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CQ's, Hilton Head Island, SC

CQ's

4.6
4.6
2623 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 671-2779

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party contact

    Eric Thompson: (843) 671-2779

  • Neighborhood

    Hilton Head Island

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,623 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Carolina

    Contemporary American

  • Hilton Head

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hilton Head

    Healthy

  • Hilton Head

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. Service was amazing, our server
  2. CB

    CarolineB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening outside. Delicious food and great ambiance!! Nice wait staff.
  3. DE

    DELA

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at CQ’s. I enjoyed their signature pork chop. Best I’ve ever had. My wife enjoyed their grilled shrimp. Good portion sizes and prices were in line with the high season resort area. Not bad at all. Service was excellent and attentive.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Overall a nice place. No complaints and nothing wrong with any part. Always happy to pay for a high quality meal, just wasn’t quite to the level compared to the cost. Would definitely go again just not often considering the many choices in the area.
  5. C

    Clint

    Indiana

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food , service and ambiance!
  6. T

    Tammyzel

    Naples

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time experience! Would definitely go back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ellie our waitress was wonderful. Made our dinner experience most enjoyable.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family time together on vacation
  9. AR

    AnyaR

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve never been so happy with a meal! Loved the waitress Claudia she was attentive and accommodating but most of all friendly loved it!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had wonderful food and our waiter, Angelo, was awesome!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Only wish they provided a birthday dessert at no charge.
  12. c

    carolynz

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our Server Peter was great! Chicken, pork chop, scallops and lobster ravioli was good!
  13. KH

    KendraH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good but it was uncomfortably hot inside the restaurant.
  14. B

    Babs

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food is always among the very tops on the island. Service also consistently very good. Close quarters and if youngsters are around it can get loud especially on back enclosed porch. A long time family favorite for special occasions.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. I had the seafood pasta and my wife has salmon and we both enjoyed them
  16. H

    Hungary

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great restaurant for both couples and families. The food is simply awesome and the servers were very efficient. Pricing may be a little high for large families, but the overall value is great.
  17. t

    tank1

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful and our waiter Peter was very attentive and did a great job!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved my Carolina trout and she crab soup. May, our server was polite and very attentive to us.
  19. KC

    KimC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose, our waiter, was wonderful. Dining was wonderful Excellent place Will be back next year when we visit again… Love this place
  20. SP

    SaraP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pork chop was outstanding! We went with a 2 and a 5 year old and they were extremely accommodating. They got us in an out quickly without feeling rushed! 10 out of 10!

    CQ'sResponded on August 2, 2022Hi Sara. Thank you so much for taking the time to give CQ's your feedback-- and for the 5 Star Review! We hope that you'll join us again soon!

  21. DH

    DanH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time, enjoyed the atmosphere and food was amazing!
  22. DH

    DavidH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner and great service. Will be back for sure.
  23. AB

    AnnaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    It was an ok experience. The greeter seemed unhappy to see us. The sever was very difficult to understand. The food was ok but not outstanding. Probably won’t come back and won’t recommend it.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love CQ’s. I have been going there since 1975. Back then we were vacationers, now we are island residents, and CQ’s never disappoints. Our waitress, Elenor, was absolutely wonderful, and the food was fantastic as usual. CQ’s is unquestionably one of the very best restaurant experiences on the Island.
  25. R

    Rookierua

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Fried tomatoes were overwhelmed by huge glob of cheese concoction on each slice. Special was good not great. We ate outside harassed by flies.
  26. F

    Fabuloso

    Charleston

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was our first time at CQ’s. I love the building its in as it has character. The wait staff was attentive. The food was really good!! We will return.
  27. LB

    LindaB

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All excellent! We live CQ’s
  28. RC

    RCJR

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our first visit and we were not disappointed! The only complaint I have is that the restaurant was very warm. We will definitely be returning.
  29. FM

    FaithM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We frequently come to CQ’s when in town!! Excellent food and service! The crab cakes and seafood pasta are both excellent! Only suggestion would be a change in dessert options.
  30. CB

    CynthiaB

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Unfortunately this is our first time and most likely our last time dining at CQ’s. We are a family of five, children are all adults and we were seated in a small room with large parties with small children dominating and singing children songs and such… Not quite the fine dining experience we were looking for. I understand this is a resort area so we can overlook that based on what was available. The worst thing quite honestly were the cocktails they provided… For such a high caliber restaurant the drinks were sadly sub par with not even using the proper accompaniment in certain drinks…throwing a maraschino cherry in a Manhattan which the waiter came back and placed it in the drink with his fingers after initially serving the drink without the cherry… I ordered an old fashioned and received it full of ice like they would serve a Coke. I removed the majority of the ice otherwise in about 10 minutes I would be drinking an extremely watered down old-fashioned…Very strange experience. The actual dinner food was “fine” but there are too many other restaurants on the island that far exceed this one.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aniversary
  32. J

    Johng

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to CQ's which was excellent. The reviews are accurate, you need to have dinner with them when you're in Hilton Head.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great overall experience. Excellent service. The she crab soup was amazing (kids and adults loved it), Caesar Salad was awesome. The entrees were hit or miss - the seafood pasta was excellent, however the lobster ravioli(daily special) was bland and lacking in flavor… should be much better at a place like CQ’s. We will return but will be weary about specials.
  34. G

    George

    Charleston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was excellent. Peter our servicer was terrific. Very attentive and personable. Very enjoyable experience.
  35. L

    Lr13

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice dinner.. the calamari was not good, very fishy. Pork chop was delicious, friend enjoyed the scallops. Our server outside was adorable and very attentive
  36. P

    Purpledragon

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    It was fine. Not great. Not poor. Fine. Over priced for the meal and experience. I am so glad to at we did not eat outside-there was a horrible smell that was immediately noticeable when we open our car doors.
  37. CS

    CharlesS

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The quality of the food was excellent. The waiter may have been waiting on too many tables because he came around to offer salt and pepper after we had eaten half of our appetizers and again when we received our entre he came when we were half finished. However, the food was so good, we actually didn't need either.
  38. KV

    KimV

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience in every way! Thank you!
  39. GM

    GMOT

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food all throughout the meal. The restaurant is a historic treasure and such a pleasure to visit. The function of “service” was fine but it was quite evident that the server was not well oriented to the cuisine nor the patrons
  40. C

    Cavalier

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really quaint spot tucked away on HHI. It’s more fine dining than other spots so be prepared for the prices and the ambiance to go with it. Good selection of wines and cocktails. Food was great, although my wife did not like the chicken. Outside of that, we enjoyed it!

FAQs

CQ's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 671-2779.

CQ's is rated 4.6 stars by 2623 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Google Map for CQ's

140A Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Hilton Head Island

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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