Avital Food Tours
Avital Food Tours
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Avital Tours curates 4-course progressive meals with each course served at a different restaurant. Each culinary experience begins with appetizers, followed by an entree and concluding with dessert and along the way, you'll hear stories of restaurant owners, chefs and industry experts. Featured iconic San Francisco culinary neighborhoods: Mission District and North Beach.
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Ayodeji O
London, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Avital food tour was an amazing way to get an insight into a select few establishments within the mission district. Whilst weaving through the streets, our guide spoke through a select few of the murals around the neighbourhood. Our mission district took us through a cheese flight paired with some local beer at Mission Cheese, some amazing Miagi oyster and cured ham at Hog and Rocks, juicy juicy braised chicken, a walk through birite market and cod tacos at tacolious and of course, the delectable salted caramel at Birite creamery. A lovely thing about the tour was the ability to get to speak to some of the guys running the establishments who spoke with so much passion about their produce, relationship with the community and inspiration – it was invaluable.
Corinne was our guide during the tour and we couldn’t have had a better person leading us through the district – she was so passionate, her enthusiasm was infectious. Working her way through the crowd as we moved between venues, chatting and getting to know about the guests and sharing tips and answering and questions or providing recommendations – she was a star. (if you ever get to see this, thanks – this was one of my highlights whilst in San Francisco)
Written August 30, 2014
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Mandi B
Big Canoe, GA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Our travel plans changed unexpectedly, so we were not able to take advantage of the food tour, but we did very much enjoy the morning tour of Alcatraz and the booking was very easy.
Written August 10, 2019
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laroberts
Arma, KS3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This tour was a combo along with Alcatraz. It was a pleasant surprise and we enjoyed the size of group (5 guests) and Hannah, our tour guide. Walking to four different restaurants in Little Italy was a special experience during our trip to San Francisco!
Written July 22, 2019
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debracake
Nashville, TN162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
We met at the Women's Building, which has one of the most amazing murals I've ever seen. Arrive early so that you have time to look it over. We met our guide inside the small lobby. Our party was 9 plus our guide, Zev. I give Zev 5 stars for his enthusiasm and knowledge of the area, even though we passed by an apparently brand new Banksy without people noticing. Zev led us to murals and told us the history and meaning behind the murals.

Our first stop to eat was for two slices of cheese with a small glass of beer for those who paid extra for the alcohol. We were told about the cheese one at a time and told how to savor it -- I bought a pound of one of the cheeses.

Our second stop was at a restaurant designed to be a very sociable place. The foods were ham and oyster with a bit of bread and pickled veggies. I ate the ham and pickled beet together and they played off each other beautifully. People who paid extra for alcohol received a mixed drink. The manager of the restaurant came to the head of our table to talk to us but I couldn't hear as it was a very loud restaurant. As mentioned, it is set up for sociability with people sharing tables and yummy foods and drinks, and sociable it is!

The next stop was to enjoy fresh from the oven emanadas, one cheese and peppers and one Argentine beef. With three sauces. Delicious, delicious, delicious! Wonderful crust that was tender and crunchy, with fillings that were moist, flavorful and hot. I used all three sauces and enjoyed this stop immensely.

The fourth stop was at a grocery that is distinct in it's size, appearance, and community involvement. It is packed with good produce and groceries but allows little space for a tour of nine plus guide. We were allowed a quick walk-through and were served two strawberries from a pint basket that was passed around.

Our last stop was an ice cream store that was too crowded for us to go inside. We had to stand out of the rain in a doorway to another business. Our guide brought out a tray of cups of ice cream that had been prepared in advance and apparently had melted a little and been re-frozen. The flavor was delicious but the texture was changed by the melting/refreezing.

I did not mention the names of the businesses on purpose because I don't want to detract from the tour business. It was great having Zev as our guide and he did a fabulous job. I gave only 3 stars because..... well, this was my third food tour and it seemed to be priced a bit high for parts of it. Two strawberries? Re-frozen ice cream? Texture is part of ice cream, you know. Also if I'd paid the $16 for a small glass of beer and a cocktail I'd have been disappointed -- but I didn't, so I cannot tell you how it tasted. My loyalty is to the readers of TripAdvisors, not to the places we review, so I wrote my review with the info I'd want. IMHO this tour needs a bit of work still. I can sympathize with the planning and timing but Avital, remember that presentation is part of the package too.
Written April 8, 2014
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Jimmy H
Dundee, UK77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
I've read other reviews and I agree with those who rated average. I also agree with them that Corinne was fantastic - so enthusiastic, she worked hard and clearly has 2 huge passions : food and San Francisco. I share those passions. Corinne's knowledge is formidable and she was excellent in ensuring everyone felt included and, being the only 2 Brits on the tour, she was genuinely interested in our foodie experiences back home.

