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Columbia Culinary Tours provides a unique way to experience downtown Columbia’s food scene. We share the city’s rich history with you as you stroll through the District and enjoy samples from some of its best restaurants and food specialty shops — all locally owned. We visit four to five restaurants and specialty food stores where you can meet the owner, manager, and/or chef and taste samples of the food that they are most proud of.

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Rated #1 of Food & Drink Tour in Columbia on TripAdvisor!

Great birthday night downtown!

We had an amazing time with Jim and Tina. They took us to some new restaurants we hadn’t tried and reintroduced us to some great food from ones we hadn’t been to in a while. The weather happened to be perfect for walking around downtown and we even learned a few interesting facts about Columbia. Great balance between sweet and savory items and an overall great time! We will be doing this again soon!

– TripAdvisor
Great date night with friends!

Our Columbia Culinary Tour was a perfect evening of food, fun, and friends. And the only thing better than a sampling of downtown Columbia’s best cuisines is when you combine it with history! The opportunity to try things I might not ordinarily order plus the walking tour packed with fascinating Columbia history made for such a pleasant evening. Joe was a superb tour guide and I truly enjoyed hearing from the restaurant owners and chefs as well. Can’t wait for the next one!

– TripAdvisor
Great Way to Spend an Evening

Jim, and wife Tina, led our group of 14 through the streets of downtown Columbia, Missouri, stopping at 5 venues. The food, drinks and samplings were all delicious. Their historical commentary armed us with new knowledge about the town. Several unique cocktails were presented including one called Dirty Money at the speakeasy we visited. I would recommend this tour to those who enjoy food as an experience!

– TripAdvisor
Great food and drink tour.

Had a relaxed evening exploring some of the downtown food and drink establishments as part of a group of 16. Sounds a large group but in fact it was perfect. Everyone was so friendly. Would highly recommend this public tour - we were blown away by all aspects of this two and a half hour tour. The food was good. The drink was plentiful and the company was excellent. Tina and Jim who host these tours do what they do so well. We would go on another of their tours and Would highly recommend as a way of getting to know Columbia. Thank you to you both for adding this public tour to your calendar so that we could attend.