Savory Faire Food Tour in St. Augustine , FL

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Presented by Tour St. Augustine Inc., the Savory Faire Food Tour offers a three-hour VIP tasting experience at several venues in the lively downtown historic area, including local restaurants, off-the-beaten-path hotspots, gourmet shops and more. Guests can also learn about culinary heritages from around the world have influenced St. Augustine’s cuisine. A wine pairing option is also available.

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Eat, drink, and taste your way through St. Augustine's delicious historic culinary influences on the original award-winning Savory Faire Food Tour!

This three hour VIP tasting adventure will indulge your senses at renowned restaurants and unique eateries. Spend the afternoon exploring quaint downtown alleys and taking in all the sights, from Tapas to desserts. Your City Walks Culinary Guide explains how certain foods made their way to the New World and played a role in shaping the foodie scene here in the nation's oldest city. Enjoy the historic district's best hot-spots for food, friends, and fun! You'll be presented with a special selection from the chef created specifically just for your tour at each place we visit. Several wine tastings along the way will round out your culinary adventure! There's simply NO better way to experience Saint Augustine and all of its cultural flavors. Come hungry, this excursion definitely replaces a meal- or two!

You'll also receive a special heritage recipe gift card set as well as some other goodies along the way. St. Augustine's premier tasting experience departs daily at 1:30 pm.

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8 Reviews
krishna sen
St Augustine, FL
1 Review
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"Food Tour"
September, 2018
Overall experience was ok. But the portion was not enough. Specially if you do not open yourself to everything that was opened during the tour.
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Annie Scott
Naples , FL
1 Review
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"Not what I was expecting"
July, 2018
I love taking food tours and no matter where I go on vacation, I look for a food tour. I have taken a dozen food tours in 4 or 5 different states. I have also taken several tours with Savory Faire in St. Augustine. I must say that both my husband and myself were disappointed with this tour.
Most of the restaurants on the tour did not even offer water to the people who did not purchase the wine option. We were at one place for almost an hour, sitting outside in the heat, no fans or water to cool everyone off and them we get one shrimp. I am not kidding, one shrimp. And if you liked it, and wanted to order it for a meal, we found out that it isn't offered on the menu. The other places had samples that were actually on the menu and didn't mind telling you about their food. Of all the food tours that I have taken, at the end, you are full. At the end of this tour, we went looking for a place to eat. But not anywhere that was on the tour.
And the guide fit the dismal tour. She never told us where we were going, never mentioned the name of the restaurant, and at one point was asked directly if we could get the name of the next place were we going, she said, "You can ask, but I may not tell you." Was she trying to be funny? We got directions like, "we're going this way for awhile", and "we're cutting across this parking lot". Why not just say that we are going to Restaurant A on B street? Why the secrecy? It was weird.
Then, if someone asked about the history of St. Augustine, her facts we not accurate. There is way too much information about the history, and it is too easily accessible (just go to the visitor center, or the fort, or take a trolley tour, etc) to be incorrect on the city's history.
I will still look for food tours when I go on vacation, but I may be reluctant to try it again in St. Augustine.
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Tip: You will do a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Also, dress for the weather. It's hot in Florida in the summer and most restaurants offer outside seating, but you will be uncomfortable wearing heavy clothes.

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Hannah Giangaspro
Saint Johns, FL
1 Review
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"Phenomenal experience!!"
June, 2018
I took my mom on the Savory Faire Food Tourt for her birthday... what a blast! Great way to spend time with loved ones, get a tour of the beautiful city of St. Augustine, and EAT!
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Tip: Bring comfy shoes. And an empty stomach/

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Patricia S.
Jacksonville, FL
1 Review
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"St. Augustine at Its Best"
April, 2018
The Savory Faire Food Tour is a must for both locals and tourists to experience the Oldest City at its finest. Our tour guide, Ed, presented the history of St. Augustine and its varied foods with a flair that made the entire experience a lot of fun for all. And, no one left hungry.
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Tip: There’s parking behind the Lightner Museum close to the starting spot.

