Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us with additional questions or concerns about our Sarasota area food tours!
  • Chevron down Should I purchase tickets online?
  • Yes, please purchase your tickets online. Look for the “Book Now” button and click it! This takes you to a secure server where you will find days and times for available tours. It’s an easy payment process and your reservation will be secured. We suggest purchasing tickets early to guarantee your desired tour, date, and time. Give us a call at 941-893-4664 if you would like personalized help with booking your reservation.

  • Chevron down Can I purchase tickets at the time of the tour?
  • Due to the nature of the tours, advance reservations are required.

  • Chevron down If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
  • Since all tours are by advance reservation we do not provide a waiting list.

  • Chevron down Can I purchase gift certificates?
  • YES!  Key Culinary Tour gift certificates make a perfect gift for the foodie on your holiday/birthday/special occasion list.  Just click on the “Gift Certificates” option on our homepage or call 941-893-4664 for more information.  You do not need to select a tour, only the amount which can be applied to any of our tour offerings.

  • Chevron down Are tickets or gift certificates refundable?
  • Tickets are nonrefundable once purchased unless you have also purchased “Safety Net Protection” at time of booking. This tour insurance allows you to cancel your tour with at least 24 hours notice, and we will reimburse you for your full tour ticket price (minus ticketing fee and insurance fee).

    All purchased tickets can be used at a later date, subject to availability, if our office is notified 48 hrs prior to tour start time.

    Tickets are transferable and can be used by anyone, as long as notification is given prior to tour start time. Tours go out rain or shine (unless impacted by severe weather conditions).

    In the event of a tour cancellation by Key Culinary/Sarasota Suncoast Tours our guests will always have the option of rescheduling to another tour or receiving a full refund upon contacting our office.
    If the cancellation is due to the minimum number of guests for scheduled tours not being met, guests may also be offered the option of converting their booking to a private tour for a $25 fee. Some tours will not have this additional option.

    No-shows will be charged the full price.

    Gift certificates are nonrefundable and valid for 1 year once purchased.

  • Chevron down Do you have Groupon, Living Social, or any other discount sites available?
  • Not at this time. Our Sarasota food tours are a special and personalized experience for all of our guests.

  • Chevron down What about inclement weather?
  • Tours run rain or shine. Ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets, subject to availability, if a tour is cancelled in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. We never put our guests or ourselves at risk under severe conditions.

  • Chevron down Is parking available near the meeting location?
  • Yes, parking spaces are located near all our tour start spots and everything is within easy walking distance so you should never have to walk very far. Please read and follow all signs when using street parking to avoid getting ticketed. You will be longer than three hours, so it is best to find a non-restricted parking space. For the St. Armands Circle tours and Downtown Sarasota tours we suggest utilizing the parking garages.

  • Chevron down What is the dress code?
  • Dress code in Florida is casual; generally shorts, pants, or a sundress.  You’ll want to dress weather-appropriate.  Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. If planning a beach visit before or after, please wear a swimsuit cover-up during the tour. And we always recommend hats and sun protection.

  • Chevron down Who gives the tours?
  • The tour guides are professionally trained experienced Sarasota area residents waiting to share their love of all things Sarasota (history, culinary, and otherwise) with you.  They swap Sarasota stories and restaurant tales as you walk, talk, eat, and shop on your touring adventure. 

  • Chevron down Are gratuities appropriate?
  • Tips for the guides are always appreciated.  The amount of gratuity is up to you, the general rule of thumb is 20 percent.  It’s okay to show the guides some love!

  • Chevron down How long do your tours last?
  • Culinary tours are approximately three hours. The private/corporate sightseeing trolley tours are 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 hrs. Other walking tours are 1+ hours.

  • Chevron down How much walking is involved?
  • The tours are all right around one mile over flat and easy-to-maneuver surfaces. Opportunities to sit and relax will be plentiful on the restaurant tasting stops.  Should you or someone in your party need special accommodations, please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements.

  • Chevron down Are bathrooms handy?
  • Each establishment on the tour has bathrooms available.  While there are no public restrooms on the Circle, we have ample opportunity given our number of stops.  Restrooms are also available on the sightseeing trolley tours.

  • Chevron down How many food stops are there?
  • Our food tours visit four restaurants and some include additional specialty shops.

  • Chevron down How much food is provided?
  • Let’s put it this way: We don’t think you will be hungry at the end of the tour!  You receive amazing foodie delights at each of the four to six locations. The restaurants are determined to enchant you so you’ll plan to return for future enjoyment

  • Chevron down Is alcohol provided on the tours?
  • Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at most of our restaurants during the culinary tours. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on our walking or sightseeing trolley tours.

  • Chevron down How many people go on the tours?
  • Our tours can easily accommodate 10 people.  Private tours, which are arranged in advance, can accommodate a larger number of people.

  • Chevron down Should I bring water?
  • Water is provided at the restaurants, but you are welcome to bring a water bottle.

  • Chevron down Are children allowed?
  • We find that because the culinary tours are rich in history and three hours in length, they’re not truly geared towards children. You are always welcome to book a private tour for your family and we can accommodate the children.  Better yet…book the Venice Sharks Teeth Adventure Tour which is designed to be a family experience!

  • Chevron down Where does the tour end?
  • The tour ends at or near the beginning gathering place and guests are welcome to stay and enjoy themselves at the last restaurant. Our guides will always to give your directions how to get back to your car if needed.

  • Chevron down Can I bring my dog/pet?
  • At this time, only trained service dogs are accepted and please let us know in reservation to expect him/her.

  • Chevron down What about special diet restrictions?
  • On most tours, we can provide food substitutions if noted at time of reservation. Please let us know if you have food restrictions when you book your tour so that we can plan accordingly with our restaurant partners.

  • Chevron down Do you have tours in languages other than English?
  • We have some multi-lingual tour guides.  Email us at [email protected] to discuss your specific needs.

  • Chevron down What if I have mobility issues?
  • These are walking tours (other than the private/corporate sightseeing tours) but all of our food tours are accessible to wheelchair or walker use. Please note in your reservation if you will be using a wheelchair or scooter on the tour.

  • Chevron down Would a local enjoy this tour?
  • Of course!  Enjoy Sarasota history, explore new places to see and be seen, and find new restaurants and watering holes. Be a STAR for your friends and out-of-town guests by signing everyone up for a Key Culinary Tour.  One of our food and history tours also makes a great gift!