Duration: Approx. 3 hrs.
Location: Tour starts inside the Hotel Roanoke-110 Shenandoah Ave. N.W., Roanoke, VA. Meet your tour guide in the front lobby.
6+ guests | $4 discount.
(7 & Under) - Free if not eating.
Advance tickets required. Ticketing service fee additional. Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferrable to other tours, times, dates, or Gift Certificate. Tours are held rain, shine, and in all temperatures year round. We reserve the right to cancel a tour due to weather or other factors if guest safety is a concern, or if there are less than 4 persons on a specific tour. In such cases a full refund is available.
Experience Roanoke like an insider. Taste what makes Roanoke the Star City of the South.
Public tours held year round on Friday and Saturday.
Tour starts at 11 am.
A one-mile walking tour of historic downtown. Route is easy, flat, hard surface for walking.
Seven food tasting locations, all food and beverages included.
Tour duration is approximately three hours.
Tours held rain or shine. Wear weather appropriate casual clothing and shoes for walking.
Private group tours also available.
This tour IS accessible for guests with mobility disabilities or wheelchairs.
A guided Historic Downtown Food & Cultural walking tour visits seven food tasting locations within the colorful and booming downtown Historic District. Delicious samplings, enough for a hearty lunch for most, are served from locally owned eateries and legendary historic locations. Stops include one of the top historic hotels in the U.S., Roanoke’s most recent Lebanese food enterprise, our internationally acclaimed 24/7 “Tavern”, our most “locally sourced” downtown restaurant and more. All food & beverage tastings are included in the ticket price.
During and between tastings, we’ll enjoy a glimpse into “The Magic City’s” untamed & wide open early days and how this impacted our local food scene and culture. We’ll explore how our local food scene is repeating historical patterns. And we’ll witness our city’s latest boom and growth. Our enthusiastic, local guides share their knowledge and recommendations of architectural gems, local lore, legend, exciting local attractions, and restaurants.
Roanoke is rich in colorful history, culture, and one-of-a-kind culinary treats. Combine these with a leisurely walk and an opportunity to make new friends – and you have a unique and fun way to experience our city! Discover off-the-beaten-path areas, fascinating culture, and talented food artisans. Included in the tour is our popular Downtown Roanoke Dining Guide booklet, featuring downtown restaurant discounts. Our culinary adventure has become a “must do” activity. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll never view Roanoke the same again.
Ready to enjoy the mouth-watering tastes and fun of the Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Tour? Call (800) 656-0713 or click “BOOK NOW” to purchase tickets.
We can arrange a private tour of up to 20 persons – it’s the perfect fun outing for wedding parties, birthdays, company functions and other groups. Click PRIVATE TOURS for pricing and information
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center -
Fine dining with a distinctive French cuisine. Voted one of the "Top Historic Hotels" in the U.S. (est. 1882)
Cedars Lebanese Restaurant -
Authentic Lebanese cuisine. Celebrate the immense Lebanese impact on Roanoke’s food culture. (est. 2013)
Iconic restaurant with just the right mix of upscale and casual, in the heart of Roanoke history (est. 1979, reopened in 2012)
Firefly Fare -
Southern inspired farm to table comfort food. In their new location!
Texas Tavern -
An iconic eatery with a limited menu, but a long history of unlimited legend. On Southern Living magazines’ list of “100 Places to Eat Now.” (est. 1930)
On The Rise Bakery -
A bakery, but so much more, all made in house and located on the Roanoke Market, one of the oldest in the US! (est. 1993)
Chocolates from around the world and just around the corner, but so much more (est. 2006).
Please meet your tour guide near the fireplace in the front desk lobby of the Hotel Roanoke. Parking suggestions will be emailed with your eTicket.
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Shenandoah Avenue Northwest, Roanoke, VA, United States
Our tours serve enough food that for most participants lunch afterwards is not necessary. With the combination of drink and food tastings along with breaks for architectural, cultural, and historical insight, most participants are comfortably full after the tour. Our food tours are not intended to replace breakfast and lunch combined, so please consider eating a light breakfast before the tour
Absolutely not! Our Food Tours combine architectural information, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique tour experience. It’s called a “Food Tour,” so the food is primary, but it’s so much more.
Tours generally last about 3 hours and participants can expect to be standing or walking for a good portion of the tour. We walk at a moderate pace and also provide sit down locations on all of our tours.
There are a couple of stairways along the tour routes, however in all instances there is an elevator or alternative route provided. Our Roanoke Food Tours all walking is on on flat hard surfaces (sidewalks). The Lexington Food Tour also is on hard surfaces, however there are two slight inclines which we break up so it doesn’t create an issue for guests. If you have concerns, please indicate this when you purchase your ticket, or be certain to tell your tour guide prior to the start of the tour.
Please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, food allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know in advance, we can usually accommodate their needs.
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Amy P. - via Trip Advisor
“LOVED, LOVED, LOVED OUR FOOD TOUR!”
My husband and I took the Downtown Roanoke food and cultural tour. It exceeded our expectations in every way. The food was wonderful. The tour was well organized and a lot of fun. A delightful way to spend the day.