Enjoy local cuisine on a guided walking tour of Ithaca's unique restaurants!
Join us for a VIP experience that will connect you with Ithaca in a new way. Our restaurant partners are skilled and passionate, and our tour guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Taste your way through town while you learn about the food you're eating and the people who prepare it!
The Science of Taste
During a two and a half hour adventure, rediscover your five basic tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami) with the help of 5 local establishments and 1 local bakery. Your multi-course meal - enough for a complete lunch - is accompanied by a narrated exploration of the science behind each dish. Answer questions such as "what molecule causes sourness?" and "what does umami mean?". This special winter tour minimizes the time spent outside while still acquainting guests with restaurants in and around The Commons.
Public tours are offered weekly February 9th through April 27th, from 2:00-4:30pm. Tickets are $52 and must be purchased in advance.
Private tours are available year-round Tuesday through Sunday, upon request.
Vegetarian and gluten-free substitutions are available.
Downtown Ithaca Food Tour
Our Downtown Ithaca Food Tour is a narrated, guided tour of the heart of Ithaca. You will visit 6 different one-of-a-kind restaurants that showcase the incredible variety of what this town has to offer. Delicious food tastings, enough for a full lunch, will be served by these locally-owned culinary hotspots.
Between scrumptious samplings, you’ll be treated to a local’s knowledge of Ithaca’s history and culture. Your expert guide will share their love for their hometown as they showcase historic sites, architectural gems, public art, a city park in a parking space, and so much more. At the end of the tour, you’ll be well acquainted with Downtown Ithaca’s attractions, restaurants, upcoming events, and more.
Public tours are offered weekly May 4th through November 9th, from 11:30am - 2:30pm. Tickets are $57 and must be purchased in advance.
Private tours are available year-round Tuesday through Saturday, upon request.
Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free substitutions are available.
Custom Private Tour
If you are looking for a more intimate experience, our Private Group Tours are the perfect way to explore Ithaca's cuisine in the company of your friends, family, or co-workers.
Choose from one of our existing experiences or allow us to curate an experience to fit your group's needs! For private tours we can add alcohol pairings, tailor food tastings to the dietary needs of your group, adjust tour start and end times, and include team-building exercises.