CQ's

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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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M
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

BM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant on Hilton Head,by far

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family vacation

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences all around the ambiance, the service, and the food were all incredible. First time in Hilton Head, will absolutely be back to cq next time we come

WT
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Called to say we were running a little late (10 min) for our 7:15 reservation. Host said OK.
Arrived at ~7:25 (parking was scarce) and host made no acknowledgement other than to say “just a moment”.
Were seated at a nice table where there were booths in the past.
Waited ‘til main course selection to choose wines. Wife chose salad and bisque entree while I chose short ribs, cautioning our waitress to request “more-meat-than-fat”, please.
Sampled the tri-flavored butter w/ cool, ordinary dinner rolls. Asked server to renew the bread and butter when it was first offered, and needed to remind him later to do so.
When the ribs were served, I tested the meat and found that it was not as I had requested. Our waitress immediately returned it to the kitchen and came back to say it would only be a few minutes.
The replacement was perfect! - as was the warm, fresh bread and butter.
We enjoyed a very nice dinner, topped by the delicious brownie cookies from the hostess station.

S
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I am so disappointed in CQ’s for pulling the lamest tourist trap trick and I can’t believe they stooped to it and I fell for it. I like the place. Have been going there for decades since I was a kid and celebrated some family birthdays there over the years. Happy to pay their overpriced wine prices ($150 for Chappellet Signature, really?) and full prices for average food for years. But charging almost 100% more ($60) for their very average “special” filet than their typical entree’ price without any warning is such a bush-league, tourist trap move that is so beneath them it changes my whole impression of the place. I really couldn’t care less about the money, but the principle offends me. Glad there are so many emerging options on the island so I can permanently take this one off my list.

KF
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Very good food ruined by very poor service. Server said he was giving us 3 types of butters but only 2 were on the plate......so, so quality rolls not warm. When server brought salad and soup we asked for fresh pepper, he said he would get our waitress.......took over 5 minutes while salad sat in front of us. Asked for 2nd round of drinks with dinner but did not get them until meal was almost finished. Sorbet was almost ice and not smooth.
Fan in back room was going too speed blown cold air out door with nobody in the empty room for 45 minutes.
Very, very disappointed to say the least.......we are locals and definitely not at all like past visits!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was subpar. Service was fair at best.

OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A thanksgiving dinner tradition for
My family that does not disappoint.

BW
Charleston
50 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kristin was best ever lol even got berries and whipped cream right

j
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

DP
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual; fabulous. Always go when we’re in Hilton Head.

JH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First timers. We thoroughly enjoyed the early dining menu - chowder, salad & Loch Duarte salmon with the bread pudding for dessert. Excellent meal!

DL
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steaks and a rather nice wine list. Kristen did a very nice job. This is definitely one of Hilton Head’s best restaurants.

BW
Charleston
51 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the ambiance food and service was great, tonight Amber was the one who did such a great job.

DL
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steaks in town! Our table enjoyed the filet and duck entrees. Everything was done to perfection and our cocktails was make perfectly. Definitely looking forward to another visit in the near future. Many thanks to Jules our server for tending to our needs!!

DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at CQ’s was outstanding as always. It is our favorite restaurant on the island!

RR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice spot for a better than average meal.
Service was excellent

B
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CQ’s is our absolute favorite place to eat on the island....hands down! They NEVER disappoint.

KB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jules was our server. She was great. All courses were served in a timely manor.

J
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first meal at CQ's in 1980 on our honeymoon and have eaten there many, many times since. We celebrated our 39th anniversary this past time and the staff was very thoughtful and wanted to make our anniversary special...which they succeeded in doing. The meals were great, the server (Cody) was awesome and the evening perfect. Always a great experience.

AT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Cody we had a great night out with family & friends!

JJ
Richmond
78 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cozy place with amazing, fresh food. I’d love to eat there in the winter!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Felt like the food was overpriced

BB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After several people recommended it, we had dinner at CQ's for the first time recently with 2 friends. All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed every part of our meal. The server was knowledgeable and helpful. The chef accommodated requested changes. We will definitely go back.

S
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

SJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CQs is a gem tucked away in Sea Pines - always lovely setting/ambiance, great specials from the chef, Cody is the BEST server! The specials are creative - and like the fine restaurant that it is, the sides are not the same for every dish! Beautiful presentation and the chocolate martini is a treat!

DL
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak on all of Hilton Head! The pork chop was outstanding as well. Nice wine list. Hoping to return soon. Jerica did an excellent job taking care of us.

BW
Charleston
51 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ad always food service and ambience incredible. Thanks Amber

s
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot in the Sea Pines Resort area of Hilton Head Island. Pleasantly surprised with the ambiance and bar camaraderie. Easy to get to by foot, bicycle or local hotel shuttles

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

very, very noisy that evening
very average food quality: uncooked green beans, uncooked Dauphinoise potatoes, uncooked seabass

DG
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Fabulous !!! We come here every year for our anniversary, never disappoints!!!!

w
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner. We have been celebrating at cq’s for years but also enjoy sitting at the bar for everyday dining.

MT
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We vacation one week on Hilton head island every year and never miss CQ's.
It's always excellent and never disappoints.

JI
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to CQ’s when we were in Sea Pines for our honeymoon 44 years ago. Still going and love it each time we go. Great food and wonderful service.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We started with She Crab soup and it was the best I’ve ever had. For our main courses we had the salmon and chicken dishes. Both were amazing!

J
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and our server, Phoebe was wonderful- professional and knowledgeable.

SS
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cq's is always a treat! The short ribs were melt in your mouth tender and the tuna was delectable; always my favorite! Don't miss out on the chef's daily fruit cobbler!

MC
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great and bar is always hopping. Had a great bottle of Sass wine