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Everything You Need to Know About the New Catalina Food Tour

It’s back! The Catalina Food Tour – one of our most popular tours – has returned to Avalon. This updated tour, operated by our sister company, takes visitors to some of the island’s newest and most popular restaurants as well as to one of Avalon’s most storied bars.

Ready to learn more about the Catalina Food Tour? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

What kind of food will we be trying? You’ll be trying an array of dishes, ranging from appetizers to desserts. The locations the tour stops at are all independent businesses, whose entrepreneur owners have worked hard to offer diverse menus sure to please your palate and sate your curiosity.

a close up of a special order of poke nachos served on Catalina Island

Should I come hungry? Definitely! You may want to have breakfast, but you will want to skip lunch. The tour includes several stops with generous samples of island favorites.

What about dinner, will we want to dine after the tour? The Catalina Food Tour ends in the late afternoon and you should be satiated for a few hours. On the other hand, the restaurants visited on tour offer some of the most intriguing menus on the island. Check their opening hours, as you may want to return for a light meal later.

Taco and taquito from Catalina Charlie's on Catalina Island

Where does the tour go? The Catalina Food Tour visits about half a dozen establishments in Avalon, including restaurants and a bar.

Is eating and drinking all we’re going to be doing on the Catalina Food Tour? While the food and drink samples are the star of the show on the tour, you will also be learning about the island’s diverse history and fascinating culture along with the stories of the restaurants and restaurateurs that make tour so interesting.

What about tips? Tips for your servers and bartender are included in the ticket price, but if you would like to tip your guide that will certainly be appreciated.

What if it rains? They dine rain or shine. The Catalina Food Tour is an ideal activity no matter what the weather.

How long is the tour? About two and half hours.

Cheers from the Marlin Club on Catalina

Who will be our tour guide? All of the guides are island residents who are enthusiastic about Catalina history, culture and – of course – food. They are also enthusiastic about sharing the island and providing an experience worth raving about.

How much walking will be doing? The Catalina Food Tour is a walking tour, but Avalon is not a very big town. You’ll cover around a mile of walking on flat ground, but you will probably want to wear comfortable shoes. There will also be plenty of stops and opportunities to sit and take a break.

Are there restrooms on the tour? Yes, most of the restaurants visited on the tour offer restrooms. Additionally, there are public restrooms in several locations in Avalon.

I’ve got food allergies; can you accommodate me? The tour’s restaurant partners can accommodate many food allergies. Please reach out and let us know what your needs are when you book.

Mixing up cocktails at Catalina Charlie's

Can I bring my kids? Due to legal restrictions at some of the venues they visit, this tour can only accommodate those who are ages 21 and up. If you would like to book a private tour, they may be able to create a custom tour for your family.

Click here to book your food tour today.