Frequently Asked Questions

Where should we park?

Check out our parking page


What happens on a Culinary Tour?

Our Downtown & Upper King Street Culinary Tours combine a historic tour with a culinary experience.  Over 2.5 hours, guests explore a section of the Charleston peninsula, learn about the local cuisine (past and present), and visit area restaurants where they will feast upon a variety of dishes.  Tours are fully narrated by your guide and generally include opportunities to interact with the chefs, mixologists, proprietors and/or other restaurant staff at each stop.


What restaurants are on the tour?

We work with several dozen restaurant partners and rotate between them throughout the week.  In order to stay flexible in accommodations, we do not determine the specific route of any given tour until the morning of.  Check out our interactive map to explore our various restaurant partners!


What type of food is served on the tour?

The specific menus change on a day-to-day basis depending on which restaurants are visited that particular day.  Each Culinary Tour will include several different courses including appetizers/small plates, entrees, and desserts.

In general, the Downtown Culinary Tour features mostly traditional Charleston fare.

Food on the Upper King Culinary Tour reflects the more eclectic and modern vibe found in our food scene today. 

Most importantly, it is all delicious!


How much food is served on a tour?

There is enough food on our Downtown & Upper King Street Culinary Tours to make a meal for most. We recommend a light lunch or no lunch prior to your tour and late dinner reservations.

On the Chefs’ Kitchen Tour, pastries and a light lunch will be served.

The Farm to Table Experience provides a large lunch, consisting of about 5 courses.

No food is served on the Mixology Tour. 


What if I have dietary restrictions?

We cannot accommodate vegan or dairy-free.

However, we can accommodate most other dietary restrictions on most of our tours. Please contact us in advance to discuss your restrictions and whether or not substitutions can be made within the context of our tours.

The Chefs Kitchen Tour cannot accommodate vegan, dairy-free or a gluten free diet

Dietary restrictions must be communicated in advance or we will be unable to accommodate.


Are there any beverages served on the tour?

Each restaurant provides water, iced tea, and fountain beverages.  Alcoholic & speciality drinks can be purchased separately for an additional charge at most locations.


Must tickets be purchased in advance?

Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours quickly sell out ahead of time, so please plan accordingly.


How do I book a tour?

Book online or give us a call!

843-259-2966


Are gratuities included in the ticket price?

Charleston Culinary Tours does not include gratuities in the cost of our tours.  If you enjoyed your tour, tips are accepted and greatly appreciated by our tour guides.


What is the cancellation policy?

Guests can cancel a tour for any reason up to 24 hours in advance and receive a full refund.  

We cannot provide refunds with less than 24 hours notice of cancellation.


Can’t we squeeze just 7 more people on that sold out tour?

No, but we can add you to the waitlist!  Guests’ plans change all the time, so if the tour you are looking for is full, give us a call and we can add you to the waitlist with no obligations.  We will then give you a call as soon as space becomes available.

843-259-2966 


I want to join my group on tour but I don’t want to eat/drink, do I need a ticket?

Yes, everyone who travels with the tour must purchase a ticket regardless of how much they do or do not consume.


Do tickets need to be purchased for children?

Yes, children 8 and older can purchase a ticket and come on the tour.  Unfortunately we do not take children under 8 years old on the tours.


Are restrooms available during the tour?

Yes. Bathrooms are available at each of the restaurant stops.


How much walking is involved?

Charleston Culinary Tours are walking tours. Historic Charleston is extremely pedestrian-friendly and walking is the best way to enjoy the charm of our beautiful, hidden city.  

Most of our routes cover a total of 1 mile or less, with restaurant stops in-between that are generally 20-25 minutes. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Please communicate strollers, wheelchairs, and scooters when booking. Some restaurants require the navigation of several steps and we will attempt to avoid these if necessary.


What happens if it rains?

Tours are held rain or shine.  

While tours are conducted mostly indoors, we do travel outside from one stop to the next.  Check the forecast and come prepared – we do not provide umbrellas.  

Tours may be rescheduled based on SEVERE conditions, such as a hurricane!  Guests will be notified in advance if we decide to cancel or reschedule a particular tour.


Are cameras allowed on the tour?

Yes! Cameras are welcome and encouraged.  Your tour guide will help identify particularly photogenic spots (and serve as amateur photographer on request).  

Furthermore, we welcome you to share your memories with us on social media! Tag us @charlestonculinarytours


Where does the tour finish?

All tours end within easy walking distance of all downtown Charleston hotels.


Can I shop on the tour?

We ask that, in deference to other tour participants, you wait until after the tour to shop so that we can stay on schedule and ensure an enjoyable experience by all. After the tour, please feel free to shop at any of the venues included on the tour and explore Charleston further!


Are tours offered only in English?

Yes.

About Our Tours

Charleston Culinary Tours combine elements of historical tours with culinary adventures.

As most tours sell out, all reservations are required in advance. Each tour is limited in size, so it is recommended that you get your reservations early. Charleston Culinary Tours are held rain or shine.

843-259-2966

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