Chef's Kitchen Tours of Charleston

Bulldog Tours

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Activity #3016

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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.

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.)


55 Reviews Rating: 4.1 4.1 out of 5.0
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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.
Rating: 5
What a great way to spend the morning!
Fri, Nov 14, 14  9:45 AM Unspecified 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
After gathering at Bulldog Tours, Cathy, our tour guide headed us out walking to the culinary school and a couple of great restaurants! We learned all sorts of "foodie trivia" and enjoyed some wonderful food to boot. We've already signed up for the Savor the Flavor tour next week!

Thank you for such a great time!
Rating: 5
Chef Kitchen Tour
Fri, Oct 17, 14  9:15 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Lots of fun as well as really good food! Terrific tour guide.
Rating: 4
A lot of information learned
Fri, Oct 17, 14  9:15 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Really enjoyed this tour. It was funny that all the places we went to sample and tour from were the ones that we go to every time we are in town. Great to meet Don who does Magnolias, Blossoms and Cypress. He was incredibly nice and very informative. Our tour guide knew a lot too and overall a great tour.
Rating: 3
Some Disappointment
Fri, Oct 10, 14  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
We were told when we were gathered for the tour that there may be a possibility that we not meet any chefs, or possibly only one; this, so we wouldn't be disappointed. But since there were no refunds allowed, we were disappointed. The culinary institute tour appeared rather loose. Pastries at AW Shucks?? I don't even get that. What saved us from having an average tour was meeting Chef Drake at Magnolia's. He was sensational! If you can guarantee this kind of participation by a chef then this tour is a winner.
Rating: 5
As good as last year!
Fri, Jul 11, 14  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
The tour was well organized and orchestrated regardless of the gas leak. Most outstanding we're guide Cathy and chef Dan from Magnolia's food samples were an awesome plus!
Rating: 3
not what I expected based on recommendations
Fri, May 23, 14  9:10 AM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I expected to visit more restaurants and taste more local foods. Too much time was spent waiting for the next restaurant we were scheduled to visit. Coffee was cold and baked goods were not good. Chef at Magnolias was outstanding and so were the tastes he offered. Would not take this tour again.
Rating: 5
Great Way to Spend a Friday Morning!
Fri, Apr 25, 14  9:10 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My husband and I had a great time with Cathy on our tour through Charleston. We met some great people along the way and learned a lot about the local cuisine. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone in the area who loves food!
Rating: 5
Not To be missed!
Fri, Apr 25, 14  9:10 AM Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
This is my fourth Chef's Kitchen Tour and as always, was quite enjoyable. Especially loved listening to Chef Don Drake of Magnolia's, Blossom and Cypress speak about the restaurant business. He obviously loves his job. This particular time we were unable to tour Cypress which put a bit of a damper on things as the restaurant is spectacular. It's a fun and tasty experience.
Rating: 3
Had a good time but a little disappointing
Fri, Apr 4, 14  9:10 AM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Culinary institute seemed unorganized and unprepared and it was disappointing that Cypress cancelled as we were really looking forward to that portion of the tour
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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.
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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