Delight yourself with artisan inspired creations, delectable dishes, ethnic cuisine, and more as you realize why the Spanish named this area "the Jewel." Hear the history behind the Scripps family and how Ellen Browning Scripps once lived in the present day Museum of Contemporary Art.
Your friendly guide will also share how Theodor Geisele (more famously known as Dr. Seuss) made La Jolla his home, why the native Indians first called La Jolla "the hole in the mountain," and that an acre in La Jolla once cost $1.25. Today, La Jolla remains one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the nation and is one of the most popular attractions in San Diego.
Luckily, you can affordably eat your way through this town, one bite at a time, thanks to Bite San Diego!
Our La Jolla walking food tour is for ages 16+.
The stops on our La Jolla tour include restaurants, such as:
- The Public House - NEW! This secluded eatery covers everything from Kobe beef to fresh fish tacos, all paried with a GIANT beer list. Cheers!
- Farm to Fork Juice (Saturday tours only) - NEW! Healthy juice prepared in the purest form. Always made with raw and organic ingredients, always fresh and always delicious!
- Ohana Cafe - Hawaiian BBQ with traditional and Pacific fusion dishes (and shaved ice!)
- Richard Walker's Pancake House - The San Diego breakfast staple serving apple pancakes 7 days a week!
- Girard Gourmet (Sunday tours only) - La Jolla's premier deli, bakery, restaurant and caterer for 25 years.
- We Olive - Divine dipping of the best olive oils and more from around the globe.
What Is Not Included?
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance or can I just show up with cash?
- Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out! To make sure you get the time and date you want, we suggest you book far in advance (one month or more). Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. Cash is not accepted. Even if you hand it to us cold.
- What should I expect if I take a Bite food walking Tour?
- Oh, a lot! At the start of your tour one of Bite San Diego’s guides will check you in at the first restaurant. Then, you’re off on a 1 mile stroll which will stop at five or more restaurants. At each restaurant, you’ll sample the cuisine while learning about its importance and impact in San Diego. During the walking portion of the tour, your guide will share interesting facts and stories about the buildings, streets, and culture of San Diego.
- Are there other tours available?
- Currently, Bite San Diego operates tours in Old Town, Downtown, Coronado, Hillcrest, Julian, La Jolla, and North Park too!
- How much walking are we talking about here?
- The La Jolla tour covers a 1 mile route on flat surfaces. We are on our feet for most of the entire tour, but we keep the walking and stopping to a leisurely pace. This is San Diego - we’re laid back.
- What restaurants will we visit on the tour?
- We love this question! A list of the fabulous restaurants we visit is included in the description of the tour.
- Do I need to be 21 and over to participate in the tour?
- This tour is 16 and up.
- I was thinking of bringing my nephew/screaming baby/twin toddlers. Good idea?
- Not really. Bite San Diego is truly for those interested in foodie facts, San Diego history, and “grown up” food. A mature teenager may enjoy the tour, but it is not recommended for those under 21 as we may tour through a bar and this is not legally permitted. However, if you do choose to bring children, all children over the age of 1 must have a full priced ticket in order to attend (babies under 1 year of age may attend for free) and you may have to wait outside a bar type of establishment with your child, as children and those under 21, may not legally enter a bar.
- What if it rains?
- We operate rain or shine. However, San Diego is sunny 340 or more days a year. It will probably be perfectly sunny for your tour.
- How should I dress during a tour?
- San Diego is pretty casual when it comes to fashion so don’t feel compelled to look like you’re “going out.” Dress as you would for a lunch or picnic, keeping in mind you’ll be casually strolling for about 1 mile. We don’t mind if you wear an “I LOVE SAN DIEGO” t-shirt from a local tourist shop. We wear those shirts all the time ourselves.
- Are tour guide gratuities included in the price?
- No, so if your tour guide is just fantastic and impresses the pants off you, give him or her a tip to show your thanks.
- How many people can go on one tour?
- The maximum number of people per tour is 17.
- How much food will we eat on the tour?
- Each restaurant provides food or drinks, but our tour is not meant to be a 6-course meal. We’re called “Bite” San Diego, after all! Most folks on our tour don’t feel hungry afterwards.
- What type of food and drinks will we taste on the tour?
- Each tour is different, but in La Jolla, you'll sample meats and cheese, cupcakes, baked goods, ice cream bars, pizza, wines, and more.
- Wait! How will I remember what restaurants to go back to?
- Don’t you worry. Your tour guide will provide you with a handout outlining the tour route and the names and contact info of the restaurants we’ll be visiting.
- Are there any beverages served on the tour?
- Yes, water is at every stop. Some of our tours sample wine or beer. At each restaurant stop, you may purchase drinks.
- What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
- Well, our tours are probably not for you. All of our restaurants are partners of ours and we cannot ask them to modify samples, which are usually showcases of their best dishes. We're sorry.
- Are any of your walking tours wheelchair and/or stroller accessible?
- This is California, where everywhere is a place you can wheel along! (Or else you’d be sued.) So yes, bring your wheels if you normally do and ride along with us. All of the surfaces we walk on are flat.
- Are there restrooms available on the tour?
- Yes. The tour visits a number of restaurants, therefore bathrooms will be available at each stop during the tour.
- Are tours offered only in English?
- Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. We also don’t speak California Surfer or Stuck Up Foodie.
- May I bring my dog on the tour?
- Oh, we love dogs, but sadly, the Health Department does not. Please leave your pooch at home.
- Is there public parking available nearby?
- Yes! There is ample street parking all along Girard Ave. for visitors. You may park on the street on SUNDAYS for FREE. However, do not park on the street on Saturdays, as you will be ticketed for the 2 hour time limit. There are also several lots in the area. Full parking information along with detailed directions to the meeting location will be given upon purchasing tickets.
- Does this tour have anything to offer a native or local San Diegan?
- Of course! Many of our guests live in San Diego. Locals often go on our tours to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live. Besides, we don’t look like a tourist group, and we give you access to restaurants and info we’re sure you’ve never experienced or known before.
- What about signing a waiver or something like that?
- Yep, we do ask each guest to sign a waiver stating that you understand Bite San Diego and the restaurants we visit cannot be held responsible for losses, delays, damages, accidents or injuries caused by persons engaged in carrying out the services of the tours.
- Are gift certificates available?
- Yes! If you are interested in gift certificates, please click on the "Contact BiteSanDiego" link to inquire about purchasing one.
- Can I book a private tour?
- Yes, but you’ll need to contact us directly so we can set this up. Please click on the "Contact BiteSanDiego" link on the left side of the page to inquire about a private tour.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- 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).
- Children under 16 are not recommended.
- Since the tour is for those interested in foodie facts, city history, and "grown up" food, children under 16 are not recommended. If you choose to bring children, they must have a full priced ticket in order to attend (except babies under 1 year who are free and do not need a ticket). Guests 21 and up should bring valid ID - those under 21 will not be able to participate in the alcoholic tastings.
Bite San Diego
Bite San Diego offers big, bold, bite-filled food walking tours in San Diego. We take you inside the restaurants that have impacted San Diego’s culinary scene and show you what it is and where it’s going. We introduce you to the tastes making San Diego’s food scene one of the hottest in the country. We lead you on an exploration of the history, roots and reasons San Diego is becoming a food mecca for locals and world travellers alike.
Lace up your sneakers or slip on your flip-flops! Come with us on our San Diego food walking tours as we bite our way throughout San Diego, America’s Finest, Most Delicious City.