Chef's Kitchen Tours of Charleston

Bulldog Tours

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Culinary Tours of Charleston is partnering with many of the best restaurants in Charleston to bring food lovers a special treat – a behind the scenes tour into chef’s kitchens to learn about what it takes to produce fabulous cuisine.
Both locals and visitors can leisurely explore downtown restaurants and get a feel for what these fine dining establishments are all about.

On this tour, you will:
  • Learn about each chef's humble beginnings and appreciate their current menus and cooking style
  • Leave with a greater understanding of the inner workings and underlying ideas of  favorite restaurants.
Guests will have an opportunity to explore not just the history of the building, but the concept and organization that goes into making it a successful culinary landmark.

Special! Combine this tour with a Charleston Dessert Tour and get $20 off regular price! Tours run on Saturdays, book now for the best pricing!

What Is Not Included?

At the start of the tour, participants are provided with coffee or tea and a pastry. You may wish to make plans for lunch after the tour, as no other food is provided.

Meeting Location

Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson St. (Charleston, SC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


64 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Even Better Than Expected!
Fri, Nov 13  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We really enjoyed the variety of the tour: learning about the development of Low Country cuisine, seeing how chefs learn to be chefs, and hearing about the restaurant business in Charleston from the chefs who make it happen. Not to mention getting to peek behind the scenes. But best of all-- the surprises!
Rating: 5
Very Positive
Fri, Nov 13  9:45 AM Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We learned so much about the history of Charleston cuisine. Chef Don Drake was not only knowledgeable but entertaining as well. A lot of great stories, and great information.

Our guide was very good as well - she knew her subjects well and articulated them as well.

We'll do another tour soon.
Rating: 4
Great background on restrauant operations.
Fri, Nov 6  9:45 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Don Drake couldn't be more personal and through in his overview of his development of 3 fine Charleston dining operations. Very impressed with the time and details he shared during the tours of his facilities. Oh by the way, the food we sampled was outstanding! The Culinary Center was a great background into the training, education and hard work necessary to become a member of this elite group of new chefs. This was our 2nd time participating in this tour and Kathy, our tour guide, did an wonderful job bringing this aspect of Charleston to life!
Rating: 5
Awesome Experience
Fri, Oct 23  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Our guide was delightful. The owner of the Magnolia was fascinating and the food was delicious.
Rating: 5
Enjoyed every minute!
Fri, Sep 25  9:45 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and our tour guide, Cathy. Her knowledge of the city and food history was amazing and we also loved her wit! She was even gracious enough to wait for my husband to complete a phone call due to a family emergency, while the rest of us continued on the tour. Thank you for making our visit to Charleston even more fun and interesting!
Rating: 5
Great experience
Fri, Jul 10  9:45 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We were privileged to be able to spend well over an hour with Don Drake, a pioneer in the development of modern Southern cuisine and executive chef at Magnolias, Blossom and Cypress. What a delightful and informative hour! We also enjoyed the opportunity to tour the Charleston Culinary Institute and to learn the background of Charleston cuisine from our guide.
Rating: 4
A Southern Persons Point of View
Fri, May 1  9:45 AM Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
The Chef's Kitchen Tour, was an interesting and refreshing way to learn hands on, what goes into the planning and implementation of Southern restaurants and cuisine. The chefs were candid and informative. We got to visit The Art Institute,s Culinary Kitchen. We had a surprising amount of tasty samples at various restaurants along the way. This tour was a must do experience. At the beginning of the tour, our guide was somewhat rude. She was not correctly depicting the behavior of Southern graciousness. After coffee, she was delightful. The tour was awesome.
Rating: 4
Chef tour in Charleston SC
Fri, Apr 17  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
This was a great way to see the city and find out about great places to eat. We really enjoyed the,history of the city.
Rating: 4
Good Food and Great Information
Fri, Apr 10  9:45 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Our guide gave us a great history of Charleston cuisine and its influences. Also, the Chefs were very generous with their time. The big draw: great food along the way!

