Eastern Market Food Tour Reviews

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Date Gender Age Location Type
Rating: 5
Great Food, Great History, Great Guide
Eastern Market Food Tour (Adam Renz)
Sun, Jan 22, 12   3:30 PM ethanhall Wed, Jan 25, 12   11:14 AM Male 20-29 Combination Family With Children
Adam was lively, informative, and super helpful. We had a great time learning a little of the history of DC and Eastern Market and absolutely loved the food
Rating: 4
Highly Recommended
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sat, Sep 17, 11   4:30 PM Fsanders Tue, Sep 20, 11   9:42 PM Female 40-49 Local Individual
A lot of food tastings in a very short time.
Rating: 3
Decent short tour, not so great food.
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sat, Mar 19, 11   4:30 PM mc_baker Wed, Mar 23, 11   9:06 AM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
If you're looking for a food tour primarily to eat amazing food then this probably isnt for you. In fact, the highlight in that regard was probably the glorified spicy hot dog (I forget what they call it) that is some kind of local specialty. The tour guide, Elise i believe her name was, was fantastic. Very energetic and friendly and knowledgeable too. In fact, my girlfriend and I who had signed up for the tour with the idea that we'd be enjoying fantastic local food, ended up enjoying hearing about the history of the eastern market area much more than the food which as I said left alot to be desired. Keep in mind, when I say the Eastern Market, we're talking about one building, NOT a whole region of the city as my girlfriend and I thought. All in all, I'd say that it's worth the 25 bucks and it's a pretty good 2 hour diversion.
Rating: 5
Elise is awesome!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sat, Nov 13, 10   4:30 PM Monica819 Tue, Nov 16, 10   1:59 PM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
I went on the Eastern Market tour with Elise. She has wonderful energy and knows a lot about the history of the market and the vendors. The food selections were great. A standout was getting to taste the original D.C. Half Smoke recipe!! I will be taking part in additional tours in the future.
Rating: 5
Don't miss this tour !
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sun, Nov 7, 10   3:30 PM dadarla Sat, Nov 27, 10   6:03 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Very interesting tour, whether you are a foodie or not. Highly recommend!
Rating: 5
Already recommended 6x in 3 days
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sun, Oct 24, 10   3:30 PM ckimkk Thu, Oct 28, 10   6:28 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Will be booking a future group.
Rating: 5
Delicious and informative
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sat, Oct 16, 10   4:30 PM SLarson Tue, Oct 19, 10   3:25 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
The food was absolutely delicious; the host was well informed, and prepared; and you left feeling happy and full.
Rating: 5
Great Group Activity!!! Highly Recommend!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sat, Oct 16, 10   4:30 PM wgrau0725 Tue, Oct 19, 10   2:44 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
What a fun group activity for a bunch of friends! The food is served family-style, so I would definitely recommend doing this with people you know. Our group was limited to 6 people, so it was the perfect afternoon outing for some great girlfriends! Our guide even through in some history along with her knowledge of the food. I had been to Eastern Market before, but always on a mission for a specific thing, so this was definitely a cool way to visit the market. Great for new residents, or someone who's been here for years and looking for a new spin on an old spot.
Rating: 5
really fun
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sun, Sep 19, 10   3:30 PM learykat Sun, Sep 26, 10   3:44 PM Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
I had a good time and was thankful that there were gluten free options. My mother had fun too.
Rating: 4
good but I've been on better food tours
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sun, Jul 11, 10   3:30 PM paladineh Wed, Jul 14, 10   2:22 PM Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
The tour was very interesting. The guide was great, with helpful descriptions of DC history as well as the food and market. I could have used smaller portions of more of a variety of food. For example, a whole half-smoke wasn't really necessary, and my friend didn't like it at all. I would have rather had a smaller piece and more variety.
Rating: 4
Fun and a tad pricey
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Fri, Jun 18, 10   5:30 PM kbehforrest Mon, Jun 21, 10   1:04 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Our guide met us precisely where were supposed to and was enthusiastic from the get-go. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed the food a lot and were very interested to find out the history of the market. The only minor complaint that we had was that the price was slightly too high for the experience. There was enough food for a meal, but it wasn't a $30 meal. We understand that we're paying for the service as well and we don't regret the experience, it's just that it was a little different than we were expecting. I would still recommend any of these tours to people visiting the capital. Thank you.
Rating: 3
No reason to spend $50.00 for this
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sat, May 29, 10   4:30 PM suggei8 Tue, Jun 1, 10   6:31 PM Female 30-39 Local Other
While the guide was amazing, there just isn't any real reason to spend $50.00 bucks per person for a 1.5 hour tour of a very small DC indoor market. 6 tastes? do the math - thats like 7 dollars a taste. I'm sure the guide dont make much You could taste a LOT of things there for far less money and in far less time. Additionally, the Saturday tour ended NEAR CLOSING TIME. I want to browse so it would cut it down if i decided to buy sonethin. So if you really wanted to buy anything, you had to run like hell and catch the vendors to get fruit. Great guide, no reason for the tour. And lets be real --- that market is no better than a Safeway, and I would rather save time and money and take advantage of our new 20th century ideas like a supermarket than some dilapidated old place ---'Nuff said.
Rating: 5
Enjoyed seeing the area, and eating good food.
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Fri, May 28, 10   5:30 PM lesliemc Mon, May 31, 10   8:35 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Fun and quick tour around the Market. Good variety of eats around lots of history. Good value. Great to see a neighborhood, different from the usual tourist attractions. Elise was a well informed and perky tour guide.
Rating: 5
Loved the food, history & overall great experience
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Fri, May 7, 10   5:30 PM hdcoulter Tue, May 11, 10   4:28 PM Female 30-39 Combination Couple on a Date
It was a wonderful opportunity to taste foods that I would have never ordered as a full meal. Loved everything. The whole experience was outstanding. I would absolutely recommend the tour.
Rating: 5
A fun taste of DC!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sat, May 1, 10   4:30 PM Staciecollin Wed, May 12, 10   6:05 PM Female 20-29 Unspecified Group of Friends
The tour exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious, our guide Elyse was wonderful and we were all happy and full by the end. I have already recommend the tour to friends and am excited to try the other food tours in the area.
Rating: 5
Not to be missed
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Sat, Apr 24, 10   4:30 PM goochmonster Tue, Apr 27, 10   3:21 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Dont eat lunch before - enough amazing food to last for dinner.

