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French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour provided by New Orleans Culinary History Tours

French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour
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Tour snapshot
Taste New Orleans cuisine on this French Quarter food tour
Duration:
3h
Group size:
16
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Learn the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisine and visit some of New Orleans’ oldest restaurants and sweet shops on this walking food tour through the French Quarter. With all tastings included, it's a delicious way to avoid the tourist traps and experience authentic local flavor, dished up with a side of New Orleans history.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Ditch touristy spots and try authentic Creole and Cajun dishes
  • Sample local favorites at some of the city's oldest restaurants
  • Great way for foodies to learn about New Orleans history
What to expect
Meet your guide and group at Tujague's Restaurant, which has been serving Creole classics such as beef brisket with horseradish sauce since 1856. Trace the early history of dining in the Big Easy as you stroll through the atmospheric French Quarter, stopping also at Antoine’s, another of the city’s oldest restaurants. Learn what sets New Orleans’s cuisine apart from other southern regions, and taste the difference between Creole and Cajun dishes as you dig into samples including red beans and rice, turtle soup, and seafood gumbo. Savor the multicultural influences of Spanish, French, and even Italian flavors on local favorites including shrimp remoulade and a muffuletta sandwich, followed by crisp cannoli and creamy gelato. Finish on a sticky-sweet note with an authentic praline from Laura’s, New Orleans’ original candy shop. The tour ends at Arnaud's Restaurant.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Ditch touristy spots and try authentic Creole and Cajun dishes
  • Sample local favorites at some of the city's oldest restaurants
  • Great way for foodies to learn about New Orleans history
What to expect
Meet your guide and group at Tujague's Restaurant, which has been serving Creole classics such as beef brisket with horseradish sauce since 1856. Trace the early history of dining in the Big Easy as you stroll through the atmospheric French Quarter, stopping also at Antoine’s, another of the city’s oldest restaurants. Learn what sets New Orleans’s cuisine apart from other southern regions, and taste the difference between Creole and Cajun dishes as you dig into samples including red beans and rice, turtle soup, and seafood gumbo. Savor the multicultural influences of Spanish, French, and even Italian flavors on local favorites including shrimp remoulade and a muffuletta sandwich, followed by crisp cannoli and creamy gelato. Finish on a sticky-sweet note with an authentic praline from Laura’s, New Orleans’ original candy shop. The tour ends at Arnaud's Restaurant.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 39867P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • All food samplings
  • Professional licensed tour guides
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase along the way)
  • Gratuities (optional) but are greatly appreciated
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Tujague's, 429 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA Departure Point: Tujague's Restaurant Address: 823 Decatur St, in the French Quarter Dates: Daily Return point: Arnaud's Restaurant
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions (please dress for the occasion)
  • Moderate amount of walking, wear comfortable shoes
  • Be sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions you may have
  • While we try to accommodate for dietary needs, we cannot guarantee what the restaurants have available.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Inclusions
  • All food samplings
  • Professional licensed tour guides
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase along the way)
  • Gratuities (optional) but are greatly appreciated
Departure details
  • Tujague's, 429 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA Departure Point: Tujague's Restaurant Address: 823 Decatur St, in the French Quarter Dates: Daily Return point: Arnaud's Restaurant
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Arnaud's, 813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions (please dress for the occasion)
  • Moderate amount of walking, wear comfortable shoes
  • Be sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions you may have
  • While we try to accommodate for dietary needs, we cannot guarantee what the restaurants have available.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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FLdiver52
Niceville, FL44 contributions
This is a great way to become acquainted with not only the food and history of New Orleans restaurants but a way for a first time visitor to get familiar with the French Quarter.
Our guide , Suzanne, did a wonderful job of mixing stories of the history, the food, the drink, and her personal experiences as a New Orleans and French Quarter resident.
A particularly bright spot was our host (Sandra?) at the Creole Delicacies store. She shared her insight on Creole and Cajun food. She is a natural teacher; I could have listened to her all day!
