FAQs

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The global COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on small businesses around the world. After 14 years of business, the majority of Savor Seattle's former business operations had to close and/or were transitioned to other local companies. 

Walking Food Tours
Savor Seattle no longer operates walking food tours and has transitioned all walking tour operations to an industry colleague Show Me Seattle. All questions about tours should be directed to: info@showmeseattle.com, 206-633-2489 or will be sent directly to them via the Contact Us Form

To make reservations for the tour of your choice, please click on the "Buy Tickets" above and your tour will be booked directly with Show Me Seattle. 


Gourmet Kayak Expedition
Savor Seattle continues to operate the Gourmet Kayak Expeditions in partnership with San Juan Island Outfitters. All questions about kayak tours should be directed to: info@savorseattletours.com or 206-898-4418

Curated Food Boxes
All curated food boxes for local delivery and nationwide shopping were transitioned to Homegrown. To shop and browse, please click here

 

We CAN provide substitutions for vegetarians and pescatarians, those who do not eat seafood (except at Pure Food Fish) and those who do not drink alcohol, but we CANNOT make substitutions for any other food allergies (such as gluten-free or dairy-free).

Substitutions must be requested in advance with your ticket purchase. All tastings have been prepared in advance at each location, based on the information you provided to us at the time of ticket purchase. Last-minute dietary changes on tour will not be accommodated. This is a carefully choreographed food ballet!

We are sorry for the inconvenience. Our food tours have been designed to highlight the best and most distinctive foods from each establishment.

We work with the best food purveyors. Keeping things streamlined ensures that guests have a consistently high quality experience. Some partners see us up to twelve times a day, so we want to minimize mistakes.

There isn’t always a “next best” option that meets the special dietary needs of each of our guests. Since we have your health (and palate!) in mind, we truly appreciate your understanding on this issue.

If you HAVE SERIOUS FOOD ALLERGIES please contact Show Me Seattle or call them at 206-633-2489 before purchasing tickets for any of our food tours or events.

Yes! If we know in advance, we will do our best to make appropriate substitutions for you on all of the tours, except at Pike Place Fish on the Early Access VIP Tour of Pike Place Market

You will taste foods and beverages that Seattle is famous for, and some that are just unique and hard to find anywhere else. For specific details on what is sampled, visit our event-specific pages: Tour of Pike Place Market Tour, Early Access VIP Tour of Pike Place Market, and the Gourmet Kayaking Expedition.

Our tours include 5-7 tasting locations, with 8-16 tastings (depends on the tour type) along the way. All Savor Seattle walking tours offer numerous bite-size tastings and visit a variety of styles of restaurants, artisan shops, and hot spots.  

Yes! We taste tea on the Early Access VIP Tour of Pike Place Market. On the Gourmet Kayaking Expeditions, we pair every dinner and Happy Hour with renowned Washington State wine and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Yes! If we know in advance, we will do our best to make appropriate non-alcoholic substitutions for you on the tours.

Seattle is a very eco-conscious and green city. As such, bottled water can have a stigma associated with them. Most tour companies in Seattle do not include bottled water on tours. To date, we have saved over 120,000 bottles from landfills.

There are a few beverage tastings on most of the tours and some restaurants also provide glasses of water. However, we still encourage guests to bring a reusable bottle filled with water to the tours. Alternatively, bottled water is available for purchase at all meeting locations.

We recommend that you eat a light meal before joining us for the tours. The amount of food sampled on the tours is significant enough that many people delay or skip lunch afterwards, or will opt for a later dinner depending on the tour time.

The majority of the food tastings are not guaranteed kosher.

Absolutely not! You will taste locally made foods and beverages that will awaken your palate, while learning about and meeting the storied characters and vendors that give Seattle life. Soak up the rich and vibrant history that even locals don’t know about!

Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. Events typically sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.

Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 72 hours notice of cancellation. All tours have a 4 guest minimum with a reschedule or full refund option. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.

We do not provide a waiting list. If a date and time is sold out, there is always a chance that we will add an additional tour on that day. Please contact Show Me Seattle to let them know what date you are interested in.

Tours

  • All food and drink tastings (enough for a meal)
  • A special “VIP” discount card that is only available to tour participants
  • All gratuities to the service staff at each of the tasting locations we visit on the tours

Return to your favorite restaurants, shops, and vendors and receive a special discount off your entire purchase or meal (usually 10-15% off or even a special tasting menu just for Savor Seattle guests). In some cases, this card alone is reason to sign up for the tour!

