We asked these tour guides for the best restaurants and bars in LA

March 14, 2016

Straight from the source! These guys make it their job to know what's hot in LA, and we trust that they'll have some of the best recomendations when it comes to all things local. Read on to discover their top picks!

 

 

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    Venice Beach Street Food Tour

    Meet your guide and group at the designated meeting point to get acquainted with one another. The tour guide will explain how each "hole in the wall" eatery you visit is significant to Venice and its locals. Each of the food samplings represents an iconic street food from various ethnic cuisines. Some of the stops will include Los Angeles' first Poke restaurant, and authentic Peruvian eatery, and one of Los Angeles' top-rated artisanal bakeries. Between tastings, your tour guide will tell you stories about the original "Venice of America" from 1905, all the way up to today. Experience life as a local "Los Angeles Venetian" by visiting the Venice Art Walls, Muscle Beach Venice, the famous Oceanfront Skatepark, and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Learn all about how Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Charlie Chaplin, and several more iconic celebrities got their start on the streets of Venice Beach. Whether you are a local, excited to be a tourist in your own city or visiting Los Angeles for the first time, you will walk way with new historical and cultural perspectives and a greater appreciation for LA’s culinary scene.
    Venice Beach Street Food Tour

    Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles

    • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
    • Gain a greater appreciation for LA’s culinary scene
    • Be led by an Informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Tour is wheelchair accessible
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    Downtown LA Food Tour

    A fabled downtown setting. Six destinations chosen for their delectability. The wafting of tantalizing aromas. Nibbles and eyerolls. Probably a lot of saliva. Traipse alongside a friendly tour guide as you visit some of the finest eateries in DTLA. Destinations are pulled from a list that include Pitchoun Bakery, DTLA Cheese, Berlin Currywurst, Madcapra Falafel, Guisados, the Nickel Diner, and Bottega Louie. Enjoy enough gourmet bites for a satisfying lunch. Explore Grand Central Market, view renowned architecture, discover hidden gems, and listen to anecdotes about the history of a neighborhood that firmly embodies Los Angeles’s remarkable diversity. Mmm, cultural melting pots. Maybe bring a bib.
    Downtown LA Food Tour

    545 S Olive St, Los Angeles

    • Visit six different DTLA eateries during a guided walking tour
    • Enjoy enough gourmet samples for filling lunch
    • View architecture and hear stories about the city’s growth
    • Stretch your legs, inspire your mind, and fill your stomach
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    Ethnic Neighborhoods Food & Culture Tour

    Why order take-out when you can stroll straight into the meat of the menu: the culture itself. On this tour, you’ll venture off the beaten path and into some of Los Angeles most diverse enclaves, where you’ll find some of the city’s best and ethnic cuisine. You’ll enjoy unique and delicious tastings in markets, restaurants, bakeries, and hole-in-the-wall eateries. You’ll even get a taste of real life in East Hollywood with a bus ride between neighborhoods. During the course of this tour you’ll enjoy enough food for a whole meal, so come with an appetite.
    Ethnic Neighborhoods Food & Culture Tour

    3355 Wilshire Blvd, Hollywood

    • Taste sweet and savory treats from Koreatown, Little Armenia and Thai Town
    • Venture into little known gems like Korean karaoke bars and Thai spirit houses
    • Visit traditional snack shops and ethnic markets
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    Taco Tour

    The only time you shouldn’t feel guilty about eating too many tacos is on THIS tour. Why? Because you’ll be pedaling off the calories and the impending food coma over nine miles of deliciousness. During this 2 to 3-hour tour, you’ll ride through different neighborhoods and historic sites in search of LA’s most popular on-the-go food… tacos! Get pumped to visit an impressive array of LA’s best taco stands and trucks! You’ll visit well-known locations as well as hidden gems. Your taste buds will thank you!
    Taco Tour

    Downtown Los Angles, Los Angeles

    • Indulge your taste buds on a bicycle tour of LA’s best taco spots
    • Sample a variety of delicious tacos at stands and trucks that are often overlooked
    • Ride through different neighborhoods and past historic sites
    • Feel like a local as you experience one of LA’s most popular on-the-go foods
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    Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

    Like your culture with a side of pastry? Eat your way through Downtown Santa Barbara during this scrumptious walking tour! You’ll be in the capable hands of a knowledgeable local guide and fellow foodie who will introduce you to some popular eateries and hidden gems on a leisurely stroll through the city. Along the way, you’ll also get to know a bit about the history of Santa Barbara though some of its landmarks while you also see firsthand the intriguing present of this bustling city. Tour stops can include some of these local loves: Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, Santa Barbara Public Market, Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, Isabella’s Gourmet Foods, Cebada Winery, Cielito Restaurant, Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria, C’est Cheese, and McConnell's Fine Ice Creams. All you need to bring is an appetite to learn...and maybe a bit of money for souvenirs!
    Downtown Santa Barbara Food Tour

    1324 State St, Santa Barbara

    • Discover Downtown Santa Barbara on an eclectic and informative food-tasting tour
    • Fill up on savory and sweet food samples at some of the area’s top local hangouts
    • Enhance the fun with stories and fun tidbits about the area as told by your friendly guide
    • Find your new favorite spot in this exciting city that you’ll want to visit again and again
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    Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour

    Stroll through downtown Avalon like a local and savor the flavors that the Catalina Island offers. Encounter cultural, architectural and historical insights while tasting a variety of flavors from restaurants & unique eateries by the bay. All of these locations feature various critically acclaimed entrees, desserts and beverages for you to indulge. As you snack, your knowledgeable, spirited guide will provide insights into the food being served, the history behind the people who prepared it, and the eatery you are visiting. You will encounter the sights, sounds and stories behind well known historical landmarks, in addition to discovering hidden gems of this enchanting isle’s continuing saga. Tasting locations may include: Steve’s Steakhouse, Maggie's Blue Rose, Mr. Ning’s Chinese Garden, Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co., Bluewater Avalon, and C.C. Gallagher’s. Alternate tasting locations may include Avalon Seafood, The Lobster Trap, and Coyote Joe's. This pleasurable foodie experience will be the highlight of your time spent on Catalina Island!
    Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour

    Crescent Ave, Avalon

    • Enjoy a fascinating culinary and cultural tour of Avalon
    • Stop at 6 different restaurants and specialty food shops
    • Sample critically acclaimed entrees, desserts, and drinks
    • Learn about the culture and history of Catalina Island
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    Tasty Cupcake & Wine Tour - Non-drinker

    For those looking for a sweet wine country tour, this one really takes the cake. During this full day of fun, you’ll be travel from Santa Barbara into wine country by van, where you’ll visit several of Santa Ynez’s top wineries based in either Solvang or Los Olivos. While there, you’ll have the opportunity to partake in a delicious, wine-infused cupcake tasting, with such flavors as Pomegranate Mango Chardonnay or Chocolate Blackberry Syrah on the menu. You’ll also enjoy a scenic picnic lunch at one of the wineries you visit, and have the opportunity to tour the facilities, and meet the staff! Did we mention there’s cupcakes?
    Tasty Cupcake & Wine Tour - Non-drinker

    32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara

    • Tour the beautiful Santa Barbara wine country by van during a guided tour
    • Visit several wineries for an inside look at their operations and techniques
    • Enjoy delicious wine-infused cupcakes and a picnic lunch
    • Treat yourself to a relaxing adventure while learning about the area’s wine culture and history
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    Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour (Non-Drinker)

    Do you enjoy food so much that you often find yourself Instagramming your delicious dinner choices? Do you take capturing your indulgent moments very seriously? We hope you’re not hungry right now, because if you are you may begin to salivate out of desire. On this tour, you’ll walk through the historic waterfront and sample delicious food including fresh seafood, artisan flatbread, zesty tacos, and irresistible sweets. Yum! You won’t leave empty handed either! Throughout your tour, you will be taught useful tips on how to take the best food pictures, so bring along your iPhone or prized DSLR camera. The delicious tacos may only last a few minutes, but the knowledge you’ll gain on this tour will last much longer. Bon appétit!
    Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour (Non-Drinker)

    225 State Street, Santa Barbara

    • Take a 3-hour walking tour around Santa Barbara to taste some of the area’s best cuisine
    • Sample fresh local food as you get tips on how to take the best food photos
    • Satisfy your hunger as you munch on some of the most delicious food in Santa Barbara
    • Step up your Instagram game
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    Farmers Market Food & History Tour

    Experience LA's Original Farmers Market, a landmark unlike any other in southern California, on an entertaining, informative and delicious guided walking food tour! This epicurean 2.5 hour stroll will introduce you to the Market's fascinating history as well as the interesting stories of the families who have been part of this landmark location since its beginnings in 1934. Explore the area that artisan butchers, bakers and candymakers, an international spice merchant endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, and even local celebrity chefs are all proud to call their stomping grounds. Seek out spectacular ethnic eateries to indulge in cuisines from around the world, which may include French, Brazilian, Cajun, Middle Eastern, and Spanish. After sampling pizza from L.A.’s first pizzeria, trying donuts from a stand rated one of the best in the country, and ending on a sweet note with some handmade candy, you’ll begin to understand why locals consider this the best restaurant and grocery store in town. This probably goes without saying, but make sure you come hungry!
    Farmers Market Food & History Tour

    6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles

    • Taste your way through the many eateries of the famous Original Farmer’s Market
    • Indulge in cuisine from around the globe, including the Middle East, Spain, Brazil, and France
    • Enjoy pizza from L.A.’s first pizzeria and sample donuts from a stand rated one of the best in the country
    • Follow your local guide down hidden alleys to see neighborhood gems
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    Group Sunset Dinner Cruise (3-6 people)

    A sunset dinner cruise for a small group of friends? That yacht to be quite a treat! During this unique sailing experience, you’re welcome to bring aboard all the food and beverages you desire to plan a small dinner party aboard a 36’ yacht. On board, you’ll have use of its accoutrements, such as dishes and utensils you need to supplement your dinner. Your personal captain for the evening will set the backdrop, either a harbor tour of Marina Del Rey or a sunset sail on Santa Monica Bay. The former is the largest man-made marina in the world, a celebrity playground, and houses over 6,000 yachts, while the latter will let you cruise at full sail, reaching speeds of up to 7 knots. Either way, this experience will surely float your boat!
    Group Sunset Dinner Cruise (3-6 people)

    13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

    • Treat your group of 3 to 6 people to a sunset cruise on a 36’ yacht
    • Bring aboard all the food and drinks you desire for a romantic dinner
    • Choose between a tour of Marina Del Rey or a sail across Santa Monica Bay at sunset
    • Enjoy a luxurious, romantic, and delicious sailing experience
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