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Taste of Charlottesville Food Tour
4.5

Taste of Charlottesville Food Tour

By Taste of Virginia Food Tours
Recommended by 90% of travelers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
Learn about the culinary history of Charlottesville while sampling delicious food on this guided tour of downtown. Ideal for food lovers who would like to sample Charlottesville’s best restaurants, the itinerary presents a variety of dishes—it’s enough food to add up to lunch. Numbers are limited to 15 participants to ensure a small-group experience.
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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2–3 hours
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Highlights
  • Charlottesville food walking tour with a small group
  • Guide introduces some of the city’s top restaurants
  • Unique way to sample Southern cuisine
  • Learn about history while eating lunch downtown

  • Lunch
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Charlottesville, Charlottesville, Virginia I will meet everyone on the east end of the Downtown Mall In front of the Visitor Center. For the lunch tour.
Return details
  • Gearharts Fine Chocolates, 243 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31652P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Walking tour covers approx. 1 1/2 mile. Hard surface, easy walk,but have one moderate incline.
  • Tour are held rain or shine. Wear weather appropriate casual clothing and shoes for walking.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31652P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Charlottesville
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  • 1
    Taste of Virginia Food Tours
    Stop: 3 hours
    We start with Draft Taproom- they have 60 beers and ciders available by the ounce, self-pouring system. Next moving down the mall we head to The Whiskey Jar- have their southern dish of fried chicken and collard greens. Next, we head up 20 steps to The Bebedero, here we have a tasting of Brisket Nachos with black beans, house pickled hot peppers, cheese sauce. Now if you want to know about spices this is the place for you The Spice Diva- Phyllis can answer your questions. Moving on to Feast- tasting of local Cheese and various meats. Ask one of feast cheesemonger they have the answer. Now heading West on West Main St. Last but not left behind Gearhart’s Fine Chocolates- tasting of the finest Chocolate in town.
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  • You'll end at
    Gearharts Fine Chocolates
    243 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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About the operator

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DrewParagon
DrewParagon
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Tasty good overview for 1st time visitors
I'd recommend this tour for 1st time visitors to Charlottesville. Deborah gives you a great overview of the main ar
273ellenk
273ellenk
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Food Tour
Wonderful evening in Charlottesville! Debra was a fantastic guide. The food and drinks were well coordinated. My h
SDS119
SDS119
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Great Friday Afternoon Food Tour
My wife and I went on the Stonefield Food Tour this afternoon with Debra. We have been on food tours before in Den
Stacy R
Stacy R
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#momlife
We highly recommend debbie to enjoy the experience of learning about cville and what it has to offer. She was very
Ladora P
Ladora P
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Great food!
The food on this tour was very impressive. Restaurants were very generous with tastings. We will definitely visit
Kim F
Kim F
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Highly Recommend!!!
Took my boyfriend on a surprise mini vacation to Charlottesville. It was our first time visiting Charlottesville an
Leigh W
Leigh W
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A Must-Do!
Had a great time learning about Charlottesville while enjoying some great food. Tour guide kept us moving--perfect
rosanneq2015
rosanneq2015
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Fun way to experience Charlottesville
This was my first food tour. Deborah knew a lot of history of each place and the local fare. Food was good. Got
Lydia V
Lydia V
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Start off your visit with this wonderful tour!
My daughter and I loved Deborah's food tour. It was a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon, and we were the only tour f
francalbert
francalbert
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Fun way to experience Charlottesville
I gave this food tour to my husband to kick off a surprise birthday weekend with friends and family. We had such a
BigDawgJohn
BigDawgJohn
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Taste of VA Food Tour
Deborah was very nice and enthusiastic. Food was very good and was a diverse selection. We've been to several fo
PamWatt
PamWatt
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Great Food Tour!
This is a wonderful way to sample the cuisine of the Downtown Pedestrian Mall and the surrounding area. We visited
Deborah W
Deborah W
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Fun time and good food
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was our first food tour and Deborah was a great guide. She immedi
pattflynn
pattflynn
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Pleasant Surprise!
I had never heard of the Taste of Virginia Food Tours until I opened up my Christmas card to find this wonderful gi
George T
George T
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Great value, but fast pace!
This food tour included 6 stops at local restaurants, cafés, and bakeries and it allowed us to try yummy local spec
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georgeg417
Mechanicsville, VA18 contributions
My wife and I took the luncheon walking tour and found it to be delightful. We highly recommend it. Deborah did a great job in taking care of us and everything ran very smoothly. She was knowledgeable about the area, we did not have to wait anywhere we went, the eateries we went to were a good "slice of Charlottesville" and everyone we met was friendly. The food was very good. It is something great to do in Charlottesville.
Written 11 February 2018
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yankvol
Rochester, NY85 contributions
I’ve been on food tours in New Orleans, Charleston and Nashville and and decided to try this as a fun way to explore Charlottesville while in town for a quick trip. Deborah made excellent food selections and shared a bit of info and history along the way. The tastings included a wide variety of drink and food options and just the right amount of each. Everything was delicious! Our favorite stop was Bebedero— it was so delicious! The weather was perfect for walking and since there were only two of us on the tour we ended early, giving us enough time to walk around the Mall by ourselves.
Written 9 November 2019
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Tasteofvafood
Thank you for coming to Charlottesville and spending the day with us! It was my pleasure guiding you around, to the different tastings and sights. So glad you were able to enjoy the walk around the mall by yourselves. Feel free to come back soon. Thanks
Written 11 November 2019
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TempleBerry
Richmond, VA4 contributions
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our very first food tour during an anniversary stay in VA. Deborah was delightful and taught us so much about the downtown area. All six stops were well organized and the service we received was top notch. I also loved learning about and eating in a restaurant that you would never know was there!!