I've seen many reviews complaining that the amount of food was insufficient and that they were hungry after the tour, but this was a tasting tour not a dinner!!
This tour did exactly what was intended; present history of local food with tastings along the way. THANK YOU!
Written 29 January 2020
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Rowena W
Richmond, VA4 contributions
It was our first time in New Orleans, and my husband and I thought this tour (as history nerds and foodies) would be a great way to get a chance to learn about the city. We were not disappointed. The stories behind the restaurants and dishes were super interesting, and our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. Oh, and the food was really great too — a wonderful chance to try some of the specialty dishes NOLA is known for.
Written 3 January 2020
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Cheryl H
1 contribution
Friends
Naïf was a fantastic guide! Great mix of history and delicious food. We took the 1:30 tour on a very wet day but that did stop us from thoroughly enjoying this 3 hour tour. I am a single 50 year young woman and was traveling with my older parents and we all enjoyed this delicious hike through the Quarter. Highly recommend it!
Written 4 January 2020
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borrum
London, UK968 contributions
We have much enjoyed our time in New Orleans and have no hesitation about paying “top dollar” for high quality experiences. This tour was promoted as a educative culinary and cultural experience, where we would “meet the people behind the scenes.” It wasn’t!

i) Poor quality destinations - bars serving food; ii) indifferent quality and meagre portions of food on offer - small cups of jambalaya, gumbo, and red beans with rice; iii) only water was offered unless we asked and paid for other beverages; iv) absolutely no engagement with “people behind the scenes.” On the contrary, one establishment had released our seats to “their customers” and we had to wait in the street until alternative upstairs seating was arranged; v) of the 16 paying customers, four left before the end of the tour.

This wasn’t an inexpensive culinary tour. It cost $85 per person to participate. We were very disappointed.
Written 5 April 2022
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Courtney
1 contribution
We booked this tour for our last day in New Orleans. The only redeeming part of the tour was that we had a few fun people in our group. The portions were small, food unexciting, the pace was slow, multiple stops on their normal tour were unavailable, and the guide did not hold the attention of the group. Granted, this was Mardi Gras weekend and that affected some of the stops being unavailable, but I wish there had been a disclaimer so we could've cancelled our tour. The 4 stops we did stay for included 3 inches of a sandwich, a praline in a wrapper, small portion of fried gator bites, and 1 cheese ball (to give you an idea on portions). We left before the last one as it dragged on for 3 hours and we were wasting our afternoon away. Of the $70 you pay, only a small fraction is spent on the per/person food, so don't expect a lot. For example, on our 4th stop the guide ordered 3 plates of cheese balls at $5/plate for our group of 11 ($770 total paid from the group). This did not feel behind the scenes or local at all, it was the worst food we ate our entire trip. You can get such good food everywhere. I would highly suggest popping in and out of places on your own time and ordering things to try instead going on this tour. DO NOT GO ON THIS TOUR. So dissapointed we did this instead of doing a couple of the things on our list we didnt get to.
Written 25 February 2020
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Curiosity06299661189
Thank you for taking time to provide us with feedback on your tour. We are sorry you feel it did not live up to your expectations and receive your moneys worth. Many of our guests have said they ended up not following through with their dinner reservations because they had plenty on the tour. It is a shame you left early and missed out on the Turtle Soup and Shrimp Arnaud, two New Orleans favorites. The tours during the Mardi Gras season can run a bit slower due to the Mardi Gras festivities both on the streets and in the restaurants. We take our reviews and your experience seriously and will review the comments you brought up. We hope the rest of your stay in New Orleans was a enjoyable one.
Written 4 March 2020
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Nancy W
1 contribution
The family consensus was wanting more local food to try, like several dishes at each restaurant and less talking. Even though I have teens, they are very adventurous as far as food goes. We all wanted to taste test more dishes.
Written 6 January 2020
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Cassie B
Washington DC, DC25 contributions
Loved learning the history on the tour and getting to see more than just the restaurant's main dining spaces (did tours inside of the restaurant and visited a couple additional sites). Food was delicious, but definitely left still hungry. Tour lasted almost 4 hours, which seemed a little lengthy to us.
