Historic Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

DC Metro Food Tours

Zerve Seller: DCFoodTours
Activity #1373
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Description

This tour explores parts of the historic and architecturally unique town that has prospered for over two hundred years. Discover locally owned and operated restaurants off the beaten path in this historically rich town.

On this guided, narrated walking tour, you will experience and learn about Old Town Alexandria’s significance throughout the history of our country. During the tour, you will stop to sample specially made dishes at unique family owned restaurants.

After finishing, you will be able to truly appreciate the heritage, history, and local food in Old Town Alexandria.

Your culinary adventure may include the following specialties:
 
  • European inspired dishes from the city's original fusion chef
  • Award winning house specialty sandwich
  • Hand made artisan bread
  • Locally sourced dishes from a restaurant featured on the Food Network
  • Fresh seafood served in an 18th century captain's warehouse
  • Old Town’s famous 135 year old Jelly Cake
  • Freshly brewed specialty teas served at one of the Washington DC area's last standing tea shop

  • Experience the many sides of Old Town!

    Join us as we bring you through a town of stately mansions, charming row houses, and tree lined streets, encapsulating three centuries worth of charm. See what makes this former port town so charming, unique and delicious.

    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.

    What Is Not Included?

    Guide gratuity

    Meeting Location

    King St and Fairfax St, City Hall - Market Square (Alexandria, VA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

    Reviews

    353 Reviews Rating: 4.5 4.5 out of 5.0
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    Rating: 5
    Excellent Food Tour with Pablo
    gailnikoi Sun, Oct 26  1:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
     
    Thoroughly enjoyed the food, historical insights and lively interaction with Pablo. Highly recommend this tour.
    Rating: 5
    Food/Architectural Tour in Alexandria VA
    ElaineRogers Sat, Oct 25  1:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
     
    We thoroughly enjoyed our food and architectural tour with Becky on Sat 10/25/14. The food at the 3 restaurants (plus coffee/dessert venue) was very good; we had about 13 people in our group, which was just perfect. We learned a lot about the city and got background on some very historical buildings. We will definitely do similar tours in the future. This tour delivered what was advertised. Kudos to Becky and the restaurants for a great job.
    Rating: 5
    To Satisfy your Cravings for Food and Knowledge!
    robsabobs Fri, Oct 17  1:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
     
    Yummy! Our tour guide, Don, was plentiful with facts and stories of Alexandria. We digested his information along with three enjoyable meals and a delectable dessert. Truly, a "must do"!
    Rating: 5
    Lots of food!
    JLC5123 Mon, Oct 13  4:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
     
    Our tour guide was great. He was very knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy walking us around. This tour only had four stops, which made me a little disappointed. However, I was surprised at the portions that we received, they were a lot larger than I am used to on a food tour and probably why we only hit four places. I would have been stuffed if we went to any more! All the food was very tasty. This trip included a beer tasting as well, which was a pleasant surprise. All in all, I highly recommend this tour.
    Rating: 4
    Good Time
    mvandeventer Fri, Oct 3  1:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
     
    I am new to the city, and my best friend was visiting from Hawaii so we decided to do something that would allow us to see a little more than just one restaurant. The restaurant choices were great - all different feels and the food was good and a good variety. I will definitely go back to those places. Our guide was a little strange but the group was good. There were 6 of us in our 20s and 30s and we all got along great! I'd love to do another one of these tours in a different place!
    Rating: 5
    This tour was fantastic and a great deal!
    Fairfaxak4 Sat, Sep 27  1:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Other
     
    The tour was fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and I was surprised how she was able to get us to each restaurant right on time. She made sure any dietary needs were taken care of in advance. I was shocked at how much food each restaurant provided and how delicious it was. We had a great time and recommend it to anyone who likes history and food.
    Rating: 4
    Nice but more facts would've improved
    RifRafD Sat, Sep 20  1:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Other
     
    The food and locations were great. I would've enjoyed hearing more historical facts while we were eating. Knowing the history of the places we ate would've been great too. Not just the current restaurant but the history of the building.
    Rating: 5
    Lots of Fun!
    EmilyZdarko Sun, Aug 31  1:00 PM Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
     
    We had a fantastic time on this tour. Christopher Pitt was a great guide. We learned lots about the history of the area and enjoyed talking with him. The food was delicious!
    Rating: 3
    Not bad but wouldn't recommend
    mikeherd Sun, Aug 31  1:00 PM Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
     
    Tour was ok. Wouldn't recommend it. Had to wait 10 minutes after getting seated for the first meal and 15 minutes at the second restaurant for a table, though the guide called ahead. Half of the dishes were seafood. I don't eat seafood. It would have been fine as a $30 tour, not a $60 one. Tour guide was knowledgeable.
    Rating: 4
    Very Good food tour
    BarbaraHaber Sat, Aug 16  1:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
     
    Becky was an awesome tour guide - personable and very knowledgeable about the history of Alexandria. The food was great but I felt there were too many extremely rich foods served to us back to back. By the 2nd stop, my friend and I couldn't eat another bite. It started with spinach ravioli in a very heavy cream sauce, the next stop included extremely rich, thick carrot soup and a mac and cheese dish. They were all delicious but it was just too much rich, heavy food in a short period of time. The jelly cake at the end was nothing to get excited about, but that was fine because we were stuffed. I highly recommend adjusting the types of foods served in order for guests to be able to enjoy every stop. Other than that, a fun day.
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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 can 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 3.5 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 Lebanese, Greek, European/Asian Fusion, Thai, Local/Continental, and French. You may also have tastings at a gourmet coffee and specialty store and a local chocolate shop. Everyone will also receive Alexandria’s Famous Jelly Cake. 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 either tea or coffee with dessert. Alcohol may or may not be included on the tour.
    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 Old Town Alexandria.
    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.

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    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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