Oakland Food Tours from San Francisco

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Local Food Adventures

Local Food Adventures takes guests through an intimate discovery of some of the Bay Area’s best kept secret neighborhoods.  You get off the beaten tourist path and really get to know Oakland’s food scene. In addition, you’ll also meet the local businesses and professionals that have turned food into their passion and livelihood.

  • 3 - 4.5 Hours
  • Up to 12 guests per tour
  • Rockridge, Oakland

Get a taste of the East Bay Area with this Oakland Food Tour

Explore what National Geographic says is one of the top cities in the world to visit! Let us take you on the only San Francisco Food Tour where you’ll explore the food, history, art, and culture of the great and surprising city of Oakland. This tour from San Francisco is part of our larger range of Oakland Food Tours and it’s perfect for anyone living in or near San Francisco looking for a day tour with a different flavor!

On this tour, you have the option of starting your journey in either San Francisco or Oakland:

Food Tour from San Francisco Option

For guests joining us for the San Francisco food tour portion, your guide will meet you at San Francisco’s Ferry Building where you’ll start your tour with a flavorful and filling taste of an award-winning Oakland original. You’ll then continue across the Bay on board the San Francisco Bay Ferry, enjoying breathtaking views of Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco Bay, Ferry Building Marketplace and Bay Bridge.

Enjoy Your Oakland Food Tour

Once in Oakland, you’ll walk along the East Bay’s waterfront and say “cheers!” to the heritage of Jack London Square, the historic warehouse district and the newly founded Jack London Brewing District. We’ll take you to four stops where you’ll satisfy your tastebuds and enlighten your cultural soul. You’ll not only be immersed with the local Oakland food and spirits scene, but also the community of artists that make up the unique flavor of the East Bay Area. They don’t call us the “Brooklyn of the West” for nothing! 

Whether you arrive by ferry, Amtrak, BART or car, we guarantee you’ll love Oakland as much as we do and will want to stay and explore “The Town”. To be honest, no Bay Area excursion is complete without experiencing Oakland and the East Bay, and we think that our Oakland food tour is just about the perfect option for anyone looking to take a day tour from San Francisco.

Meeting Point

  • For the full food tour from San Francisco, start outside the Ferry Building Marketplace NORTH covered entrance on the Embarcadero near Gott’s Roadside & Viva La Tarte – One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

Departure Time

Select Fridays and Saturdays at 10 am (starting in San Francisco) or 11:30 am (starting in Oakland)

Duration & Distance

3+ hours walking a little more than 1 mile (4.5 hours and 1.25 miles if joining us from San Francisco)

Weather Conditions

Light Rain or Shine (Tours may be canceled 24 hours in advance for heavy rain/weather)

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • A bottle of waterWater may be offered at our sit-down stops, but due to the nature of some of the locations we visit, water is not always guaranteed

Highlights

  • Visit four filling tastings as part of this “progressive lunch” experience with demonstrations from area professionals highlighting the area’s local delicacies. (*Five tasting locations if you join this Oakland Food Tour from San Francisco)
  • Discover the rich history of both sides of San Francisco Bay with stories about both San Francisco and Oakland
  • Enjoy beautiful views of the Bay Area from the water as you journey across the Bay on a relaxing ride on the San Francisco Bay Ferry

Tasting Selections

  • Prepare to lick your lips on a filling down-home BBQ family-style feast from the best barbecue in Oakland for the last 40 years.
  • Say cheers to the newly established Jack London Brewing District as you enjoy a taste of local brew from one of USA Today‘s Top 10 Best New Breweries in America. (Guest must be over 21 years of age.)
  • Depending on the day of your tour, sink your teeth into homemade potstickers and bao buns from a fun new Oakland pop-up or enjoy a hearty sandwich or alternative from a neighborhood veteran celebrating a sense of community in the historic Warehouse District.
  • Finish your tour by relaxing with a sweet dessert as you enjoy the sunshine and waterfront views unique to Oakland. If you have a sweet tooth, then you might also be interested in our sensational Rockridge Ice Cream Tour or the sweet options on our Oakland Halloween Food Tour.
  • SAN FRANCISCO FOOD TOUR BONUS
  • Savory soul food created by a “Top Chef” favorite celebrated for her French-trained cooking and her part in establishing Oakland as a “culinary center.”
  • Beautiful views of the Bay Area while you enjoy a relaxing 30-minute ride across the Bay on the San Francisco Bay Ferry

DIETARY NEEDS: On this tour, we can accommodate nut allergies and lactose intolerance. Vegetarians and guests with celiac disease can be accommodated at all but one of our stops. Substitutions can be made for guests who do not eat pork. For guests with nut sensitivity, nuts are not found within our pastry selection but are produced in a bakery that does use nuts and nut oils.

Please Note

Tickets must be purchased at least two hours before the day’s tour

Add our VIP option

If you’d like to add a little more “spirit” to this Rockridge food tour, you can opt for our VIP Option for only $15. Here’s what you get:

  • Southern Italian white wine part of the James Beard winning Best Wine Program of North America.
  • Specialty house-made margarita made with Sabe Blanco, a unique blend of blanco tequila from Mexico and premium sake from Japan.
  • In addition, you’ll receive a Local Food Adventures tote bag that is perfect for carrying the amazing food you discover throughout the tour.

Given all the specialty booze included, by selecting our VIP option you swear and affirm that you are over the age of 21.

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