North Beach Culinary Experience

Why We Love this Tour

“There’s nothing like getting a slice of authentic Italian pizza in North Beach! The area is crawling with some of the most interesting history and best eats in the whole city.”

– Lauren C.

Tour Highlights

  • 4 included tastings
  • Knowledgeable guide sharing about the history of the North Beach food scene
  • Beautiful North Beach scenery
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Join us on our San Francisco North Beach Food Tour as we explore the Italian restaurant scene and former Barbary Coast – known as the most notorious neighborhood in America during the Gold Rush! Visit the Hidden Tunnels where booze was smuggled in up through Prohibition, and get an exclusive peek at the traditional Italian culture. Let’s eat and drink through this cultural neighborhood!

Our 4-course progressive prix-fixe dining experience visits 4 restaurants – two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert, with a sprinkling of culinary history and stories in between.

Our North Beach Food Tour focuses on quality over quantity.  Like a great sushi meal, our goal is to have you sample the highest quality ingredients – small dishes with huge flavor. We strive to shift your perspective of cioppino through its story of the person who made it and its invention story in North Beach. And yes, locally caught seafood is expensive!

Tasting Menu


Enjoy famous tomato based seafood stew cioppino invented in San Francisco by Italian Fisherman

Taste yummy croquettes in an alleyway trendy cocktail den featured in the New York Times

Signature pork sliders in historic former Purple Onion Comedy Club where Phyllis Diller, The Kingston Trio, The Smothers Brothers and Maya Angelou got their start

Taste delicious deviled egg and huckleberry gritter at award-winning Tavern in the historic Moose’s Restaurant

Handmade kale chips and vegan sampler at Bolivian music venue located in the former Amelio’s, known for hosting Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s wedding dinner. Meet Quentin the owner and hear how she met her husband, a two time Latin Grammy nominated musician, and fell in love before opening their food & music venue together

Authentic Italian wood-fired pizza from the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast – Voted No. 3 Best Pizza in the US according to People Magazine’s Pizza Search

Hearty and cheesy arancini at old-time historical Italian red sauce restaurant, a North Beach neighborhood hotspot

Hand-filled authentic cannoli at a historic Italian bookshop turned cafe

A trio of Gelato tastes featuring partnerships with local food purveyors – TCHO Chocolate, St. George Spirits, Numi Tea and Fiddyment Farm Pistachios


Sip on a refreshing Pimm’s cup cocktail made by some of San Francisco’s best bartenders

Taste specialty McClaren cocktail featuring Junipero Gin

Kipling Button Punch cocktail a cousin of the Pisco Punch, invented only a few blocks away in North Beach during the Barbary Coast era

glass of Chianti Classico to complement your cioppino!

Pizza is paired with a glass of wine, Tommaso’s private-label syrah

Glass of Italian Red wine paired with hearty Italian Fare


One of our core values at Avital is Breathe Curiosity. We enjoy introducing you to new foods and old favorites in new ways. We very much encourage guests to be adventurous and try something new – we’ve even had an 80-year old man try his first oyster with us!  Thus, while we love the diverse ways our guests choose to eat, we can accommodate the following restrictions.

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Pregnant Guests
  • No Pork
  • No Seafood

You will be asked for your dietary restrictions during your booking process. If you are unsure if we can accommodate your restriction, please email us at Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, seafood, spicy food and pork.

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