Great tour -
Rating: 4
Fun afternoon noshing at the Eastern Market
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Thu, Apr 22, 10   5:30 PM DMCaplis Mon, May 17, 10   9:58 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Really enjoyed our Metro Food Tour at the Eastern Market. We were on vacation in the DC area, and wanted to experience some of the local flavor. Our tour guide was very informative, made us feel quite comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings, and handled our questions without missing a beat. Roaming around the market was interesting and fun, and all of the food samples that we tried were tasty and satisfying. This food tour is different from some others, in that you don't do a lot of walking since you are only exploring the one location. This suited us at the end of a long day of touring DC. For those who are expecting to visit restaurants and sample their fares, consider one of the other Metro food tours. Would definitely recommend this experience.
Rating: 4
Better than one would expect!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Fri, Apr 16, 10   5:30 PM whitendavid Fri, Apr 23, 10   11:14 AM Male 50-59 Combination Individual
Our lovely tour guide Elsie was enthusiastic and very well informed. The tour brings you surprisingly closer to the people who make the Eastern Market a neighborhood and community. More food than I could eat and quality of which exceed my expectations from a public market. Quality of food here exceeds many places in the DC area. Definitely a place you’ll come back to for the food.
Rating: 4
Fun night out
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Fri, Jan 29, 10   5:30 PM cristamaria Mon, Feb 1, 10   3:56 PM Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
A group of 6 of us went on a Friday night. It was a lot of fun! You totally get more than enough food, that is for sure! Half of our group was visiting from out of town and had been to other markets (in Philly, NYC, Boston, etc) and they really enjoyed the trip.

I would actually recommend this for a date - it is a great way to start your evening and you can always go grab a drink or two afterwards and have plenty to talk about.
Rating: 5
A great walking dinner hour!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Thu, Jan 21, 10   5:30 PM HISN45 Tue, Jan 26, 10   10:51 AM Male 60-69 Local Unspecified
The Eastern Market tour was a fantastic introduction to a magnificent space. The guide was superb -- gracious, articulate, hospitable. My thanks to all the vendors in the market who offered such a magnificent array of tastes and stories of our evening of delights!
Rating: 5
Great food, great tour!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Elise Webb)
Tue, Dec 29, 09   5:30 PM giraffe612 Fri, Jan 1, 10   10:01 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our tour guide was enthusiastic, genuine, knowledgeable and friendly! The food was delicious and we learned about not only the merchants but also the history of the market and merchants.
Rating: 4
Fun tour
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Wed, Dec 9, 09   5:30 PM ssears Tue, Dec 15, 09   11:40 AM Female 30-39 Local Other
I love Eastern Market and was happy to go when it wasn't slammed with customers. It was nice to get to talk to some of the vendors and hear their stories and what they had to say. And I had never had cucumber kimchi before and it was delicious!
Rating: 5
A Fun Afternoon at Eastern Market
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Wed, Dec 2, 09   5:30 PM donna33 Tue, Dec 29, 09   7:57 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I recently participated in the Eastern Market Food Tour and really enjoyed it. The food was great, and it was interesting to interact with the vendors. The guide was knowledgable and made a group of total strangers feel comfortable being together.