We started at Mission Cheese and this, to me, is a very novel concept and one I like. The proprietor gave us a talk on the 2 small cheeses we sampled and those of us who had the alcohol pairings definitely enjoyed the difference the beer made to the taste of the cheese. Great choice - and a very different one.

Next was Hog and Rocks. I'm a Scotsman raised on the coast and brought up on shellfish and I now live in Kent where I can get oysters fresh out of the water. I love them - and I loved the food here. Oyster with proscuitto and pickled veggies and nice warm pitta bread. the chef came to talk to us but I couldn't hear as the concept of the restaurant is that of a very boisterous social evening and it was just that.

For me, that was it I'm afraid. The next stop was Tacolicious. As far as I can gather, a chain. The food was waiting and we were crowded round a big table in a super noisy place - both tacos were decidedly average and had been sitting out for a while. Then there was BiRite Market - I enjoyed hearing the history of it and I always enjoy looking round these places as I'm passionate about locally grown and sourced food - I bought a few bars of chocolate (guilty pleasure). Then on to BiRite Creamery for salted caramel ice cream. It was certainly very good and I can understand why there were queues - but then you get queues also for trendy, which isn't necessarily culinary special.

There was a lot of walking and standing around and whilst I really enjoyed the walk around the Mission District (and I will be back to explore more), we did not, as I read on the blurb when I booked, enjoy empanadas and get the chance to make them. shame - not really as advertised though I do understand that the itinerary changes.
Written September 10, 2014
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Camille R
Saint Simons Island, GA93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
A quick read of others' reviews who did this a Tour were on target.. Corrine was high energy and an excellent host. She pointed out murals in the District and gave us background on the Food scene. My favorite restaurants were the first two... Ham and Rocks and the cheese place, coincidentally the two that had liquor pairings.

We stood on sidewalks a lot. It was 40 minutes into the Tour before we had our first taste. By then we'd gotten to know each other and seen several murals. At the BiRite, we stood on the sidewalk while Corrine passed around melon slices on toothpicks. And at The Creamery, we huddled on benches next to the road.

Best advice... Don't skip breakfast for this 11am Tour. The tastes just aren't that big. And you'll certainly be able to drive home. The liquor pairings didn't even buzz any of us.
Written July 22, 2014
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Hi Camille, Thanks so much for your honest feedback - we do try to be the best that we can be! We're so glad that you loved Hog & Rocks and Mission Cheese! We do too - they're both unique restaurant concepts that show the innovation and creativity of the Mission District's trendy culinary scene. Our food tours do provide a generous amount of tasting but please keep in mind though that our tours focus on quality not quantity and the full experience of the neighborhood - including the murals and the history of its culinary scene. We want our guests to try new food in a new way. Additionally, the amount of food that you are eating is spread out over 3 hours, so you won’t feel overly stuffed… Its like going out for an incredible sushi meal. You leave happy and content but don’t end up in a food coma. Our alcohol pairing is not meant to get tour guests drunk - the two tastes are meant to enhance the overall experience of the food tastings at the restaurant. And yes, you're right, we do want you to be able to drive home after our tour :-) Thanks again for your feedback - we hope to see you again soon!
Written July 23, 2014
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Denver G
Denver, CO3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
I went on a Mission District Food Tour with my significant other and had a pretty good time. I stress pretty good because there are some things that are great and some that are so-so.

First, going through an up-and-coming trendy area of San Francisco was a nice experience. Great murals can be seen throughout the area and the walk is not uphill. Second, there is a good variety of coffee shops, restaurants, and small businesses. But unfortunately some of the food choices that we visited on the tour were nothing to rave about.

We as a group of about 11 first sampled a breakfast taco at a popular Tex-Mex spot called West of Pecos. It had chorizo, eggs and cheese along with a pinch of salsa or pico (not sure which). It had a nice fresh taste and was half-way filling. Some people (including myself) in the group signed up for alcohol on the tour, which meant they could have a small margarita. It had a nice kick but was too limey. Overall, West of Peco was a solid B.

Next on the tour was a stop at a local cheese shop called Mission Cheese. Inside you will find a long bar with stools and a few tables to dine in. The cheese monger/manager brought out two cheeses (both native to the States) to sample. Each of slices were adequate but not overwhelming. I and a few others were served a 8 ounce pour of a mild copper beer to pair with the cheeses. It had a nice malty note that lingered on my tongue and wasn't at all acidic. To grade Mission Cheese I'd give it a B. Cool concept and pretty good selection of American origin cheeses.

