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!

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

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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.)


273 Reviews Rating: 4.5 4.5 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 10 26 0 = 26 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 23 47 1 = 46 95% 4.4
Last 12 months 38 83 2 = 81 94% 4.5
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Rating: 5
Great tour! Even better food!
Sat, Aug 29  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I highly recommend this food tour of Capitol Hill. Our tour guide, Ryan, was energetic and engaging. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the area surrounding the delicious restaurants we stopped at. The weather was warm, but during the history part of the tour, Ryan thoughtfully stopped us in locations where we could take cover under some shade. We had an intimate group of 7 people due to some cancellations, and at each stop, Ryan made conversation with all of us easing the awkwardness of meeting new people. Now on to the food...we were stuffed!! Everything we ate was absolutely delicious. I do not want to give details and spoil the surprise, but I will say we enjoyed one restaurant so much, we returned for dinner that evening. Overall, I highly recommend this tour, even if you are a local! Thank you Ryan and DC Metro Food Tours for an enjoyable, delicious afternoon!
Rating: 5
Ryan was so great and historical facts were cool!
Sat, Aug 29  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Unspecified Group of Friends
I really enjoyed the historical facts Ryan shared with us. The tour was really cool and Ryan was really awesome. Also, the first two food stops are yummy and the portions are substantial. I'd recommend Ryan and this tour!
Rating: 5
Wed, Aug 19  11:30 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
So informative and interesting!
Rating: 5
Great way to get to know Capitol Hill
Sat, Aug 15  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Jen, our guide was very knowledgeable, inclusive to all in our group. We spent half the time learning about the area and half trying out mom & pop restaurants that we may never have tried without this guidance. The food was good.
Rating: 5
Unique and Delicious
Sat, Aug 8  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I've been on food tours in other cities (San Francisco and Pittsburgh) before, and this was the best one of the group! The restaurant choices were unique, the servings were satisfying (basically 2 1/2 meals, plus dessert), and the guide was friendly. It was a good balance of getting to know the neighborhood (in my case, the Eastern Market) and exploring history. A great way to spend an afternoon with family or friends.

P.S. Cava Mezze is AMAZING!
Rating: 4
charming and informative tour leader, great food
Sun, Aug 2  2:00 PM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The walking tour and 2 of the restaurants (the first 2) were excellent and fun. Our tour leader was enthusiastic and very informative about the area. The first 2 restaurants served a variety of dishes, very nicely appointed and delicious. The third restaurant served one dish only and was disappointing after the generous fare of the previous two. On the other hand, we were getting full so the small offering was probably not a bad idea. I didn't care for this last dish, either, but my 2 teenage grandsons like it a lot. The 4th food stop was totally disappointing. I expected pastries and an opportunity to enjoy them with a cup of coffee, even though the tour guide explained that he was going to the bakery in the Eastern Market to pick up a bag of pastries which he would distribute. The pastries were stale, to boot. But, the over all tour was so enjoyable and the first 2 restaurants so outstanding I do not want to leave the reader with the impression that I was unhappy. It is a worthwhile tour.
Rating: 5
Sat, Aug 1  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Unspecified Group of Friends
The food tour was amazing! It was great to get to try food I wouldn't normally have. Our tour guide, Christian, was very knowledgeable and fun. It was a great experience!
Rating: 4
Great Tour Guide
Sat, Jul 25  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Jessica was knowledgeable, pleasant and a great tour guide.
Rating: 5
great outing
Wed, Jul 15  11:30 AM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
It was very informative and fun. The food choices were diverse and delicious.
Rating: 5
Sun, Jul 12  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Tour guide was great! Learned a lot about history and the city. Food was also great, a very good verity and a sufficient amount.
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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.


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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