An absolute MUST DO in Charlottesville!!!
Written 25 July 2019
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Tasteofvafood
Thank you Temleb, for the lovely review, and choosing Charlottesville to visit. It was my pleasure to guide you around the downtown mall area. Happy Anniversary!! Come back soon.
Written 26 July 2019
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Kelsey B
Reston131 contributions
We have been on several food tours in different cities. This one was good, but the most underwhelming out of the ones we have been on. Overall, I would have liked more history about Charlottesville. I also didn't personally care for the humor of our tour guide. As far as food goes, I liked most of the stops, but for the price I don't feel like we got our fill.

We went to the Draft House on the Downtown Mall and were able to try different kinds of beer, self-pour up to $2.50, which I thought wasn't really a lot of beer. No background from our tour guide, just basically go try beer. Second stop was at The Whiskey Jar for collard greens, a fried chicken drumstick, and a small cup of hard cider. The fried chicken was very good. We went upstairs to Bebedero's for our 3rd stop to have horchata and chicken nachos. This was our favorite spot and we went back on another day to have a full portion of nachos. After that we ventured over to The Spice Diva, which was my least favorite spot. It was mostly the owner trying to sell you stuff from her store. You got two little packets of spices to take home, but you didn't even get to chose them. The 5th stop was across the hallway to Feast! which is a great little shop with fresh cheese, bread, etc. but those portions were extremely small. Finally a walk to a homemade chocolate shop where you get 2 small pieces of chocolate. Honestly, I figured we would get more food. Our tour guide took some pictures along the way, but was eager to end our tour and get out of there. I would have also liked our guide to give us more background on the restaurants/food we were trying.
Written 21 January 2020
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Timeshare V
Chesapeake, VA513 contributions
Aug 2019
We traveled to western Virginia (where we have been many times over the years). We usually stay in the McGaheysville area. This time we decided to stop in Charlottesville to take this food tour since we enjoy these tours so much and it provides an opportunity to learn more about the community. We have taken food tours that have ranged in price from $59 (this tour) up to $179 (in Maui). At one time, I even pondered and researched starting a food tour business. We have taken tours in Newport, RI (our first), Key West, Hilton Head, Denver, Miami, Maui, Halifax N.S., and the Outer Banks.

There were six of us on the tour. The other group of four arrived late; with the fourth person arriving much later than the other three. We finally proceeded with the tour and the late-comer caught up with us as we were starting the tour late. We visited a pub with beer tasting stations. We each were provided with a $5 card to get a couple of selected pours. The stations are a great concept that we have enjoyed previously. We moved on to a couple of restaurants, a spice shop, a cheese shop and finally to a chocolate shop.