Now for the third and least inviting part of the tour - the stop at Gracias Madre. Now I know some of you will ridicule me for some of the comments I make. Just hear me out. For starters, it's a local vegan Mexican restaurant that tries to use organic and local ingredients for its dishes. Great! I'm all for it (even if real Oaxaca cheese is a staple with authentic Mexican food, which cannot be found here). But there are a few hiccups that can be found. We each were served a small quesadilla filled with sweet potato puree and almond spread on top. I tried cutting into the dish and ate a bite. It tasted like stale ground corn and spicy baby food. I had one more bite and left the rest on my plate. I'm not sure how a place can screw up a quesadilla but this establishment did just that. However, I thought maybe this was an isolated end to the tour - no, it got worse.

Our guide took us for a short hike (about five blocks) to a deeper part of the district. Okay, that's fine. We ended up at a local grocery store called BI-Rite. We were allowed to walk around and check out the goods there (which are largely what you would find at a Vitamin Cottage but more expensive), and managed to have some fresh fruit brought out to us. Kind of cool but not exactly worth being part of a food tour in SF.

Lastly, we traveled down a block and half to a creamery with the same ownership as the BI-Rite store. Each of us were served a small sample of salted, caramel ice cream. Great hints of nuts and spice came from each bite. So, for very end of the trip it was worth an A-.

In summary, I can honestly say that the Avital Tour of the Mission District is an okay experience. If you've never been to the "gourmet ghetto" it's worth a look, but if you have a set idea as to what you'd like to eat versus what is actually served, you might be disappointed. The best pastry shop in the Mission, Tartine, is not on the agenda nor is the famous Latin eatery Poc-Chuc. And to cough up an additional $16 for a small beer and an average margarita is a bit much. Perhaps other Avital tours in San Francisco are good, but this one is only sub-par.
Written July 17, 2014
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Hi Mike and Anne, Thanks so much for taking the time to write us with your honest feedback. I was sorry to hear that your Quesadilla at Gracias Madre did not taste as it should. We try to showcase the innovation of the culinary scene in the Mission for locals and provide a unique perspective and story of hidden gems, rather than visiting the well-known places you can visit and experience yourself, like Tartine. Gracias Madre is very popular with locals... At West of Pecos, the owner's story adds lots of flavor. Tyler won Season 9 of the Amazing Race so he tells his stories in a fun and quirky way representing much of the Mission District neighborhood character! Also, Bi Rite Market and Creamery are a cornerstone of the neighborhood (as you noticed people will wait in line for 45 minutes to get one scoop of ice cream - and we skip the line!) and unique for their direct farm relationships and products such as pineapple guavas and chocolate persimmons - grocers come from all over the world to learn from them. We are sorry that these two stops fell short but hope that you'll come back to continue to explore many of the other wonderful local business which thrive in the Mission. Thanks again for your thoughts and we hope to see you again soon!
Written July 23, 2014
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laroberts
Arma, KS3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
This culinary tour was a wonderful surprise! We purchased it with the combo of touring Alcatraz since the tours for Alcatraz were not available alone until August 20, 2019. I'm so happy that we chose this combo as the tour was tasty, fun, and informative. Hannah was our tour guide and this talented young lady met us with enthusiasm and energy. The tour group consisted of five guests, which made it perfect for enjoying each other's company while easily touring four different restaurants. Casual attire.
Written July 22, 2019
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debmarsh59
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
On Tuesday 16th July , I thoroughly enjoyed an Alcatraz experience in the morning and then a culinary walking tour of North beach Italian restaurants. Our guide was Hannah, she was lovely, talented, incredibly knowledgeable, a bright energetic spark that made the culinary tour absolutely wonderful... thankyou for a brilliant day
Written July 20, 2019
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lmksf
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
This was a GREAT tour! I have been forced to go on many walking tours of San Francisco thanks to the many visitors I have. This one was great for a local: the pace was relaxed, it was NOT jam-packed with trivia. Instead, it was a visit to 4 different local businesses whose proprietors were not only interesting and unique but REALLY passionate about what they do. It was contagious and made for a really enjoyable, unique experience. Our lovely guide, Shannon, made sure to give us a little history here and there. But not so much that you start to get bored or all the info starts to run together. She was enthusiastic, friendly, and down to earth.
Written March 27, 2019
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