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*For a Saturday public food tour ticket, please use our "Book Online" button. To inquire about the availability of a private food tour, please send an inquiry on this page.

Richmond has won many awards for food, most recently from National Geographic and Huffington Post. River City Food Tours has been helping people explore Richmond's unique culinary scene since early 2015.

Their walking food tours are currently ranked the #1 tour & activity in the Richmond region on TripAdvisor.

On a tour, guests will have the opportunity to sample food from several different restaurants, cafes, and shops and learn about one of Richmond's neighborhoods, leaving them happy, full, and educated.

There are three tours to choose from:

Carytown Food Tour (2.5 hours) - River City Food Tour's original tour departs Saturdays at 2pm and samples delicious food and snacks from 6 different restaurants, cafes, and shops, including fresh seafood, world-renowned tacos, and the famous Virginia peanuts.

Carytown Sweets Tour (1.5 hours) - This tour departs occasional Saturdays at 11:30am and explores the sweeter side of things with a diverse selection of treats from a variety of different cafes, bakeries, and confectioneries.

Arts District Food Tour (3 hours) - River City Food Tours' newest offering departs Saturdays at 2pm and introduces you to the variety of restaurants and eateries in Jackson Ward and downtown, including fresh-baked goods, soul food, and the some of the best pizza outside of Italy.

On all tours, guests will hear about how these establishments got their start and learn from expert guides about the fun and quirky history of Richmond's most exciting neighborhood.

Group Logistics

Public Tours

Public tours are available on Saturday. The Carytown Sweets Tour runs occasional Saturdays at 11:30am. The Carytown Food Tour and the Arts District Food Tour alternate Saturdays at 2pm.

There is a maximum of 14 participants on a public tour; tickets are typically booked more than a week in advance. Click on the "book online" button to see availability for public tours and to reserve a spot.

Private Tours

Private tours are available any day of the week except for Monday and Saturday.

Private tours have flexible start times.

The minimum private tour is for 6 people; groups of less than 6 people are welcome to book a private tour for the same price as 6 people ($330).

To inquire about a private tour, please use our inquiry form on this page.


All participants must have a ticket. There is no age maximum, and the age minimum is at parents' discretion. There are no weight restrictions. Participants must have ability to climb one set of stairs.

What's Included

Food is provided in the price of the ticket. Typically, tours will visit 5-6 establishments.

PartyRVA Discount

Send an inquiry through PartyRVA for a private food tour and receive a unique bottle opener for each guest in your party from River City Food Tours. Offer is not valid for public food tours with electronic booking.

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Public tour tickets are $50 per person. Private tours are $55 per participant. The minimum private tour is for 6 people; groups of less than 6 people are welcome to book a private tour for the same price as 6 people ($330).


"This Carytown Food Tour was such a fun experience. Planned this as a surprise for my sister's birthday and everyone had a fabulous time. The food is delicious! This is great for long time Richmond residents as well as newcomers." – Monica B., Yelp

"I took my team on one of River City Food Tours's tours. Not only did we visit 5 establishments in Carytown, with great food, but we got an historical overview of Carytown. Great time. I would do it again." – Dohn G., Yelp

"Prior to our tour, I was unsure as to whether my status as the token vegetarian would limit my ability to enjoy the experience. However, I was once again wowed by how I was met with a delicious dish on each stop of our tour (I'm used to modifications of "meat dishes," but instead had food every bit as tasty as the rest of the group)! I can't recommend River City Food Tours enough. I know we have definitely added a few new spots to our restaurant roster!" – Samantha H., Yelp


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