Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people prefer Triangle Food Tour vs some other food tours?

Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • Triangle Food Tours meet at an actual starting place, not on a street corner. This way you can relax, meet and enjoy the other tour guests prior to the start of the tour while learning about another place.
  • Parking is always convenient and free.
  • Tours are limited to a maximum of 10 people, allowing for a more intimate, manageable group and maximum enjoyment.
  • The ticket price is $5 less than other so-called similar tours, making it an affordable activity and a great value!
  • Tours start on time, generally end on time and make an effort to keep to the intended schedule, respecting the time commitments of guests and restaurant participants.
  • The tour tastings consist of stops at 5-6, mostly restaurants that represent a variety or cross-section of cuisines and price points.
  • The Tours also include whimsical, historical tidbits, helping guests gain new insights about the downtown areas.

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?

Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online with a credit card. Tours are usually limited to a maximum of 10 people so they typically sell out 2- 3 weeks in advance. Triangle Food Tour uses GISO to insure reliable and secure transactions online.

What about cancellations and refunds?

No refunds, exchanges or rescheduling allowed unless we are notified at least one week prior to the scheduled tour and we are able to fill your place on the tour.

If a food tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list? What if I don't see a tour scheduled on a day I would like to go?

There is no waiting list because cancellations are rare. If a tour date is not shown on the schedule, you can email us to let us know what date you are interested in. If you have a large enough group (at least 10), we may be able to schedule a tour on the desired date.

How much food is served on the food tour?

With 5-6 tastings on each tour, there is enough food served that most participants will not find it necessary to eat afterwards. With the combination of drink and food tastings combined most guests are comfortably full after the tour. Please understand our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast or lunch combined, but you might consider eating a lighter lunch before the tour.

How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?

Tours generally last between 3 and 3 1/4 hours. Guests can expect to be standing or walking for at least half of the time. We walk at a moderate pace in order to keep up with the time schedule of the various stops.

Do the tours have anything to offer Triangle residents?

Absolutely! In fact 85-90% of tour guests are residents. The non-residents are typically friends of Triangle area residents who are in town visiting with friends or relatives. The walking food tour is one more way to entertain out of town visitors and allow them to better know the area.

Does the tour leader accept gratuities?

Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

If you have a food allergy or an aversion to certain dishes, (for example, shrimp, pork, etc), then a food tour is probably not for you. Each restaurant and chef decides what they will offer as tasting samples. Because of time constraints there can be no substitutes. Let us know by email if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) before you purchase your tickets. We request that if you have concerns, please ask the appropriate questions to protect yourself.

Can I make additional purchases during the tour?

The tours are on a schedule to arrive at each tasting location at a specified timeframe. It is important to stay on schedule so the food is freshly prepared for the tour guests and waiting time is minimized. Purchases can be made as long as the time involved does not slow or disrupt the tour timing and flow.

What about taking children on the tour?

We offer only adult tickets and prices. The walking food tour is not an appropriate event to bring children. 

Is the tour baby stroller accessible?

The tour is not recommended for infants or toddlers.

Are gift certificates available?

Yes. To purchase or learn more about a gift certificate for 2, visit the gift certificate page.

Can I book a private tour?

Yes. Tours can be made available for your group (maximum of 10 people) by contacting us by email with your request. With enough leadtime, we should be able to come up with a suitable date.

Are there vegetarian options on the tour?

Yes, tours offer some alternative tasting options for vegetarians, but these are limited. Please contact by email to let us know special requests, before purchasing tickets.

Are any beverages served on the tour?

Several of the restaurants may serve a small sampling of wine to accompany the tasting. Additionally, many of the tasting locations provide water and may also allow for the purchase of an additional beverage.

Does the tour end at the same place we start?


What types of foods are served on the tour?

The chefs at the restaurants decide what they will be sampling. Sometimes it is a surprise. Typically it will be a seasonal item and could cover the full menu range from soups to appetizer, salad or a signature item or specialty. A list of the food tasting locations will be provided during the introduction of the tour by the guide.

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Absolutely not! The Triangle Food Tour combines historical tidbits with local culture and behind the scenes culinary insights, creating a unique, fun and informative 3-hour experience.

Are tours only offered in English?


What happens if it rains or snows?

The tours are held rain or shine. You should dress appropriately for conditions. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. In the rare case where severe, dangerous weather conditions are expected, the tour may have to be cancelled and rescheduled.

Are bathrooms available during the tour?

Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at selected food-tasting locations.

Are cameras allowed on the tour?

Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We encourage participants to take photos during the tour as long as it does not hinder the tour schedule.

Is there parking near the tour meeting point?

Yes. Free parking is available for all tours. Details of where to park for each tour are online under the individual tour descriptions.