Discover Downtown Syracuse Food Tour

Sampling Syracuse Food Tours

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Discover Downtown Syracuse by sampling local fare at award winning restaurants and learning about the history & culture along the way!
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Sampling Syracuse Food Tours will provide you with a delicious and unique way to discover Downtown Syracuse.

Our 3 hour walking tour includes stops at award winning restaurants. We cover two miles through the streets of Downtown Syracuse, walking at a moderate pace. Participants will sample local fare as well as visit cultural and historic landmarks including:
  • Franklin Square
  • Onondaga Creekwalk
  • Clinton Square
  • Salina Street
  • Armory Square
Many of our eateries are family owned and operated and get their stamp of approval from locals.  Downtown Syracuse’s fascinating history and vibrant culinary scene provide the perfect ingredients for a fun and memorable walking food tour experience.

Tasting locations may include:
  • Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Freedom of Espresso
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 
  • Pastablities
  • Gannon's Isle Ice Cream
Enough food is served that for most participants, lunch is not necessary afterwards.

What Is Not Included?

Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. While not mandatory, gratuities are greatly appreciated by our tour guides, especially if you have a great time on the tour.

Meeting Location

Armory Square (Syracuse, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


87 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great experience, highly recommend!
Sat, Aug 22  12:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
My husband and I have lived within 15 miles of Syracuse our whole lives. This experience takes the cake! We learned so much history we had never known before. The Creekwalk is beautiful and definitely deserves more praise! The food was delicious and Kate was very knowledgeable. She did an amazing job. If you haven't gone- do it! Well worth it!! :)
Rating: 5
a fun and delicious way to explore Syracuse
Sat, Aug 22  12:00 PM Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
We had a beautiful day to travel from place to place, delicious food, and interesting commentary on the city. I especially appreciated how well my need for gluten-free food was accommodated. Finding the suggested parking lot was a little challenging.
Rating: 5
Lots of fun!
Sat, Aug 8  12:00 PM Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
We enjoyed our tour so much. Food was great and the tour of the city was awesome. Kate is so professional and knowledgeable about the city. I grew up in Syracuse, but did not know most of the the facts we learned today. She made certain that dietary restrictions that some group members had were accommodated and really made it a fun experience. I highly recommend this tour for people visiting Syracuse and for native Syracusans!
Rating: 5
Excellent - Lots of Fun
Sat, Aug 1  12:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Unspecified
Katie was delightful. Food was wonderful. I would highly recommend.
Rating: 5
Fabulous Tour
Sat, Jul 18  12:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Other
I took my sister on the Syracuse Food Tour for her birthday. We are both local, but I knew she would enjoy the historical facts, the little-known tidbits about our city, and the food. I was correct. We BOTH enjoyed our 3 hours with Kate, the very knowledgeable, personable, gracious guide. It was quite hot that day but Kate expertly tweaked things to make our walks and our restaurant times most enjoyable. We would both be happy to take other friends on this tour again. It never gets old. I would recommend this tour to anyone, local or visiting our wonderful city.
Rating: 5
Great way to get to know Syracuse NY!
Sat, Jul 11  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
While this tour is great for out-of-towners or the recently relocated, it is also an awesome experience for the locals. It reminded me that Syracuse is home to great architecture, great food, great music (the Blues Fest was going on) and some great people. Our Tour Guide Kate was personable and professional. She called ahead before each stop so the restaurants were ready for us. We learned about Syracuse history and walked away with a FULL belly! Not only do I recommend this Tour as a gift, I also recommend that you go on it too! Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water (although each restaurant provides water and a bathroom to use) as you will need them. Thank you for such a wonderful experience Kate!
Rating: 5
Fun and interesting
Sat, Jun 20  12:00 PM Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Kate did an excellent job -- the tour was fun throughout -- we learned some local history, had a nice walk, and enjoyed some very good food. Recommending it to my friends as well
Rating: 5
Syracuse food tour was fun and educational
Sat, Jun 20  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I would highly recommend this tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable, attentive to everyone's needs and very fun!
Rating: 5
Cuse made to order!
Sat, May 23  12:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
This by far is one of the best food tours ever. As a Syracuse native, I have visited all of the places before and thought I had a fairly good knowledge of our city's historical roots. Kate is an excellent "hostess" who treated us to the best that Syracuse has to offer while sharing facts and tidbits that whetted our appetite's and kept us craving for more. The food, beverage and ice cream choices provided by the establishments were excellent. This was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon in downtown Syracuse and I would recommend it to locals and visitors alike.
Rating: 5
Great afternoon
Sat, May 16  12:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Our guide was fun and knowledgable, and the group was diverse. Other than our friends, everyone was form a foreign country. The history of the area was enlightening and the food was excellent. It was a wonderful afternoon activity and we will search for similar tours in other cities.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?
Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours often sell out so we suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour date. You can buy tickets for the Sampling Syracuse Food Tour tickets with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
We do not provide a waiting list. Tour tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
How much food is served on the food tour?
Sampling Syracuse Food Tours provides enough food that for most participants, lunch is not necessary afterwards. Please understand our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast and lunch combined, so please consider eating breakfast before the tour.
What types of food are served on the tour?
We will sample various types of food including authentic Irish and Italian cuisine, barbecue style dishes, and decadent desserts.
What restaurants will we visit on the tour?
Our tasting locations are subject to change, but we typically visit Kitty Hoynes, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Freedom of Espresso and other fantastic locations in Syracuse.
Are beverages included?
Water will be provided at a couple of stops along the tour but only one tasting will include beverages that are not water. Feel free to bring your own bottle of water if you would like to have something to keep you hydrated throughout the tour.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
Tours generally last between 2.5 and 3 hours and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. We cover two miles and walk at a moderate pace. We will also sit at two locations for at least 45 minutes total.
What happens if it rains or snows?
Tours are held rain, shine, or snow. Please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly for Syracuse’s various seasons.  Don’t forget your umbrella if rain is predicted!
Where does the tour begin and end?
The tour begins in Armory Square (the exact meeting location will be provided at time of ticket purchase). The end of the tour is a 4-block walk from the starting location.
Where should I park?
Free parking is available in the Trolley Lot behind the MOST (Museum of Science and Technology) off of W. Jefferson Street. The parking lot is located in between the meeting point and ending point. Public parking garages are available for a fee (max. $8/day). The garage located closest to the meeting point is: Atrium Parking Garage (#9 on link below) 256 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 The garage located in between the meeting point and ending point is: Clinton Street Parking Garage (#16 on link below) 401 S. Clinton Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 To view additional parking options in Downtown Syracuse, please click here:
If I live in or around Syracuse is this tour for me?
Absolutely! While you may be familiar with our route and some of the tasting locations, the opportunity exists to taste new food items and to learn more about the establishments themselves. We will share some fun facts about the history, architecture, and culture of downtown Syracuse that you probably have yet to discover.  Also, as a local you will have the unique opportunity to re-visit many of the eateries we stop at, as well as others we recommend, at your leisure!  Finally, this tour is an excellent activity to entertain out-of-town family and guests.
Do we only walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! Sampling Syracuse Food Tours combines architectural commentary, historical knowledge, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 2.5 to 3 hour experience. Imagine walking through Syracuse eating our local artisans' most delicious foods while learning about Downtown Syracuse.
What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?
Please be sure and let us know if you or anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, celiac, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can typically accommodate your needs.
Are there vegetarian options on the tour?
We are typically able to provide alternative tasting options for vegetarians. Be sure and let us know any dietary restrictions when you purchase tickets for your tour.
Are there vegan options on the tour?
While a few of the tastings are vegan-friendly, many of them are not. Unfortunately, the tour visits several local establishments where vegan options are not available. While vegans are welcome to take the tour and learn about the history and culture of Syracuse, we will not be able to provide vegan-friendly tastings at several of the tasting stops.
Does the tour guide accept gratuities?
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15-20%.
Can I shop during the tour?
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on our food-tasting schedule and continue with the informative tour in a timely manner. If possible, allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores. Each tour follows a schedule to ensure that the food at each tasting location is freshly served to the participants.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the tour is wheelchair accessible but please note that many of the sidewalks are old and can be quite uneven in some places. Please contact us at so we help assess your individual situation.
Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time.
Are pets allowed on the tour?
No, animals are not allowed inside establishments that we will visit. Please leave your pooches snuggled up in their beds. If you will be accompanied by a service animal please let us know when you book your tour.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at select food-tasting locations.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes, cameras are allowed during the tour and we strongly encourage participants to take photos and share them.
Is there an age restriction? Can I bring a child?
Our tour is definitely geared more toward adults, however, well-behaved children are welcome with a paid ticket. We recommend the tour for those 13 years of age and up. Please keep in mind, all tour attendees must have a full-priced ticket, regardless of age.The tour is 2.5 to 3 hours long and because some children have limited attention spans, the tour may not be appropriate for them. Parents should assess the situation individually; please consider that there is a lot of standing, walking, and listening involved in the tour when deciding whether it is appropriate for your child.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, Sampling Syracuse Food Tours Gift Certificates are available. To purchase or learn more about our gift certificates, please click "Contact SamplingSYR" to the left of the page. A member of the Sampling Syracuse Food Tours staff will respond with payment information and further instructions.
Can I book a private group tour?
Yes, private Sampling Syracuse Food Tours are available. To set up or learn more, please click "Contact SamplingSYR" to the left of the page. A member of Sampling Syracuse Food Tours staff will respond to you within 48 hours.


