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  • Address:
    140A Lighthouse Lane
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
    Hilton Head
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

CQ's Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cqsrestaurant.com
  • Email: manager@cqsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (843) 671-2779
  • 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 (843) 671-2779

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This one of the few restaurants in Hilton Head that are really worth going to. CQ's is a wonderful restaurant with very good, local seafood. They source local seafood whenever possible and are one of the only places on the island that do this. For an upscale restaurant they were also very kid friendly. We have had a great experience every time when have been there and the food and service have always been top notch. Best dining on the island and always a pleasure to eat there."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great place for an outstanding diner. Food and service A+"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening with good food and especially good service. A trip to Sea Pines always includes dinner at CQs!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Thanks for a special evening and the server could not have been better for our family. He was great with our 5 and 6 year old and the food was tremendous as always.Thanks again!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Setting is rustic with a unique history. Food is fresh, modern, playful and consistent. Service provided by Bernie is outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Choose this place for a nice dinner with your spouse. Not really kid friendly in my book but ideal place for adults."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The salmon/cucumber mousse was just a hint of things to come! Food was even more amazing. We hadn't been to HHI in several years and had actually forgotten about this gem in Sea Pines. After playing golf, we took a ride and on our way back by the golf course remembered. So glad we did! From the appetizers to dessert all four of us were so impressed. Service was great and such an interesting building."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Good, albeit predictable food. Nice venue, old house feel. Nice wines by the glass. Would go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Always excellent in the 20 or so times we have been there over the last 20 years and didn't disappoint this time."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our meal at CQs but it was our server, Kristen, who bumped our enjoyment of the meal into the realm of perfection. She was funny, attentive, and efficient , chatting with us while carrying out her duties to a Tee."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Quaint atmosphere, sophisticated ambiance. Excellent food choices"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "First time we dined there but went back 2 nights later since we enjoyed it so much. We will definitly go back"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "CQ's is a neat restaurant, casual atmosphere and great food. We have been twice recently, both times services was excellent and the food was very good. Would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area, especially if you are staying in Sea Pines, the best restaurant in that area."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Intimate atmosphere with interesting & varied menu of fresh ingredients. Wine list & drinks are expensive & extensive. Although no scenery it is in the popular Harbor Town area of Hilton Head. Interesting, high quality cuisine in a bust tourist area."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The service was terrible. Very slow. The waiter brought the wrong wine ( not the one we ordered), which we sent back, the salad course was not served as requested and served to the wrong people at the table, the rolls were forgotten, and when we requested them as our entrees were served, we were asked" for everyone?" They came out too hot to touch ( microwaved) and when they cooled, were as hard as a rock. Three of the entries were OK, but not very warm. The chicken tasted like it had been cooked earlier, then microwaved. It was lukewarm. The vegetables served with it were mush. The server apologized for every mistake, but he never checked on us, and avoided eye contact. Extremely long wait between arrival, drinks and ordering."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have eaten CQ's many times before, usually in the summer when we are staying at Sea Pines in Harbour Town. It has never disappointed. We were at Hilton Head so I could run the inaugural Hilton Head Marathon. This time, however, we were staying outside of Sea Pines and there are many choices that beckon outside the gate of Sea Pines. We chose to drive to Harbour Town to catch the sunset and then a "rewarding" meal at CQ's. As is typical, it lived up to our previous experiences. Our server was great, the food outstanding. We had the Chowder, the Chef's Special (an encrusted flounder) and took our bread pudding dessert with us for later. When we are in Hilton Head for a week we always make it a point to eat at CQ's."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Even though we've stayed in Sea Pines many, many times over many, many years, this was our first trip to CQ's. Loved the ambience of the old home, and the attentive service. Great menu selections, and even though it isn't particularly kid/family focused, they were able to accomodate our younger children as well as our teenagers. The food was excellent, rave reviews for the steaks and duck, and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have stayed in Sea Pines a number of times but never dined at CQs. We were seated promptly upon arrival. We split the daily special shrimp appetizer; it was remarkable!. I wish I could go back for that alone. My husband and I also split a wedge salad that had a nice twist. Our entrees were very good as well. Service was good and attentive. I couldn't have been more impressed. it was our best dining experience of the week."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a reservation and the hostess was going to sit us at a table. We asked for a booth and she kindly accommodated. The downturn was our server. She was loud and made us feel rushed. It seemed like every time I put my fork down, she was there asking if I was done. Not the nice relaxing dinner we were hoping for."