Written 11 January 2020
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Roam630758
1 contribution
Family
We tried. We really did! We had good attitudes we stayed positive throughout. And we did not bail though we thought about it several times. Main points:
1)there was over an hour between the first nibble of food and the second.
2) drinks were scarce and not offered unless we paid and or asked for water and then had to get it ourselves.
3)we seemed like unwelcomed guests at all but one stop. We were literally yelled at to NOT sit at a table we were brought to. And instead had to circle up chairs without a table to awkwardly eat gumbo on our knees.
4)the food was mediocre at best.
5)and finally this was not an inexpensive food tour. We paid $65 for what amounted to the equivalent of a bad happy hour.
I’d like to add that we are forgiving and mellow people who would just like those three hours of our life back. Do yourself a favor: don’t make our mistake and skip this one.
Written 14 March 2020
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Awade1016
Dallas, TX15 contributions
We did this tour at the second part of the Cooking School Tour. Wish we would have done this on our first day because you learn so much about some of the specials at the restaurants. Portions were fine for us because we got full at the cooking school. By the time we were done my stomach was about to bust. Food was delicious and for someone who comes to NOLA a lot I was able to ask many local questions. Only two others signed up so we almost had a private tour. Guide was great and very knowledgeable. I had eaten at almost everyone of the restaurants but learned things about the specials that I would never know.
Written 12 March 2020
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Chris K
1 contribution
Couples
We started our first full day in New Orleans with this tour and it was haha down the best decision. Favorite tour we went on the entire trip and learned so much that helped made our trip even better. Our guide Beth was fantastic...a wealth of knowledge and excitement for the city and it's food. Not too much food but it was the best food.... Best gumbo and muffeletta from our visit. And we tried to find better.
Truly a great introduction to the city and it's history through the food we ate.
Written 1 May 2021
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What you need to know
Great experience! Info here is for what you should know but nothing was bad. The school doesn’t put together this
karak614
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Annette is a great guide!
I highly recommend this tour with Annette. She is knowledgeable, fun, and a great guide. Food was in perfectly ma
floydzillow
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Great culinary tour
This tour wit Annette was a highlight of New Orleans trip. Unique access to historic restaurants and private museum
Mary V
Mary V
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Great Tour
Liz, our guide, clearly loves New Orleans and it's food. Informative about some of the uniquely New Orleans dishes
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Drinks Tour With Sandy Was The Best Ever
The drinks tour with Sandy was the best ever of my life. :) We were beyond impressed with her vast array of knowled
Marygolferfoodie
Marygolferfoodie
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Susanne was great
Visiting the French Quarter by an expert guide and foodie was really enjoyable! Cajan or Creole - you will learn th
Rodney G
Rodney G
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Locals eating our way thru New Orleans
Tour guide. Annette was very knowledgeable and kept things on the light side. Good way for visitors to taste the be
Compass589589
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Guide lacked any interest
Very unenthusiastic guide who seemed bored by it all. We may have been unlucky with our guide. But it was hard work
Leanne C
Leanne C
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Great tour!
Great tour! Our guide Sue was very knowledgeable about the French Quarter and its history. Met great people during
JOHN G
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New Orleans Culinary Tour
Great guide. Great Food. Great History. Even our teenage daughter approved! Would highly recommend. Fun!
WeloveCanada2015
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More than just history!
Awesome tour! I learned so much about food, culture and NOLA history. , would take this tour again! Going into the
Kurt A
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Kurt's Review
Naif, our guide did a great job. He has a wealth of knowledge about LA and NOLA. He eagerly answers questions and
mhsh2
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Fun
Annette was awesome. We learned so much about food history as well as NO history. So worth the time and money.
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Food Tour New Orleans
We had a great time! The guide was great, gave lots of cool information on the history of the French Quarter, and t
Sari M
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Naïf our tour guide was excellent
Highlight of our visit to New Orleans. Saw and tasted a lot of the city with Naïf as our guide. Learned a lot about
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