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Charleston's Upper King Street Culinary Tour

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This 2.5-hour tour offers insight into Charleston's Upper King Street neighborhood (named as one of the top 10 food neighborhoods in America), showcasing four of Charleston's culinary innovators who exemplify cooking in the New South.

The Upper King Street district has emerged as an area with tremendous energy; showcasing culinary innovation, experimental design, and boutique shopping. The restaurants featured on the tour are trailblazers in Charleston's culinary scene; edgy and innovative, with tremendous passion for their craft. This tour is designed to show off some of the best that Charleston has to offer and provide insight into Charleston's ever-changing culinary scene.
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HoM Charleston
563 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USAMeet INSIDE restaurant @ 563 King Street (HoM)
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You'll end at
King Street
King St, Charleston, SC, USAEnd points vary from tour to tour. All tours end within a few blocks of starting point.
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  • Charleston culinary tour of Upper King Street restaurants
  • Come hungry—tour includes enough food for a meal
  • A guide shows you the best parts of a neighborhood many visitors skip
  • Learn how Charleston culture is reflected in its ever-evolving food scene
What to Expect
Begin your culinary tour of Charleston’s Upper King Street when you meet your guide and your group. Then, follow your guide to a handful of restaurants that are changing Charleston's culinary scene. At each stop, sit and enjoy samples of specialty foods. You might try twists on classic bar grub, high-brow French cuisine, or traditional South Carolina barbecue done right. Every tour is different though, in keeping up with Charleston dining trends. Throughout the tour, your guide points out Charleston landmarks and sheds light on how this newly revitalized part of the city has become a culinary hot spot. Your tour ends on a sweet note with a dessert tasting within walking distance of your starting point. Please note: Advise of dietary restrictions in the "Special Requirements" field upon booking. Vegan, dairy-free, and soy-free diets cannot be accommodated.
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Important Information
Departure Point
HoM Charleston, 563 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
2h 30m
Return Details
King Street, King St, Charleston, SC, USA
  • City-certified guide
  • Lunch - All pre-selected food tastings (meal for most). Advance notice required to accommodate dietary restrictions.
  • Alcoholic/Specialty drinks (available for individual purchase at most locations)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive 15-Minutes prior to departure.
  • Dietary restrictions must be communicated directly to Charleston Culinary Tours at least *36 hours* before your scheduled tour or restrictions cannot 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 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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 of cancellations in advance.
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years.
  • Not recommended for children under 8 years old.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 14 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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Popular mentions
Loved this tour! Our guide, Houn Calhoun - was an informative and interesting Charlestonian who had great stories and information about the city. We had 4 stops, 3 for meal-type food and 1 for desserts. The first restaurant was Hom (pronounced "home") - delicious! The owner
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the Food was amazing and our guide was funny and informative. I had a truly great time as our guide also pointed out other great restaurants in the area.
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Three of us took in the Charleston Upper King Street Culinary tour, two of us were visitors, the third a local resident, We were pleasantly surprised with amount and variety of food offered at the four locations on the tour. Our group was a perfect size with 11 participants.
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My husband and I did the Upper King Street Culinary Tour and started out at a burger place. We had samples of buffalo cauliflower, french fries, flat bread and burgers. Our next stop was to a French restaurant where we ate more french fries. After, we went to another French
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We had a great experience with Susan as our guide. She was super knowledgeable and had a great balance of informing us about the food but also letting us socialize! Food was great too, it’s plenty for a meal. Would def. book another tour with this company.
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By: Charleston Culinary Tours
Exploring Charleston
Very informative and interesting tour with some great food highlights. Franny was knowledgeable, engaging and
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Guided food tour.
Had a great experience with Dana as our tour guide where we visited Eli’s Table, Charleston Crab House, Poogan’s
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What a HOOT with HOON!
Our last full day of adventures, our morning started with Hoon Calhoun's Chef's kitchen tour. If I had to use one
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Diane D
New Jersey
Fun way to get to see a city!
This was our first visit to Charleston. Whenever I go to a new city, I try to go on a food tour, you really get a
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Pam D
Hixson, Tennessee
I loved it!
Learned so much history, ate delicious food. Our guide was informative and very funny. It wasn’t a hard walk. We
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NH Cracker
Don’t Eat Before You Go!
Ask questions! Our guide, Dustin, clearly steeped in local knowledge and abundant pride told us historical tidbits
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John T
Roebuck, South Carolina
Hoon is the Duke of Charleston
This tour was spectacular. We so enjoyed it, honey! The Hoon is the Duke of Charleston and if you've done this
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Guilds Rocks!
Guilds Hollowell and the culinary tour was awesome! This was our first trip to Charleston and we simply asked
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Vivian A
Poor experience
Met only one chef and saw only two kitchens. Information came from tour guide who was soft spoken and hard to
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Chris E
Sadly lacking; average may be generous
Although our tour guide was very kind and some of the folk in our group (12 of us) were fun to chat with, the food
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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