide a waiting list. If a date is sold out, there is always a chance that we will add extra spaces or we will add an additional tour. Please contact us by clicking the "Contact DCFoodTours" link to let us know what date you are interested in. We may provide additional tours once a tour is close to being sold out. The maximum number of people per tour group is 12.
What about taking children on the tour?
Children are welcome on the tour. It should be noted, however, that the tour is three hours long. Some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation on a case by case basis. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
If you are bringing children below the age of 7 and they will not be participating in the tastings (or will share with you!), you do not need to purchase tickets for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you purchase tickets.
What types of foods are served on the tour?
We will stop at 3-4 sit down restaurants during the tour. The types of food at the restaurants include 18th century inspired Anglo-Indian Cuisine, award winning Soul Food, Spanish empanadas, eclectic seafood specialties, Salvadorian beverages, and traditional Eastern European Jewish desserts. Food-tasting locations may change without notice.
How much food is served on the tour?
There are 4-5 stops on the tour where you will be served small specialty meals. For most people there is enough food that dinner afterwards will not be necessary.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know well enough in advance, we can often accommodate your needs. If we do not find out about the special needs until the day of the tour, it is usually not possible for us to appropriately adjust the food on the tour.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Water will be served with each meal. You will be served a drink with dessert, and with one of the meals.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
Our Food Tours provide history, architecture, culture, and local cuisine. We enjoy food at a number of restaurants throughout each Food Tour in the form of either specially plated dishes, or family style meals, depending on the type of food at each restaurant.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at all restaurants. We will stop at each restaurant for 20-25 minutes, which includes time to use the bathrooms.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
We are on our feet for approximately half of the tour. We cover a good deal of information yet walk at a comfortable pace. We sit at most restaurants for 20-25 minutes. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.
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 DC Metro Food Tours by clicking on the "Contact DCFoodTours" link.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Gratuities are always appreciated, although not mandatory.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The 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 tour. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
Where does the tour finish?
The tour finishes within three blocks of the starting point. Additionally, each participant will receive specific direction details and a map at the beginning of the tour in order to gain familiarity with the area.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We strongly encourage participants to take photos throughout the tour.
How many stops will there be? And how much time will we spend at each stop?
There will be five stops along the tour. Each stop will last between 20 and 25 minutes.
How much time will be spent inside? How much will be spent outside?
You will spend between at least half the tour inside various restaurants. The other half will be spent on the streets of historic Capitol Hill.
Is there wheelchair access on the tour?
Our tour will cover some uneven terrain. If you or another guest with you needs wheelchair access, please contact the seller in advance. We will work to accomodate you.
Is there parking nearby the tour meeting point?
Yes, there is a parking garage located near the meeting point. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions after purchasing ticket(s).
Are gift certificates available for the tour?
Yes, gift certificates are available for all DC Metro Food Tours and make an ideal gift for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Contact DCFoodTours" link to make a request.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, private tours are available. To learn more about booking a Private Group Tour, please click on the "Contact DCFoodTours" link.


DC Metro Food Tours

DC Metro Food Tours offers unique culinary and cultural walking tours that bring you to some of the area's most unique and historic neighborhoods. Learn from highly trained guides about the architecture and history while enjoying cuisine from locally owned and operated restaurants.

We will open your mind and palette to the sights, sounds and flavors that Washington DC has to offer. The area best known for its museums and moments is also full of exciting, historic neighborhoods that offer a wide range of cuisine that will change your expectations of our nation’s capital.
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