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Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour

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On this tour, you won’t waste any time researching restaurants for your Charleston visit, and you’ll save money by steering clear of pricey, disappointing tourist traps. This food walking tour gives you a taste of Charleston’s best locally run restaurants, and you’ll hear about the history of the city along the way. You’ll also come away with dining ideas for the rest of your stay.
  • Visit a number of locally owned and operated Charleston restaurants
  • Taste some of the city’s best food without having to do research
  • Your guide also tells you the history of the city as you walk
  • Skip lunch, and your food samples will fill you up
  • Restaurant stops are long enough to give your legs a chance to rest
What to Expect
Your tour starts in Downtown Charleston at a local restaurant. Meet your guide, and get ready to try some of the best local food the city has to offer. The meeting point is conveniently near downtown hotels and parking garages. From there, your guide will take you to a number of eateries to sample some of their best menu items. Get a taste of the South with dishes such as special sliders and pies, and wrap up your tour with a dessert. Your samples are large enough that by the end of this tour, you should be satisfied. Hear guide commentary about the city’s history along the way. This food tour ends near the original departure point. If you’re going to be in the area longer, you’ll go home with suggestions about where to eat for the rest of your trip.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: Poogan's Smokehouse, 188 E Bay St #201, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
2: Eli's Table, 129 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
3: O-Bar at Oyster House, 70 State St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Departure Time
2:00 PM
2h 30m
Return Details
1: Kaminsky's, 78 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
2: Blind Tiger Pub, 36-38 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
3: Toast, 155 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
4: Blossom, 171 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
5: Carmella's, 198 E Bay St #100, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
  • All pre-selected food tastings @ 4 restaurants (meal for most)
  • Water & fountain beverages
  • City-certified guide
  • Alcoholic/speciality beverages (available for purchase at most locations)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Allergies must be communicated directly to Charleston Culinary Tours at least *24 hours* before your scheduled tour.
  • Day-of notice for dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated as all tastings are prepared in advance to create a streamlined dining experience.
  • 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 may not be 1-for-1 with regular tour offerings.
  • We craft our tours to represent the unique aspects of each venue and neighborhood. Unfortunately, there isn’t always a “next best” option that also meets a special dietary need. Since we have your health, taste buds, and overall experience in mind, we truly appreciate your understanding on this issue.
  • We recommend weather-appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Tours operate rain or shine, hot or cold. In the rare cases of EXTREME weather (e.g. Hurricane!), we will notify all guests of cancellations in advance.
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • We try to make our tours as accessible as possible, however some routes are better suited than others. Please reach out to Charleston Culinary Tours directly with any questions or concerns about wheelchair, stroller, or service animal accessibility.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This is an awesome tour. Not only do you get to sample (generously) some of Charleston’s best food, you all get a fabulous walking history tour with a great guide as well. Worth every penny. Don’t hesitate to sign up for this amazing activity.
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We enjoyed this culinary tour. The tour consisted of four stops - three for meals and one for dessert. The variety of venues and food was excellent - although Charleston Crab House did not seem to want us there (even though the low country shrimp boil was a highlight).
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Having lived in Charleston many years ago, and being somewhat knowledgeable about its history and culture, I was HIGHLY impressed with Allison's depth and breadth of knowledge, and her comfortable and relaxed style made the tour extremely rewarding and fun. A bit of walking
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My son (16yr old) and I loved our food tour. Dustin was funny , knowledgeable and kept us all busy easy and talking. There was plenty of food, truly a meal and we visited 4 different places. My only regret was we didn't see much of the city. Our restaurants were so close
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The Downtown food tour with Dustin was fantastic! We started at a Smokehouse where we had cornbread with honey butter, a pimento cheese fried ball with tomato jam (!) which was to die for, and a pulled pork slider. That was just the first stop. We went on to 3 others and
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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