Taste Around The World Downtown Somerville | Beyond The Plate Food Tours

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 4-5 restaurant walking tour of downtown Somerville – one of the most up-and-coming food scenes in NJ – 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.

Check out NJ’s coolest up-and-coming food scene, with inspirations that hail from South Korea to Costa Rica, on the Somerville Around the World Food Tour!

  • Next Tour: Sunday, October 20 [2-5PM]

  • Downtown Somerville, NJ

  • 4 Tasting Locations, plus Dessert

  • Approximately .4 miles, ≤ 8 minutes walking between each stop

  • 3-4 Alcoholic Beverages [non-alcoholic beverages available]

  • Tours led by Fun & Friendly Local Experts

  • Rain or Shine

  • Limited to 20 Guests

What to Expect

» Try cuisine from every corner of the world from mom-and-pop shops owned by chefs who are right ‘off the boat’

» Meet restaurant owners and chefs in a beyond-the-scenes experience that your average dinner could never provide

» Led by local Somerville celebrity (we can’t disclose her name here!), you’ll get an insider look at one of the most diverse and hidden gem restaurant scenes in the Garden State

» 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 at the Pedestrian Plaza, located at the corner of Division and Main streets. Please see host who will show you where the group is seated. Your guide will greet you inside wearing a Beyond the Plate t-shirt.

» 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

» This signature tour is our most popular and tends to fill up quickly! We advise booking well in advance. Advanced purchase is required.

» The tour begins inside the first restaurant location listed above. Your guide will greet you inside wearing a Beyond the Plate t-shirt.

» You will be asked for your dietary restrictions at checkout. If you are unsure if we can accommodate your restriction, please email us at info@beyondtheplatefoodtours.com. Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, beef or pork. 

» Once ticket is purchased, more detailed information along with important parking instructions will be emailed to you 24 hours before tour start time.

» 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!*

FAQ’s

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.

Feel free to watch our video highlighting our amazing food tours!

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 10 or more, which can consist of a mix of individuals, couples, or groups.  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?

Clearly you didn’t watch the video above! It’s okay. 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.

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