CQ's

4.7
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1678 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I’ve been here before and it was a great experience, however this time it was not great. Food was mediocre and it was a special evening as we just got engaged. Totally go back, just a little off.

JC
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately upon arrival at our reservation time. Beverage orders were taken soon after and delivered in a timely manner. Martinis were made to perfection. Our server returned to take our dinner orders with rushing us. The salads were delicious as were all the entrees. I would recommend this restaurant highly.

BG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I usually love CQ"S.
Unfortunately, on this particular night part of the food we ordered was sub par.
We ordered the risotto and the pork chop to be shared between the two of us. The risotto was delicious. The pork chop was not. It was so heavily salted that after 2 bites I could not eat it. Reduced too far?
(Even my husband, who can eat salt - noticed it. Me- I got sick later that nite - salt can do that to you).
We also had the cream for dessert - the end of the ice cream had that "cardboard test" that usually indicated that it had been sitting in the container just a tad to long.
We will be back- just won't order the pork.

BT
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite dining spots on Hilton Head. Food is amazing. The service is stellar. Great special occasion restaurant or just to dine with friends.

KO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

B
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Our waitress Jules was attentive without being intrusive and very nice. The food was excellent. We will definitely be back. Great Cosmopolitan too!

G
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Jen was a great server!

D
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food.

BB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pork chop dinner was excellent.
Nice quiet restaurant for upscale dining without upscale pricing.
Live the bar area but did not have the opportunity to spend time there on this visit.

D
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat upstairs with our friends and it was quiet so we could visit. Our waitress was terrific from start to finish.

J
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Waitress excellent; food very good; noise level high; table poorly located in high traffic area.

AS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little hide away on Hilton Head in Harbor Town in Sea Pines in a old historic building. Was referred by a friend as a hidden gem and he was correct! The food was excellent and we met another couple and had a bottle of wine and drinks was very relaxed and the server was very attentive without being annoying.

IG
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CQs never fails to deliver. Wonderful drinks at the bar and fabulous food and wine at our table. Service is always outstanding from the minute you walk into the door until you leave with complimentary homemade cookies to eat on the way home.

S
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CQ's made our anniversary dinner special. We appreciate the service and special attention.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I booked a table for two at 6:30pm. The restaurant called and told me they did not have a table until 7:15. We were on time and were not seated until 7:50. No apology was given. The food was excellent and table service was perfect. The hostess needs improvement.

OT
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE dinner was great!

GS
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for New Year's Eve. The restaurant is in Sea Pines development at Harbor Town and is in a quaint cabin built in 1970. The floors are heart pine, from the 19th century and are beautiful. The New Year's menu had limited options but all of the food we chose was delicious.

RN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

CQ's was a total disappointment. The food was ok at best. The cost was outrageous for the food that was served. 1 Star out of 5.

OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and food, just a tad expensive. We'll be back!

r
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and unique location.

JH
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the mushroom risotto and had the grouper which was wonderful. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their meals.

j
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I changed reservation on OT to earlier and when arrived the hostess seated us at a VERY small table with MANY booths empty. She said that it was because we changed the reservation. We stayed at the "punishment" table and the larger tables and booths ALL remained available the while time we were there!! One table arrangement setup was changed while we were there obviously for a walk in!!
Hostess was very rude and snarky about it! so much for being an open table VIP at THIS restaurant!!

M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and we make sure we eat there every time we visit!! We love not only the food and service but the atmosphere!!

LD
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful holiday decorations we had a very short wait with our reservation lovely setting service was superb Cody is the perfect server food was delicious

DK
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very nice dinner, but we were very tired after traveling all day. A lot of extra charges and a most unexpected charge of getting into the area that restaurant was located and not being from the area we had no idea.

DB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend CQ. The food, service, and ambience was great. We plan to make reservations to CQ for Christmas Day Dinner next year when we return to Hilton Head Island again!

JP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had reservations for Christmas dinner. The service was great. The food was very good. It was a very good experience.

KH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delightful dining experience. Staff were attentive. Great for special occasions.

NL
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner

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CW
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and served with super food and wine by Kristen! Perfect start to the Christmas festivities.

c
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was Xmas eve and we were seated in the lower level...…….VERY< VERY NOISY!!!
They should put all the LARGE GROUPS together and the smaller tables together
to avoid the "PARTY" voices!

DL
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic menu and wine list.! We enjoyed our meals and Kristen took great care of us. Definitely looking forward to visiting again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Highly recommend.

TV
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at CQ's. Will definitely return.

JM
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We took advantage of a BOGO offer to visit CQs for the first time. It is a lovely building and I liked the good spacing between tables, we did not feel cramped. My one issue was the lighting, but our waitress brought me a small flashlight with which to read the menu. We had great service. I had the pan seared scallops special and my wife had the lobster pasta and both were very good as were the two different soups. I would caution restaurant goers that the prices on the current menu are 20 - 30% higher than the menu on the Open Table site. Were it not for the BOGO special I would consider this to on the expensive side for the dishes we ate.

DL
Charleston
44 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal and great service from Jerica. Definitely one of Hilton Head’s best restaurants. Very nice wine list.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous dinner! The food & service was excellent!

M
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We always enjoy our dinner at CQ's and the BOGO offer makes it an especially good deal.

M
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a quiet meal in an historic setting, we read the history card (available upon request) which gave the evening even more meaning. Jewel, our waitress was patient and great at guiding us thru the menu all the way thru dessert! Highly recommended.

F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful menu with wonderful combinations of ingredients and flavors! Very hospitable and accommodating to special requests. Beaut holiday decor and warm and welcoming environment, our favorite upon each return to Hilton Head!