Food and Beverage Questions
Will we just be walking around sampling food?
Definitely not! In addition to delicious local food tastings, we also serve up a hearty helping of neighborhood commentary. We’ll share interesting information about the backgrounds and inspiration of the chefs/ owners behind the eateries we visit, as well as plenty of historical, cultural and architectural information relevant to the neighborhood we are visiting. Please see our South End and Allston tour pages for more specific information about each neighborhood tour.
How much food can I expect to eat during the tour?
Our tours include tastings from 5-6 local eateries and collectively provide enough food for a satisfying lunch for most people. We provide tastings, so please do not expect a full meal at each location. Tastings vary in portion size, with some tastings served while seated inside the restaurant, and others served in a more “on the go” manner to also allow time for the neighborhood component of the tour.
Please visit the South End and Allston tour pages for more specific information and to see a listing of eateries visited on each tour.
What about beverages?
Bites are the main focus of our tastings. Sips are included when it makes sense as a compliment to the main tasting. Seeing as a good portion of our tours is spent outdoors and on foot exploring the local neighborhood, not all tasting stops are long enough for and/or conducive to serving beverages. We always recommend bringing along bottled water if you’d enjoy having something to drink throughout the experience.
The beverage samples we include may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, are subject to change, and vary between tours. We are able to provide non-alcoholic alternatives for those who do not drink alcohol and those under 21 with advance notice. Please indicate this in your reservation when purchasing tickets.
Are there vegetarian options available?
We can provide vegetarian options in most tasting locations with advance notice. Please be sure to make this request when purchasing tickets as we will not be able to arrange for alternative options on the day of the tour.
We are not able to accommodate a vegan diet on any of our tours.
What if I have a dietary restriction or food allergy?
All food tastings have been selected with purpose to help tell a story about each of the local eateries we visit. As such, our tours are best enjoyed with as many of the selected tastings as possible as well as an open mind and an exploratory palate. As there may not always be a “next best” best option that also meets specific dietary needs, we are not able to provide substitutions in all tasting locations. Thank you for your understanding.
South End: We can provide substitutions for the following dietary restrictions: vegetarian, gluten-free, nut allergies, and guests who do not drink alcohol.
Allston: We are unable to provide substitutions on our Allston Arts & Eats Tour, but the tastings are quite varied and do include a good mix of vegetarian and gluten-free foods.
All substitutions must be requested in advance, so please indicate accordingly in your reservation when purchasing tickets. Tastings are prepared ahead of time based on reservation notes, so we are unable to make changes to the orders on the fly during the tour.
Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased through EzTix either online or by calling 617-477-0567. Cash is not accepted for ticket purchases.
What is your Cancellation/ Refund Policy
Tour tickets are non-refundable and, seeing as your spot has been guaranteed for that day’s event, cannot be rescheduled once purchased. We do not issue refunds under any circumstances but tour tickets are transferable and may be given to a friend or family member to use in your place if a change in your plans prevents you from being able to take the tour on your scheduled date.
Does the tour guide accept gratuities? Are they included in the ticket price?
Tour guide gratuities are not included in the ticket price. While not mandatory, if you had a great time, gratuities will be graciously accepted by your tour guide at the end of the tour. The standard gratuity in the industry is 10-20%.
Are gratuities for the servers included in my ticket price?
Yes, in the tasting locations where we are seated and served, gratuities for the servers are included in the price of your ticket and have been taken care of behind the scenes.
Can children participate in the tour?
We do not recommend our tours for children under 12 years of age.
Our tours include a significant amount historical, cultural and/or architectural information. We do spend a lot of time on our feet, talking about and exploring the local neighborhood. Past experience has shown this to be quite challenging for the attention spans of small children. Parents, who know their children best, should assess whether a 3-hour walking tour is an appropriate activity for their own children. As a general rule, we do not recommend this activity for children under the age of 12.
We do also have space limitations to be respectful of, so our maximum participant capacity per tour is an absolute maximum, regardless of age. All participants ages 3 and older must have a ticket to join the tour, whether or not they will be eating.
What about infants?
We do not recommend our tours for anyone under the age of 12. If you do decide to bring an infant, please be advised that strollers are NOT permitted on our tours. Due to capacity limitations and any combination of small intimate spaces, busy city neighborhood traffic and narrow, uneven brick sidewalks that may be encountered during our tours, we cannot accommodate strollers in a tour group of up to 16 guests.
Do you offer discounted tickets for children or seniors?
At this time, we do not offer discounted tickets for children or seniors.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, Gift Certificates are available and make great gifts for holidays, birthdays, weddings and other special occasions! Please click here to purchase Gift Certificates.
Can I book a Private Group Tour?
Yes, Bites of Boston Food Tours can accommodate private group tours. Please visit the Private Group Tours page for more details.
Tour Logistics Questions
Where does the tour begin and end?
South End – The tour meets near the intersection of Washington Street and Union Park Street in Boston’s South End. The exact meeting location will be provided at the time of ticket purchase. The tour ends 2 blocks from where it begins.
Allston – The tour meets near the intersection of Cambridge Street and Harvard Avenue. The exact meeting location will be provided at the time of ticket purchase. The tour ends 2 blocks from where it begins.
How much walking does the tour involve? What is the pace like?
Tours last between 2.5 – 3 hours and cover less than 2 miles. While we will be on our feet most of the time, we do walk at a moderately casual pace and stop frequently at tasting locations and neighborhood sites.
Can I make purchases during the tour?
