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!

  • Experience the sights, sounds & flavors of D.C.’s Ethiopian community & learn about the history that makes this neighborhood so unique!

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


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Description

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.)

Reviews

261 Reviews Rating: 4.5 4.5 out of 5.0
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Last 6 months 21 40 2 = 38 89% 4.2
Last 12 months 38 86 2 = 84 94% 4.5
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Rating: 5
Great tour, awesome food and wonderful guide
Sat, Jun 20  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
This food tour showcases the Capital Hill area and some of the wonderful food they have to offer. I would highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 3
Good overall
Sat, Jun 20  2:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Our tour guide, Jessica, was personable and knowledgeable. She introduced the group, which was nice. The group was pleasant and added to the experience. The food was a bit of a mixed bag - between my husband and I, we both liked at least 2 of the 3 stops. Dessert (4th stop) was a bit of a letdown. It was a 3 minute stop at the Eastern Market. Dessert is a favorite, so I was disappointed that this was not given more care. The neighborhood was OK - a bit of history, but not as much as I would expect on the Georgetown or Alexandria tours (my 1st and 2nd choice tours that were not available). Jessica did well, though, weaving in the history and interesting notes. One recommendation is to wait to start talking about a spot once all member of the group have gathered. If you were at the back of the group, you missed the first few sentences of her speech.
Rating: 2
Poor food...and not much of a tour!
Sun, Jun 14  2:00 PM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
This tour took us to four restaurants around the Capital Hill district of Washington. Although the area is pretty, we walked up and down the same couple of streets as time wasters between each restaurant, with nothing of much cultural or historical significance to be seen. It would have been interesting to go to the market at least...

The restaurants were frankly average to poor. We have done many food tours and usually you get to either taste typically "local" cuisine (eg pizza in Brroklyn) or the best that somewhere has to offer. The first restaurant was Indian, which was the best of the bunch. Greek, salvadorean and American dessert (bread pudding) were the rest and we wouldn't go back to any of them.

I think this tour needs to include a small bus and take visitors further afield to make the event more interesting. We have done Brooklyn and NYC tours in this manner and they worked well. All in all, we thought it was poor and not good value for money.
Rating: 5
Way more then just food and history
Wed, Jun 10  11:30 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Pleasantly surprised on how amazing this tour was! Eric gave such a great informative tour that the amazing delicious food was a bonus. Being a foodie and a history lover, this tour was really a great combination of both. The price is wel worth it. You will not eat anything else the rest of the day.
Rating: 4
Fun and informative
Sun, May 24  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Our guide Jennifer was knowledgeable and engaging and the food was delicious. Our expectation was a bit more culinary history than was presented; that being said, we still really enjoyed learning about the area, it's history and architecture.
Rating: 5
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour!
Sat, May 9  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
 
I thought it was really well put together and I liked the combination between the discussion about food as well as the history of the neighborhood. Unfortunately my family had already been to one of the restaurants on the list (Cava in Capitol Hill) and I had requested beforehand that we didn't revisit this place as we preferred to try something new but for some reason this message must have gotten lost in communication. Everything else was wonderful!
Rating: 4
Good overall but it ended up taking too long
Sat, May 9  2:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, but by the end of the tour that was supposed to end at approximately 5PM she drew out the presentation until almost 6PM. Most of our group was exhausted froma lot of walking on a very hot day, and by the time we reached Eastern Market most of the booths inside and outside were shutting down. I think just tightening up the itinerary time wise would have made a big difference.
Rating: 3
Tour Guide was Great 3 out of 4 places good
Sun, Apr 26  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Our tour guide was awesome and it was enjoyable but all food tours I had been on were more tasting and a number of places, this was four sit downs. I think it would be good to make that more clear in the description. It was still fun but did not measure up to other experiences.
Rating: 3
Participation by restaurant owners/managers
Sun, Apr 12  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Although our guide was very well informed on the history and architecture of the area, I think most of the group would have enjoyed more participation from the restaurants themselves. I've been on a food tour in Sante Fe, NM where the chief/owner spoke about his establishment and the sample plates. It was wonderful. Also, my tour in St. Augustine, FL had each owner speak about his/her restaurant or shop and explain what their specialty was. Very enjoyable. During the DC tour our guide gave a short rundown on the food served, but no one from the restaurants participated. The servers were polite and efficient. The food plentiful and good quality, some exceptional. But the overall experience could have been so much more. A little less history and more "Food Channel".
Rating: 5
Great!
Sat, Apr 11  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
It was great to explore an area that I visit often with the insight of tour guide. The food was delicious!
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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.

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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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