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Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour provided by Eat This, Shoot That!

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour

Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 6414P4
Important information
Inclusions
  • Food tasting
  • Beverages
  • Wine tasting
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Funk Zone
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 119 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA Look for your guide wearing a denim shirt with the Eat This Shoot That logo on front. They will be standing in front of Santo Mezcal at 119 State Street.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for vegan or celiac dietary restrictions. Shellfish allergies cannot be accommodated, but will only miss out partially on one tasting.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • Food tasting
  • Beverages
  • Wine tasting
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Funk Zone
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
  • 119 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA Look for your guide wearing a denim shirt with the Eat This Shoot That logo on front. They will be standing in front of Santo Mezcal at 119 State Street.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Cutler's Artisan Spirits, 137 Anacapa St suite D, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA This tour will end approximately 2 blocks from the starting point at either Cutler's Artisan Spirits on Yanonali Street or McConnell's Ice Cream on lower State Street.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for vegan or celiac dietary restrictions. Shellfish allergies cannot be accommodated, but will only miss out partially on one tasting.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Aug 4, 2021
A note from Santa Barbara Funk Zone Food and Photo Tour
We are still adhering to all current guidelines for Santa Barbara County. Please do a quick online search for "mask mandate Santa Barbara County" so you can stay in-the-know for your trip! We will also be updating all our guests on any COVID guideline changes as is needed.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    119 State St
    119 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
    Look for your guide wearing a denim shirt with the Eat This Shoot That logo on front. They will be standing in front of Santo Mezcal at 119 State Street.
    See address & details
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    Funk Zone
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Begin your 3-hour Santa Barbara walking food tour at a central location in the Funk Zone, located near lower State Street. This region once housing warehouses and scuba shops — now revitalized into a bustling neighborhood of hip eateries, wine-tasting rooms, and artist studios — is where you’ll meet your guide for an afternoon food tasting and photo tour. Set out on foot at a moderate pace as your guide shares insights into Santa Barbara’s history and burgeoning art culture. Keep your smartphone ready so you can practice the helpful photo tips your guide offers along the way. You'll have many opportunities to take food photos and colorful portraits in the lively Funk Zone. Along the way, your guide stops for food & drink tastings (all included) at restaurants, a wine bar/bakery, & one microbrewery. Learn how to properly position your food for the best photos as you sample local fare. After your tour you can continue to explore and capture this fun & funky neighborhood on your own.
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  • You'll end at
    Cutler's Artisan Spirits
    137 Anacapa St suite D, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
    This tour will end approximately 2 blocks from the starting point at either Cutler's Artisan Spirits on Yanonali Street or McConnell's Ice Cream on lower State Street.
    See address & details
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Marc G
1 contribution
What a fun time! My wife and I took the Funk Zone tour during a brief vacation in Santa Barbara. There are other food tour companies in the Santa Barbara area, but we selected this one because of the photography aspect of it. It did not disappoint. The tour took us to eight different venues, a nice mix of restaurants plus wine and beer tasting rooms. Although it was a well paced walk that adhered to a schedule, it felt relaxed and leisurely, but always interesting and engaging. On the strolls between sites, the discussions about local streets and architecture were fascinating. At each stop, there was interesting discussion about the food, plus useful tips for making engaging food pictures. The tips tend to be geared toward smart phones, but bring any camera you are comfortable using.

Our guide was Keith. His was originally a chef, so he was very knowledgeable about the local restaurants, but also about food and the industry in general. As a Santa Barbara local, he was full of facts and insights about Santa Barbara history and culture. He made the entire experience fun, friendly, engaging, interesting. He was by far one of the most fun tour guides I have ever made the rounds with.

The tour was paced out over about 3 hours. None of the stops served a full meal, just samples or small bites comparable to ordinary appetizers. But, with eight stops over 3 hours at midday, it felt like a full lunch, and we were not hungry for dinner until much later that evening. We paid $99 each for the tour, and when you consider that it included multiple small plates from good restaurants, plus wine and beer, plus a knowledgeable and engaging chaperone, it was well worth it. A comparable meal sitting down at a single restaurant would have been comparable, without the extra company, fun, and sightseeing. Highly recommended.
Written February 20, 2020
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Adventure33126302441
What a wonderful review! We are so happy that you had a great time on the tour with Keith. We hope to see you again on our other tour in Solvang. Thanks again! -Andrew Doran Operations Manager
Written February 23, 2020
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angeeleeta
San Luis Obispo, CA35 contributions
Oh what a day! Myself + 3 friends joined Kimmie on a Friday afternoon for a fast paced tour of the best eats & drinks in the Funk Zone.

Did you know it's named the Funk Zone because it's where the fist market used to be and it smelled FuNkY? I didn't either but I know now! You can learn more fun facts like these while laughing and nibbling all the great eats.

We had 2 non drinking guests, and a disabled dog in a stroller and all were happily accommodated.

