Washington DC

U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

Washington, United States

From USD 112.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a taste of Washington DC's historic U Street neighborhood on this guided culinary walking tour. Discover the history and culture of these streets, formerly known as ‘Black Broadway,’ while stopping at multiple local restaurants to sample the foods that make these neighborhoods unique. A portion of every ticket price goes to feed district residents in need.
  • Enjoy a walking food tour in Washington DC
  • Visit the U Street neighborhood, formerly known as ‘Black Broadway’
  • Stop at local restaurants and sample a variety of dishes
  • Learn about the city's history and culture

What's Included

  • Local/professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Historical Content
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1213 U St NW
    1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA

    Please arrive 5 minutes prior to tour time and meet your guide outside of the restaurant. If you do not see your guide, please head inside and find your group.

Start time

11:30 am

End point

  • 1405 T St NW
    1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA

What To Expect

U Street

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Lincoln Theatre

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

African American Civil War Memorial Museum (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking - we cannot accommodate vegans :(
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate vegan diets or dairy allergies on this tour.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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220 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Great trip full of interesting facts some walking and great food. Exactly as advertised. Would recommend
Mandy_C, May 2023
American history brought to life by our guide - some of the untold bits. I discovered a half smoke too and that was yummy from Ben's chilli bowl. The street art was fascinating too.
Great tour
Kelly_G, May 2023
The food was delicious! The guide was fun and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the history and the many murals! We definitely would recommend this tour for anyone.
Great food & company!
Aoife_T, Apr 2023
Sonique's tour was amazing, she was so bubbly and friendly, put us all at ease straight away! There were lots of food choices and we enjoyed every one! She is a natural story teller and it made the history of the area really come to life! It is also a tour group that gives back to the local community which is commendable! I would highly recommend!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with Soneka and our tour. We're thrilled to hear that Soneka's bubbly and friendly personality put you at ease and that you enjoyed the wide variety of food options available during the tour. We're glad that you found Soneka to be a natural storyteller, as we believe that sharing the history of the area is an important part of the tour experience. Thank you again for this 5 Star review, and we hope to host you again!
Definitely go on this tour.
Mickey_W, Mar 2023
If I could give 10 stars I would! Funny, knowledgeable, and offered a great choice in different eating experiences.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Mickey! It's wonderful to hear that you had such a fantastic experience on our U Street food tour! We love that you had a great time with our guide. Thanks for sharing your glowing review, and we hope to have the opportunity to host you again in the future!
Explore U Street!
Julie_R, Mar 2023
Really interesting history. Food was outstanding. So glad we did this tour. Highly recommend it to others. Our tour guide Someka was terrific!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We really appreciate this review, Julie! We want to ensure you have a great experience and are happy you enjoyed the Food and History on this Tour!
Our Guide was informative...
krista_m, Mar 2023
Our Guide was informative and friendly. The sights were interesting and the food was very good! Easy walk. Given we were such a small group our nly suggestion would be to ask people about any food aversions. Not just allergies. My husband and son did not like certain toppings on certain foods and weren’t able to enjoy the first location as much do to this. If we would have been asked, we could have said just serve the item plain and would still have been able to enjoy all stops.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We appreciate your honesty, Krista! Our tastings have been carefully curated to give our guests all the multilayered flavors of DC. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions for safety but recognize that we can't expect our guests to love everything we give them. Culinary curiosity is something we admire, so we thank you for being brave enough to try in the first place!
Loved this tour
Doug_G, Feb 2023
Sonic’s was an incredible tour guide. She was fun and funny and truly brought the history of the area alive. Ben’s Chili was a huge win.
Take this tour you won’t be sorry
Karen_M, Feb 2023
We took this tour on whim and was absolutely worth every penny. Our guide was amazing. The food we ate was varied and delicious. The history of the area was fascinating and she told it all in a detailed and animated way. 10/10 would highly recommend.
Great way to learn local history and culture
Sandy_G, Jan 2023
