Bite San Diego Walking Food Tours – FAQ
You probably have a couple of questions, especially if you haven’t been on a San Diego walking food tour before. We’ve got all the answers! If you’re itching to ask us anything else, please contact us.
Q: What if I need to cancel? Do you guys do refunds?
Sadly, all of our tours tickets are final. Many folks book far in advance and your spot is precious! Therefore, no, we’re sorry to say that we don’t do refunds either.
Q: What about signing a waiver or something like that?
Yep, we do ask each guest to sign a waiver stating that you understand Bite San Diego and the restaurants we visit cannot be held responsible for losses, delays, damages, accidents or injuries caused by persons engaged in carrying out the services of the tours. Basically, hold yourself and tummy together!
Q: Can I book a private tour?
Yes, but you’ll need to fill out our private tour submission form HERE so we can set this up.
Q: Are gift certificates available?
Yes! Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing gift certificates.
Q: Does this tour have anything to offer a native or local San Diegan?
Of course! Many of our guests live in San Diego. Locals often go on our tours to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live. Besides, we don’t look like a tourist group, and we give you access to restaurants and info we’re sure you’ve never experienced or known before.
Q: Is there public parking available nearby?
Yes, parking is available for every tour. when you book your tour, you’ll receive an email confirmation which will detail parking suggestions. You’re more than welcome to use those or park elsewhere, but keep in mind that tours 3-4 hours long! Also, most of our tours are linear and not roundabout, so you will probably have to walk back to your car after the tour is complete.
Q: May I bring my dog on the tour?
Oh, we love dogs, but sadly, the Health Department does not. Please leave your pooch at home. *Please note, Bite San Diego is ADA complaint with service animals & emotional support animal regulations.*
Q: Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. We also don’t speak California Surfer or Stuck Up Foodie.
Q: Are there restrooms available on the tour?
Yes. The tour visits a number of restaurants; therefore bathrooms will be available at each stop during the tour.
Q: Are any of your walking tours wheelchair and/or stroller accessible?
This is California, where everywhere is a place you can wheel along! (Or else you’d be sued.) So yes, bring your wheels if you normally do and ride along with us. All of the surfaces we walk on are flat.
Q: What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
Well, our tours are probably not for you. All of our restaurants are partners of ours and we cannot ask them to modify samples, which are usually showcases of their best dishes. We’re sorry.
Q: Do I need to be 21 and over to participate in the tour?
For most tours, yep. Click on the individual tour pages to check which tours are mandatory 21 and up. Sorry, kids!
Q: Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Yes, you’ll have the opportunity to have water at any restaurant we stop at. In addition, beer, wine, and other adult delights or even soda may be purchased at a variety of restaurant stops.
Q: Wait! How will I remember what restaurants to go back to?
Don’t you worry. You’ll have access to the Bite San Diego Guidebook (LINK on your ticket & reminder email) outlining the names and contact info of the restaurants we’ll be visiting. Your guide will also have a few Guidebooks in hand!
Q: What type of food and drinks will we taste on the tour?
Oh, are you drooling yet? We thought so. A list of the fabulous restaurants we visit on each tour is included under each tour route’s tab, found under the Tour tab between the Home and Press tabs above. Samples at each restaurant tend to vary, as the chefs like to change things up.
Q: How much will we be sampling on each tour?
There are 5 or more stops on each tour, and you’ll receive some kind of sample at each. Keep in mind, this is Bite San Diego, not Buffet San Diego. You’ll have something to snack on each stop, and most of our guests leave feeling pretty full!
Q: How many people can go on one tour?
The maximum number of people per tour is 15.
Q: Are tour guide gratuities included in the price?
No, so if your tour guide is just fantastic and impresses the pants off you, give him or her a tip to show your thanks
Q: How should I dress during a tour?
San Diego is pretty casual when it comes to fashion so don’t feel compelled to look like you’re “going out.” Dress as you would for a lunch or picnic, keeping in mind you’ll be casually strolling for about 2 miles total. We don’t mind if you wear an “I LOVE SAN DIEGO” t-shirt from a local tourist shop. We wear those shirts all the time ourselves.
Q: What if it rains?
We operate rain or shine. However, San Diego is sunny 340 or more days a year. It will probably be perfectly sunny for your tour
Q: I was thinking of bringing my nephew/screaming baby/twin toddlers. Good idea?
Nope. Bite San Diego is truly for those interested in foodie facts, San Diego history and “grown up” food. Most of our tours are 21 and up, and our tours are promoted as an adult-only activity.
Q: What restaurants will we visit on the tour?
We love this question! A list of the fabulous restaurants we visit on each tour is included under each tour route’s tab, found under the Tours tab between the Home and Press tabs above.
Q: How much walking are we talking about here?
Each Bite San Diego tour covers a 1.5 to 2 mile route on flat surfaces. We are on our feet for most of the entire tour, but we keep the walking and stopping to a leisurely pace. This is San Diego – we’re laid back.
Q: Are there other tours available?
Bite San Diego operates a number of tour locations, that rotate regularly in some of San Diego’s best kept neighborhoods. For more info, check out the Tours page of our website.
Q: What should I expect if I take one of these tour thingys?
Oh, a lot! At the start of your tour one of Bite San Diego’s guides will check you in at the starting location. Then you’re off on a 1.5 to 2 mile stroll where you’ll visit at least 5 stops or more. At each stop, you’ll get a taste of what makes them unique while learning about the stories behind some of San Diego’s hidden treasures. During the walking portion of the tour, your guide will share interesting facts and stories about the buildings, streets, and culture of San Diego.
Q: Do I have to purchase tickets in advance or can I just show up with some cash?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out! To make sure you get the time and date you want, we suggest you book far in advance (one month or more). Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. Cash is not accepted. Even if you hand it to us cold.