Sampling Syracuse Food Tours

The idea of a food tour in Syracuse began while visiting my very good friend from college Jenn, who lives in New Jersey.  It was June 2012 and she thought it would be fun to spend the afternoon taking a food tour in Manayunk, PA.  Jenn was right, we had the best time!  Thank goodness I do not have daily access to mini Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches!

After our exceptional food tour, we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon in Manayunk, rather than go into Philadelphia as planned.  We were enjoying a beer at the local brewery when it dawned on me that Syracuse would be a great place to have a food tour!  Syracuse has a fascinating historyamazing restaurants and a continuing and exciting revitalization of downtown Syracuse.  After 15 years of friendship, Jenn knows how much I love Syracuse and food, and thought it would be a great idea to start a food tour in Syracuse.

With the help and support of wonderful friends and an amazing family, five months later, Sampling Syracuse Food Tours was ready to showcase incredibly tasty food from some of the best restaurants in Downtown Syracuse all the while walking along city sidewalks and gaining an appreciation for Syracuse’s rich history.

Sampling Syracuse Food Tours is a home-grown, locally owned and operated small business.  We take great pride in our city and its incredible surroundings, and we will go the extra mile to make sure each and every customer on our tours has an experience that is fun, memorable and pleasing to the palate. 

Please join us as we Sample Syracuse!
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