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Downtown Charleston Food Tour

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 the 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

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 46 State St
    46 State St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

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

End point

  • Charleston
    Charleston, SC, USA

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

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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
  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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 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.

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Traveler Tips

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.
Food was great too, would be nice if umbrellas were provided.
Highly recommend that you do this tour at the start of your stay/visit in Charleston.
806 reviews
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Fantastic time!
Rachel_D, Feb 2023
Martha, our tour guide, was so wonderful! Knowledgeable, friendly and sweet. Great food, more than generous portions. Charleston is a lovely city with amazing history and food.
The tour was amazing....
Lora_W, Jan 2023
The tour was amazing. Summer, our guide, was a wealth of information. I learned so many neat facts about Charleston. The food at each of the restaurants was top notch. I would highly recommend this tour.
Great taste of Charleston
Lori_K, Jan 2023
Alice was a great tour guide! Was very informative. Poogans was our first stop and they didn’t seem very organized, so our impression wasn’t the best regarding that. The remaining 3 were much better
1 traveler found this review helpful
Simon says”Let’s eat Charleston”
Larry_C, Jan 2023
Enjoyed meeting people from many different areas and sharing good food, stories and camaraderie. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly and considerate.
Good food and great...
April_W, Jan 2023
Good food and great stories of local history from our guide. This was our first tour like this and was so much better than we expected.
An excellent combination of food and history
Melissa_J, Jan 2023
I'm glad this was the first of three tours my son and I did on our two day visit, the others being a carriage ride tour and a night time "Dark side of Charlston" tour. It gave a perfect overview of what we wanted to see more of while enjoying the relaxing pace of sit-down breaks to sample great food and have time for photo ops on the walking portions. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful in her presentation and I would thoroughly recommend this tour.
Beautiful city
Marjan_D, Jan 2023
Our guid was Very knowledgeable & we enjoyed all the history, architecture & culture that was shared with us
1 traveler found this review helpful
Taste History
Wendy_M, Jan 2023
We loved this tour! Not only was the food delicious, our tour guide Martha was delightful! This was more than a food tour, it was a cultural experience immersing us in the culture, community, and values that shape people by who they are and how they celebrate their heritage with food. Not only was Martha well versed in the history of southern cooking, she was well versed in the history of Charleston. The food was fantastic, the history fascinating, and the southern hospitality Martha extended us was second-to-none.
Tasty and fun
Magan_D, Dec 2022
Our guide was witty and knowledgeable. She directed us to each location with ease and provided us with excellent history of the city, restaurants, and food that was served. We returned to two of the restaurants during our trip to partake in their other offerings.
Excellent experience with John
Elizaveta_K, Dec 2022
Super tour! And such a knowledgeable certified guide. I learned a lot and ate well. Thank you for having this tour!
Best food tour ever
Ariana_B, Nov 2022
This was a great tour! I recommend for everyone visiting Charleston to make this tour a priority at the beginning of your trip. Simon was wonderful
food tour
Maureen_M, Nov 2022
Sommer gave a great narration and history Charleston. The food was average - especially the dessert.
Dana was a GREAT tour guide!
RoseMarie_C, Nov 2022
Dana was an excellent tour guide. She informed us about history of Charleston and history of Food assoc. w/Charleston, SC! And, food served was delicious!!
A delightful tour
Jillian_s, Nov 2022
I thought that Simon was a wealth of knowledge and his added love of history and of all things Charleston were evident. The bun on the pork slider was super soggy. My only complaint.
Definitely memorable
Glenda_H, Nov 2022
The food was great but our guide Simon was incredible. He brought his stories to life for us. He was the best part of thecejole overall experience.
Great food tour!
JoAnn_B, Nov 2022
Our tour guide was wonderful. Her name was Butler, and she made the experience both fun and educational. One could tell that she loves what she does and truly loves Charleston. If I could rate her alone, it would be a 5. I took a point away because I felt the 3rd restaurant could have done a better job. I felt like the food was sitting somewhere for too long before it was plopped in front of us.
Church and union...
Marina_V, Oct 2022
Church and union restaurant experience was amazing. This was the best place with history and very modern at the same time.
Fabulous Facts, Food & Fun!
Shelley_A, Oct 2022
The culinary tour we took in Charleston was fabulous! It was lead by our tour guide, John, who was knowledgeable, friendly, had a good sense of humour & was passionate about sharing information about Charleston & it's unique cuisine. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who loves food & history!
Guide Provided Historical Extra
Marie_M, Oct 2022
Our guide, Dana, was personable and fun. What really made our time with her valuable was that she lingered after the tour to answer many of our questions and give a greater explanation of the area. A highlight of the trip in terms of history learned.
Spoonful of history
Barbara_G, Oct 2022
Dana was the best guide. She was prepared, and gave us a history lesson with each new stop and each of the tastings. The food we tasted was so delicious. I would do it again.


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