Charleston's Upper King Street Culinary Tour - Reviews

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sfitzgerald

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

I was on a girlfriend getaway 7 of us in Charleston and we decided to take this tour. It was a great experience to get out of the touristy area and experience the trendy restaurants of Upper King. The food at each stop was plentiful and delicious and the dessert that we had at the bakery was the perfect way to end the tour. Our guide was informative and did a great job herding her guests. I will highly recommend this tour to anyone going to Charleston.

Barrington C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Excellent food, good companionship and a knowledgeable host made for a great tour.

Harriett O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Our guide was great and gave a historically accurate context of how Native Americans and slaves influenced the local Charleston cuisine.

mark b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Charley was a great tour guide and King Street tour shows a new renovated and exciting part of the Charleston scene!

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Well worth the money spent. Our guide was awesome and the food was excellent.

Kathleen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Excellent food and entertainment

Kathleen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Everything was first rate. The food was terrific and the tour guide was entertaining. And it ended with ice cream - what more can I say.

Ellen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

A great way to see Upper King Street. The food was great and our guide was great. The restaurants were welcoming and seemed genuinely happy to have us there to sample their food. Don't eat lunch before you go!

Andre B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Incredible food tour, one of the best we have ever taken and we have been on a bunch. Guilds is an incredible tour guide. Great out of the way places and LOTS of food!! A must do if you are in town.

Candace B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

What a fantastic surprise. Ok first I had no idea what a mecca Charleston is for food. Ok stop laughing! Please! Anyway, this tour does it justice and certainly got me up to speed. Not to mention the food was great, the walk was well-needed after my long flight and we were graced with fantastic weather - can't beat that!

Karen D

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2017

The tourguide, Charlie was great. We wished we could have learned more and heard more from the chefs about the meal preps. Food was great. Maybe we should have skipped lunch because this was definitely enough food to be called dinner! Good restaurant selections!

Dean W

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2017

Food was okay, but not very Southern. Restaurants were a little shabby, and seating was not easy to come by. Last restaurant was Italian. I was expecting Southern food.

Testarosa

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2017

We booked this tour to get a taste of unique Cuisine that Charleston boasts as it's own and learn about what makes it special...
Our 1st stop was a turkey burger slider and fried calamari?
2nd stop was mussels, brussel sprouts and frites... mussels were the definite highlight of the tour
3rd stop was BBQ and a chicken wing...served on a tin tray...the wing being the highlight
Our last stop was a gelato shop..? Not sure why...
There was never a story of why we visited these restaurants or what made them an example of the cities Cuisine
So of course we were disappointed... the guide was friendly however didn't provide the history or story along with the experience!
We have used Viator from Paris to New Orleans so I must say I had a higher expectation of what could have been done to show off Charleston culinary scene!

San L

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2016

Would have given this tour 5 star as the food sampled is excellent. However the purpose of a food tour is to taste something that is full local flavours and classic Charlestonia., which we get very little of. Disappointed.

cookie2852

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
April 2017

Save your money or better yet try the other Charleston food tour. It is really pushing a neighborhood they are trying to revitalize. The history falls short of the enormous history Charleston has to offer. Our guide, Hoon, was so long winded, talking about himself, that the tour ran over a full hour from what was advertised. Some of the restaurants were marginal. Our guide told us we were going to a French restaurant where one of the dishes was a potato dish I had eaten at Antionne's in New Orleans. It was not even close. They very literally served us French fries.

Rebecca S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
March 2016

The legendary Hoon was our guide who extolled at the end of the tour his distaste for northerners by shaking his fist in the air, complete with tears x 4 quoting a movie we will never go hungry. It was the most distasteful narrative Ive ever witnessed, I was embarrassed in front of my guests and will never use this company again. We also went on their mixology tour which consisted of someone walking us to the entrance of the bar, and escorting us to the next x 3. No narrative what so ever. I called Oscar who identified himself as an owner of Charleston Culinary Tours who simply stated It was an act. I then commented that even made it more embarrassing if it was deliberate, at which point he said well it is his family heritage. Use Bulldog Tours next time.

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