Old Town Alexandria Food Tour

Alexandria, VA

From: $68
Item #: LIF-WAS-0039
This Old Town Alexandria Food Tour explores the culinary variety of locally owned and operated restaurants in the historic waterfront town.
  • Passionate tour providers have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Sunand The Boston Globe
  • Enjoy 4-5 food tastings which may include American gastropub dishes, local artisan beer, Virginia peanuts, Italian cuisine and more
  • Explore parts of this historic and architecturally unique town that has prospered for over 200 years!

Option & Pricing:
Please select an option above.
OR
Our Price Guarantee »

GIFT VOUCHER or BOOK?

If you are giving this experience as a gift and would like your recipient to be able to choose a date at their convenience, click Buy Gift Voucher. If you’d like to select a date now and book this experience for yourself or someone else, click Book Experience.

E-Voucher Delivery (view sample voucher)

Print or email Gift Vouchers instantly! You can also choose your send date.

: Hassle Free Policies

30 day returns, free exchanges, and no expiration dates on Gift Vouchers.

Customers Rate Cloud 9 Living:

Summary
This Old Town Alexandria Food Tour explores the culinary variety of locally owned and operated restaurants in the historic waterfront town.
  • Passionate tour providers have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Sunand The Boston Globe
  • Enjoy 4-5 food tastings which may include American gastropub dishes, local artisan beer, Virginia peanuts, Italian cuisine and more
  • Explore parts of this historic and architecturally unique town that has prospered for over 200 years!
Location
Alexandria, VA
Availability:

Year-Round:
Thursday through Sunday - 1:00 PM

Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.

UPCOMING AVAILABLE DATES:
Please select a location to view dates and times!
  • ** SOLD OUT ** ** CANCELLED ** {{time}},

  • Please select a location to view dates and times!

    Click on a date to view the times available on that specific date.

  • ** SOLD OUT ** ** CANCELLED ** {{time}},

  • All available dates have passed and we do not yet have new upcoming dates. To see a list of this year's past dates for your reference please click here
    Loading...
    Option & Pricing:
    Please select an option above.
    OR

    Gift Voucher or Book?

    If you are giving this experience as a gift and would like your recipient to be able to choose a date at their convenience, click Buy Gift Voucher. If you’d like to select a date now and book this experience for yourself or someone else, click Book Experience.

    Spend an afternoon learning about the 250-year-old port city that was once home to George Washington and Robert E. Lee on this Old Town Alexandria Food Tour!

    Located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., Alexandria is noted for its architecture, noble mansions, historic sites and colonial streets. Take a journey through one of the nation's largest historic districts and learn about Old Town Alexandria's significance throughout the history of our country.

    Sample specially made dishes at unique family owned restaurants, including a local dessert enjoyed for over 135 years - Alexandria's famous Jelly Cake!

    Tastings may include (and are subject to change):

