Must tickets be purchased in advance?
Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours quickly sell out ahead of time, so please plan accordingly.
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 Charleston’s Historic District, 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.
How much food is served on the tours?
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.
There is no food served on the Mixology Tour.
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. Food and venues included on the 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?
We can accommodate some dietary restrictions on some 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.
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.
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.
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. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
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! 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.
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?
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.