San Juan Capistrano Food & Culture Tour FAQ

About the tour
Your Food Tasting & Tour will begin in a specified location. When you purchase tickets you will receive an email containing instructions prior to your tour.

This tour is not fancy – it is casual & fun! You can plan to arrive wearing shoes you are comfortable walking in as this tour is by foot. Weather in South Orange County is fairly predictable, but be sure to
check the weather prior to the tour. Arrive with an appetite as you will be presented with food very early on. The total distance is estimated at about a mile, however, this does not include walking in and out of restaurants and the return walk. During the tour we will introduce you to the unique culture and food of  historical San Juan Capistrano. We will discuss landmarks, historic sites, tidbits and restaurant specialties. You will taste flavors from places that we adore and love as you become part of San Juan. The tour will end within walking distance of the starting point. While you will experience many tastings, keep in mind that there will also be restaurants that we talk about and may not venture into. This is because we choose locations that a person may not venture into on their own, and there is simply not enough time to visit them all.

Word to the wise:

The streets are somewhat smaller & can be very busy. We will be crossing a busy street. If you will be bringing a child, you will be solely responsible
for their supervision. Flavors of San Juan Capistrano will not be held liable for any accidents or injuries while on the tour. Please watch your step and keep your little ones close at all times.

Absolutely! We encourage private tours and welcome them. Generally 8 is the minimum requirement for a private tour, however we will try to accommodate every situation. If you are interested in a private tour, please email us or fill out the contact form.

Definitely! While tourists love our tour, many of our attendees live in California. To date, approximately 50% of our tourists are from the Orange County area.

We understand your furry pet would love the tastings too, however please do not bring your pet on the tour as it may take away from the experience for yourself and others.

Tipping is customary in the industry but, of course, not required. First and foremost, we want you to have a fantastic time!  Tips are always very much
appreciated and they are a way to show your guide he/she did a great job.

You may reschedule up to one week prior to the tour. This allows us time to fill your spot. Please keep in mind that if you choose to do this, we can only put you on a tour that is not yet sold out, which may be weeks away, or on a weekday. When you book, we guarantee your space, therefore we do not issue refunds.

The tours will be conducted in English, however, Spanish for translation purposes will be available at every tour. Please let us know if you require Spanish translation during the booking.

While we love to accommodate all of our tourists, wheelchairs andor strollers are not recommended on our tours due to the many narrow sidewalks that we walk on, certain staircases that we use when entering establishments, and the very small shops that we visit. However, if you still wish to participate and/or bring strollers, we suggest a small stroller for children, which is easier to fold and store. Please keep in mind that at some stops you will have to take your child out of the stroller and carry them, or have them walk.

Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (vegetarian, diabetic, gluten, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know well in advance, we will always do our best to
accommodate any special needs. While we are able to accommodate vegetarians, we are unable to accommodate Vegans as cheeses and eggs may be an ingredient in some of the items. If you purchase your ticket through a 3rd party website, please email us.

We supply everyone with a bottle of water at the start of the tour. For legal reasons, alcohol is not provided on behalf of FSJC, however we will stop at 1-2 locations where you have an option to purchase a tasting for $3-4 each, solely at your discretion.

We visit various restaurants that are subject to change. We are eco friendly so we do not print handouts for the tour but we will be happy to email you a list when the tour is finished if you provide your email address.

Food Tastings will vary. A tasting is generally a smaller portion to experience the taste of the restaurant. We make amendments to our tour at times, but it typically consists of about 6 tastings.

The maximum tourists per tour is generally kept at 12.

Many children have loved the tour as there are many things to try and see. We do, however, offer 2 locations where alcohol is a purchase option ($2-3 a tasting) and the attendance of your child(ren) is solely at your discretion.

The tour will take place if it’s light to moderate drizzle. If rain is heavy,
tour will be rescheduled. You will be notified of cancellation:
•Via email one hour prior to the tour IF you purchased from our website
•Text 949.226.2701 with “(date) tour status?”   for example  “9/8/12 tour status?”
•You may call us at 949.373.5303
•We understand some of our tourists are on vacation here, if this is the case and we cancel due to weather, we will refund you if rescheduling is not possible for you.

Flavors Of San Juan Capistrano loves to please our tourists and offers discounts when we are able. The discounts we offer are time limited and always subject to change dependent upon the season and special event. We cannot price match or honor discounts that you may have found in the past due to our booking numbers.

Due to the advanced preparation required for each tour, tickets must be made in advance. Tickets can be purchased on our booking page via the calendar. Tours often sell out quickly!

We sell tickets for 7-12 years old at $20, Ages 13 & up $55 & children under 7 are complimentary with minimal tastings.

Simply book a tour and enter your gift code in the member code field.

Yes, we offer gift certificates. Please fill out the gift certificate form.

There will be two stops where beer & wine tastings are optional at $3-4 per tasting.

The length of the tour varies and is approximately 3-4 hours. The tour time varies greatly because some groups like to stay at chat longer than others! The consumption of food is spread out throughout the duration of the tour and the average person will leave completely satisfied.

This is a casual tour! Please wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking the distance of about a mile, not including venturing in and out of restaurants and the return walk. Comfortable clothing, sunscreen and on cool days a light sweater or jacket is highly recommended. For those who are sensitive to the sun, please bring a hat and/or small umbrella for shade.

There are restrooms located throughout various locations amongst the tour. We recommend utilizing the restroom prior to the tour to help eliminate interuptions. The first restroom will be pointed out at
approximately 45 minutes into the tour, however there are limited stalls at this particular facility.

Parking can be challenging in San Juan Capistrano mainly because most meters have a 3-hour limit. It is because of this that FSJC does not recommend parking at a meter. We recommend parking in an all day lot. There are a couple in the vicinity, the closest one being just in front of The Vintage Steakhouse at the end of Verdugo just off of Camino Capistrano.   Use caution when parking at other all day lots, as many of them have 3 hour limits.

Limited parking (73 basement level and 32 rooftop level) is available in the Franciscan Plaza Parking Structure, 26732 Verdugo Street, for commuter and overnight parking.  The pay station is located at the garage entrance and accepts credit cards, nickels, dimes, quarters, dollar coins and one, five, ten and twenty dollar bills.  Parking is limited to 3 hours.

Other lots in San Juan Capistrano: (check posted signs for time limits)

Los Rios Park (Access from Del Obispo heading south and turn right on Paseo Adelanto).  Our first stop will be on Los Rios at the Hidden House Coffee across from the train station.

There are three lots on El Camino Real just behind the retail shops across from the Camino Real Playhouse. (Access from Ortega Hwy south and  turn left on El Camino Real. You’ll see the lots on the right)