CQ's
CQ's

CQ's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cqsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8436712779
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Seven Days, 5:30pm - 10:00pm






    June - November:



    Open Seven Days, 5:30pm - 10:00pm






    December - February:



    Open Seven Days, 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Eric Thompson 8436712779

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from CQ's
Nestled amidst the ancient, moss draped oaks in Harbour Town, CQ's combines great fun, fine dining and a touch of Hilton Head Island history. CQ's has the feeling of an old, cozy, and comfortable inn. Heart-of-pine floors, wooden mantle pieces, stained glass, and the photographs and memorabilia of the Lowcountry culture all contribute to the charm that has made CQ's the place to dine since 1973. Inspired by the abundant varieties of fresh seafood, beef and game available. Our chef creates dishes that are best described as contemporary American with classic influences. Recognized for having the most extensive wine list on Hilton Head Island, CQ's offers more than 400 wine selections with over 70 poured by the glass.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
CQ's reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (48)special occasion (48)fit for foodies (43)neighborhood gem (42)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (11)good for groups (10)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Not bad but not worth the price. We had the salmon with spinach risotto. Salmon was over cooked and risotto was soupy. Overall food was not bad, for the expense I would have expected a higher quiality and a better ambiance. Restaurant was very poorly lit and just felt dark and gloomy.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good experience
    HHIvisitor
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The restaurant was a little hard to find because our phone GPS took us to a nearby area and the signage isn't very clear. However, we found it by walking around and eventually locating it. The atmosphere was charming and romantic. Food was excellent. Our server was not very friendly, but luckily for us, that's not our top priority. We will probably return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • oldie but goodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of Hilton Head's oldest restaurants and our first visit. Intimate and historical place on Sea Pines. Our server Nicky was very attentive and informative about the menu and telling us about the plates on the wall and some of the signatures from people who visited. The pork belly appetizer was outstanding. The swordfish, shrimp and grits and tuna all fantastic. It was a birthday celebration and they sent out a complimentary dessert with Happy Birthday written in chocolate and we all had chocolate martinis (outstanding!) as our dessert so this was a bonus. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CQ's Delightful Evening
    1happydiner
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Rustic restaurant on the outside, Charming restaurant inside. Food was excellent, service friendly and attentive.Ours was a romantic evening, but also good for smaller groups. Nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just excellent!
    JoanjpsVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is a place worth saving your funds if on a limited budget. The food was unusual but excellently prepared. Steaks and chops are quite thick and tender. Wait staff accommodating, attentive, and wishing to create a pleasant encounter. Would definitely visit again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a winner!
    UpscaleDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Never a disappointment. We took our friend here and it was wonderful all the way around. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best on Hilton Head
    2sickoffluffVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our favorite spot on Hilton Head is CQ's. Set in an old house in Harbour Town the ambiance and service is top notch. the food choices are varied and never disappoint. They have a broad wine list and fair prices. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Dining
    Cheermom
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Professional service and outstanding food. Delightful, historic dining in Harbour Town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did it again
    Local001
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Wanted a special night out with good friends, and CQ's delivered! Got a booth, which is always fun; got great service-not pushy, there when needed and helpful. Had the scallop special and was a pleasing presentation and cooked to perfection. Scallops can be a challenge but these were prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vacation
    Mike
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything was excellent, have been coming for years never disappointed, great location staying at the inn hope to be back next year
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No southern hospitality here
    REKCKKVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Arrived for our reservation and we were asked if we would like a table or a booth. We decided on a table, however , after being seated we asked if we might move to the empty booth across from us. We wre then told it was not available. Watching it sit empty for the next 45 minutes really spoiled what was to be a nice evening. The arrogant attitude of the hostess was truly the deciding factor of our experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always love CQ's
    Louie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food and sitting in the middle room provides great ambiance.....always love it here. (Try not to be seated at the tables at the bar if your goal is a quiet table--there is a TV, a bar and being near the hostess stand that make this front room /bar area less desireable than other places at this unusual restaurant). We've been to CQ's many times and always get a great meal ! The duck is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • comfortable. venerable.
    avocatVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The live oak forest surrounding the restaurant is worth the visit. The diners seem to have been coming for generations.Our server knew the food. The portions were huge. Too much. The Mahi dish was just ok.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Mictom
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and chose to book a reservation at CQ's because of the positive critic reviews we read. The food was great, but the service by our waiter was best described as disinterested and catch-as-catch-can. A downer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    Sunniebun
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Food was wonderful and our server was very pleasant. Will definitely look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and comfortable
    KphjrVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    If you want a nice quiet night try CQs. Delicious shrimp and grits, chowder and pork chop!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner of our girls trip!
    girlsjustwannadine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    What a great dining experience. Everything about our meal was wonderful, starting with cocktails and ending with dessert. There were 4 of us and everyone ordered different entrees and all were delicious and unique. You must save room for the delictable desserts! Can't say enough good things about our server Bernie. What a great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CQ's is always great!
    HHITomVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    CQ's remains our favorite restaurant on Hilton Head Island. The food is always consistent and the staff is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • About the restaurant
    pixelman
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We found this restaurant 2 years ago and just loved it. The food is outstanding and the service couldn't be better. By far one of the best Restaurants we have ever eaten at and maybe the best in Hilton Head. If you haven't dined there you need to! You will not be disappointed. It is very quaint and interesting with a great staff. Ina cute historic house as well! That about sums it up!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I wish they offered refunds!
    Kimberly