Although I have been to Eastern Market before, I never really knew all the history and what makes it so special. What a neat way to spend an afternoon!
Rating: 5
An A-One Tour
Eastern Market Food Tour (Natalie Kaftan)
Tue, Dec 1, 09   5:30 PM srob46 Tue, Dec 29, 09   8:06 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Visiting so many vendors under one roof made this an excellent tour. Various foods complemented the unique atmosphere. The guide was excellent and answered all my questions.
Rating: 2
Too short and not enough to see
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Fri, Nov 20, 09   5:30 PM ruthannclark Tue, Nov 24, 09   9:04 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
My daughter (22 years old) and I went on this Eastern Market tour after doing wonderful food tours in New York & Chicago. This one was a serious disappointment. Now I have to start out by saying that our guide Sara was great and did the best she could with what she had. It wasn't her that was the problem. It is that Eastern Market at 5:30 at night has VERY little to offer. It is mostly raw meats and vegetable stands, etc. Yes, there were foods to taste, but they were scarce and odd. We love to try new things...but one of the things was a hot dog and the other was a Empanada that was quite good, but that was about it! The tour gives very little info about the neighborhood and there just isn't enough to go on. This is a shame because I think if you restructured the tour and added a few neighborhood stops it would change the whole thing. You can go to Eastern Market yourself and do what we did. It just was a huge disappointment. I think you need to rethink this one. I would definitely not recommend it to anybody. I imagine the Capitol Hill tour is much better if you can take the time. One more thing. It is great to have a shorter tour. One and a half to two hours is great...but just make it worth our while.
Rating: 5
Great food, interesting history
Eastern Market Food Tour (Jennifer Oh)
Sun, Feb 21  3:30 PM emalone23 Sun, Feb 28  11:14 AM Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Jen was knowledgeable and friendly. The tour not only included food but also great history about the eastern market. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone local or visiting the area.
Rating: 4
Great Tour
Eastern Market Food Tour (Eric Olinsky)
Sun, Sep 6, 15   3:30 PM morena665 Mon, Sep 14, 15   9:25 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Def enjoyed our tour !! Didn't expect to get full so quickly!
Rating: 5
Great tour
Eastern Market Food Tour (Leah Gates)
Sun, Oct 5, 14   3:30 PM rossjem Thu, Oct 9, 14   1:09 PM Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
We had a great time and the tour guide was very knowledgeable!
Rating: 5
Nice Sunday afternoon tour
Eastern Market Food Tour (Jennifer Oh)
Sun, Jul 13, 14   3:30 PM maruha Wed, Jul 16, 14   8:17 PM Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
The guide was very knowledgable and friendly. We had a blast!
Rating: 2
Could have done it cheaper on our own
Eastern Market Food Tour (Leah Gates)
Sun, Jun 1, 14   3:30 PM ddansereau Wed, Jun 4, 14   12:56 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My husband and I did the tour in Eastern Market. The guide was friendly and informative and the food we ate was really good. We thought it was a walking tour; however, the only walking we did was from the Metro Station to the market. As I previously stated, the food was good, but most of the items were "sample size"; therefore, we believed the price wasn't worth what we received.
Rating: 4
Great way to explore the Eastern Market!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Leah Gates)
Sun, Apr 13, 14   3:30 PM RebeccaMF Wed, Apr 16, 14   4:48 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We decided to take this tour after having toured NYC's Greenwich Village on a walking food tour a few weeks ago, we were not disappointed! Leah was an enthusiastic guide and everything we sampled was delicious. We all agreed that we never would have bothered to explore the Eastern Market if we weren't taking the tour, and we returned to the Eastern Market to stock up on food to bring back to NY with us. You should take this tour for the amazing empanadas alone!
Rating: 5
Surprisingly Fun and Exciting
Eastern Market Food Tour (Jennifer Oh)
Sun, May 5, 13   3:30 PM mshanfield Thu, May 9, 13   2:14 AM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
The food was amazingly delicious and you get good bang for your buck. The information provided to you is actually worth listening to and relevant to what you are doing there. The tour guides were friendly and its an activity that is different from the norm in DC. It allows you to get a different perspective and try something new. It opens you up to places you may not have ventured to before and lets you in on the types of places you want to find but don't always.
Rating: 5
Tasty!!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Jennifer Oh)
Sun, Apr 28, 13   3:30 PM rmveniegas Tue, May 7, 13   12:43 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
High recommend this food tour. Our guide was very knowledgable and personable. Very generous amounts of food! Plan for left overs. The Eastern Market tour is amazing!!!
Rating: 4
good
Eastern Market Food Tour (Pam Hess)
Sun, Aug 26, 12   3:30 PM jaje800 Wed, Aug 29, 12   2:37 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Good event although slightly overpriced. I liked trying the new foods but it was only an hour long and I don't feel like I learned as much as I would've liked. But still a good event
Rating: 5
Food, Camaraderie, Learning!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Tue, Nov 17, 09   5:30 PM mgalang Sat, Dec 5, 09   6:34 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Awesome! Sarah's a great guide as always. I'm glad I went. The best part of the tour isn't the food, ironically. The good food is already a given. It's the friendly tour guide, the instant camaraderie with the group, and even the simple interactions of the restaurant staff and servers with the group. It's a very comforting atmosphere for a situation that is inherently being with strangers, trying new things, and having a unique experience. Considering I went alone as a treat for myself, it was still highly enjoyable b/c I made friends there!
Rating: 5
Great experience
Eastern Market Food Tour (Natalie Kaftan)
Fri, Nov 13, 09   5:30 PM ramijr2009 Tue, Nov 17, 09   3:33 PM Male 30-39 Local Individual
Going into it I did know what to expect. From my understanding there was food involved and I was very happy about that. Our tour guide was great Sarah Parker. She did an extrodianry job telling us about the history of the area and of Eastern Market. The food was excellent and I strongley recommend it to others.
Rating: 5
Eastern Market Tour 11/2009
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Thu, Nov 12, 09   5:30 PM JohnWanek Fri, Nov 20, 09   4:10 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
An interesting and fun tour. Well worth the cost.
Rating: 4
Guide / food was worth the price of admission
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Sun, Nov 2, 09   5:30 PM harry9h9 Wed, Nov 4, 09   12:51 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Guide did an exccellent job and really made the tour enjoyable. Expectations were that we would go thru the market and try different items that were unique to the market.

