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Best Food Experience in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Walk, wine, and dine through Carmel-by-the-Sea



Carmel Food Tours is Carmel’s original and only food tour company!

Our Standing Room Only Tour is a two-hour tour with COVID in mind: Limited group size, only two hours together, masks required unless actively tasting, and food that’s easy to handle if seating is not available (or if you’d like more distance). If no one else is booked on your desired date, you have the option to make the tour private.  While there is an upcharge for a private tour, you get the peace of mind that comes with exclusivity; it’s your group, and only your group on the tour.  And don’t worry, there’s still plenty of food, along with one or two adult beverages.

Our Classic Food Tour is a three-hour, guided walking tour of Carmel’s most interesting attractions. Our tours offer food tastings from six to seven unique eateries and specialty shops coupled with insightful presentations of Carmel’s cultural, historical, and architectural highlights provided by knowledgeable and entertaining local guides. Our 1.5-mile tour is suitable for all fitness levels, open to everyone, but is most appropriate for adults. See FAQ for additional comments about children.

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Off-Site Corporate Retreats

We offer turnkey team development events that range from simple playdate over food to a day- or overnight-retreat package with a Certified Coach.

Our experience is a touch more personal than those you might have enjoyed previously.

We know the pressure you’re under to plan something that will generate excitement and not dread. Let us take the reins and make you look good.

Something for everyone. We’ve thought of everything for your curated corporate retreat, from transportation to post-game celebrations. Let us help you grow together as a team, and have fun while doing it.

"#1 Rated Activity on TripAdvisor"

Wonderful food and wine event

We throughly enjoyed this experience, while we were visiting Carmel. Tracy was a wonderful tour guide. She was both educational and very entertaining. She kept the tour on track, while not making you feel rushed, and guided us through may hidden courtyards of downtown that we had not seen before. I would hightly recommend this tour for any group that enjoys food, wine, and adventure.

– Pam H | TripAdvisor
An enjoyable and informative three hours

Our guide for the food and wine tasting tour was Amber. She was very personable and smart. She connected the history of Carmel throughout the tour, as she led the group into the each stop that emphasized delectable samples of food, wine, olive oils, honeys, tiramisu, and/or chocolates. The size of the group was just right, and my wife and I took the opportunity to meet a variety of people from Canada, Florida, and California locations.

– Mel D | TripAdvisor
Awesome tour

Kimberly was a wonderful tour guide! We covered 7 restaurants and shops during our 3 hour exploration of Carmel, where we were treated to a varied menu, which included a delicious onion tart, calamari, Tuscan style pasta, tacos, honey and olive oil tasting, chocolate cheesecake, sea salt caramels, and chocolate truffles. We even got to take a peek into Cafe Carmel's kitchen and learn about the owner's story and the cafe's history.

– Jun | TripAdvisor
A Fabulous Day

We had Mig as our guide. An upbeat, kindred spirit who made our experience fun and special. This is a must do on your itinerary especially if it's your first visit. We met the owners and chefs and were treated like royalty

– Bev P | TripAdvisor
A Fabulous Day

A fabulous day in Carmel walking around visiting the local food establishments. All of the food was amazing and I cannot choose a favorite! We enjoyed meeting all of the people on our tour! They were a fun group! Bonnie, our tour guide, was great! She had so many interesting stories about Carmel and the places we visited! This was a great way to spend our anniversary! I would highly recommend this tour!

– Steve_InColorado_50 | TripAdvisor