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have not stayed in the Sea Pines resort area before so I was looking for a nice place for Valentines Day dinner. I read a few reviews about CQ's and made reservation. The restaurant is only a short distance from the Harbour Town lighthouse. All of the staff seemed very friendly and helpful. I had a boneless 10 oz pork chop and my wife had salmon. Both dishes were very good and our waitress kept the evening at a leisurely pace which we enjoyed. We both thought the restarant had character."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentines Day Dinner and had a lovely time. The restaurant had the low country feel but the menu was quite sophisticated. Our server helped make the meal ideal. we will return in the very near future."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "CQ's is located in a private area in Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island. We visit 4-5 times a year and it is always exceptional for both the menu and the ambiance"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "An older restaurant situated in the oaks in Harbour Town in Sea Pines proved to be well worth the trip. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. The server didn't arrive quite as quickly but was pleasant and attentive when not taking care of a group at the next table. The food and drinks arrived in good order and the food was outstanding. We will definitely return to dine here on our next trip to Hilton Head."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We've visited CQ's before and always have enjoyed our meals there. The service was good as always. The NY strip steak was good as were the salmon, pork chop and chowder. My husband got the swordfish and liked it (a bit dry though) but not as much as he liked the tuna which he has ordered on previous visits. However, he really liked the wedge salad. The garden salad was enhanced by a very good dressing. We'll go to CQ's again when we next visit Hilton Head!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Having been visiting Hilton Head for over 20 years and never stopped by this hidden gem. We decided to try this week and were pleasantly surprised by the ambience, service and quality of food. This is now going to be one of our favorite places. Can't wait to visit during heritage week to sit outside and enjoy a great meal/drinks with friends."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Love the atmosphere and leisurely pace. Food was fresh and enjoyed every course!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We were not waiting for such a great restaurant in Hilton Head Island! CQ's was one of the best dinners in our entire trip. I highly recommend the duck and the bread pudding. Delicious! The service was perfect, and the location of the restaurant is awesome, close to the lighthouse, in the middle of a high-class residential area."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Being restaurant week in Hilton Head, there were so many restaurants to chose from, but we went to our old standby CQ's. We had the most enjoyable evening! The restaurant week menu was fabulous, as was the food. The duck mousse pate and brie appetizer was to die for. There was a very nice selection of entree's, I had the Flat Iron Steak and my wife had the whole fried Flounder - both exceptional flavor as well, except the flat iron steak was just a hair chewy - hence the 4 star rating on the food. Lastly we had the dessert - the bread pudding and the crème brule - both excellent as well. Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy this fine restaurant during restaurant week at the very least - but any other time you wouldn't be disappointed either."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent, especially the salmon. Bernie's service was impeccable. Great restaurant."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Good food, good service and pleasant atmosphere. All was wonderful except for the cat in the front porch. I am not a fan of cats, and don't appreciate having one greet me when I go out to eat."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Our dining experience, as usual, was very good. Food and service was excellent. We always enjoy dining at CQ's. It's relaxed and cozy with friendly service and very good food and wine."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "My mom took me here for the first time and the food was very good and the setting was very unique i just felt it was a little dark"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We dined on New Year's Day arriving at 5:30, and were offered the early bird menu along with the regular dinner menu. We decided to take advantage of the 3 course special menu but also shared the Sweet Red Beet and Arugula Salad and the Lamb Lollipop starters which we had enjoyed on our previous visit. The early bird menu was a good way to sample some of the regular menu items at a greatly reduced price. Appetizers were good but the entrees were obviously set up banquet style so did not do justice to the dishes. Desserts offered were the bread pudding of the day (Pumpkin/White Chocalate), house made sorbet (strawberry or pear), or house made peppermint icecream. The pear sorbet and icecream were excellent."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "CQ's continues its reputation as one of the best Hilton Head restaurants. From the interesting building to the great food and service, this restaurant is a treasure."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "not many restaurants were open for Christmas dinner, so we made reservations here. What a wonderful find! service was excellent and food was fabulous. we definitely will recommend and return if we are back in Hilton Head."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The food was fantastic. Four of us got fish and all were very fresh, paired well with seasonings, and vegetable offerings. We loved our Christmas dinner this year!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "CQ's has great good and ambiance. This restaurant is quaint and the food is unique and very tasty."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "CQ's is always good. The food is great. Service is friendly and efficient. We love to dine at CQ's."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We have been going to CQs for many years when we're in Hilton Head. The food remains excellent and the service fantastic. A very intimate place to eat. We had a wonderful experience again"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Very nice restaurant with great food and view. We have dined here many times and the food and service has always been first rate."
    Dined on 12/11/2013