FAQs

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We CAN provide substitutions for vegetarians (except at Pike Place 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 six 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 are gluten-free, we recommend the Chocolate Indulgence Tour as that has the fewest tastings that contain gluten. On the Gourmet Seattle Tour, marking yourself as a vegetarian (no meat at all) during the booking process will enable you to enjoy three more tastings, as the vegetarian substitutions are gluten-free.

If you are vegetarian (no meat at all), the best tour is the Chocolate Indulgence Tour, as all of the normal tour tastings are vegetarian.

If you HAVE SERIOUS FOOD ALLERGIES please contact us or call us at 206.582.3504 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. The best tour for vegetarians is the Chocolate Indulgence Tour, as all of the normal tour tastings are vegetarian.

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, Gourmet Seattle Tour, Seattle Dinner SoireeChocolate Indulgence Tour, Hip on the Hill Tour, Booze 'n Bites TourGourmet Kayaking Expedition, and Heart of Italy Food Tour.

Our tours include 5-7 tasting locations, with 8 -16 tastings (depends on the tour type) along the way. The Seattle Dinner Soiree is the one Savor Seattle walking food and drink tour experience that offers full-size portions for each tasting, is entirely restaurant-focused and follows a traditional progressive meal format. All other Savor Seattle walking tours offer numerous bite-size tastings and visit a variety of styles of restaurants, artisan shops, and hot spots.  

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! We taste coffee and tea on the Early Access VIP Tour of Pike Place Market, and wine and cocktails on the Gourmet Seattle Tour and Seattle Dinner Soiree. On the Chocolate Indulgence Tour, we taste sipping chocolate! On the Hip on the Hill Tour, we taste hard cider and coffee. On the Booze 'n Bites Tour, we imbibe in five different alcoholic beverages. On the Gourmet Kayaking Expeditions, we pair every dinner and Happy Hour with renowned Washington State wine and non-alcoholic beverages. In Italy, wine is cheaper than water and soda, so you will be amply hydrated on the Heart of Italy Food Tours!

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.

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.

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed on the event. Our events often sell out. No partial credits or rescheduling is allowed for partial attendance, no shows, or late arrivals. It is your responsibility to show up at the right location, on time. The events commence promptly

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 us to let us know what date you are interested in.

Tours

  • All food and drink tastings (enough for a meal)
  • Savor Seattle Food Tours merchant and dining guide
  • A special “VIP” discount card that is only available to tour participants

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 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 16 guests.

The Booze 'n Bites Tour is for guests 21+ years of age only.

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 2-3 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.

On the Chocolate Indulgence Tour, be prepared to cover about one mile, which includes a slight hill. Tastings are on the go and seating opportunities are limited and sporadic.

On the Gourmet Seattle Tour, be prepared to cover 1.2 miles of ground, which includes one block at a steep decline (45 degree angle), and up and down three sets of stairs. Although this is a longer tour, you will have an opportunity to sit at every other tasting location.

On the Seattle Dinner Soiree, we cover 0.8 miles of walking, so please keep that in mind as you pick your fancy footwear for the evening! You will enjoy seated dining at each restaurant. 

On the Booze 'n Bites Tour, we cover about 0.7 miles. Most tastings are seated.

On the Hip on the Hill Tour, be prepared to cover 1.1 miles. Most tastings are seated, but a few are on the go. As the name suggests, the majority of the walk is on an incline and is not suitable for those who tire easily or have mobility concerns. This is the most strenuous of all of our walking tours. 

The Gourmet Kayaking Expedition involve 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.

The Heart of Italy Food Tour is a 9-day trip that involves travel on foot, train, and private bus. To fully enjoy this experience, guests should be in good physical fitness. 

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.

There is minimal content and location overlap across the tours and events. All tastings are unique to each tour. Many guests enjoy attending more than one adventure during their stay in Seattle!

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, Early Access VIP Tour of Pike Place Market, and the Booze 'n Bites Tour, covered parking is available at the Public Market Parking Garage at 1531 Western Avenue.

For the Gourmet Seattle Tour and Chocolate Indulgence Tour, covered parking is available at a ramp on 4th Ave., between Stewart St. and Virginia St. It is next door to the Bed Bath and Beyond.

For the Seattle Dinner Soiree, covered parking is available at the Union Square Garage located at 601 Union St. 

For the Hip on the Hill Tour, parking is available at 1421 Harvard Ave. (on the corner of Harvard Ave and E Union St.).

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 16 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 us or call 206-582-3504 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.

Yes, gift certificates are available for purchase online.

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