    • American gastropub dishes
    • Local artisan beer
    • Virginia peanuts
    • Italian cuisine in one of the city's oldest buildings
    • Fresh seafood from a restaurant featured on the Food Network
    • Old Town's famous indigenous dessert
    • Freshly brewed coffee or specialty teas
    Experience the many sides of Old Town and see what makes this former port city so charming, unique and delicious!
    Essential Information
    • Approximately half of the 3.5-hour tour will include walking
    • Children under the age of 7 who will not be participating in food tastings do not require a ticket, please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking if you will be bringing an infant or young child along with you
    • All tastings are included in the price
    • Visit 3-5 restaurants for tastings that will happily fill most stomachs
    • Notify Cloud 9 Living of any food allergies or dietary restrictions at the time of booking
    Duration
    3.5 hours
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    Up to 12 people per tour
    Spectators
    This experience is only for those on the tour.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is not weather dependent and will run rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. Please dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Please dress appropriately for expected weather conditions. You will be walking throughout the tour, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
    Booking Information
    For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
    Cancellation Policy
    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, all bookings for this experience are final.
    What types of foods are served on the tour?
    There will be 4-5 tastings on the tour that may include (and are subject to change) American gastropub dishes, local artisan beer, Virginia peanuts, regional seafood, Italian cuisine, Indigenous dessert or freshly brewed coffee and tea. Everyone will also receive Alexandria's Famous Jelly Cake. Food-tasting locations may change without notice.
    How much food is served on the tour?
    There are 3-5 stops on the tour where you will be served small specialty meals. For most people there is enough food that dinner afterwards will not be necessary.
    What if I have dietary restrictions?
    Most food allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated on this tour. Please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking of any special needs or requests.
    Are children allowed on the tour?
    Children are allowed on this tour. Please note, the tour lasts approximately 3.5 hours with a lot of both standing and walking.
    If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
    Children under the age of 7 that will not be participating in food tastings do not require a ticket. However, please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking if you will be bringing an infant or young child along with you.
    Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
    This tour will cover some uneven terrain and may be difficult on a wheelchair. Please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking if anyone if your party will need wheelchair access throughout the tour.
    Do we just walk around and sample food?
    This food tour provides history, architecture, culture and local cuisine. You will enjoy food at a number of restaurants throughout each Food Tour in the form of either specially plated dishes, or family style meals, depending on the type of food at each restaurant.
    Are restrooms available during the tour?
    Yes, restrooms are available during the tour at all restaurants. The tour will stop at each restaurant for 20-25 minutes including time to use the restrooms.
    How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
    You will be on your feet for approximately half of the tour walking at a comfortable pace. Seating will be available at most restaurants for approximately 20-25 minutes. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.
    Does the tour guide accept gratuities?
    Gratuity for your tour guide is not required, but is appreciated if your enjoy your experience.
    What happens if it rains or snows?
    This experience is not weather dependent and will run rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. Please dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
    Where does the tour finish?
    The tour finishes within three blocks of the starting point. Participants will receive specific direction details and a map at the beginning of the tour in order to gain familiarity with the area.
    This experience has a customer rating of 4.5
    based on 27 reviews.
    View More Reviews:
    The food tour was a blast! Our guide was very knowledgeable, and the restaurants were great picks with wonderful food. What a great gift idea!
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Erik, So glad to hear you enjoyed your gift! Exploring a city through its local food scene is such a great twist on a typical tour, and I hope you found some great new spots to re-visit! Cheers, Inah
    Pablo was a fantastic guide for our food journey through Alexandria. He met us on time and started our tour with a little historical background of the town. Through out the tour he took us not only to some amazing restaurants but he also stopped along the routes to tells us more about the history of the area and pointed out some pretty neat features.
    Great tour with an engaging guide. Food options were varied and interesting, as well as filling. Definitely recommend!
    Very large group. Food was ok, but nothing special. The guide found it difficult to tell an exciting story. He had limited knowledge on food/ restaurant scene in Alexandria / DC. Seemed knowledgeable on history, but visitors were not too interested in it. Large group/ large table made it difficult to hear the guide.
    This tour was a great way to spend an afternoon with my sister, who was visiting from California. Adreanna was our tour guide on a cold, brisk Virginia day. Our group consisted of three retirees, one semi-retired person, and four American University undergraduates. Adreanna was able to relate to all of us. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and full of interesting bits of history and anecdotes about the city of Alexandria. The walking tour stopped at four restaurants, all new to me, and the dishes served were both filling and very good. There was no need for dinner that evening!
    Overall the tour was interesting and well organized. However the food itself was not great. It was OK but nothing spectacular
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Olga, Thank you so much for submitting your feedback. I'm sorry that the food portion was not exactly what you had expected, but I'm glad that you still had a nice time. I will be sure to pass your feedback along to the tour company.  Thank you again! ​Jennifer 
    Very friendly guide. Fun experience.
    Chris was such a good tour guide! We had the best time!
    Very knowledgeable guide. The Norwegian salmon was out of this world! The final stop (for dessert) was a bit commercial, but the others were wonderful.
    We enjoyed all the restaurants that we stopped at to eat. The staff at the restaurants were friendly, and we were seated quickly. Portion sizes of the food that we ate were good. We finished the tour satisfied.