This was an awesome experience. Our guide was funny, vivacious and full of local information about the area and the families who lived here. The food was delicious and plentiful. There were fewer stops than most food tours but the food was abundant and more than enough. This gave us the opportunity to learn more about the area without having to rush to the next place. This is not just a food tour it is history art and architecture as well.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you so much for this stellar review, Sandy! We like to think that by telling DC's history through its flavors, we can connect the dots in a way that resonates with people. Black Broadway certainly wasn't built in a day, and we'd be remiss not to take the time to acknowledge the legends who paced the way for U Street as we know it today. Thank you again for sharing your experience!
Do it!
Maureen_B, Nov 2022
The whole experience was great. From our guide, Jim...so very knowledgeable, informative and personable. To the food choice stops, and their history. Totally enjoyed it!
Food experience on U Street
Brynn_H, Nov 2022
We had a lovely time with Soneka on Saturday on U Street learning about the area's history and tasting food along the way. Soneka seamlessly met my food intolerances at each location and was a delight to listen to. She told great stories and related the history to the food we were tasting. We tasted Ben's Chili Bowl, Dukem Ethiopian food, Colada Shop pastry, and a scoop of ice cream at Ice Cream Jubilee. I enjoyed everything though the the Ethiopian shared platter wasn't really my thing. I'd recommend doing a food tour again even in your hometown to learn a little more about the area and taste food at places you might not try otherwise. I also appreciate that Blue Fern also gives back to the community. Would recommend this experience for sure!
Food and history—perfect combination
Audrey_B, Nov 2022
Wonderful historical tour with a great diversity of foods. Jim was a great guide and I’ll definitely recommend the tour to friends and family when they visit DC. Great vegetarian options too
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We'd hate for our guests with food restrictions to feel left out, so we try to showcase the variety of flavors DC has to offer! We greatly appreciate your recommendation, Audrey. Hopefully we'll see your folks if their travels take them our way!
Fun tour
Ron_B, Oct 2022
What a great way to spend an afternoon. Jim was a fantastic guide! I wish I could have done the Georgetown tour as well.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your nice review! Jim is the consummate host, and U Street provides him the perfect opportunity to flex those muscles. We'd love the chance to show around Georgetown or even Old Town Alexandria the next time your travels bring you to DC!
Fun rainy day !
Camille_W, Oct 2022
Jim was great ! Lots of great history about the area and delicious food from local restaurants We Would definitely recommend this tour Thank you
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your fantastic review! Rain or shine, we do our best to provide an awesome experience for our guests. Let's be honest, most of us sit inside and eat when it rains anyway so why not feel good about indulging for once!
Yummy !
Darlene_L, Sept 2022
Soneka was a lively and fun guide. Her passion for the history of U Street and the people was a bonus. All the food stops were delicious and well spaced out . Ben’s Chili Bowl was my fav .
Response from Host, Nov 2022
One of the best parts of guiding for Blue Fern Travel has been learning the history behind an area I took for granted while I was a student at Howard University. Black Broadway built the musical theatre program I graduated from, and it's a privilege to pass this knowledge on to travelers like you. Thank you so much for your review, Darlene!
5 Star
Reginald_B, Aug 2022
Jason was an exceptional Guide. His passion, historical exactness and communication style made this the best tour of my life. I would strongly encourage others to take this tour in DC. It was a 5 star experience.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
We're very proud that Jason's perspective could help us give you an amazing experience in our city. Thank you so much for your recommendation!
Kristine_B, July 2022
Could not have loved it more! Amazing food, Ben’s, Hareshas, Colada cafe and jubilee ice cream - all off the chart! The history and art were spectacular but the best part was Jason- so kind, patient, knowledgeable and gregarious! Highly recommend!!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Jason is a gem! Thank you for exploring U Street with us and learning a bit about this dynamic DC neighborhood with us!
A wonderful way to experience the city!
CHRISTINE_C, July 2022
Someka gave us a wonderful tour of the history & food of U St. My dad & I had an awesome time, learned a lot & ate a ton of delicious food! I would highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, July 2022
Thank you for your recommendation! I tend to have a pretty great time on U Street so I'm glad you did, too!
Must Do!
Rachel_L, July 2022
This was one of the best tours I’ve ever been on. The guide was knowledgeable and his timing was perfect. The food and the views were superb. I can’t wait to bring my entire family back for the experience. A definite must do.
Response from Host, July 2022
We thank you for your amazing recommendation, Rachel! Hopefully it won't be too long before you and your family can join us for another fabulous time!
Great tour!
Meredith_B, June 2022
Jason was great! Super knowledgeable about the food and the area. The food was amazing - my friend and I even went back to the first apot when the tour was over. Loved trying new types of food. A really great way to get a taste of DC.
Response from Host, July 2022
There's just something about that half-smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl, isn't there? We're very glad you were able to enjoy all the delicious flavors U Street has to offer. Thank you for a great review!

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