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Frequently Asked Questions

Must tickets be purchased in advance?

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


Do we just walk around and sample food?

Charleston Culinary Tours combine both a tour of Charleston’s historic district and a culinary tour. Tours are fully narrated by your guide and include opportunities to interact with the chefs, mixologists, proprietors and other restaurant staff at each of our stops.


How much food is served on the tour?

There is enough food on our culinary tours to make a meal for most. We recommend a light lunch or no lunch prior to our tours. On the Chefs’ Kitchen Tour, pastries and a light lunch will be served. There is no food served on the mixology tours.¬†


What types of food are served on the tour?

Food includes a variety of local specialties. Each tour will include several different courses including appetizers/small plates, entrees and desserts. Foods and venues included on tours have been chosen for their commitment to excellence, representation of the Lowcountry and innovation that make Charleston a dining mecca.


What if I have dietary restrictions?

Working with our chefs, we can accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Please call in advance to discuss your restrictions and if substitutions can be made within the context of our tours.


Are there any beverages served on the tour?

Each restaurant will serve water or other beverages with each meal. Alcoholic beverages can be paired with each dish on the tour for an additional cost.


Does the tour guide accept gratuities?

Yes. Guide gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not required.


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. Approximately half of the tour will be spent walking. We walk at a slow pace. Most restaurant stops are 20-25 minutes. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.


What happens if it rains?

Tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the stops on tour. We will not be outdoors for the entire tour. Tours may be rescheduled based on severe conditions, such as a hurricane!


Are cameras allowed on the tour?

Yes, cameras are welcome and your tour guide will help identify particularly photogenic spots (and serve as amateur photographer on request).


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.