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FAQs

Should I purchase tickets online?
Yes, please purchase your tickets online.  Visit the HOME PAGE or the top of any page on the website and hit “Buy Tickets."  This will take 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.

Can I purchase tickets at the time of tour?
Currently only online ticket purchases are available.

If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
We do not provide a waiting list.  For SOLD OUT dates, there is a good possibility of an additional added tour.  Please email (info.keyculinarytours@gmail.com) or call 941-893-4664 to let us know your date of interest.

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 “BUY TICKETS” button and then on Gift Certificates.  Buy early, and often!

Are tickets refundable?
Tickets are nonrefundable once purchased.  Purchased tickets can be used at a later date depending upon availability.  Tickets are transferable and can be used by anyone, as long as notification is given.

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

What about inclement weather?
Tours will 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 will never put our guests or ourselves at risk under severe conditions.

Is parking available near the meeting location?
Yes, parking spaces are located all around St. Armands Circle and everything is within easy walking distance so you should never have to walk very far.  Please note restriction on the street is 3 hours.  Please read and follow all signs when using street parking to avoid getting ticketed.  You will be longer than 3 hours, so it is best to find a non-restricted parking space.  FREE PARKING is available on N. Adams (behind Columbia restaurant) and on S. Adams (behind Crab & Fin restaurant).  These streets are off John Ringling Blvd just before you enter the Circle if coming from Downtown Sarasota/mainland.

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.

Who gives the tours?
The tour guides are experienced Sarasotans waiting to share their love of all things Sarasota-- history, culinary, and otherwise-- with you.  They will swap Sarasota stories and restaurant tales as you walk, talk, eat, and shop on your touring adventure.  You will love our tour guides.

Are gratuities appropriate?
Tips for the guides are always appreciated.  The amount of gratuity is up to you, the general rule of thumb is between 10 and 20 percent.  It’s okay to show the guides some love!

How long does a tour last?
Lunch tours are approximately 3 hours and the Happy Place Tour is 2.5 hours..

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 all arrangements.

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.

How many food stops are there?
Our food tours visit 4 restaurants and some include additional specialty shops.

How much food is provided?
Let's put it this way we don’t think you will be hungry at the end of the tours!  You will receive a tasty satisfying treat at each of the 4-6 locations.  The restaurants are determined to delight you so you'll plan to return for future enjoyment!

Is alcohol provided on the tours?
Four alcoholic beverages are provided on the Happy Place Tour.  One small alcoholic beverage is provided on the St Armands Circle lunch tour. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at most of our restaurants during the lunch tours.

How many people are on the tour?
Our tours can easily accommodate 10 people.  Private tours, which are arranged in advance, can accommodate more people.

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

Are children invited?
Soon we hope to have our ice cream tour live and when that is up and running, it will be awesome for kids.  We find that with the other tours, because they are rich in history and are 3 hours in length, they're not truly geared towards children.  You are always welcome to book a private tour for your family that can accommodate children.

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.

Can I bring my dog/pet?
At this time, only trained service dogs are accepted.

What about special diet restrictions?
On most tours, we can provide food substitution. Please let us know if you have food restrictions when you sign up on the tour so that we can plan accordingly with our restaurant partners.

Tours in languages other than English?
We have some multi-lingual tour guides.  Email us at info@keycullinarytours.com to discuss your specific needs.

What if I have mobility issues?
This is a walking tour but all of our tours are accessible to wheelchair or walker use.  Contact us regarding wheelchair or scooter rental companies.  Please let us know 24 hours in advance if you will be using a wheelchair on the tour.

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