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Local Table Tours

Boulder, CO, USA
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About Local Table Tours
Local Table Tours brings small groups on culinary walking tours for an exclusive taste of the town. Food tours, cocktail tasting tours, coffee and chocolate tasting tours,progressive dinners and private dining experiences offer a unique taste of the Boulder food scene. Discover America's foodiest town, one bite at a time. Please visit our Local Table Tours, Denver Tours as well for more information on our Denver culinary excursions.
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Trip373588 wrote a review Mar 2020
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I wanted something fun and different for my family to do together on our weekend away to Boulder. We flew in from SC, NYC and Houston to spend together and chose Boulder to base from. I wanted a foodie tour and found Megan! She was great to work with and we had a private 2 hour tour! Knowledgable and interesting! We went to 4 different places and enjoyed them all! Thanks Megan!
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monjosier wrote a review Jun 2019
Portsmouth, New Hampshire5 contributions4 helpful votes
Having always been a fan of city walking tours as a way to get introduced to a new place or simply see a familiar one through a new lens, I was optimistic about Local Table Tours. It was my first time doing a "food" tour and while you don't get the historical background on a city's major tourist attractions, you do get the experience of what being a local is like. I'm a frequent traveler to Boulder and have become very familiar with the area, but LTT took us to 3 places I hadn't yet been to and they were all great. I'd brought a group to Boulder for work and was looking for something other than the typical work dinner for our nightly mandatory fun. Very grateful to have found LTT where we booked a private tour of 11 people, all of whom really enjoyed this unique night out. Service at the restaurants was excellent and was very nice to walk in to a table waiting for us with food on the tables in seconds at each stop. Anne was a fantastic tour guide and felt like part of our group. Thanks Anne and LTT!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from TheFrontRangeFoodie, Owner at Local Table Tours
Responded Jun 11, 2019
Thanks for your nice review! We don't specialize in the history of Boulder- we actually suggest taking a Boulder Walking Tour to learn historical facts. We specialize in food and can tell you most of the history of the Boulder food scene, how we got to become America's "Foodiest" Small Town, and steer you in the right direction for all things food. Thanks for bringing your team on tour. Team building is best when we eat, drink, walk, and repeat. Looking forward to hosting you again!
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Bontempo wrote a review Aug 2018
Ft. Collins, CO10 contributions10 helpful votes
One of the best things about a review site is that you can trust what people are writing. Participants have nothing to gain or lose by sharing their experience in an honest way hoping only to edify their community and pass on good tips. With that being said, writing a less than five star review is hard to do for the same reason. You know the owner has worked hard to build a company and they are also part of the community. I have communicated with the owner about this review and she responded that my feed back was some of the best she had received, this shows she is open for improvement, which is a positive sign for any business. I booked our Local Table food tour over a month ahead of the date we hoped to attend. Although, my card was charged, there was no confirmation of purchase or mention of where to meet. I waited a couple weeks as to not be a pain in the neck, and finally contacted the owner to make sure there hadn't been a mistake. She replied quickly and mentioned that a new registration system was to blame. She also said another email would be sent the week of, as a reminder. I never received that promised email either and when it was brought up on the tour, I was surprised that EVERY other person on the tour said the same thing. A few even said they even wondered if the food tour was a fake business and hoped they hadn't been duped when they showed up. Our tour guide was very sweet and it was apparent she was trying hard, but when the owner reached out a day after our tour and mentioned this had been her first big tour, solo, it was not a surprise. The first two restaurants were beautiful and what we hoped for, but they seemed rushed as we tried to get to know our table mates. The tour was expected to end at 5pm, but we were in our car and on the road by 4:38, so it must have ended very early as we actually had parked a few blocks away. I wish we could have slowed down the pace, as food tours invite a celebration of a social event. Ice breaker questions included how long have you been married and how many kids do you have? For some, this set of questions wasn't hard to answer, but for my friend and another couple these questions hit sensitive nerves. I later wrote that questions that were more personally appropriate like, "Spicy, Sweet or Sour?" Or "Chocolate or Vanilla?", might be a better fit because they don't require you to share potentially sensitive personal stories from the second you meet someone. My friend actually got up