This was a great idea. Thanks
Rating: 3
Only Ok
Fri, Nov 28, 14  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I was a bit disappointed in the tour because we did not see any real activity behind the scenes. I was under the impression we would see active kitchens, perhaps with prep work or something of that nature being done. One of the chefs was very personable and giving of his time but tended to dwell on the financial aspects of a restaurant being profitable; I anticipated more kitchen know-how as opposed to fiscal pitfalls. The second chef was very lack luster and did not seem at all enthusiastic about interacting with the tour group. We did have some tasty samples and our guide had some interesting information regarding local food origins. While I would not say it was a waste of time, behind the scenes should be more fully developed or at least explained so one knows what one is or may be getting in advance. We were told there were no contracts with the chefs and if they didn't want to be bothered, we would not see them. I expected to see chefs at work in a busy kitchen and that was not what was offered. Consequently, it was an "OK" tour but I would not particularly recommend it, especially at a price of $50 per ticket.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
How much food is served on the tour?
At the start of the tour, all participants are provided with coffee or tea, and a pastry for breakfast.
How does the Dessert Tour option work?
You can combine any tour with our special Dessert Tour for only $40 more, a savings of $20 off regular price! Be sure to select the Dessert Tour extra when you purchase, then call 843-722-8687 to confirm your date and time.
What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a child?
For the culinary tours, there is only one standard ticket price. Any child 1 year old or above must have a full-priced ticket purchased for them in order to attend. The tour is not recommended for children under 12, but you can bring any children with you, at your discretion, as long as they have a ticket! Infants less than one year old do not need a paid ticket, and you should please just indicate that you’ll be bringing an non-paying infant with you at the time of purchase.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Yes! All participants will get a bottle of water as well as coffee or tea at the start of the tour.
Is this a good sightseeing tour of Charleston?
This tour is focused more on the history and foundations of the restaurants you will be visiting rather than the history of Charleston at large, although interesting facts about the area are brought up.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
The tour covers approximately one mile. We walk at a very leisurely pace.
Where does the tour end?
The tour ends downtown near the market area.
Are there bathrooms along the way?
There are bathrooms available at each of the establishments we will be visiting.
What happens if it rains?
Tours run rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions, so be prepared for the day! We will be stepping inside of buildings during some portions of the tour, but be sure to bring an umbrella or poncho, depending on the forecasted weather conditions.
Is the tour wheelchair- and/or stroller-accessible?
We have had participants with wheelchairs attend the tour in the past. Please keep in mind however, that many of the streets are not very accessible and some places have stairs, so additional maneuvering and planning may be required. You are welcome to bring strollers and they may be left outside the establishments we visit with stairs.
Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, tours are only offered in English. However, our non-English speaking guests always enjoy the experience of visiting Charleston's lovely historic buildings and sampling delicious food tastings along the way.
May I bring my dog on the tour?
Due to the various restaurants and historical buildings we visit, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, we can accommodate a variety of special requests! Please click “Contact Bulldog” to the left of the page to inquire further.
Are gift certificates available for this tour?
Yes! Gift certificates for Culinary Tours of Charleston are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click “Contact Bulldog”.


Bulldog Tours

See Charleston like you never have before with Bulldog Tours, the premier walking tour company!

More than just the usual Charleston tours, we offer a variety of tours during the day, evening and late-night. Whether it is strolling down the streets, hearing about people from days past in the morning during our Charleston Stroll or taking you on an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look at the Holy City's graveyards, back alleyways, Provost Dungeon, Old City Jail and deep into Charleston's Haunted Historic District. We now proudly offer the Culinary Tours of Charleston, giving people even more of a look into the unique chemistry that makes up Charleston. Our exclusive food tours highlight our mission to promote South Carolina local artisan growers, and to help preserve South Carolina's rich culinary heritage.

Bulldog Tours is the ONLY walking tour company in Charleston that can take you off and beyond the sidewalks!!!

As seen in USA Today, Southern Living Magazine, The New York Times, and on Country Music Television, Bon Appetit, The Columbus Dispatch, National Public Radio (NPR). , and SCETV, Bulldog's fully licensed, experienced tour guides are sure to entertain, inform, intrigue and delight all those who choose to take a stroll into the city's past.
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