Many of your questions are answered here on our Frequently Asked Questions Page
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. In the tourism industry, it is typical to tip a standard gratuity of 15% to 20% of the retail price of the tour. If you enjoyed your time on the tour, please be sure to take care of our tour guides.
If there is alcohol described on tour page, it is included in the price of your ticket.
Missouri State laws prohibit anyone under the age or 21 from consuming the alcohol tastings. Proof of age may be requested by/or on behalf of the establishment serving the alcohol.
For participants that do NOT drink alcohol, feel free to pass on the alcohol portion of the tasting, but be advised there are no substitutions nor alternate tastings available. Please mark “NO ALCOHOL” under special dietary needs.
Water is always available.
No, the tours do not end at the same place, but our tour guides can provide directions for your return. More detailed starting and ending locations are provided with your ticket purchase.
Yes, advanced ticket purchase IS required. To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or MasterCard from our website or by calling EzTix at (800) 656-0713. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed on the event. Our events often sell out. No partial credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. It is your responsibility to show up at the right location, on time. The tours begin promptly.
We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on our food-tasting schedule and continue with the informative tour and food tastings in a timely manner. We ask you allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores. The tours are on a schedule to arrive at each tasting location so its important to stay on schedule so the food is freshly prepared for the participants.
Absolutely not! Our tours combine architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 3-hour experience. Imagine walking through St. Louis eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning the neighborhoods from real locals.
Absolutely! You may be surprised to know that a majority of EAT Saint Louis Food Tour attendees live right here in St. Louis! St. Louis locals participate to learn about the neighborhoods and the city in which they live in and learn about the great food finds and the amazing culinary talent that has been under their noses and in their back yards the entire time! Each tour is brimming with interesting facts, lively tales and history that will surprise you!
EAT Saint Louis Food Tours serves enough food that for most participants, lunch afterwards is not necessary. With the combination of drink and food tastings along with breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insight, most participants are comfortably full after our food tours. Please understand our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast and lunch combined, so please consider eating breakfast before the tour.
Our Tours generally last about 3 hours and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. We walk at a moderate pace and also provide at least two sit-down locations on all of our tours for at least 30 minutes total during the tour.
Yes, there is public street parking located near the meeting points of tours. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions which are emailed to you after purchasing your ticket(s).
Yes- all guests must purchase a ticket whether they plan to partake in the food tastings or not. Non-paying individuals will not able to join the tour for any reason(s). The ticket fees help cover the costs of all the food samplings and also to pay for your tour guide(s) wages, whom are offering valuable commentary on historical, architectural, cultural and restaurant information during the tour.
While we offer a discounted child ticket, the tour is three hours long and some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child. If your child is 3 years of age or younger and will not be eating, you will not need to purchase a ticket for him/her. If your child is between 4 and 12 years of age, you will need to purchase a reduced-price child ticket for him/her, regardless if he/she will be eating.
We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a good chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please email us to let us know what date you are interested in if you do not see availability.
Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, shellfish allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can accommodate your needs.
We are NOT able to accommodate those that require vegan, gluten-free or dairy free tastings. Currently, only our Maplewood Tour is able to accommodate those that require a Vegan menu.
Please make your wishes known in the “dietary restrictions” portion when purchasing your tickets. You will be shown available options for your specific tour, including Vegetarian, Vegan (if available), and No Alcohol.
For the most part, all of our tours are wheelchair and baby stroller friendly. In the case where a tasting location may not be wheelchair accessible; the tasting will be conducted on-site outside. Some tasting locations require advance notice for wheelchair accessibility, so please alert us of your need by answering YES to the question we have put on your ticket purchase. NOTE: The Historic Soulard tour takes place in the oldest part of St. Louis with cobblestone streets and very old buildings; therefore, this tour tends to NOT be very wheelchair friendly.
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.
The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We also provide ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately.
At this time, we do not offer tours in any other languages except English. Please email us if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour.
We absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of private group tours (family reunions, Birthday parties, out of town guests, corporate, conventions, festivals, parades, grand openings and more). Please visit our Private Tours page and submit a Private Group Tour Request Form. A member of EAT Saint Louis Food Tours staff will respond within 24 hours.
You should bring with you a camera and take lots of pics and post them on your social media to be the envy of your friends. Please note that we do not allow video/audio recordings of our tour. We also provide you with a snazzy water bottle that you can keep filled with fresh water. Always check with the local weather conditions the day of the tour to be prepared. If it looks like rain please remember to bring an umbrella.
Please dress casual, comfortable, and appropriate for the different seasons in St. Louis.When it’s really hot out, we recommend an application of sunscreen on exposed parts of the body and a lightweight pair of sunglasses. During the cooler seasons it’s important to wear and an extra layer of clothing and consider bringing gloves and a scarf. Well soled walking shoes are also recommended.
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