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We arrived (2 adults & 2 children) for the early seating to enjoy the Tasting Menu. The server greeted us and seemed rather pleasant UNTIL we mentioned we would ordering from the Tasting Menu. After that everything went down hill, our food was average AT BEST. I ordered the chowder & shrimp and grits (VERY BLAND.) My sister-in-law ordered the chowder and lobster pasta (the lobster was horribly tough.) One child ordered grilled chicken with a sauce that she did not care for at all. We made our server aware, and he said that was too bad and proceeded to walk away. The other child ordered pizza and was served a FROZEN pizza, really, at this fine dining establishment? Spending $130 for average is unacceptable. We will never return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but bad room
    westwoodking
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Some of the best food on the island. Not ideal for groups larger than 9-10 unfortunately. We had group of 9 adults and 3 children and were stuck in a back room with poor lighting and a noisy window unit AC. Would have been suited with a better table arrangement in that room or a long table set up else where in the restaurant. Thus ambience and service ratings will suffer on this trip. Regardless the food was wonderful as usual. Great bar creations as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Perfect Dinner
    UpscaleDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It's not too often you can say that everything was perfect, but this is one of those times. The food was perfectly prepared with a wonderful presentation. The Tuna dinner was exquisite, as was the duck dinner - although, it would have been better if it was 1/2 duck instead of 1/4. Nevertheless, both meals were wonderful. The chef prepares a little secret appetizer to get the meal started. Our server was very attentive and seem to show up just at the right times. The ambiance could not be nicer and is extremely relaxing. We highly recommend this place for perfect balance between great food and nice ambiance - the make their quests feel welcomed and appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delivers!
    Leeman72
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Enjoyed our meal as usual.....well informed wait staff and the best pork soup special. Never bad always as expected........good food and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone Down
    Debbie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I ordered shrimp and grits and it was rather bland. The shrimp was almost 'undercooked' and the grits were just basic. My grandsons' steak was tough. I ate at CQs about 10 years ago and it was something to remember...this time it was average....with a large price.
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    IpreferRed
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My wife and I decided to eat at CQ's for our 20th anniversary. Everything was perfect. We started with a bottle of Caymus and a great appetizer. I had the Ahi and she had the Swordfish, both were perfect. Our waitress was great. We ended the night with outstanding crème brulee which was served with a "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • most excellent dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    perfect dinner to start our week off at Hilton Head we were seated at the time of our reservation our waiter was knowledgeable the food was fantastic had a unusual blueberry soup that was out of this world i will go back here every time i am in Hilton Head
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Good
    Dinerbychoice
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food is hit and miss. We usually eat there every year however we have did not have good service this year. And the food was just fair. Normally it is outstanding. It was probably just am off night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet time!
    RDTennessee
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What a great way to end a great week in HHI! We enjoyed everything at CQ's and have decided it is going to be a new tradition upon our return to HHI. Our service and server "Bernie" rocked!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early tasting at CQs
    Tastytipper
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The early tasting was a pleasant surprise. Three courses including generous but not too large portions of soup or salad, main course and dessert. The lobster seafood bisque, salmon, shrimp and grits and bread pudding were outstanding. Nod to the chef.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal! Exceptional Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We come to CQ's every year on our vacation. As always, the wood was amazing and the service (Bernie) was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CQ
    hhdineVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I am a island local been to CQ's multiple times over 15 years. Great dinner house experience . Service was professional and attentive. Food quailty was excellent . Strongly recomend ahi tuna
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant
    Halabit
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    CQ's is our favorite restaurant on Hilton Head Island! We celebrate our anniversary every year here and will continue to do so. The menu is varied, the food is excellent and the staff is second to none. Our favorite dishes are the “Butchers Block” Prime Pork Chop and the seared Ahi Tuna. Bon Appetite, Hal & Bobbie, Lake Norman, NC
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been here before.
    peter
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Always great to have some good food. The homemade vegetarian non menu option was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CQ's
    JerseyGerry13
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Had a great dinner with my son, excellent staff, strongly recommend...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More average this time
    DETZ
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have eaten here before, but this time was disappointing. The duck I got was not up to the standards we usually get from here. I was disappointed in the sauce and the amount of duck. We have gotten duck here in the past and enjoyed it so much. This time, I thought the portion was very skimpy and the sauce too strong.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Must When In Harbour Town
    ChapelHillFoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    CQ's has become a "tradition" when we come to the island and particularly when we are staying in Harbour Town. This year, I made our reservation early so that we could get an early dinner and then head to the marina for our trip out in the sound to observe the fireworks. The meal did not disappoint and met the usual high standards for taste and appearance. The staff is always friendly and helpful which is one reason we come back year after year. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Awesome
    Flip
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We absolutely loved this spot and all thought it was our favorite restaurant of our vacation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Great food in historic setting
    sjbfoodie
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our experience at CQ was wonderful. The age and history of the building adds to the ambiance. Our meals were carefully prepared and presented nicely. The wait staff was knowledgeable and courteous. I will return and would suggest this restaurant to all who enjoy good food, drink and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always!
    Local001
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Have eaten at CQ's on every trip to Hilton Head as the food is excellent and the service is prompt. Over the years, the restaurant has continued to provide an environment that is relaxing and conducive to an enjoyable meal. The wine selection by the glass is not extensive but there are enough choices for any paring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    VTmom
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Tried this place on a whim during our trip to Hilton Head and Savannah -- probably the best food we ate. Even the teens liked it! Fabulous presentation on the salads (wedge with bacon, and a tomato/mozzarella). Swordfish was melt in your mouth. Shellfish was good. Nifty flavored butters presented on a cold stone. Great service. Nice experience for all. Only drawback was that we were seated in a side room with two large parties..it was pretty noisy. So if you are looking for a more romantic experience be mindful of the seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.