Gratuity is not included in the ticket price, but is always greatly appreciated.

Savor Seattle does not include gratuities in the cost of the tours. A standard gratuity for a tour guide is 15% to 20% of the tour price. If you had a great time, gratuities are accepted by our tour guides.

Currently we do not offer any discounted tickets for children and seniors.

If you are bringing a child that is 2 years of age or younger, and he/she will not be eating during the tour, you do not need to purchase a ticket for him/her. If your child is 3 years of age or older, you will need to purchase a ticket for him/her, regardless if he/she will be participating in the tastings.

Children are welcome on most of the tours, but please bear in mind that some children have a limited attention span and therefore a 2-3 hour tour or event may not be appropriate for them. Parents know their children best and should assess the situation individually. Since there is a lot of standing, walking, and Market congestion, please consider this when deciding whether the tours and events are appropriate for your child.


If your child is 2 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 3 years of age or older, you will need to purchase a ticket for him/her, regardless if he/she will be eating.

Unfortunately, strollers are not permitted and wheelchairs are not recommended, due to the crowds and tight spaces in the Market and the food establishments we visit. The Pike Place Market is also a historical district, which means that there are areas that are not ADA compliant. As well, the tours utilize narrow sidewalks, cross uneven cobblestone streets, and traverse certain staircases. Some of the artisans and businesses we visit are very small, crowded, and are not wheelchair or stroller accessible in a tour group of up to 12 guests.

Due to the various food establishments we visit, pets of any kind are not allowed.

The walking tours require a certain level of physical stamina. We are on our feet for approximately 2 hours. For most of the tours, tastings are on the go and seating opportunities can be limited and sporadic.

On the Signature Tour of Pike Place Market and Early Access Tour of Pike Place Market, there are a few hills and stairs. Tastings are on the go and seating opportunities are limited and sporadic.

The Gourmet Kayaking Expedition involves 3 days of paddling for 2-3 hours at a time. Although no prior paddling experience is necessary, you need to be in fairly good physical fitness in order to fully enjoy this experience.

Definitely! Many of our attendees live right here in Seattle. Locals often join us to learn about the great food finds in the “Heart and Soul of Seattle” that have been under their noses the entire time! Seattle is brimming with lively tales and history that you will be surprised by.

The events all end within a few blocks of the starting point. Your guide will be happy to assist with directions at the end of the event.

All tours and events are held rain or shine. You should dress appropriately for the day’s weather conditions and bring an umbrella if necessary.

We ask that you please wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on schedule and continue with the informative tour and food tastings in a timely manner. Allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite stores and vendors to take advantage of our exclusive “VIP” discount card, only available to our tour participants!

Yes, there are many parking facilities around Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle.

For the Signature Tour of Pike Place Market and the Early Access VIP Tour of Pike Place Market, covered parking is available at the Public Market Parking Garage at 1531 Western Avenue.

 

Yes, bathrooms are available throughout our tours and events. However, we strongly recommend that you use the facilities before meeting up, so that we can stay on schedule and maximize our tastings! There are bathrooms at the tour start locations, so please arrive even earlier to allow time to use the facilities.

Yes! In fact, we strongly encourage participants to take photos during our events. However, we do not allow video cameras or tape recorders to record the events in their entirety without prior written consent.

Unfortunately, strollers are not permitted and wheelchairs are not recommended, due to the crowds and tight spaces in the Market and the food establishments we visit. The Pike Place Market is also a historical district, which means that there are areas that are not ADA compliant. As well, the tours utilize narrow sidewalks, cross uneven cobble stone streets, and traverse certain staircases. Some of the artisans and businesses we visit are very small, crowded, and are not wheelchair or stroller accessible in a tour group of up to 12 guests.

The Pike Place Market and city of Seattle as a whole are generally accessible. With or without our tours, we encourage you to explore both to the fullest extent.

Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. Please contact Show Me Seattle or call 206-633-2489 if you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour.

Yes, private events are available. Read more information about our private events.

Food tour gift certificates can be redeemed during the tour booking process and will be honored for a limited time by Show Me Seattle. We encourage you to redeem your expired certificates on one of their food tours as soon as possible. Food tour gift certificates are not valid on curated food boxes as they are owned and operated by two different and unrelated companies.

Curated food box gift certificates are available for redemption and purchase of curated food box delivery only. We are not issuing food tour gift certificates at this time. 

 

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