During our tour it began to rain. As we toured and were given tidbits of information while walking the streets, the downpour erupted. Being soaked through and through, and continuing to walk the streets as information about the area was being shared; things became quite a bit less enjoyable.

We have previously been on food tours where the restaurant chef or owner meets with the group for a few minutes to talk about the restaurant and/or dishes being served. This food tour did not incorporate this. At the spice company, we would have liked to have had a few extra minutes to get a better feel of what was offered and made a purchase while there. The same for the cheese shop. We were looking around at the offerings in the shop, but no time was allowed to make a quick purchase. After leaving these shops, we did the walk through the streets in the pouring rain to the last stop, a Chocolate shop. Again, things seemed rushed. But since it was the last stop, we had the opportunity to linger and make purchases after the end of the tour. The handling of the end of the tour was a bit unexpected. The guide seemed to be in a hurry to end things even though it was supposed to be a three-hour tour. There was a late start and the tour ended about 20 minutes before four o'clock. The additional time could have provided an opportunity to do some quick shopping at the last three stops. Again, things seemed rushed. Perhaps this was influenced by the rain. Part of food tours are to promote businesses and restaurants visited. I feel that the spice, cheese and chocolate shops would have better served the proprietors in making sales if tour guests were given a few minutes of time to look around and make purchases.

At the last stop (chocolate shop), which was a good ways from our starting point, we were given some directions to make it back to our vehicles, and then the owner/guide was gone. We normally provide a tip to our food tour guides; however, before we knew it, she was gone.

Perhaps the weather and the late start necessitated a shortened tour, and made things feel rushed on this particular day. After being soaked through and through, and trying to get back to our car, we decided it wasn't worth trying to revisit the shops, pub or restaurants before leaving Charlottesville.
Written 6 November 2019
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Tasteofvafood
Thank you for your feed back. I run tours in the rain and shine, it states on my website to check the weather conditions the day of your tour and dress appropriately.
Written 11 November 2019
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Inasso
67 contributions
Aug 2019
My wife and I have been on a few different food tours and this one stood out even in the rain. Debra was great and very informative and she really had a great rapport and understanding of the area and businesses she dealt with. We had some wonderful meals, best one was the Mexican bistro. Atmosphere was incredible even with electricity going out she never skipped a beat. Absolutely a must do.
Written 4 September 2019
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Tasteofvafood
Thank you Inasso, for coming to Charlottesville and spending the day with us! Even in the rain. It was my pleasure guiding you around, to the different tastings and sights. Please come back soon.
Written 13 September 2019
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Jonathan M
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Couples
Deborah did a great job. Very interesting and great food and drink on the tour. I liked that the tour was just us and one other couple which made it more quaint.
Written 30 June 2019
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Tasteofvafood
Thank you, Jonatha we had many laughs and fun. Good memories to have. I enjoyed showing you around our city. Please come back. Be a food lover!
Written 3 July 2019
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xxsilencerxx
1 contribution
Jan 2019 • Couples
Excellent tour for locals and visitors. We are from out of town and enjoyed learning about the history of the city while sampling delicious food from the downtown area. Deborah provides great enthusiasm for the tour guests and provides a thorough back ground of each location visited.
Written 14 January 2019
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Tasteofvafood
Thank you xxsilenc
Written 20 June 2019
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jessietc11
Henrico, VA6 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
My husband and I very much enjoyed this tour! there was a good variety of food and drinks. Nice to walk around beautiful Charlottesville. Would have been nice to have a bit more included but otherwise was great!
Written 9 August 2018
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Tasteofvafood
Thank you jessie11
Written 20 June 2019
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Beloved One
Charlottesville, VA1 contribution
Oct 2019
I went on this tour recently with my wife, her mom & our 6 year old. We enjoyed meeting the other people on the tour and our tour guide Deborah was wonderful! It was a great family experience. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed the tour & meeting the different business owners and chefs that came out. We also liked learning more about the historic nature of the city and architecture as well as the trivia. The food and drinks were great too. Definitely something fun and different to try. Would go again.
Written 15 November 2019
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