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Gwenn Lavoie
Cumberland, RI
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"Savory Faire Food Tour"
March, 2018
All of the restaurants and food merchants that we visited were of high quality, and our guide Ed conducted the tour with knowledge and enthusiasm.
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Tip: You will eat a lot of great food and have fun touring the city as well.

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Kayla Caban
live oak, FL
1 Review
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"The savory food tour"
August, 2016
Going into this tour, I had no idea what to expect. I figured we would get a few morsels of food, and listen to a tour guide run through a script of things to say. However, what we got was way, WAY, more.
First, we get to the meeting spot for the beginning of the tour, check in, and give the receptionist our names(Real or fake) and then we are given complimentary wine and chocolate! Not much of a wine guy, but it was pretty good. Then we waited for the rest of our tour group to get there(one of which was kind of upset about the parking situation, but lets get into that) and once all 8 of us arrived we met Ed and the adventure began.
We set out, heading right down the street towards the Cafe Alcazar, learning a bunch of great and interesting history about the city and buildings from Ed. Once we got to the restaurant, we got to sit at our table instantly and was given some more complimentary wine(I think it was wine, Ed said it was Absinthe or something like that) which was incredible! Then we were given a delicious artisan pizza to sample and to my disgust at first, Escargot. I had never tried it, and never had an intention to try it however after some encouraging I bit the bullet and popped it into my mouth. It was not bad, but it will be something I never try again.
So we set out right across the street to the Old City House Inn and Restaurant for a fantastic looking Goat cheese and Herb grit, with some shrimp in a sauce(sorry, I cannot recall all of what Ed said was in it). I say it looked good because I could not eat it due to a food allergy. Not to be left out, Ed sprang into action and got the chef to whip me up a fantastic cabbage salad topped with Prosciutto. It was incredible, the restaurant was accommodating, and Ed was on the ball.
Next we went to the Ancient Olive which we were allowed to sample some very artfully crafted Olive Oil, as well as a blueberry preserve cream cheese spread. It was incredible. We also sampled some stuffed olives and cured meats as well.
Next we ventured to Athenas where we were served flamed goat cheese and pita bread as well as a gyro with tzatiki sauce.
We then walked across a quaint park that had some historic obelisks and an old fashioned well, and made our way down to Vino Del Grotto. An excellent little winery that served us some of there special Hurricane Wine that they made from different fruit instead of from grapes. It was delicious and refreshing.
And for the finale we ventured into just one of the most beautiful hotels in the city. Casa Monica. The ambiance was spectacular, the staff friendly, and the restaurant(which was named Costa Brava) was amazing! We were served tapas, which was basically a buffet style appetizer bar. There was sauted and marinated onions, olives, stuffed peppers, prosciutto, genoa salami, and much, MUCH more. It was easily one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Ed was a fantastic tour guide, our whole party left happy, and full of not only delicious Mediterranean cuisine but also full of knowledge about the most beautiful city I have ever seen.
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Tip: Make sure you go a couple of days there is soo much to do!

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Allison Montero
Saint Augustine, FL
1 Review
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"Birthday Adventure"
April, 2015
Tour was amazing! Great tour guide with a great personality and detailed knowledge of St Augustine history. Dishes served were to die for! Beautiful presentation and service was amazing! I suggested family and friends book a tour right away.
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Tip: Comfortable shoes, come hungry, and expect a great adventure!

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Barb Westrate
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
1 Review
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"Savory Faire Food Tour"
January, 2015
This was a great tour! Our tour guide, Ed, was knowledgeable, fun, answered questions and did a great job with the group. The food was great - very eclectic - and the history that went along with it was fabulous!!
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Tip: You'll be walking a lot so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. It's not really a meal but after 5 ex-large appetizer size food stops I wasn't hungry for dinner!

