Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through Central Coast Food Tours frequently asked questions to find answers to any of your questions relating to our San Luis Obispo Food Tasting Tour.
Any Current Reviews of the Tours?
Yes! Central Coast Food Tours was recently awarded Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence!
Are bathrooms available during the tours?
Yes, there are a minimum of two bathroom facilities available during the tour. If you have special needs, let us know when booking and we will try to work in additional stops for you.
Are Cameras and Videos allowed on the tours?
Absolutely! We're pretty sure you'll want pictures of yourselves enjoying all this wonderful food - and your Tour Guru is happy to play photographer for those special shots. Plus, don't forget all the wonderful sights you'll discover as we tour our lovely and historic city.
Are children welcome on the tour?
Certainly, if your child is well-behaved and can manage the two-mile walk with three hours of largely adult company.
Are Gift Certificates available for purchase?
Yes! Our gift certificates make wonderful stocking stuffers, housewarming gifts, they're terrific for someone moving into the area, make great employee recognition gifts, and are always nice for a fun and romantic afternoon with that someone special. Please use our Contact Us form to order your gift certificates.
Are pets allowed on the tour?
Sorry, we'd love to but it just won't work with our food partners. So, no - we don't allow pets.
Are tours offered only in English?
Our tours are offered in English. We are able to offer Private Group Tours in Russian as well!
Are you able to accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences?
We will do our very best to find a suitable replacement tasting. It is very important that when you book your tour, you let us know about any dietary restrictions or food allergies in advance.
Can I book a private tour?
YES! We can do private tours for large and small groups - or even a single individual or couple. We can also design a special tour for your group, based on your interests and timeframe, Please contact us through our website for more information.
Can I shop during the tour?
Sorry, we cannot shop during the tour, because of the time schedule we are required to meet with our tasting partners. However, we do provide you with special coupons (available only to tour guests) which will allow you to return to these businesses, with the knowledge acquired during the tour to be a super savvy shopper!!
Do the tours start and end at the same place?
Currently, our San Luis Obispo Tour starts at one location and ends at another. We are always seeking to improve our tours, and as such our routes may change from one tour/time period to another. We will provide our guests with a walking map of the tour, starting and end points, as well as specific instructions to return to the tour's starting point. Your Tour Guru would also be happy to assist you back to the tour's starting point, should you have special concerns.
Do your tours have anything to offer local residents?
Absolutely! Many of our guests live right in San Luis Obispo, while others come from the many small towns throughout the County. Our modern day lives are so busy, that few of us actually have the time to rediscover our hometown! You'll hear fun and fascinating stories of the area - a little history, a little architecture, and some of the exciting new happenings in the works for our good ol' hometown.
And, for those of you who have a specialized and deep area of local lore - we welcome your stories, too!
How can we find out about new tours and events you are developing?
Thanks for asking! We're really excited to develop new tours and events based on our guests' feed-back. We have some really exciting things planned on a seasonal basis, so based on the time of your trip to the Central Coast - check in with us; you may be surprised to discover a new tour or event!
How much food is served on the tours?
Our tours typically include 6 tastings. Keep in mind that a tasting is not a full order meal, nor a full order appetizer - but several bites or tastes of our host's specialty food item. We will also be tasting beverages. Most of our guests report feeling "full" at the conclusion of the tour.
How much walking is involved and is it fast paced?
The San Luis Obispo Walking Food Tasting Tour is just over a 2 mile walk along mostly flat terrain city sidewalks. While we do have specific times to be at our tasting appointments, our walk is probably best termed a comfortable pace. We do stop at several places along our path where guests can sit and relax a bit. If you are in good health, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes, you should find the walk enjoyable!
Our tours are aligned with the SLOW Food philosophy - which means we take the time to slow down to experience all the sensory experiences of the food we eat. We take this a step further, and encourage our guests to enjoy the walking experience in much the same way: take the time to look around, notice the small and often overlooked. Consciously take in and enjoy the fragrances as we tread our way along the creekside, picturesque landscapes, and historic city streets.