Tours include special access and experiences that go far beyond the normal dining encounter. Not only do you get to meet the chefs and sample their creations, but you also get to see cooking demonstrations (usually offered on Tuesday tours), eat in elegant private dining areas, and more.
Stops include visits to:
- Nose Dive (Gastropub)
- Soby's on the Side (Deli and Catering)*
- The Lazy Goat (Mediterranean cuisine and tapas)
- Soby's New South Cuisine (fine Southern cuisine)
- Passarelle Bistro (French inspired cuisine)
*For this tour, we are able to accommodate your food allergy (shellfish, gluten-free, etc.) and dietary requests (vegan, etc.)as long as you let us know in advance.
(*If a restaurant has a schedule conflict, a stop at The Loft at Soby's or Papi's Tacos may be substituted. )
What Is Not Included?
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Enjoyed the way John handled everything.
|janetechel||Tue, Sep 8 6:00 PM||Female||70+||Local||Other|
Enjoyed the experience, but disappointed in some of the items served. The first course and last were perfect.
Some of the food was a bit over cooked. Do realize we are a group, but this is something that happens weekly and
should be perfected. Majorly disappointed in the Lazy Goat. We have dined there before and know what they are
capable of. For someone who had not been to the restaurant a thumbs down.
Great tour of the City as well as the food!
|BAGREER||Tue, Sep 8 6:00 PM||Female||60-69||Local||Individual|
Loved to hear about the history of the downtown area and to hear about the local connections of the buildings of the past and present - the food was great and would love to do another tour with other locations.
|LauraDani||Sat, Sep 5 1:30 PM||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified|
Definitely recommended...the history given is great! Food was yummy as well.
A fun way to explore the tastes and history of Gre
|WayneWright||Sat, Sep 5 1:30 PM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
The tour was a perfect combination of the history of Greenville and the city's current revitalization that has brought great restaurants and some fascinating foodie experiences.
John Nolan, our tour guide and the owner of Greenville History Tours, has created a fun blend of food and history in beautiful downtown Greenville. The culinary part of the tour includes a small course at each restaurant that exemplifies that restaurants food style, flavours, and ambiance. The food was prepared to perfection and paired with a wine or beer that the chef or sommelier had selected.
All of the restaurants are part of the Table 301 restaurant group, and I think the owners have done a great job of putting the right food style and the right chef, at the right location.
At each stop, John introduces the chef who describes the course and the pairing and provides some insights about the culinary style of the restaurant and where they source their food. Some of the chefs have a flair for their few moments in the limelight, and describe their passion for cooking and food.
John provides glimpses into the past on the history of the building, the proximate area, or a prominent person that impacted the city's history or is part of its renaissance. John has some amazing historical pictures of what the city or the building looked like 30, 50 or 100 years ago. And, he integrates those stories perfectly into the day.
One of the most enjoyable parts for me was the opportunity to walk down into the wine cellar of Soby's restaurant. Probably not part of a normal visit to Soby's for dinner, but it was one of those memorable activities that only happens when a history buff and a restaurant group join together to create a fun afternoon of exploring the tastes and history of Greenville.
|DeboraHerman||Sat, Aug 29 1:30 PM||Female||60-69||Local||Family Without Children|
My husband and I are new to South Carolina and read from a tourist book about the Chef's Table Culinary Tour. We love to cook and meet people, so this was a perfect way for us to get to know some of Greenville's best restaurants. The tour did not disappoint. We will be back again for Zerve's tour, Southern Cooking.
|Mikahjones||Sat, Aug 29 1:30 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
We chose this tour as part of a bachelorette party. It was great!
|KenLuba||Sat, Aug 22 1:30 PM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
We had such an enjoyable afternoon on our tour. John was very knowledgable about the area and provided great details about the history of Greenville. John was very attentive to culinary needs and provided non alcoholic beverages throughout the tour to the various restaurants to those who requested it. A fun way to visit Greenville!!
A unique experience
|acwatt||Tue, Aug 18 6:00 PM||Female||50-59||Local||Group of Friends|
The tour was very enjoyable and with the exception of one restaurant the food was fantastic. I will say that I expected time at each restaurant with each chef and that was not the case. Soby's on the Side provided the best experience as far as the chef was concerned. At the other restaurants the chef came out for a one minute explanation of the food and left. The Lazy Goat was a huge disappointment. The food was dry and tasteless and clearly had been sitting under a heat lamp for some time before we arrived.
The tour guide/owner is fantastic and very personable.
So if you are looking to be able to sample some food and drink from a few downtown restaurants and learn some history of Greenville this is for you. If you are expecting to spend time with the chefs from each restaurant and that is what is most important to you then this is not for you.
