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.)

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    366 Reviews Rating: 4.4 4.4 out of 5.0
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    Rating: 5
    Snow day food tour
    Sat, Feb 21  1:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
     
    Had a great experience for our first food tour. It was a very snowy day and still were able to walk to all restaurants and enjoy the tour. Only the last bakery cancelled, but had dessert anyway at the 3rd restaurant. had a nice guide and really enjoyed the experience.
    Rating: 5
    Very interesting!!!
    Sat, Jan 24  1:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
     
    Our guide was fantastic. She has a history degree so she has learned a bunch about the area and it was great to learn so much. The food was great and everyone was very friendly. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Rating: 5
    We had an Awesome time!
    Sun, Jan 11  1:00 PM Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
     
    Our tour guide was a history lover and she did a great job taking us around Old Town Alexandria. She had passion for her tour, and we shared a bunch about the area including some quirks, famous founding fathers stomping grounds, and a few ghost stories. The food we sampled was a series of small plates from a good mix of restaurants and by the end of the tour I was stuffed to content. The people in our group were very nice and provided a pleasant addition to our tour. I would highly recommend for couples or people interested in learning about the area while getting to dine on some delicious cuisine.
    Rating: 5
    A great tour with fun guide
    Sun, Jan 11  1:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
     
    We were a little apprehensive about the tour at first, but since my husband and I were in town visiting my sister and brother-in-law, we decided to give it a try - I mean why not try something different?! We ended up having a great group of 12 people in our tour and we got to talk to almost everyone in the group between the different venues. The company was great, the tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable, and the food at all of the restaurants was very good. We now have some new places to try when we're back in town! All in all I highly recommend.
    Rating: 5
    11 Jan 2015 Alexandria Food Tour
    Sun, Jan 11  1:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
     
    Becky was awesome and we had a great group of people. Becky was very knowledgeable and did a great job.
    Rating: 3
    Good food, little "touring"
    Fri, Jan 2  1:00 PM Male 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
     
    We received relatively little "tour guidance." In other words, most of the time was spent chatting with the other tour members. We had only one stop at a building to discuss its history. We received very little history or other information about the establishments that we visited from the host organizations, although we had a brief introduction to each venue from the tour guide. We stopped at three restaurants and a pastry shop. All were good (except perhaps for the pastry shop, which was moderate). Many of the restaurants had problems with the special dietary restrictions (common food allergies) that some members of our group had requested. Our guide worked to fix these problems.
    Rating: 3
    Great Tour Guide, Not So Great Food
    Sat, Dec 27, 14  1:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
     
    Okay, so I'm a vegetarian - that shouldn't mean my only options are pasta, pasta, and pasta. I've been on numerous food tours with my husband, and they have always been able to give me great options - veggies, soups, etc. but on this tour, I was served spinach ravioli, which was wonderful, then mac and cheese - wonderful but a 2nd pasta dish, then yet a 3rd pasta dish - goat cheese ravioli. I truly think the tour guides and restaurants need to coordinate much better so that those who don't eat meat can enjoy various other options. There are so many to choose from and I have to say I found the vegetarian options this time around to be VERY disappointing. Great tour guide, though.
    Rating: 5
    What a great experience!
    Fri, Nov 28, 14  1:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
     
    My husband and I are returning to the Old Town Alexandria area after being out of state for about 15 years. We were eager to see what restaurants were still there and learn about the newest and more trendy ones. This tour experience was what we had hoped for. We look forward to revisiting the places we got to sample and experience on this tour. Thank you to Terry for a great tour.
    Rating: 5
    Great Birthday Afternoon
    Sat, Nov 15, 14  1:00 PM Female 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
     
    I have wanted to do a DC Food Walking Tour for awhile now. So when a group of ladies wanted to do it for a birthday, I jumped at the chance. While I had already been to 2 of the restaurants previously, it was still a really good time. Pablo was a VERY good host.
    Rating: 1
    Worste food tour we have ever done
    Sat, Nov 8, 14  1:00 PM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Other
     
    No disrespect to Pablo, our friendly guide but this tour was not about food. It was basically a very basic guided walk-about of Alexandria with some background/history of the place here & there and 5 stops where you just happened to eat. No real information about each place we ate in & no information about the food we were given other than what it was. In fact neither guide nor server could answer any detailed questions relating to ingredients, means of cooking or even inspiration for dishes served. No hand out listing venues visited & others recommended in the area or discount card provided for revisits, all of which we have come to expect from all our food tour experiences to date. Reason given for selection of a venue was purely down to whether a place wanted to be a stop on the tour. This unfortunately meant the food was average at best instead of being of a high standard, artisanal, unique & memorable. After all the amazing food tours we have experienced with smaller foodie companies we were bound to have a bad one at some point. Our view, don't bother with this one. Doubt we will bother with any further DC Tours and we will go back to booking food tours with small foodie start up tour companies as they clearly do it best.
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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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