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Mission District Food Tour- North

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Explore San Francisco

  • Locations

    San Francisco, California, United States

  • Price
    $110 USD per person
  • Duration

    2.5-3.5 Hours

  • Avg Distance

    1 mile

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Thur, Fri, Sat 3:00PM

  • Starting Location

    14th and Mission

  • Price Includes

    Food Tastings, Alcohol Tastings if purchased in advance

  • Notes

    Thursdays tour is discounted to $79, and $99 with alcohol pairings.


  • Eat food from the most inspired chefs in the country We will visit at least 5 different eateries (usually 7) and sample their creations.
  • If they are available, the owners and chefs of these fine establishments will meet us to share their story, their inspiration and their vision for the future.
  • See the neighborhood that was voted hippest in the Nation by Vanity Fair. See hip Valencia Street, frenetic 16th Street, latin-flavored Mission Street , trendy 18th Street
  • Fun and interesting hIstorical information and neighborhood trivia, provided by knowledgable, friendly and entertaining guides
  • We're based in the Mission and all our Mission District guides live here, we know this area better than anyone else


Trip Info

The Mission District is a celebration of the culinary arts. This neighborhood is now considered to be a world-class dining destination; a capital of the "foodie-world".
The Mission District Food Tour-North takes you inside this vibrant neighborhood where dozens of restaurants with seating for thousands of guests exist along the Valencia Corridor from about 16th to 19th Streets. Besides the quality of the food, which is the result of such fierce competition, the diversity of the food is probably the biggest draw to this area’s eateries.
Our guides, your hosts, all live in this neighborhood and know this streets intimately. Because we know this area so well, we work with over thirty eateries and never repeat the same tour twice in a row. We vary the stops depending on whats new and fresh in the neighborhood, group size, dietary restrictions and requirements, and the whims of out guests. We do have a formula for a happy tour. We feed you the best food the neighborhood has to offer until you can eat no more.

Your adventure awaits!

Explore San Francisco

After you've seen the tourist attractions, come & explore the real city with us. With Explore San Francisco, we will show you the same city that we would show to our own visiting family and friends. The best and most authentic culinary, wine, neighborhood, walking, and running tours in San Francisco.


  1. 5 out of 5


    We took the Mission North tour with Michael and can’t recommend it highly enough. Michael was knowledgeable, personable and great to hang around with. He had a repoire with the restaraunts we visited and it was great to be treated like a local. The tastings were diverse – spanish, chilean, american southern, indian, artisan chocolate and ice cream. And the tastings were not just tastings – we had a ton of food and were so full by the tours end. We got a bit of history of the Mission district as well. A great investment and a great time.

  2. 5 out of 5


    7/14/2013 My friend and I did the Mission North food tour after finding a deal on Gilt City. We had such a great time- even though we’re both familiar with the Mission, the only place we went to that we’d been to before was Bi-Rite Creamery. We were lucky enough to have Michael as our guide, who I believe is the owner. Not only did we get a great sampling of Mission food, but we also got a little SF history as well. We hit up a nice variety of spots- butcher shop, tapas, empanadas, Indian fusion, pizza, chocolate, and Bi-Rite for ice cream. He was also nice enough to buy us prickly pears (aka tuna) to try from the local bodega, which apparently are only in season for a couple months out of the year. We had a generous portion of food, and got to sit down at most of the restaurants. With that said, the portions were mindful not to get us too stuffed by the last stops, so it was perfect. He also took us through Clarion Alley, filled with a ton of murals. He said he has relationships with 30 places in the area, so the stops change depending on the day. He’s lived in the area for many years, so he knows it well. If I have to picky, I’d say the only criticism I have is that when we went to Bi-Rite, for practicality sake because of the perpetual long line, he got us ice cream sandwiches. I feel like we missed out on the scoop ice cream they’re known for. In my case, I’d been there before so it was fine, but I feel like for those who weren’t familiar with Bi-Rite, they weren’t getting an accurate taste of it. Overall, I had a great experience and my friend and I agreed we would totally be open to another food tour they offer. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, I highly recommend it!

  3. 5 out of 5


    Food Tours with a high IQ” Reviewed September 18, 2013 I am from San Francisco originally but haven’t been home in over 15 years. My wife hadn’t been here since she was a child but has listened to me brag about the food, the history, and the neighborhoods for a very long time. Well she was transferred to SF for a two year contract, so here we are and she expected me to be the tour guide. I don’t think my old haunts are still here so I called Explore San Francisco. The guides all,have their extensions posted on the site, when you dial their extension it rings their cell phone! Nifty. I was able to interview 3 guides to see whose tour I might like the best. This is a co-op so the guides and the tours really run the gamut. We chose North Beach and Chinatown Food Tour, and The Mission Food Tour North. The guides were from the neighborhood I which they gave tours. The North Beach Chinatown guide was a true historian, not only did she know the food history, the neighborhood history, but she knew the family histories of the restaurant owners,whom she knew all of them personally. The me nu was very carb-centric, but lots of carbs are okay sometimes, right? I was glad to see many of my old haunts were still there, but there is no way that I would have had the expertise and inspiration to get us into 10 different places, sampling as we went. We passed another tour twice and they were eating off of toothpicks outside on my he sidewalks in front of the eateries, like they weren’t allowed inside. We were greeted warmly at each stop and had nice big tables with good service. The guide made sure all our needs were met, our waters refilled, who needs a drink? Then she would switch into,presentation mode and tell us about the foods we were eating. The next day was the Mission and that neighborhood has really changed! I loved the old Mission but it was more dangerous. Now it seems to be where all,the city’s best restaurants are, it is still funky, with artists and bohemians, but now there are more suburban types, stuffed shirts, and tourists from places like Texas, although not too many tourists luckily! The guide for the tour, one word; Bravo! The food: first rate, the selection of restaurants: perfectly balanced, they said that the restaurants on this tour are different every time, with so many places to choose from , I believe it. We ate Latin, Asian, Cutting edge, Southern Indian, Italian, comfort, vegan, and homemade (pies). We went shopping at a bodega, saw the murals, met the owners, heard about the earthquake. The guide had to be working very hard to keep everything on schedule but seemed so relaxed, like we were all just a group of friends. Oh, and my wife loved it too, she thanked me for picking this company and we both agreed that we never could have pulled off anything like this on our own. Visited August 2014 Less

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