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Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego

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Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Get your fiesta started in San Diego on a food and walking tour through historic Old Town. Visit some of the district's finest Mexican restaurants to sample tasty dishes, tequila cocktails, and hear mariachi music. Learn about the history of California and the Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and gold rush prospectors that influenced Old Town's growth. You even hear some ghostly tales at Whaley House and an old cemetery. Get insider tips from your guide about authentic Mexican cuisine and other great places to visit on this fun tour.
  • Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in some of San Diego's best restaurants
  • Try cocktails made with tequila
  • Bring your appetite for hearty samples that make up a meal
  • Hear entertaining commentary on Old Town's history and rumored ghost sightings
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Food tasting
Drink samples
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Cafe Coyote , 2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

Please meet your guide at the entrance to the restaurant.

4:30 PM
Fiesta de Reyes , 2707 Congress St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

You'll end in the Fiesta de Reyes square where your guide will point out the best places to shop or grab another margarita!

Meet your guide at the designated spot in Old Town San Diego, then start your walking tour through the 'Birthplace of California’—a place that has witnessed Native American life, early Spanish settlements, Mexican Independence and the California gold rush.

Your guide shares the history of Old Town as you stroll at a leisurely pace, stopping into top-rated eateries along the way. Sample a variety of authentic Mexican specialties and enjoy enough tastings to make up a meal, including tastes of delicious tacos, salsas and fresh tortillas made to order. You also get to sample cocktails made with tequila—the popular Mexican liquor that goes into margaritas and other classic drinks, while listening to live mariachi music at some of your destinations.

With Old Town’s long history, it has also collected a number of ghost stories. Walk past adobe homes from the early 19th century to allegedly haunted spots, including El Campo Santo Cemetery and Whaley House, which the TV show ‘America's Most Haunted’ named the most haunted house in America. Admire the mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival building as your guide shares details of its spooky history.

Your tour ends at the historic Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Whaley House Museum
Whaley House Museum Description & History.
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Old Town Trading Company
Old Town Trading Company Description & History.
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Casa de Estudillo
Casa de Estudillo Description & History.
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El Campo Santo Cemetery
El Campo Santo Cemetery Description & History.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • There is a minimum of 4 passengers in order to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY So Diego, Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Come with a big appitite because the amount of food tasted is a meal in itself." See review