Food tours are THE BEST way to see a city and learn, 10/10 recommend this tour. Thank you for the fun!
Written November 29, 2020
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TaraHaaf
Thank you for the kind review, Angee! So glad you enjoyed your time with Kimmie!
Written November 30, 2020
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Tiffanie L
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Friends
First time doing something like this and I thought it was amazing. Be prepared to walk, we were in a group with older couples and I could tell they were tired. It isn't a huge area we walked (4x4 block) but just keep in mind it may not be for everyone. The variety of food and drinks was nice. The amount of time we spent at each stop is pretty quick 15-20 min each. It was a cool way to see that part of Santa Barbara. My favorite part was the last stop at the distillery where we tried 6 liquors, everyone in the group bought at least one bottle to take home. We really enjoyed our tour.
Written August 23, 2021
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TaraHaaf
Thank you for the great review! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Santa Barbara. We hope to see you on our Solvang Food Tour someday soon!
Written August 26, 2021
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JTN
Thousand Oaks, CA5 contributions
Save your money. If you want a food tour, this isn’t it. It was 3 hours long. For a”funk zone” food tour, you would expect more food and more alcohol. We spent 45min at the first place “the project” where we each had one sweet potato taco. It was good, but we were there so long, and there was nothing interesting about the place. The second place was the Santa Barbara fish house. We had to wait for a table, we were seated separately and the tour guide didn’t even know that there was a shell fish allergy in my party, even though it was clearly stated when we made the reservation. 3rd place was the Figueroa mountain brewing company where we each had a shot glass of beer. In order to stop being so pissed at the experience, we ordered an additional 4 flights of beer to just cheer us up. Add another $20 to an already $220 experience. By this time, we were starving. We thought we were going to get to eat on this food tour. But instead, we went on a little history lesson to the train station and to visit a big tree. Cool stuff, but If I wanted a walking history tour, I would have signed up for one. I wanted to eat and drink. After that detour, we had pizza at the lucky penny, where we had to buy our own beer. That probably was the only place that made me feel like I was on a food tour. Next was two wine tastings, and two pieces of chocolate. For over $100pp, I feel totally gypped. The guide was not knowledgeable. She was disheveled and not well spoken. She didn’t explain anything while we walked through the city. I would expect that a food tour of the funk zone would have included more food and drink in the funk zone itself. Instead, we stopped at several places where she told us how amazing the food and drink was, but then we kept walking. I’m writing this review from a restaurant that we immediately went to, because we were starving after this so called “food tour.” I’m so confused by all of the great reviews. Personally, I would never recommend this tour to anyone. Look elsewhere for something to do when you are in SB.
Written October 18, 2020
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TaraHaaf
I am very sorry to hear your time with us was not enjoyable. We take all feedback very seriously and are always striving to be the best at what we do. While we have recently done additional training with our staff to make sure our tours are meeting all guest expectations during this crazy time it sounds like this may have fallen short for you. Our tour stops are not full meals, but rather tastings that should eventually add up to a full meal. Also, part of the tour is to recommend other places as we go. We visit a total of 7-8 places on each tour. And while we would like to visit more, there simply isn't time or in this case some of our favorite places just aren't staffed enough yet to have us back at this time. And I apologize that some of our restaurants required a little wait time. They are still getting their feet under them again since reopening. As for seating, we are still adhering to state guidelines about distancing and seating guests separately who did not travel together. Sorry if that was confusing to you, but we are simply trying to follow state guidelines so that we can keep our business open and also keep our guest's health and safety as a top priority. In any case, I hope the rest of your time in Santa Barbara was enjoyable and we hope that you will visit our city again.
Written October 26, 2020
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Stephen L
Chicago, IL42 contributions
Treat yourself and book Eat This Shoot That while in Santa Barbara. We ended up with a private tour - lucky us to get full attention from our friendly and knowledgable guide, Kayla, for a few hours of eating and drinking while learning about The Funk Zone’s history, art and culture. Well worth the booking fee.
Written April 10, 2022
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TaraHaaf
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! So glad to hear you enjoyed your time with Kayla. We hope to see you on our Solvang food tour someday!
Written April 11, 2022
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Adrian G
11 contributions
Booking was easy and the information in the email we received was complete. We met up at a restaurant and was greeted by our tour guide, Jocelyn who was in training along with the coworker training her. With covid restrictions, our tour was basically a take-out food tour and we were the only two people in the tour which felt like a vip tour. We were given a goodie bag which contained a bottle of whiskey and popcorn from a restaurant.

As we walked around, Jocelyn talked about the history of Santa Barbara and the funk zone such as on how it got its name. They helped us take pictures on each food stop and made sure we're comfortable throughout the tour. It was fun socializing with our tour guides while we eat. We got food from different restaurants which includes ceviche, taco, pizza, sourdough bread with jam, ice cream, and fresh chocolates! We were stuffed in the end of the tour and had a big bag full of food Togo.

Overall, it's a great tour to those who wants to find out about some history and try different food specialties in that city. We got to try a variety of great and delicious restaurants within a few hours. I'd gladly try it again at a different city. Thank you for the amazing time!
Written January 26, 2021
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TaraHaaf
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! SO glad you enjoyed the takeout edition of our regular seated food tour :) It means the world to us that you took the time to leave a glowing review! I hope the rest of your time in Santa Barbara was enjoyable and we hope to see you on our Solvang Food Tour soon!
Written January 27, 2021
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Kat F
1 contribution
My husband and I did this food tour early this year and we had a great time!

