- Walking History tour of San Diego’s Thriving “New Town”
- Indulge your senses: Taste original flavors from favorite restaurants
- Listen to stories about the scandals of the Stingaree District
- This isn’t the history they teach you in a classroom!
- Enough food for a full meal
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
2.5 hours- $45 per person
San Diego has been called America’s Finest City for good reason: beautiful sunshine, outdoorsy people, and a long list of activities to keep every adventure-seeker satisfied. Downtown San Diego today is a vibrant, trendy area boasting over 100 bars, nightclubs and shops in a 16 & ½ block area. You might never guess that this beautiful city began as one of California’s largest red light districts and remained a place of ill repute well into the 1980s. Luckily for you, things have changed and we’ll take you on a San Diego Food Tour where you’ll get a taste of San Diego’s present and past–without the risk of getting Shanghai’d!
Travel back in time with us on our popular San Diego food tour. Your guide will take you through the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter and reveal the true beginnings of San Diego–layer by layer. Learn why it’s only recently been safe to walk the streets at night, and how the city has managed to transform from an area that once claimed over 120 brothels into a vibrant nightlife hotspot as well as a major culinary destination.
Indulge yourself on the Brothels, Bites and Booze Tour with a food and drink sample from our favorite dining establishments in the Gaslamp Quarter. Finish your evening with a sweet treat and a titillating tale of one of the area’s most infamous brothels. This is the only San Diego food tour that can satisfy your curiosity and your taste buds!
Join us on San Diego’s most intriguing historical and culinary tour for a night of good stories, hearty laughs, and good food: You’re sure to make some new friends along the way!
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When: Wednesday – Saturday @ 5:30pm and Friday and Saturday @ 11:00am
**Evening Tour differs from the Daytime Tour**
Price: $45 per person
Duration: 2.5 hours
Walking Path: The tour covers about 1-1/4 miles of flat terrain stopping at restaurants and historic points along the way.
What to wear… Day Tour: Comfortable clothing and shoes. Check weather.
Night Tour: We suggest wearing what you’d normally wear out to dinner. If you are planning to go out in the Gaslamp Quarter after, weekend evenings tend to be dressier.
Who: Alcoholic beverage tastings are limited to adults 21 years old and older. Expect anywhere from 4-12 people on each tour.
What: This is a food and drink sampling tour. Drinks are “sample-sized”, and are not served at each stop. The cumulative food tastes are usually enough for a full meal. Restaurants are subject to change without notice.
Tipping: Tips for your guide or the restaurant staff are not included. If you feel that your guide and/or server was exceptional, share the love with them!
Where to meet:
Day Tour (11am): Broadway Circle at the main entrance to the Horton Plaza Mall in front of the Lyceum Theater. 324 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
Evening Tour (5:30pm): Corner of 5th and L Street, under the Gaslamp Quarter sign near the Hard Rock Hotel. Address to use: 207 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Daytime Tour Restaurants
Rock Bottom Brewery: Taste original hand-crafted beers courtesy of the brewmaster, Jason Stockberger.
Royal India: Voted San Diego’s #1 Indian Food restaurant, we will sample authentic favorites in a beautifully decorated dining room. The Indian cuisine will have your taste buds explode with flavor!
Bolillo Tortas This new Mexican sandwich restaurant is amongst the SDT team’s favorites in town! Their tortas (Mexican sandwiches) are tasty, and the sides such as the Mexican corn on the cob and the cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapeno will make your mouth water.
Heavenly Cupcake: Is a quaint cupcake shop offering our guests specialty cupcakes that will just make anyone feel as though they have died and gone to Heaven after one bite. From peanut butter chocolate, to red velvet, to snickerdoodle, and so many more!! Yum!
Nighttime Tour Restaurants
Bolillo Tortas: This new Mexican sandwich restaurant is amongst the SDT team’s favorites in town! Their tortas (Mexican sandwiches) are tasty, and the sides such as the Mexican corn on the cob and the cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapeno will make your mouth water.
The Field: This turn of the century rish pub was shipped literally piece by piece from Ireland and relocated in the heart of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter. The air is filled with the buzz of people engaging in the art of conversation, savoring the homemade food, enjoying the traditional music and of course the clink of glasses as revelers sample one of their many imported draft beers.
Rock Bottom Brewery: Known for their hand-crafted local beers. We will meet the Brewmaster as he walks us through the tastes and brewing process of his one-of-a-kind beers.
Tin Fish: Sitting in the shadow of Petco Park and steps away from San Diego’s historic “Gaslamp District” the Tin Fish is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The Tin Fish offers an assortment of fresh grilled and fried plates to satisfy any appetite. In addition to their
Meze Grill: Meze is a trendy Mediterranean restaurant serving up home-made falafel, hummus, and lamb sliders. Their craft cocktails are something to get excited about!
Gang Kitchen: Get a taste of Asian inspired cuisine. Gang offers minimal décor and has a street-art aesthetic. The nontraditional pan-Asian plates come from chef-partner Jo Ann Plympton.
The Melting Pot: “Dip into something different”at this fondu restaurant. Indulge in their chocolate fondu, fresh strawberries, and pound cake. Sample their sweet “love martini” as well!