Great food - Fun for couples or groups!
|rondelbell||Tue, Aug 18 6:00 PM||Female||50-59||Local||Group of Friends|
Great time with great food! We really enjoyed the food and accompanying drinks. Our host was very knowledgeable about the downtown area and pointed out local history. One restaurants serving was not good at all but the others were great. Definitely will do again!
|TLDICKSON||Tue, Aug 18 6:00 PM||Female||50-59||Local||Couple on a Date|
The tour was excellent, highly recommend! We learned things about Greenville that we didn't know and we have lived here all our lives. Will definitely do it again in the future.
- What is a Greenville Culinary Tour?
- We offer individual and group tours year-round, bringing people who love food and adventure together for special walking tours to Greenville’s best eating establishments. Tours are focused on food and drink tastings, but also include aspects of Greenville's history, architecture and culture.
- Where do I go on a Greenville Culinary Tour?
- Each tour covers restaurants found in the Central Business District of downtown Greenville. If you’re passionate about food, what you see, and who you meet, you will love participating in Greenville Culinary Tours. You will enjoy multiple cuisines on each tour.
- How long in advance can tickets be purchased?
- Tickets must be purchased in advance before 10 a.m. the day of the event. Because preparations must be made ahead of time by the restaurants, we will not be able to provide refunds after a purchase is made. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone.
- What kind of places do we go to on the tour?
- Tours cover places to eat from Greenville’s high-end restaurants to bistros with casual dining. We will stop at anywhere from 4-5 different places and spend 20-30 minutes at each location (depending on the tour). Our tours are a combination of eating, socializing, learning about foods and ingredients and their preparation, special access to behind-the-scenes places, sightseeing, and history. You will meet people and access places that you would never get to on a normal dining experience.
- How much will I eat during the course of the tour?
- The food served will essentially be constituted of four appetizer sized portions of food and a dessert. The amount of food received on the tour will be the equivalent of a full meal for most people. Whatever you are not able to finish you can take home with you.
- Will drinks be provided?
- Yes, tastes of hand-crafted drinks (every stop will offer non-alcoholic options and some alcoholic options may also be offered) are included in the price and are available at multiple stops throughout the tour. You may also purchase drinks at the restaurants' bars or from the servers. Certain drinks can be a great compliment to dishes you will try and servers can make suggestions for proper pairings at your request. Non-alcoholic tours for private groups may be scheduled upon request.
- Do we know where we will be eating?
- The standard venues for the "At the Chef's Table" tour will be Soby's on the Side, Nose Dive, The Lazy Goat, Soby's New South Cuisine, and Passarelle Bistro. Occasionally another venue may take the place of one of these.
- What about special dietary needs?
- If you have food allergies or have special dietary requests (vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.), you must specify your needs clearly in a Message to the seller at the time of purchasing tickets. Not all tours and/or venues will be able to accommodate special dietary requests. Generally, the food served is meant to cater to people who enjoy a wide variety of tastes, styles, and fresh ingredients of cooking.
- What should I wear?
- Nice casual or business casual clothing is appropriate. High-heels are discouraged for ladies as we will be walking from location to location. In the summer and winter months, dress appropriately as we will spend a total of about 40 minutes outside between venues.
- What is the minimum and maximum capacity for culinary tours?
- All tours have a minimum requirement of six people and a maximum limit of twenty people. If only five or less people are signed up the day before a tour is scheduled, we will try to reschedule you or the tour will be canceled and ticket charges will be refunded.
- How much walking will there be?
- Restaurants will all be within a 1/4 mile total radius. This is a part walking tour and you will learn about the rich history of Greenville between and at each location as part of your experience.
- Are there age restrictions for the tours?
- Yes, the tour may not be appropriate for small children. Generally, children above twelve years old are most appropriate for the tour. We also welcome parents to bring infants under 1 year of age at no extra charge. Note that strollers are discouraged since there are stairs and multiple levels at each venue, so a Bjorn would be ideal for infants.
- Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
- The nature of some of the special access portions of the tour might involve stair-only access. There are also a number of historic buildings without elevator or lift access. Unfortunately, wheelchair access will not be possible to accommodate on this tour.
- Are tours offered in inclimate weather?
- Tours will be held rain, snow or shine. Please bring your own umbrella in case of the possibility of rain. Portions of the tour normally held outside will be minimized and brought indoors.
- Can you accommodate private group tours?
- Private group tours of up to 20 people outside of regularly scheduled tour times can be arranged with advanced notice of two weeks, based on availability. If interested, click on the "Contact GVLTours" link to make a request.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
- Yes! Culinary tours are great gifts to give year-round for birthdays, anniversaries, birthday and Christmas presents, etc. In order to purchase a gift certificate, please contact Greenville History Tours directly at 864-567-3940. Payments can be made by check or cash only. We can send the gift certificate to you by mail for your convenience.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- Tour may not be appropriate for small children.
- Generally, children above 12 years old are most appropriate for the tour. Parents may bring infants under 1 year of age at no charge (no ticket required), but all other children over 1 year of age must have a ticket in order to attend. Note that strollers are discouraged since there are stairs and multiple levels at each venue.
Greenville History Tours
Some of the city's top chefs will dazzle you with their delicious culinary creations.