Seeing as our tours have been coordinated in advance to ensure an on-time tour and fresh food-tastings, it is critical for us to stay on schedule. We do ask that you refrain from shopping until after the tour, but everything is within close proximity and we will provide all the information you need to return to your favorite spots easily.
Are tours given in bad weather?
Tours are held rain or shine. We do ask that you check the weather forecast and plan ahead. If rain is predicted, please bring an umbrella and proper rain gear. Boston weather is quite variable, so please also plan attire accordingly for hot or cold temperatures depending the time of year you visit us!
Is parking available near the starting location of the tour?
South End – Parking is available but limited near the meeting location. Additionally, city parking meters have a 2-hour maximum limit, which is not sufficient to cover the duration of the tour. We find using the T or arriving in a cab is easiest, but parking garage options will be provided in a confirmation email following ticket purchase. We do recommend using one of the suggested parking garages to avoid any confusion with Boston parking rules and regulations.
Allston – We do not recommend trying to park in Allston. Parking is limited to meters with 2-hour limits in Allston, which is not sufficient to cover the duration of the tour. We highly recommend using the T or arriving by cab. Directions will be provided in a confirmation email following ticket purchase.
Are restrooms available during the tour?
South End – Restrooms will be available at the beginning and end of the tour at the corresponding tasting locations.
Allston – Please use the restroom before arriving as restrooms will not be available at the meeting location or for the first hour or so of the tour.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes! Cameras are permitted and photos are highly encouraged. In fact, please feel free to share your photos on our social media pages or directly through email – we love to see them!
Is the tour wheelchair and baby stroller accessible?
Yes, the tour is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers but many of the sidewalks are old, made of brick, and can be quite uneven in some places. Additionally, a few of the tasting locations themselves are not wheelchair accessible, but those tastings take place outdoors, so entry is not necessary to enjoy the tasting experience at those locations. As for strollers, due to space limitations, strollers cannot be accommodated in all tasting locations. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we are happy to help assess your individual situation with a stroller or wheelchair.
At what point in my vacation is it best to take this tour?
We highly recommend you take this tour toward the beginning of your vacation so you have time to re-visit the neighborhood and your new favorite local eateries! In addition to the tasting locations visited as part of the tour, we also talk about and provide a list of other favorite local eateries. As for day of the week, any day is an excellent day for a food tour! However, tours do sell out quickly, so please book your tour well in advance for the best chance of getting tickets for your preferred date.
I live in or around Boston – are your tours for me?
Absolutely! While you may be familiar with the neighborhoods we visit and some of the stops along the way, you will likely try new foods at many tasting locations, as well as learn more about the establishments themselves. Additionally, we share some fun facts about the neighborhood’s history, architecture and culture that you may not be aware of. Being a local, you will also have the unique opportunity to re-visit many of the eateries we visit, as well as others we recommend, at your leisure! You may also consider taking our tours with visitors – our tours are an excellent activity with which to entertain out-of-town family and guests!
Are pets allowed on the tour?
For the comfort of all of our guests and per Massachusetts regulations prohibiting animals in establishments serving food, we do not allow pets on our tours.
Can I smoke during the tour?
For the comfort of all of our guests, we kindly ask that you refrain from smoking during our tours.
“We expected to eat well and we were not disappointed.”
This tour was recommended by friends who live in Boston. We sampled the foods of a number of restaurants. What was fascinating is that most of these restaurants were the brainchild of entrepreneurial Bostonians who had started out in other careers before they found their calling. Some had done so well that they had expanded to other locations. We expected to eat well and we were not disappointed. By the time your tour has ended, you will have had a sizeable meal and will have learned a tremendous amount about the South End area, its history and its food places. Alyssa Daigle, the tour guide, treated us to a fun, interesting and really delicious afternoon. I would recommend this tour to anyone and I certainly intend to visit all of the restaurants and food shops we visited again.
– Chris N | Toronto, Canada
“After living in Boston 9 years and going on many different tours with my visiting guests, I can say that this one is my favorite.”
I highly recommend The Bites of Boston Food Tour. After living in Boston 9 years and going on many different tours with my visiting guests, I can say that this one is my favorite. It is perfect for both tourists and locals. Foodies will especially enjoy it.
The tour takes you to 6 different restaurants in the South End to taste small bites of each restaurant’s cuisine with stops along the way to point out historical points of interest in the South End. The food choices are delicious with adequate variety. There were even gluten free options. In addition, the tour is extremely well thought out. The guide is very knowledgeable of South end History, each restaurant’s history and the story behind each of the dishes. She is clearly a local who has spent a lot of time in the South End as she was able to answer any question the group posed. She also pointed out other restaurant recommendations along the way. The tour groups are small, which allows for good conversation and adequate time for questions. The food portions are just right, so I was pleasantly full at the end but not over stuffed. I enjoyed the stops so much along the way that I went back the next day to one of the restaurants. I can’t wait to go back and try the others.
– Heather | Boston, MA
“Not only were the samples of food that we tried delicious, we learned a lot about the history…”
When my family and I were visiting my brother-in-law in Boston, he bought tickets for all of us to do this tour. Not only did we have a beautiful day to do the tour, but the tour itself was a lot of fun. It allowed us to tour a part of Boston, including some great restaurants, that we have never been to and not only were the samples of food that we tried delicious, we learned a lot about the history of that particular part of Boston. It was a fun time and I didn’t feel guilty eating all of that food because we probably walked it all off. I would highly recommend this tour.
– Stacy | Medford, NJ