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Dopey1947
Jacksonville, Florida
"Surprisingly wonderful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 03, 2019 NEW
I am not sure what I expected, but this certainly went beyond. Everyplace we stopped has very tasty food. You, also, can have beer or wine. By the time we got to the ice cream shop I was too full to eat it. I have a good appetite, so it was a lot!
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ljsisco
Conway, South Carolina
"A perfect tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 27, 2019 NEW
We had a great time. Not a lot of walking. The food was great at some and good at all. Ed, Our tour guide was good and we love his passion for food and St. Augustine. Ed was great at recommending wine pairings and we had a lot of food. The weather was amazing. We always try to go on a food tour when we travel. This was one of our favorites!
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Karen W
"Satisfying Savory Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
This was an amazing tour!! We walked throughout St. Augustine learning about many facts while eating through the city at local restaurants. Our tour guide, Ed was AMAZING!! He made sure everyone had a fabulous time and enjoyed what they were being served, including our 7 year old, and was very entertaining!! The food and wine pairings were amazing, with some stops at places we would not have normally stopped at. What a GREAT way to learn about St. Augustine!! This tour is a MUST and is worth every penny, especially with Ed as your guide!! You will not leave hungry!! We went in the afternoon and did not even need to eat dinner. We would definitely do this again.
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kspeaker
Richmond, Illinois
"Good Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2019
I have done 5 or 6 food tours in different cities. This one was good, but not the best. Our tour guide was Ed and he was definitely one of the best, but the overall tour lacked a few things. The emphasis was on the wine paring. We got 4 glasses of wine. I expect tours to concentrate on foods that are native to the area. But this tour focused on going to a Greek restaurant, a French restaurant etc and the wine pairings. We got a little history of the place, but had to do a trolley tour the next day to get the history of the area we wanted. The food was delicious and different (like escargot) but that is not the reason we do food tours. We like doing food tours on the first day of our trips to learn more about the area and to get ideas for food later. This was what we got in New Orleans, Nashville, Charleston and other cities. Finally if you are not a wine drinker, why spend the money on this. I don't think it reaches a wide enough audience.
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mrmatt
Bordentown, New Jersey
"Fun, informative, lively guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 05, 2019
We came from NJ, and wanted a food tour, as we had started to do so on other trips and found them a fun thing to do. Our guide, Mark, and just one other couple, also from NJ(!) comprised the tour. Mark's promise that we would not need dinner (and the phone gal's earlier recommendation not to eat a large lunch) were prescient: we were full after the tour. And a bit tipsy from the wine! Mark is a retired school principal and history teacher from VA. He knew his stuff. He told numerous stories, was very personable. Tour took us off the usual touristy track. We went to a bed and breakfast italian restaurant, a greek one, a mom and pop dinette place, an elegant cafe in the former pool at the Lightner Museum, a chocolate store, a free trade clothing store, an olive oil/vinegar store, all with at least a 1/2 glass of wine. sometimes a full glass or 2! Lots of local history walking around, lots of banter. Really had a great time for 4+ hours.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Savory Faire Food Tour

How long is this tour?
It is about 2.5 to 3 hours.

Is food served?
Yes, we will taste food from 5 restaurants. 

What if I have dietary restrictions?
We will do our best to accommodate you. We work side by side with our vendors to make sure that you have a great time on the St Augustine Food Tour. Give us a call before you book your tour to make sure that we can help with any restriction that you may have.

Is alcohol included?
No, it is not. Beer and wine pairings are available for an additional surcharge and you must have a valid legal ID for proof of legal drinking age. Beer and wine pairing are not required.

What should I wear?
Please wear appropriate footwear. This is a walking tour. With our brick lined streets, heels just don’t work well. We’ll be walking about 6-10 blocks on the tour. It’s not really far, but you’ll thank us later on.

What should I bring?
Bring your camera and photo ID if you plan on drinking.

Do you operate in inclement weather?
Tours operate rain or shine. We walk about 2-3 blocks in between stops so you don’t have to worry about being out in the elements for very long. Most of our tours take place inside. We would suggest that you bring an umbrella. It’s a very versatile accessory. It can be used for shade on a sunny day and it keeps you dry when it rains. In the event of a dangerous storm we may cancel the tour but you will be given the option to rebook or take a refund.

How early should we check-in?
We suggest arriving 15-20 minutes prior to departure to meet your guide and other guests. 

What if I have mobility issues?
This is a walking tour company. We do not have any transportation to help get you around. If you use a walker or a wheelchair, all of our tours are accessible.