Got an international palette? With more than 50 restaurants, bars and cafes packed to the brim of this two-square-mile borough hailing from every corner of the world, this restaurant walking tour of downtown Somerville is sure to satisfy those traveling taste buds (alongside some beers, wine and cocktails, of course!) Whether you’re a local or coming from a state away, this tour will get you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the best chefs and eateries in town, as well as some insight on the ins and outs of this eclectic borough from a local.
What to Expect
» Try cuisine from every corner of the world from mom-and-pop Latin American and Thai restaurants, to more traditional Italian, French and New American hot spots.
» Meet restaurant owners and chefs in a beyond-the-scenes experience that your average dinner could never provide
» You’ll get an insider look at one of the most diverse and hidden gem restaurant scenes in the Garden State, included on NJ.com’s top 23 up-and-coming food scenes in New Jersey.
» Learn a little about Division Street, one of the only pedestrian-only malls in NJ, and this tiny two-mile borough that packs a culinary punch
» Enjoy wines, beers and cocktails perfectly paired from Somerville beverage experts
» With 14 restaurant and beverage partners, every Somerville tour can be completely different from the next!
Below is a list of featured tasting locations you can expect to see on rotation. For certain BYOB* restaurant stops, we pair select wine curated by Discover Wine or beer from Village Brewing.
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Expect to visit 4-5 spots from the below list:
» King Tut: BYOB* Egyptian/Mediterranean
» Cafe Picasso: BYOB* Italian
» Kyma: BYOB* Greek
» De Martinos: BYOB* Cuban
» Kuay Tiew Noodles: BYOB* Thai
» Division Cafe: Central/South American
» Fresh Tiki Bar: Acai Bowls, smoothies, ice cream and so much more!
» Verve: French Restaurant and Cocktail Bar – A Somerville institution, rated best bar in NJ by NJ.com
» Tapastre: Small plates and craft cocktails and beer
» Project Pub: Rotating featured guest breweries paired with rotating seasonal menus
» Village Brewing Company: Somerville-made craft beer + American cuisine
» Cheech’s Own: Coffee shop also serving up Kombucha, mocktails and sweet vegan treats
» Blue Sheep Bake Shop: Food Network featured bakery specializing in custom cakes, cupcakes and macarons
*Tasting locations subject to change.
Where to Meet
» The tour begins inside the first restaurant location. Once ticket is purchased, more detailed information along with important parking instructions will be emailed to you 24 hours before tour start time.
Things to Know When You Book a BTP Food Tour
» Advanced purchase is required.
» You will be asked for your dietary restrictions at checkout. If you are unsure if we can accommodate your restriction, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, beef or pork.
» Lineups are subject to change based on restaurant availability and tour size. We work with other fabulous in restaurants in town, so if certain restaurants have private events going on that day, we’ll substitute one great restaurant for another!*
How does this work?
Your tour guide will meet you at the first location and will guide you through the whole experience, walking from stop to stop. All locations and menu items are curated in advance, so your only job is to show up, have a great time and enjoy all the food and drinks. Are you hungry yet?! Choose a date from the calendar, and book online in just a few steps.
Wait, so do I need a group to book? Who is this tour made for?
Anyone can sign up for a tour! The minimum number of registered guests must total 8 or more, which can consist of a mix of individuals, couples, or groups. If the minimum is not met, guests can reschedule to a future tour date or receive a refund. We keep the experience intimate so tours cap at 20 people. (Sorry, but no pets!) Kids are welcomed but we find most people prefer leaving them with a sitter! Perfect for first-time tour goers, and both locals and visitors alike. There is no assigned seating and we encourage making new friends!
Do we tip at each restaurant?
Nope! Payment and tips to each restaurant is taken care of by us. Much like the rest of the hospitality industry, if you feel like your tour guide did a great job, the standard in the industry is 15-20%. Tips are not required, but they are very much appreciated.
How much food can we expect? What about alcohol pairings? What if I don't drink?
We recommend having a light breakfast! By the time we’ve tasted our way through 4 locations, there will not be a need for dinner after. There are generally 2-3 drink pairings on every tour and will usually be a mix of select wines, cocktails or beers. Alcohol can be substituted for non-alcoholic beverages.
Got More Questions? Visit our FAQs page for more info.