and left the table to go to the bathroom to avoid answering the questions and then was asked point blank to answer when she returned, even though the rest of the table had gone on to different topics. It was uncomfortable. Two couples were visiting from out of state and when they asked what to do, our guide gave them little help, but suggested Colorado Springs. This would be about a two hour drive and they had previously mentioned Uber was their mode of transportation. Boulder and the surrounding areas have tons of things to do; that should have been the focus, not a town that is two hours away. The third visit was to a brewery. Only 2/6 were drinking alcohol on the tour at the first three stops and it seemed a little odd that the guide drank as much as they did. Maybe that is standard, but never has been on previous tours I have participated in. At the brewery, they ordered a pitcher of beer, but had to agree on what kind to get as they were only ordering one 1/2 pitcher. With 4 people not drinking and no price break offered, I'm surprised they didn't receive a flight of their own choosing. The waiter asked if we'd be having any other food besides the three shared pre-ordered appetizers. He didn't seem to know we were on a food tour. When one person asked what the name of the pizza was that we shared, she was told that the guide didn't know as they were pre-ordered by someone else to fit with happy hour menu. Our next stop was at a spice shop. There were no samples and we were told we could walk around and open bottles, pour spice in, and lick it from our hands. That did not seem very sanitary and some people voiced their frustration that they had basically paid to come into shop and sat on the bench up front. The last stop was a popsicle shop, it was a nice idea, but on a hot day many people had juice running down their arms and dripping on their clothes as we stood out in front of the shop in direct sun because the shop has no chairs to sit in. A nice touch would have been a wet wipe to keep from getting sticky. During this time, our guide suggested, again, that a five star review would be appreciated. In my opinion, reviews are earned and review inflation defeats the purpose of even having a review site. This experience was not bad, and the other guests made it fun, but it was a luxury spending activity that definitely did not compare to other food tours I've been on and didn't feel special or worthy of 5 stars.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Megan B, Owner at Local Table Tours
Responded Aug 27, 2018
I'm very let down personally that you feel it's so important for you to get on your soap box and write these reviews. When you personally reached out to me to tell me about what was disappointing, I responded with genuine gratefulness for telling me the new tour guide didn't actually perform as we had hoped she would. I then found your email to me basically verbatim on Yelp with a one star, and now two months later you come to Trip Adviser to copy and paste your email and say our tours are a let down. This review is literally the email you sent me that I immediately responded to and then you responded sounding like a nice woman who just wanted to let me know her thoughts. I'm not sure what your agenda is here. Your new guide wasn't great, you don't drink alcohol so you didn't appreciate alcohol being served yet you didn't ask me in advance for any drink substitutions, the spice shop wasn't interesting to you, and the new registration system apparently sent the detailed emails to a junk mail or spam filter. The guide you had is actually no longer on our team as she was not a good fit. Unfortunately, that happens sometimes. You start your review by talking about how much work goes into start a local business, and mention my receptiveness to your comments. Why you decided to lambast my business now is just beyond my comprehension and as a fellow human, quite a let down.
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apb0729 wrote a review Aug 2018
Rochester, New York2 contributions
Downtown Boulder is the perfect place for a food tour. Loved the shopping experience as we would have missed it. Dessert was unique to Boulder.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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2Alaska09 wrote a review Jul 2018
United States91 contributions81 helpful votes
The day was hot (99 degrees), the group was big (12 people), but Onnika’s tour was great. The first stop was Arcana where we were served a delicious drink and enough food to almost make an entire meal - the quiche was like none other. Next was a stop for tacos, mini-margaritas and a shot of mezcal. We then went a brew pub for pizza and beer, visited a spice shop, and finished the tour with refreshing gelato from Fior Gelato. Because we did the tour early in our Boulder stay, we were able to go back to our favorite spot later in the week. The restaurants were all on or near Pearl Street, so we didn’t do very much walking. Despite the size of the group, it quickly seemed like we were all friends. We’ve done food tours in cities across the country and can confidently say that for the quality and quantity of food and drink, this tour is a great value.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Megan B, Owner at Local Table Tours
Responded Jul 27, 2018
Thank you so much for your nice review. We're still having fun eight years later!
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