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Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Orange County, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Catalina Island, California, United States

  • Activities

    Food Tour, Heritage-History Tour, Lifestyle, Sightseeing, Walking Tour

  • Price
    $89 USD per person
  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Daily at 12 noon

  • Starting Location

    Downtown Avalon (exact meeting location provided with ticket purchase)

  • Price Includes

    All food tastings, enough for lunch

  • Notes

    Tour takes place rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking. 16 people per tour.


  • Delicious food specialties from six different tasting locations are served on your food tour (locations subject to change)
  • Visit Local Favorites: -Steve's Steakhouse -Mr. Ning's Chinese Garden -Avalon Seafood -Bluewater Avalon -Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. -CC Gallagher
  • Alternate locations may include: -Coyote Joe's -The Lobster Trap -Three Palms Arcade
  • Enjoy leisurely strolls along the waterfront. As you explore downtown Avalon, your charming guide will entertain you with local culture & history.
  • Get suggestion for dining and activities for the rest of your time on Catalina Island. Great on the first day of your visit (or first visit ever).

Trip Info

This tour will provide a sneak peek into 6 different restaurants and specialty food shops as you stroll through Avalon (about one mile of walking). All of these locations feature various critically acclaimed entrees, desserts or beverages for you to indulge. As you are enjoying these unique tastes our informed, spirited guides will provide insights into the food being served, the history behind the people who prepared it and the location you are visiting. You will encounter the sights, sounds and stories behind our well known historical landmarks in addition to discovering hiddengems of our enchanted isle’s continuing saga. This pleasurable foodie experience will be the highlight of your time spent on Catalina Island!  The tour purchase includes the official souvenir Taste of Catalina Food Tour T-shirt.


  1. 5 out of 5


    It’s hard to expect a lot from a small island tourist trap 20 miles off the coast of the pretentious mega city of Los Angeles. I had imagined an experience that may excite the “less-cultured” Midwest tourists but not my more sophisticated Southern California tastes. I was wrong. The trip to Catalina was a smooth and pleasant boat ride across choppy dark blue waters. The hour long trip seems to add mystique of this strange little island. Our tour began in the heart of the very-walkable downtown with a charming grandmotherly woman name Cathy, who instantly made us feel welcomed to her island. And it is her island. Her family has made this stark lump of desert home for decades. After a brief introduction we were whisked to our first destination, about 30 feet away. Steve’s Steakhouse, as we learned, is owned by a four-generation Catalina family who shaped the very heart of the island town. Steve and his brothers are intimately involved in every aspect of the village of Avalon. Perhaps that’s why it feels so cozy and welcoming. After a few delicious nibbles of steak and a fantastic butternut squash soup, we went downstairs to Steve’s wife Maggie’s Blue Rose Mexican restaurant. This is a new spot that certainly deserves it’s place among top California Mexican cuisine (I would eat a bowl of their yellow salsa). Maggie, a professional designer, has created an intimate, trendy and unique vibe in a rather small space. My next trip out will involve a full meal at Maggie’s. Three more restaurants, Catalina Coffee & Cookie (buy a few pounds of the dark chocolate with pistachios–seriously), and an eclectic gelateria/oddities shop later, our little group was behaving more like a long-lost group of friends than a random assortment of tourists. Our journey of a few hundred steps finished with caramel gelato drenched in tangy ginger beer. Through ever step of our journey, Cathy spoke wistfully of days past, not from a memorized history book but from her own experiences growing up in the young and often tumultuous island community. These are stories you can’t discover on the internet. I expected a typical “food tour” but as it turns out the real flavor is found in the stories and memories shared by the locals. This was a unique and delightful experience likely impossible to find anywhere in the vast Southern California landscape

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