    Our history and tasting tour of Old Town Alexandria was fantastic, and we would recommend the experience to anyone --- especially those who might question whether or not this type of adventure is right for them. It was an interesting, fun, and delicious afternoon in a beautiful city with something for everyone. Our tour guide, Gerson, was very knowledgeable about Alexandria and outlying areas. He provided a well-paced, seamless experience, interesting historical information with photos and handouts, and a few funny factoids only a local would know. We visited four tasty eateries, and we were so stuffed --- we were happy to have such a fantastic city to walk it off. Many thanks to Gerson who answered all our questions and gave us great ideas to try with the time we had left in the city. We look forward to future Cloud 9 Living experiences.
    My overall experience was GREAT. Lynn was an awesome tour guide with great knowledge of the town and restaurants we visited. She was a sweet and kind person. Every tour guide should be like Lynn. When we book our next event, we will definitely be requesting Ms. Lynn. Thanks for a great experience!
    This was our first food tour and we had a great time! Our guide was fun and knew a lot of history about our town. We are definitely gifting this for Christmas!
    It was a lot of fun. Met new people, learned a little history, and had good food. Our tour guide did a nice job. Go hungry!
    Pablo (our tour guide) was very personable, well-spoken and knowledgeable about the Alexandria area. The chosen restaurants were top-notch and all the food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the salmon with chorizo and succotash, ravioli, and choices of desserts. Pablo’s knowledge of the area was superb, and it was enlightening to hear about the history of residences and public areas. I highly recommend this tour and look forward to going on another one soon, as combining history of the area and great food is a delicious combination.
    Absolutely loved this food tour in Alexandria, VA. Our tour guide was awesome and the food was amazing! I would definitely do this again!
    We had wonderful weather, Alexandria was delightful, and the food was delicious. I expected to learn a little more about Alexandria. Our group was small which made the tour about three hours.
    Pablo with DC metro Food Tours was great. He knows the area well and provided us with amazing information about Old Town Alexandria, its history, the people who settled the town, and the current "hot spots." The restaurants selected on the tour were varied and offered excellent samples of their menus.
    We had a great time walking aorund Old Town and eating at the local resturants. Katie was an excellent guide with tons of knowledge and made the whole day very fun.
    The overall experince was very good. However, we were not impressed with the last restaurant/bakery on the tour named Bittersweet. The quality of the desserts was not worthy of a food tour. Others in the group felt the same. Also, the advertisement for the tour stated that we would be visiting a few ethnic restaurants such as Greek, Lebanese,Thai, but most of our venues, although very good, were American fare. A little more variey would have been nice.
    Jenna did a fantastic job! On time, friendly and obviously knowledgeable about restaurants in the area.
    The location, the quality of the food, the knowledge and personality of the guide and the size of the group were perfect for the occasion. Old Town Alexandria has a lot of history, the architecture is great and the ability to walk to every location in a reasonable matter of time and ease was definitely worth the trip. Add the quality of the all the dining experiences, this was a great day! The planning of having the first meal a full meal, with the following 2 experiences light tastings and the last stop a dessert satisfier was well done. All the dining experiences were of top quality and the different settings and styles made each stop a new and fun adventure. And, the friendly/efficient vendor service was great! We'd recommend all the establishments to others. The settings were not rushed and Chris, our guide, provided great insights at each place as well as facilitating interesting conversation among the attendees. Chris was the topping that brought the food tour together. Immense knowledge of the local history, characters and architecture mad the journey from each vendor to the next as enjoyable as the meals themselves. Plus, his sense of humor and his ability to generate conversation with each of the attendees plus encourage conversation among ourselves was more than we expected. A great experience! Ralph & Joanne Andresen
    What would have been nice was to receive a listing of the historical sites/landmarks pointed out on tour so we could visit later and also a list of the restaurants we visited - again so that we could go back to them Thanks Sandra Fulton and Yvette Dietrich
    The Alexandria food tour was well planned, the group was friendly and congenial. tour guide was very knowledgeable, easy to talk with. overall lots of fun and great food. opened our eyes to some places we'd like to go back to. Since this was a gift, and we didn't pay, can't really address that aspect. but from my perspective, a very fun and worthwhile way to spend an afternoon.
    This is a great intro to Alexandria. notbonly do you get a nice lttle food tour, you learn abiut the town.
    We really enjoyed the day. And would recommend this as a gift or just something to do to others. It was a fun day. We enjoyed the others on the tour with us and our guide Dina was just delightful.
    Good restaurants. Historical narrative was excellent, captivating and informative. Overall a great day. Old Town Alexandria is amazing for a food tour.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi William, Happy to hear we were able to send you out on a fun experience! I hope you made some great new memories along the way! Best, Inah 

    1

    Choose from 2,000+ experiences nationwide

    Pick the perfect experience gift or buy a gift certificate and let your recipient choose their own adventure.

    2

    E-Voucher Delivered Instantly

    After checking out, you can easily print or email your Experience Voucher. While delivery is instant, the memories will last a lifetime.

    3

    Easy to redeem or exchange

    Your recipient can book their experience at their convenience either online or by calling us. And if they'd prefer to do another one, they can easily exchange it.

    4

    Create unforgettable memories

    Our trusted vendors and passionate team will ensure that your recipient will be treated to the experience of a lifetime—making memories that will last for years to come.

    Created with Sketch. Easy Returns & Exchanges

    We offer 30-day returns or your recipient can easily exchange their gift for anything else in our marketplace, anytime—free of charge.

    Created with Sketch. No Expiration Date

    The value of our vouchers never expires, so your recipient can redeem them at their convenience.

    Created with Sketch. Price guarantee

    No markups, no added fees. You'll pay the same price as buying directly from our experience providers, but with the flexibility of easy returns and exchanges.

    Other Washington DC Experiences