First of all we originally had it scheduled for December 2019, but both came down with a stomach flu a few days before. I called the organizer and they gave us gift cards for a later date without any fuss! That was a great way to start off a positive experience!
When we finally made up the food tour in January we had an amazing time. We were actually the only ones on the tour and so our guide Keith was able to really cater to us! The food was great and Keith was very knowledgeable about the city and the food (being a chef himself). We learned a lot, despite being Santa Barbara locals! It was a great date for us!

We would definitely do this tour again with friends and family who come to visit!
Written July 6, 2020
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TaraHaaf
Thank you for taking time to write us a review about your tour in January! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with Keith and we hope to see you again in the future on our Solvang tour. :)
Written July 8, 2020
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Kandace B
Gilroy, CA19 contributions
This was the 2nd time I had done the Funk Zone tour, last time was 2018. Some of the restaurants have changed but the food & tour are still great. We were fortunate enough to do the tour w/ Tara, the founder of ETST. She was a blast! The food was amazing, I'm still dreaming about the Schnitzel Poutine & Octopus Ceviche. The walking part was not hard or extensive. There were plenty of stops to sit, eat, drink & socialize. Plus, you get discounts on wine & spirits if you are on the tour. We're already planning another trip to SB to take our spouses on the tour.
Written April 28, 2021
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TaraHaaf
Thanks for the awesome review! I had a great time with you all and look forward to having you and the spouses later! :)
Written April 29, 2021
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Lynn K
Los Angeles, CA59 contributions
I live in Los Angeles and have been to SB many times but never really got to know the area and food. I went for the weekend with my cousin and loved this tour! I live food tours and have been on many of them all over the country and world.

Tara, the owner took us on our tour and we had an amazing cultural and food experience. We had 5 delicious stops with wine and beer parings AND went to a distillery for 5 tastings. Most of us purchased their delish gins and liqueurs.

The Funk Zone is a very special place right off of State Street that I never knew existed! I highly recommend this tour.
Written November 18, 2021
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TaraHaaf
Thank you for the wonderful review! I so enjoyed showing off our beloved Funk Zone to you. I hope we get to see you on our Solvang food tour someday!
Written November 20, 2021
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Tina F
Bakersfield, CA8 contributions
This was recommended by a friend so we decided to book it and try it. It was amazing! We had such a good time eating and drinking on the tour. Christina was our guide and she is awesome! She knows about all the restaurants, food, drinks, and then some. She’s super sweet too! This was definitely worth the money! Make sure you wear comfy shoes, there is a little bit of walking. We would go again!
Written February 16, 2022
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TaraHaaf
Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review! So glad you enjoyed your time in the Funk Zone!
Written February 17, 2022
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jennacfalle
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Loved our tour
We enjoyed our tour of Solvang and the foods were delicious. Our tour guide, Cameron, was very engaging!
Localkatr
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Love local food? Eat this, shoot that!!!
The best part of the tour is EVERYTHING! The different food and beverages at each stop was amazing. The tour guide
Pattif F
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Fun, filling and definitely worth doing.
This was my 2nd time going on this tour with Cameron as the guide. Once again, he was terrific and made it very enj
drbryanj
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Really enjoyed our Solvang food and photo tour.
The tour was just what we were expecting. It was a combination tasty food, iPhone camera tips and tricks, and some
Passport577040
Passport577040
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Great time in Solvang
We had a fun time touring Solvang and getting to taste different foods. Tour took about 3hrs and our guide was know
jlanse2017
jlanse2017
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Delightful afternoon in Solvang
What a delightful afternoon in Solvang! We went to so many venues, I lost count. I DO know that each location off
dannymL6145DY
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Amazing!
Amazing tour! Highly recommend. Learned the history and where to eat and drink.... Best guide around
924melissay
924melissay
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Great Tour, LOTS of food
My husband and I wanted to see Solvang and get some history. This was the perfect activity for that! Not only did w
kimmiekimkim
kimmiekimkim
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Solvang food tour
First time trying this tour. It was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone. You get to try different l
Donya L
Donya L
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Vacation
We had a wonderful time. Our tour guide was absolutely awesome!! She was very pleasant and very knowledgeable about
Lisa C
Lisa C
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Food your
I’ve been on several food tours...some great, some not so much. This one I really loved. Went with my four sisters
dadena
dadena
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A really fun food and photo tour
Our daughter bought us a Groupon for the tour as a gift. It was our first time doing a food tour and we had so muc
klintonk7
klintonk7
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Jan 2020 Solvang Food Tour review
Bridget was really great! She took us to a few places that we normally wouldn’t of ventured to. The tour was a nice
waldoe2020
waldoe2020
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Great tour!
This was our first time ever doing a food tour and I have to say that it was amazing! The food was delicious. The t
AuntieDons
AuntieDons
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If you've never been to Solvang book this tour!
I just came back from a day trip from Solvang with my friend this last weekend. I've never gone and she had only g
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