Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Cash is not accepted.
We do offer a waiting list if a date is sold out. Please visit our contact page and provide your name, phone number and the tour date you desire. A Taste Seattle Food Tours representative will contact you if any spots open up.
Yes, all guests that come on the tour must purchase a ticket. Non-paying individuals will not be able to join the tour for any reason. The cost of the ticket not only pays for the food and drinks that are sampled while on the tour, but also to pay for the tour guide’s wages. Your guide is offering a valuable service of providing historical, cultural, architectural and neighborhood specific information during the three hours you are with them on the tour.
Unfortunately this tour is not conducive to children. We will be in a couple of locations that serve alcohol and do not allow children under the age of 21 in accordance with WA state liquor laws. Our Pioneer Square food and cultural walking tour was developed to provide a great representation of the neighborhood, which includes a winery and a saké tasting location. For this reason, we do require that all tour guests be at least 21 years of age or older. If you have any further questions regarding tickets for children or young adults, please contact us at
Of course, it is Seattle after all! All of our tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We will not be outdoors for the entire three hours. You should still dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions and we recommend bringing an umbrella. It is impossible to cancel a tour at the very last minute due to many circumstances beyond our control. It’s best before purchasing your tickets to research weather conditions for that time of year. You can get weather information at
Please dress casual, comfortable, and appropriate for the different seasons in Seattle. Do as the locals do and wear layers—it allows you to adjust to our area’s ever changing weather. Also, please wear comfortable walking shoes as we will be doing quite a bit of walking on rough, un-even surfaces.
General Weather Conditions in Seattle:
January 1st-April 15th- Usually cold and rainy
April 16th-July 4th- Mild temperatures with more rainy days than sunny days
July 5th-Sept 30th- This is the time of year we live for in Seattle. Hot, sunny days are normal July through Sept
Oct 1st-Dec 31st- Starts off crisp and mild and then gets cold later in October for the rest of the year
We ask for the courtesy of our other guests that you wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on schedule, which will ensure that the food quality being freshly prepared is not compromised. We suggest and highly recommend leaving time at the end of your tour to revisit the places you want to return and shop at.
Taste Seattle Food Tours does not include gratuities in the cost of our tours as these are discretionary. A standard gratuity for a tour guide in Seattle similar to the restaurants you’ll be visiting is 15% to 20% of the tour price. If you had a great experience gratuities are gratefully accepted by our tour guides.
During our tours you will learn about the history and culture of a neighborhood while tasting delicious food specialties from local Mom and Pop food shops, ethnic eateries, and restaurants. Most of the food tastings are served while standing in or outside of the food establishment. There is at least one sit down tasting that takes place in a restaurant on each of our tours. This sit down tasting takes around 20-25 minutes and will allow everyone to enjoy themselves in a relaxed manner. While on the tour we go in and out of food establishments, walk down interesting streets, and learn about the fascinating history and culture of the neighborhood.
Seattle is a city built on hills and there are some parts of the tour where we will be walking uphill. We are on our feet for approximately three hours. We walk at a very casual pace. Please note that there are some steep stairs that we navigate on the last stop of the tour. If stairs are a problem for you or any of your guests, please indicate that when you purchase your tickets so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.
The maximum number of people per tour guide is 14 to keep our tours intimate. If one tour is sold out there is a very good chance we will offer the same tour the next day.
There are eight tasting stops for food and drink tastings on our tours. For most people there is enough food that lunch afterwards is not necessary.
Indeed! There is a good sampling of beverages. The Taste Seattle Pioneer Square Food Tour includes: soda, coffee, wine and a premium saké tasting. Additionally, water is provided throughout the tour.
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected locations and will be pointed out by your tour guide. However, we strongly encourage guests to use the facilities before meeting up so that we can start the tour on time.
At this time we CAN provide food substitutions for vegetarians at most stops (excluding Salumi), but we CANNOT make food substitutions for any other food allergies (such as gluten-free or dairy-free). We are sorry for the inconvenience. Our Food Tour has been designed to highlight the best and most unique aspects of each establishment. Unfortunately, there isn’t always a “next best” option that also meets the special dietary needs of each of our guests. Since we have both your health and palate in mind, we truly appreciate your understanding on this issue.
If you HAVE SERIOUS FOOD ALLERGIES please contact us BEFORE purchasing tickets for any of our food tours or events. Please email us at or (206) 330-0275.
Unfortunately, wheelchairs or strollers are not recommended on our tours, due to the many narrow sidewalks that we walk on, the uneven cobble stone streets that we cross, certain staircases that we use when entering establishments, and the very small shops that we visit. If you have further questions, please contact us.
We recommend taking the Taste Seattle Food Tour at the beginning of your visit so you have plenty of time to revisit the neighborhood and return to your favorite food tasting locations to taste again and use your tour coupons.
Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. If you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour, please email us at
While we are huge animal lovers and would love to bring our own dogs on the tour, due to the various food establishments we visit and health code regulations, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.
Definitely! Many of our guests are from Seattle or neighboring towns. Locals often attend to learn about the neighborhood and the city in which they live. We highly encourage being a tourist in your own town. We mainly stay off the “beaten path”, and therefore are often able to show you parts of a neighborhood you would not have visited on your own and expose you to some of the best specialty food store locations and neighborhood restaurants away from Downtown. We also suggest joining our newsletter where you’ll get a copy of our monthly blog highlighting more about the local restaurant and food happenings around Seattle.
We do change the food tour slightly occasionally. Many parts of the tour remain the same, but we do our best to improve upon and enhance the tour continuously.
Yes, private tours are available for groups. To inquire about a private tour, please fill out the form on our Private Tours page. A Taste Seattle Food Tours representative will contact you within 48 hours to inform you if the date and time requested is available and to discuss the details regarding your private tour.
No, but the start and ending points are within a few blocks of each other. All participants will receive a map in their participant guides at the beginning of the tour to help with return transportation options.
Yes, gift certificates are available for Taste Seattle Food Tours and make a perfect gift for holidays, graduations, birthdays or any other special occasion! They are an excellent idea for any food lover on your list. To purchase a gift certificate, simply click here: Gift Certificates.
Yes, there is both private and street parking located near the meeting point. Specific parking details will be included in the meeting location directions after purchasing your ticket including location, pricing and hours. Please note: street parking generally has a maximum limit of two hours and our tour is over three hours long.
Yes, in fact they are encouraged. We think documenting your tour is part of the fun. We also encourage you to share your photos by posting them when you submit your review on Zerve or on our social media pages. However, we do not allow video cameras or tape recorders.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because you are guaranteeing space on that particular tour event. No credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. It is your responsibility to show up at the right location and on time. Our events commence promptly at the scheduled time.