Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour - Santa Barbara

Be enticed by the best restaurants in the creative Santa Barbara Funk Zone
Santa Barbara, United States
3 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Santa Barbara

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 3-hour guided walking food tour through Santa Barbara's Funk Zone
  • Visit up to 8 fantastic locations where you will enjoy food samplings, as well as taste some craft brews & artisan wines
  • Fun & professional local guide taking you to some local hot spots
  • Discover hidden street art & soak in the culture of the city's most eclectic neighbourhood
  • Learn foodie photo tips & tricks using your smartphone camera
  • All taxes
  • Departs from the meeting point at the Funk Zone (exact location upon booking confirmation)

What to Expect

Get to know the best of Santa Barbara’s food and drink scene on this 3-hour walking foodie adventure through the city’s most eclectic, art-driven neighbourhood. Explore beyond Downtown Santa Barbara and eat, drink & snap your way through the Funk Zone with a local foodie.


Join your local guide on the edge of the Funk Zone as they walk you through the heart of the precinct and Lower State Street neighborhoods where you will taste the cuisine that the city is known for! Treat yourself to bites of gastropub creations, freshly baked goodies and Mexican foods through to craft brews & artisan wines, as you visit up to eight local hot spots.


Along the way, you’ll get immersed in the city's culture while you explore the neighbourhood and its street art, murals and graffiti. Discover the restaurants and pubs that are favourites with the locals and hear interesting stories about each place you’ll visit. 


Learn easy-to-shoot photo tips from your pro tour guide and take your foodie photo skills to the next level using your smartphone’s camera app. By the end of your tour, you’ll be eating like a local and shooting like a pro! 


Some of the amazing venues you may visit are described below.


The Venues

  • The Valley ProjectA top-shelf winery featuring small-batch wines from incredibly diverse viticultural areas of our local Santa Ynez Valley
  • Lucky Penny: Unique corner cafe serving creative wood-fired flatbread & housemade BBQ chips
  • Mony’s Mexican Food Taqueria: Family-owned & operated, hole-in-the-wall taqueria known for street tacos, housemade chips, & the best salsa bar in town. (Weekday & Saturday tours only)
  • Cutler’s Artisan Spirits: The city’s first legal distillery since Prohibition, featuring top-shelf bourbon, whiskey, vodka, gin, & apple pie liqueur
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.: A family-run brewing company, featured in the heart of the Funk Zone, focusing on top tier beers
  • McConnell’s Ice Cream: THE best ice cream in Santa Barbara with recipes & methods that date back to 1949
  • Santo Mezcal: Southern Mexican cuisine with a Santa Barbara seafood influence
  • The Bier Garten: Lively bar & restaurant featuring German dishes & renowned beers
  • Chocolate Maya: Hand-crafted artisan chocolates made in the European tradition with American innovation
  • Santa Barbara Popcorn Co.: Locally harvested, hand-popped, organic/GMO-free artisan popcorn

Frequently Asked Questions

  • An appetite! This tour is more than enough for lunch.
  • Please dress comfortably for walking & according to the forecast - we operate rain or shine!
  • Bring your smartphone to capture the beautiful meals we will enjoy.
02022-06-03 13:08:09
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Well, it is a walking tour….so plan on doing just that. Both tours cover approximately 1-ish miles over a 3-3.5-hour period.

The food tour is conducted at a relaxed pace and stops frequently with optional seating at most places, spending approximately 15-20 minutes at each of the designated tasting spots.

Of course, we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes….you know…for walking around in. Comfortably.

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Gratuities are greatly appreciated by your tour guides who are still paying off their student loans, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%-20%.

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They absolutely are! However, some of our food and wine venues are a bit on the small side. So, we recommend taking a weekday tour when our groups are smaller and the venues are less crowded to allow for a more comfortable tour experience.

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While the tastings may vary slightly on the food tours, we usually visit about 5 eateries, plus drink tastings on all of our tours. We will taste foods ranging from seafood to gourmet flatbread to authentic Mexican food to artisan baked bread and other local fares on our Funk Zone Food Tour.

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Oh yes, ma’am…er, sir! Our food tour includes tasting various wines, spirits, and beers. You are also welcome to bring a bottle of water with you, although regular drinking water is provided at every place we visit.

For underage participants, there are no substitution tastings available at the breweries and they will be skipping out on any wine tastings, which is why there is a reduced price for attendees under 21 or non-drinkers.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time
  • Please advise us of any dietary restrictions you may have prior to booking so we can aim to accommodate most needs. However, please note, we may not be able to accommodate shellfish or vegan/strict vegetarian dietary restrictions. This tour is also NOT suitable for celiac restrictions

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations with 48 hours or more notice will be refunded in the form of open-dated account credit 
  • No partial credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals (Full refunds may not apply to tickets bought via a third-party site)
  • Customers will be offered a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances

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