Classic Food Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea

General Admission



All sales are final. Non refundable. Tours occur rain or shine.

Three glorious hours of food, drink, history, camaraderie, and an insider's view of Carmel-by-the-Sea that you'll never forget

  • Seven tasting stops - educational, fun, and satisfying!
  • Carmel's iconic restaurants and shops are represented, with tastes and information exclusively for food tour participants
  • Olive oil and vinegar on ice cream? Salt, too? Yep, you'll try it on our tour
  • Our food tour participant booklet offers additional recommendations, information, and discounts!

All food tastings provide enough for lunch, for most people

Our tours take place in rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.

This tour is geared toward adults, and is an easy walk for most.

Tickets must be purchased in advance - book yours now.

What to Expect

Unique and Specially-Selected Food Tastings – Our guided Gourmet Food Tour visits seven food tasting locations within the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The food samplings on this tour are sure to stimulate your salivary glands, and satisfy your appetite for a satisfying lunch that is chock-full of variety. Each tasting is served from locally-owned and operated specialty food stores and ethnic or locavore-style eateries.

Stops include Carmel’s most romantic restaurant, chocolates that have been made with the same recipes for more than 100 years, and small-batch, award-winning wines that are grown and fermented exclusively within Monterey County. Your Carmel tour will last about three hours and provides delicious tastings that are an adequate lunch for most. All food and tastings are included in the ticket price of $79.

Cultural, Historic and Architectural Experiences – Between the great tastings, you’ll stroll as locals do: through hidden passageways, exploring less-crowded side streets and discovering where to enjoy the freshest food and best wine. Recommendations for meals and lodging, architectural jewels, gorgeous displays of local flora and fauna, and places whose history make Carmel what it is are all shared with you by our enthusiastic, local guides.

Get off the beaten path, and lose yourself in the passageways and history of iconic Carmel-by-the-Sea's culinary treasures

Anton & Michel

Modern European with Signature Tableside Service

Cultura Comida y Bebida

Authentic Oaxacan-inspired cuisine prepared using farm-fresh ingredients

Casanova Restaurant

Carmel's Most Romantic Restaurant, 34,000-bottle wine cellar

Brophy's Tavern

Iconic spot for sports, stories, and sustenance, with an extensive beer menu

Trio Carmel

Trio = Olive Oil/Vinegar, Art and Wine!

Caraccioli Cellars

Elegant, local, specializing in sparkling wines

Lula's Chocolates

Locally-made confections, family owned for more than 100 years

Cantinetta Luca

Family recipes passed down through generations, and a wood-fired oven

Affina Food | Wine

Farm-to-table, seasonal

Il Grillo

Seasonal, uncomplicated, organic food served in the Tuscan tradition

Where to Meet

We'll meet in the courtyard of Carmel's Sunset Cultural Center, located at 9th Ave & San Carlos St in Carmel. Carmel-by-the-Sea doesn't have addresses, so navigate to this intersection and park nearby. There is free street parking all day (south of 8th Ave - watch the signs!), and a free parking lot on the north end of the Cultural Center. The courtyard is located EXACTLY at the 9th & San Carlos intersection, down a set of steps. The Gothic architecture makes it look like a church, but it's not. You'll get the whole story on that during the tour. Your guide will arrive approximately 10-15 minutes prior to the tour and will be looking for you!

Meeting Location

9th & san carlos st

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The Food and Wine Tour in Carmel was my absolute favorite part of our trip to Carmel. Our tour guide was fabulous! She was knowledgeable and welcoming and we left feeling like we had spent the day with friends.

rhg242, TripAdvisor

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