Felt the taste experiences provided were not worth the price. Believe the tour would be better served to cut the price have the guide provide same information & then folks could walk thru and purchase items they wanted to eat or after the tour have reservations at a local restaurant set up. Then all the vendors could talk to us and take care of their people. But this is new so iI sure it will get better. We all had to find a place to have a meal as the market was closing within 10 mins so there wasn't much time to shop after the tour.
Rating: 4
Eastern Market, D.C.
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Tue, Oct 27, 09   5:30 PM DebraEmanon Fri, Oct 30, 09   12:35 PM Female 50-59 Unspecified Family Without Children
Our guide Sara was not only very friendly and outgoing; but, she was well informed on the history as well as current events in the area. She really made this experience.

Sara took the time to give us the history not only of the market itself but the individual vendors...it was apparent that she had taken the time to get to know the individuals business owners and had developed a unique relationship with them.

We had not taken a "foodie" tour before, this was a very interesting area of D.C. that we probably would not have found or learned about if it weren't for this tour. We will definitely go back to this area of D.C. again because of our experience on the tour.

Debra
Rating: 5
Wonderful Tour!
Eastern Market Food Tour (Jeff Swedarsky)
Fri, Oct 16, 09   5:30 PM segayle Mon, Oct 19, 09   5:13 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Definitely recommend

We learned the history of the Eastern Market, and enjoyed some great food. I thought I was not going to get enough to eat but by the end of the tour I was very satisfied!

Planning to try one of the other tours from the company.
Rating: 2
very good guide but not at all worth the cost
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Sun, Oct 4, 09   3:30 PM PDaittillio Wed, Oct 7, 09   7:01 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Enjoyed the tour and history but definitely would not recommend given the cost of $40. Plus I tipped the guide $10 on top. I am fairly easy to please but the amount of food was miniscule. I did not expect a dinner but really the samples were paltry. I am not a big eater but I did have to cook dinner that night contrary to what the tour description said.
Rating: 3
Fun time but too expensive.
Eastern Market Food Tour (Natalie Kaftan)
Sun, Sep 6, 09   3:30 PM darlenerodma Wed, Sep 9, 09   3:31 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We really enjoyed the tour and the enthusiasm of our guide but for the money I would have thought there would be more food involved. In total we only sampled Kimche cabbage, dates, turkey jerky, half a sausage, and 1/3 of an apple danish. All the food was good, but for the $80 dollars we spent my son and I could have eaten at a restaurant and had drinks. The experience was fun though.
Rating: 4
food tour sampling
Eastern Market Food Tour (Sarah Parker)
Fri, Sep 4, 09   5:30 PM Vescovich Mon, Sep 7, 09   8:56 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Great guide, she was concerned about pleasing the group with the food/information.

Guide should be provided with a way to hold food while talking, a wheeled cart, etc. It was awkward for her/us to sample food/juggle food while standing.

A bit expensive for the food sampled, would like to see the cost lowered.
Rating: 5
Great tour
Eastern Market Food Tour (Natalie Kaftan)
Thu, Aug 20, 09   5:30 PM cawest Wed, Aug 26, 09   6:49 PM Female 40-49 Local Unspecified
This was a great tour. The food was fantastic and you got to try several different types of food.