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star-4
We had a great time on...
Dorothy_G
, Jun 2022
We had a great time on this tour. It was a fun evening. Our tour guide was a local so knew the area well.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for joining us!
star-5
Not bad but not great.
Frank_S
, May 2022
It was pretty good. Some great info on tequila and old town history etc. Just a tad steep for the amount of food you sample.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for joining us!
star-3
Tour guide was excellent...
Jeri_M
, May 2022
Tour guide was excellent but i felt $75 was expensive for a tour with 2 tacos, 2 margaritas and a churro.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for joining our tour! We are happy to find you had a great time with our guide. I'm sorry that you didn't see the value of this tour with the food offerings. We are working on negotiating better prices with our partners, but unfortunately, this tour has become significantly more expensive post-covid, and we cannot afford to lower the price at this time.
star-4
Triple T- tacos, tequila and tombstones
Angela_C
, Apr 2022
This was a fun tour. Great atmosphere throughout the whole time. Cafe Coyote had a very tasty taco and margarita. My mom and I went back after the tour and had another drink. The cemetery had some interesting history connected to it as well. I would suggest getting there before the tour to enjoy the area while more of the stores are open.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for joining our tour, Angela! I'm happy to hear that you had a great time, and decided to head to Cafe Coyote afterwards for another drink. :)
star-5
Tacos, tequila, & tombstone
Eliana_M
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Angela was amazing!!! Great knowledge of the history of old town, and had great communication with each party in our group. Tacos were actually really good, tequila was amazing, & the tombstones was a plus.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for joining our tour! We hope to see you on another one of our tours soon!
star-3
Meh
Genevieve_H
, Mar 2022
Not worth the money. Old Town is super cool, and there’s so much history here, and the ghost stories were SO lacking. The tacos were good and the margs were great, but you also only got two of each which for $75 … not super worth it. Tour guide was sweet and a good guide but it wasn’t much of a “tombstones” tour. Go to the places they list ( cafe coyote is amazing) and save yourself the money.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for joining us on the tour. While we do prep our guides to share some of Old Town's ghost tours, this is not a ghost focused tour. I'm sorry you didn't see the value in the tour. We do try to price our tours fairly. Unfortunately, everything is a lot more expensive these days. While you get 2 tacos, you also get 2 margaritas, a churro, a professional tour guide, and our efforts in coordinating and marketing a tour like this. We try to create experiences that bring people together, and into the local establishments to showcase a little more of San Diego from our perspective.
star-2
Boring
Amanda_P
, Mar 2022
History of the area was lacking. Travel guide not really knowledgeable. Only two tacos and two margaritas. Have taken many food tours and this was no where near as great as the others.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Amanda! I'm bummed you found the tour boring. There is so much fun history of the area, and it sounds like our guide didn't do a good job at sharing it. There are 2 taco stops and a dessert stop on the tour, and while we have felt that the amount of food is sufficient, it's insightfuil to hear otherwise. We will work on another stop. The issue after COVID has been pricing, and we are trying to keep the price of the tour at $75, but we may need to raise it for another stop. Restaurants are no longer giving us breaks on pricing, unfortunately.
star-5
Great tour!
Joy_G
, Mar 2022
Very fun! We had a small group and it was a great way to learn about Old Town. Guide was I formed as well as funny.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us in Old Town! Thank you for the great review.
star-5
Start your San Diego Trip with this Tour
Samit_C
, Feb 2022
Pick up was on time and smooth. Cafe Coyote has underground parking which made it easy to arrive on time. Kirk, our guide, has been living in San Diego for a long time and had a lot of stories to share. We had margaritas and tacos at fro restaurants, and stopped at the graveyard and Whaley House, one of the top haunted houses in the US. Kirk introduced us to the history of California and how it all started in Sand Diego Old Town. The warm churros were a great ending to the tour. Compared to going to the Old Town for dinner, this was a richer and way more memorable experience. Kirk also has great tips for other interesting things to do in San Diego.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
A great time in Old Town
Christine_Q
, Feb 2022
Jen was a charming host, she was well informed and so much fun. The food choices were excellent and plenty. We also liked being able to walk around a bit between courses, and Old Town is so much fun! The small group was very intimate and fun. We would definitely do this again, thank you!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you so much for joining us on tour! We are so excited that you had a great time with Jenn. She's such a radiant person, and loves learning about the history of San Diego. Hope to see you on another tour soon! :)
star-5
Very informative guide,...
Jason_Z
, Feb 2022
Very informative guide, good food and all around great time. Would recommend booking through this company for all your tours......
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you for joining us, Jason! We take pride in creating fun experiences for you all, and love sharing our wonderful city!
star-5
Fun tour and yummy tacos!
Matthew_F
, Jan 2022
We had a great time walking around Old Town and learning a little history of its former residents. Angela was very knowledgeable about the area and told some great stories! Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks for the kind words. Angela is a gem, and we are happy to find you had a great time with her. Come again, and try another tour next time you're in town!
star-4
Delicious food (tacos,...
Emily_C
, Jan 2022
Delicious food (tacos, tequila, chips & salsa, churro). I was staying in a different area of San Diego, and I'm very glad I walked around Old Town with someone who could educate me about it.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for joining us, Emily! We are happy to find that you had a great time with our guide! :)
star-5
Great Tour
Monique_D
, Dec 2021
This tour is a must. Angela was a great tour guide, lots of energy, and very knowledgeable about San Diego. The food was excellent and I was stuffed!
star-5
Great Tacos, Margaritas and Fun!
Thomas_K
, Oct 2021
We had a great time. Our guide Angela was great and lots of fun. The tacos were delicious and much more than we expected. The margaritas were great too! Loved the history.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for joining us on our tour of Old Town! We are happy you enjoyed it!
star-5
Triple T hit the Mark.
Kent_W
, Sep 2021
This was a great tour. Angela was a great guide. Before the tour took place I couldn’t find on our invoice where to meet. I’m panicked and found a tour guide from another outfit to call thankfully he got in touch with the company and we were able to find the place and meet. Supposed was initially 15 in the group but turned out just 6. It was better and more personable that way. Learned a lot of history, drank some margaritas, and had some great tacos. Would recommend this.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
John_S
, Aug 2021
We had no idea that gravesites were under the sidewalk and street. We had never eaten at Cafe Coyote and had no idea it could seat hundreds, and did have great tacos. The walking tour around Old Town and Memorial Park was great. Our guide was superb. Highly recommended.
star-2
Mislabeled ‘food tour’
Ann_C
, Aug 2021
It was not a food tour. We literally sat and ate dinner with random people and then were trudged around like a school field trip. Our guide was great and was making the best of the situation, but we should have been notified that it was no longer a food tour in advance. If we wanted a tour of the area and then to sit down and get dinner we would’ve done so. Also, most of us felt really sick after the tacos.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi there! I'm sorry for the delayed response to you. At the time that your tour went out, we hadn't been notified that tickets were being sold until a week prior. We scrambled to get a tour together, and there was some uncertainty with some of the restaurants. We thought the tastings at the 2 spots (a restaurant with tacos, margarita, and tequila taster, and a churro spot) plus the walking tour of the area would be a good alternative. I'm so sorry you didn't approve, and I'm really surprised about the sick feeling from the tacos. This comes to a surprise to me because the restaurant we go to has been known for years as one of the top Mexican restaurants in San Diego. You may contact me to resolve...Thank you, Bianca (619)233-8687
star-5
Fun
KC_Clark
, Mar 2020
Had lots of fun. Our guide Ben was nice and knowledgeable! The other people on our group was nice and was a good time.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are thrilled to find you had a great time with Ben! Thank you for joining us!
star-5
Food, drinks, and fun
Esadora_H
, Mar 2020
Ben was a great guide and it was so fun to eat, drink, and learn about the culture! All the other people were nice and friendly. Just a good time!!!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for coming along on tour with us! We are happy you enjoyed Old Town and our guide Ben! See you next time!

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