Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour
Taste local eats on this foodie adventure through Santa Barbara's newest and hippest neighborhood.
When to book - availability
- 8 tastings locations, bites and sips – with a professional tour guide
- Discover hidden graffiti art and galleries in the city's funkiest neighborhood
- Learn foodie photo tips and tricks using your smartphone's camera
- Funk Zone Tour Guide Sheet – with map and exclusive tour guest discounts!
This food & photo tour starts on lower State Street and will walk you through the Funk Zone neighborhood where you will taste what Santa Barbara is known for from bites of fresh seafood, gastropub creations, and Mexican or Spanish foods to artisan beer, locally grown wines, & hand-crafted spirits. Along the way, you’ll get immersed in the local culture and hear interesting stories about each place you’ll visit.
You’ll also learn easy-to-shoot photo tips from your pro tour guide and take your food photo skills to the next level using your smartphone’s camera app. By the end of your 3 hour tour, you’ll be eating like a local and shooting like a pro!
Be sure to check out our Sunday tours for a special visit to the neighborhood’s newest restaurant!
Veer off State Street and let your local guide serve you the best from each menu at all the local hidden hot spots.
Enterprise Fish Co.
One of Santa Barbara’s long established seafood restaurants with a unique history.
Helena Avenue Bakery
The Funk Zone’s only bakery featuring fresh baked breads, goodies, and housemade salted butter & seasonal fruit jams.
Unique corner cafe serving creative wood-fired flatbread and housemade bbq chips.
Mony's Mexican Food Taqueria
Family-owned and operated, hole-in-the-wall taqueria known for street tacos, housemade chips, and the best salsa bar in town. (Weekday and Saturday tours only.)
Cutler's Artisan Spirits
The city’s first legal distillery since Prohibition, featuring top-shelf bourbon, whiskey, vodka, gin, and apple pie liqueur.
Santa Barbara Wine Collective
A top-shelf winery featuring reserve wine labels from five different local winemakers.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
A family run brewing company, featured in the heart of the Funk Zone, focusing on top tier beers.
Shalhoob Meat Company
A Santa Barbara staple in the meat biz that is known for their 100 year old family jerky recipe.
The Funk Zone's newest neighborhood restaurant featuring Spanish cuisine. (Only visited on Sunday tours.)
Santa Barbara Popcorn Co.
Locally sourced, gmo-free popcorn company with incredible flavors and a unique story. (Offered as substitution for vegetarian guests.)
How much wine is included in the wine tour?
There are multiple tastings of a variety of different wines, which adds up to approximately 10 wine tastings served during the El Paseo Wine & Photo Tour.
What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?
Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can usually accommodate most needs.
Is there parking available?
There are city parking lots within one block of the meeting locations and street parking is available but limited in both space and time. Space, because we’re a busy city. Time, because most spots are only 75 minutes.
Please read all signs when looking for street parking to avoid getting ticketed. (We don’t want you crying at the end of the tour.) Specific parking details are listed on our tour pages.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not stop tours to re-park/move cars.
Are tours handicap accessible?
They absolutely are! However, some of our food and wine venues are a bit on the small side. So, we recommend taking a weekday tour when our groups are smaller and the venues are less crowded to allow for a more comfortable tour experience.
Are children allowed on the tours?
All are welcome on the food tour, but the wine tour requires all guests be at least 21 years of age. The establishments that we visit will only allow those 21 and above because of the law.