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Downtown Charleston Food Tour

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Downtown Charleston Food Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Bring your appetite for this tasty walking tour of downtown Charleston. You’ll spend a few hours of mouthwatering fun touring the culinary side of the Holy City, learning about the history of the city as you dine at four local restaurants. Explore the French Quarter and French Market while tasting traditional and contemporary Lowcountry cuisine.
  • Taste Lowcoutry cuisine at four local restaurants
  • Learn about the history of Charleston through traditional dishes
  • Explore one of the oldest and largest historical districts in the US
  • Order drinks, desserts, or other items at your discretion
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2.5-Hour Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour
All pre-selected food tastings at 4 Charleston restaurants (meal for most)
City-Certified Tour Guide providing narration about Charleston's history and food
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic Beverages
46 State St , 46 State St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Meet at Charleston Culinary Tours - 46 State St, Unit B, Charleston, SC 29401

Charleston , Charleston, SC, USA

End points vary depending on route. All tours finish within 3-4 blocks of the starting location.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • DIETARY RESTRICTIONS must be communicated directly to Charleston Culinary Tours (843-259-2966) at least *36 hours* before your scheduled tour in order to be accommodated.
  • Vegan, dairy/lactose, & soy restrictions cannot be adequately accommodated. Guests with multiple allergies should contact Charleston Culinary Tours prior to booking to confirm accommodation.
  • We cannot assume responsibility for those with severe allergies.
  • We make every effort to provide a full meal for all guests, however, substitutions for dietary restrictions may not be 1-for-1 with regular tour offerings.
  • We recommend weather-appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Tours operate rain or shine, hot or cold. In the rare cases of EXTREME weather (e.g. Hurricane!), we will notify all guests as soon as a decision to cancel has been made.
  • Not recommended for those under 8 years of age.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with severe dietary needs
  • DIETARY RESTRICTIONS must be communicated in advance directly to Charleston Culinary Tours (843.259.2966 or [email protected])
  • DIETARY RESTRICTIONS cannot be accommodated without advance notice (at least 36 hours prior to tour time)
  • We cannot accommodate vegan, dairy/lactose, or soy restrictions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Charleston Culinary Tours
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Downtown Charleston Food Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Downtown Charleston Food Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Downtown Charleston Food Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Downtown Charleston Food Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Downtown Charleston Food Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Downtown Charleston Food Tour.

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  • "This tour is a great way to sample delicious food from select local restaurants while getting a little Charleston history/trivia as a side dish." See review
  • "Food was great too, would be nice if umbrellas were provided." See review
  • "Highly recommend that you do this tour at the start of your stay/visit in Charleston." See review

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star-3
Great guided tour but food was not good as advertised.
Taro_N
, Aug 2022
The guide was excellent. Explained us lots of histories of the area and restaurant. The food was not as great as expected. The sea food really disappointed us.
star-4
Really enjoyed our tour...
Thomasina_K
, Aug 2022
Really enjoyed our tour guide John. Nice mix of history food and walking. Had a great time in a small group with great interaction. Highly recommend
star-5
Simon is outstanding!
KAREN_T
, Aug 2022
This was my first food tour and my first visit to Charleston so I didn’t know what to expect. My girlfriend had been on several food tours in the past so was able to give me a little bit of an idea. We visited several restaurants on the tour and the different offerings were interesting. What made the tour outstanding was our guide, Simon. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the city and its rich history. He is a wonderful storyteller and weave’s just the right amount of humor in with his banter. There is so much to do and see in the city that one day isn’t enough. If you book a food or ghost tour, make sure you ask for Simon.
star-5
Great Food Tour
Kathy_H
, Aug 2022
The guide Mimi was so sweet & very informative! Food was very good! Highly Recommend! Restaurants were close so not a lot of walking.
star-5
Eat ALL the Southern Food!
Amanda_T
, Jul 2022
Loved this tour!! This was a highlight of our trip. I had already been eyeing a couple of restaurants so I was really excited at the places we actually stopped on the tour. The former church was so unique! All the food we tasted was fantastic and different. Really great background and history of Charleston given as well which was great!
star-5
Culinary tour review
Ann_S
, Jul 2022
Our guide was born and raised locally with family roots back to the 1700s, shared her wealth of knowledge about each food we enjoyed as well as the culinary and Charleston history.
star-5
Excellent food. Last two...
Carlos_L
, Jul 2022
Excellent food. Last two restaurants felt a little rushed but overall a really good experience. We recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome Food Tour
Quentrece_S
, Jul 2022
The food sampled was phenomenal! Our guide Simon provided history of the food and area. Our group was such fun and Simon really encouraged us to engage with each other. I had a hard time finding what we would eat beforehand. So I’ll share: bbq sliders, cornbread, collards, she crab soup, pimento cheese, shrimp & grits, hush puppies, praline butter, gourmet burger, fried chicken nuggets and carrot cake. Not sure this is always the menu. The portions were smaller but once you had them all you were full.
star-5
Okies come to the south!
Diane_D
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed Mimi explaining history of things. She was so passionate and wanted us to learn about Charleston.
star-5
Super fun experience!!
Jennifer_G
, Jul 2022
The whole tour was fantastic! Each different restaurant featured was absolutely fabulous! Dana, was a phenomenal tour guide with lots of knowledge and excitement for the city and its food! I highly recommend!!
star-5
Delicious!
karenkovach
, Jun 2022
Great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the restaurants in the city as well as the city itself. He is very well traveled and interesting to talk to. We enjoyed meeting the people on the tour as well. A great way to spend an afternoon!!
star-5
Fun Food Experience
Kenneth_C
, Jun 2022
Church of the Union was amazing! Simon was a fantastic guide. We had a wonderful time!! Great food with lots of interesting history. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Summer did a fantastic...
Mark_U
, May 2022
Summer did a fantastic job and we had a great time. Food was wonderful and we learned a lot. Exactly what we were looking for. Mark & Suzy Upton
star-5
A delicious way to spend your afternoon in Charleston
David_H
, May 2022
A delightful was to sample a variety of different dishes which Charleston specifically and the South in general are famous for. I is also a good way to burn off some of the calories you'll be consuming, as the walk is part of the experience! We stopped in 4 different establishments, each of which had there own unique offerings which he happily sampled. Make certain not to eat lunch beforehand if you take this tour. You probably will end up skipping dinner as well afterwards, as there is plenty of food at the four stops! It was an interesting and tasty afternoon which my wife and I enjoyed and would recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun snd tasty
Marsha_G
, May 2022
Getting a taste of Charleston in a fun and vibrant way. While some stops were better than others, in the aggregate it was a fun way to spend the afternoon
star-5
Yum!
Melissa_B
, May 2022
Excellent food and tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area. Enjoyed everything about the tour. Highly recommend the experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Summer was an excellent...
Vanessa_M
, May 2022
Summer was an excellent hostess. Her passion for history, preservation, and food was evident. We got history and a culinary tour of downtown Charleston.
star-5
Alice was very...
Karen_B
, May 2022
Alice was very knowledgeable about the food and the history. We were able to sample the local cuisine and enjoyed it.
star-4
Almond Butter!
Mark_F
, May 2022
Chefs are crazy - but the results are grand. Tobasco honey? Almond butter? ( we bought a quart). Etc. Wonderful cookies and cannoli in the last stop. Not a lot of walking, but guide snuck in some history too which added to the fun. Good group.
star-5
Great guide!
Kathy_M
, May 2022
It was a fun tour and John was I great guide! We learned a lot and he was helpful for planning the rest of our stay in Charleston 🙂

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