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“Experience culinary treasures in the SF Mission District”
Review of Avital Food Tours

Avital Food Tours
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North Beach Culinary Experience and Alcatraz Tour
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Mission District Culinary Experience with Alcohol Pairing
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VIP Happy Hour Tour of Union Square
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: As seen on The Travel Channel, our walking food tours take guests on a unique food experience behind-the-scenes in the San Francisco Culinary World to meet chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts. You'll eat your way through the authentic local hotspots, while learning about the neighborhood history - The Mission District's murals, North Beach's Barbary Coast Trail and hidden tunnels, and Union Square's cocktail center. Bring your appetite!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Phoenix, Arizona
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77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Experience culinary treasures in the SF Mission District”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

I LOVED the tour my husband and I took with Avital Tours this past weekend (February 2013). Not only does Avital Ungar, our guide and the company's founder, know so many fun facts about the area, she has a superstar personality. She is outgoing and really loves her city and her city's food. It shows through! I've had culinary tours across the country and in other countries, but this is definitely one of the top two ever. The restaurant choices were great - and ending up with ice cream at Bi-rite was perfect - but exploring the area on foot offered a look at an intriguing part of SF. I was impressed that she kept the group on schedule, but it never felt rushed. After the tour, she followed up with an email that referenced where we'd visited. The walk is leisurely, all on flat ground, and Avital gave the group plenty of time at each location to take restroom breaks and even purchase items. I can't wait to book another tour when I return.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank Slaniergraham
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“North Beach Food Tour”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Impressive. we got a lot of historical facts and always were striving against the tourist stream. passed a lot of touristy places just to find outstanding quality - both in the restaurant pick and the food/wine.

not to forget to learn about the lives of great personalities. Agosto from Tommaso's stories in unforgettable Italian accent, only being topped by Quentin, owner of Pena Pachamama.

Great 3 hours - enough food and a intimate glimpse into SF's culinary variety - also locals will be surprised..

Visited February 2013
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San Francisco, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Want to experience SF like a native?”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Leave it to the residents of this city to take date night to the next level. I was impressed with this Avital Tour of Union Square Cocktails last weekend. In case you're wondering, the date went well.

We had some truly original (and delicious) SF drinks with snack pairings:
-Chartreuse Swizzle (if you don't know what this is, it really is worth trying)
w/truffle popcorn & spicy nut medley
-Piquito Picante
w/deep fried serrano peppers sprinkled with coarse sea salt
-Pisco Punch
w/nothing but good conversation after 3 sturdy afternoon cocktails

Pluses of the pro tour guide:
-She's organized, funny and has a wealth of food and drink knowledge
-Is smooth and savvy with ice breakers so you're immediately at ease with the rest of the group
-At the end of the trip she'll hook you up with recommendations for the rest of your night, future trips, basically anything you want to know about the bay area or booze.

Visited February 2013
Thank Jenn L
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San Francisco, California, United States
1 review
“5 Star Experience”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Experience experience experience. Avital Tours knocked it out of the park with stellar restaurants choices, fun history of the neighborhood, and a really great group of people to share the experience with. Our guide, founder Avital Ungar was warm and welcoming creating an extremely unique experience for us in our own city!!! I can't say enough great things about Avital Tours and definitely recommend this for dates, tourists, and/or an evening out with friends.

Visited February 2013
Thank Jeff R
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San Mateo, California
2 reviews
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“Fun Night Out!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour through North Beach with Avital! It was a fun and unique way to learn some interesting facts while tasting some great food and wine! Everything exceeded our expectations - Avital was very accomodating with the scheduling, her knowledge of the city was clearly evident and her great personality shone as she gave us an insider tour of several restaurants. I can't wait to sign up for another tour and introduce more friends to Avital Tours!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Karen L
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