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About 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.

140A Lighthouse Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Open Seven Days, 5-9PM

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 671-2779

Website:
http://www.cqsrestaurant.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

CQ's Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
Good for a Date (41)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
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Neighborhood Gem (34)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Cozy (32)
Romantic (30)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Authentic (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Worth the Drive (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Business Meals (14)
Casual (14)
Fun (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Seasonal (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and service! One of our island favorites!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

The scallop special served wtih julienned vegetables and in a butternut squash sauce or puree, which I understand they have frequently, was outstanding. So was the Sheepshead Fish special with a beurre blanc sauce. The Creme Brulee was pretty standard if you like Creme Brulee.

Its an expensive place but worth it for a special meal or night out. Not good for every day dining unless you have a very generous budget or no budget at all.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

A perfect evening. The food was fantastic and our server Debbie did a fine job! CQ’s is a very neat Hilton Head restaurant. Definitely one not to be missed.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fun, Romantic, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The hostess was phenomenal. Our dinner was divine; however, the waitress was not great. She seemed overwhelmed and snippy. She was non responsive and seemed to be very irritable.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was great. One of the best of Hilton Head imo

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fabulous scallops and our waitress was outstanding!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I really enjoyed this restaurant. I booked it based on the reviews, but I thought it was even better than expected! The atmosphere is fantastic, you feel as if you are in an old house. It's cozy but the tables are separated enough to have a private conversation. It was nicely decorated for the holidays with a gigantic Christmas tree. We were pleased with the food and drinks. The service was okay, as usual, slow in "low country" but I think that's a common thing down in SC. Book this restaurant, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of our favorites. Never disappoints. Service is excellent and never feel rushed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We visited here on New Year's weekend on Friday. I made a 515 reservation so we could use their early bird menu(had to be seated between 5 and 530) which was 3 courses for 27 to 29 dollars, a good value for Hilton Head Harbour Town area. We arrived a bit early and were promptly seated with menus and water. It took a few minutes for a waitress to appear and ask for drink orders. When she returned we had to ask for the early bird menu as by now we had perused menus given us and no early bird. We heard two other couples ask also. I feel if you have an early bird special ask if people want that menu. I felt they were hoping you didn't know and would not ask. Other than that the food was delicious, well prepared and served. The service was good and our waitress was very friendly. The building is unique and provides a lovely atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great atmosphere and good food. Service was excellent. Will go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our first time to CQ’s and it was fantastic.
The place is so awesome. The service was great.
Filet was cooked perfectly.
We will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Nice restaurant, and good food. Somewhat over priced. Nice location in Harbor Town.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

CQ's was open for Christmas 2017 dinner and it was excellent. They had a special Christmas week menu, but it didn't really appear that much different than their everyday menu. My wife had the Scallops and she said they were prepared perfectly. I had the Short Rib Wellington which was also excellent. The service was 1st class. Would definitely go again the next time we visit Hilton Head Island.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The restaurant was very busy and our server Debbie didn’t miss a beat! Food was outstanding and a very nice wine list. Will definitely be going back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

As always CQ's hits the mark! We have been coming to HHI since 1978 and now are permanent Sea Pines residents. As long as I can remember CQ's was always on the top of our list. So many wonderful family dining memories! Our recent Christmas Eve dinner was wonderful. She Crab soup, Caesar salad and the crabmeat stuffed flounder were wonderful. Great wine list and a creme brulee! Our waitress Jules was exceptional as well. You can ALWAYS count on a wonderful dining experience!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The biggest "plusses" for CQ's are the food quality, its presentation, and good service. All of those were top notch and make this a worthwhile dining experience. While it's understood that some of the draw to this spot is the history and older age of the property (considering that it's on Hilton Head), I would say that some parts of the property could use a freshening up while maintaining the history. This is an expensive place to go, and so I rate the overall experience only 3 stars for "value" given the balance of good and bad points.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Probably the best dinner that we’ve had on Hilton Head so far. The butter nut squash soup was amazing, as well as all of the desserts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Very nice restaurant. We live on Hilton Head Island and have eaten at CQ's several times. It is a favorite of ours.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We always enjoy CQs and this visit was no exception. We started with the calamari putanesca which was spicier than expected but met our needs as we enjoy spicy food. Which each chose the Seared Tuna for the entry and have to say it was among the best we have had. Excellent preparation and accompaniments. We almost ordered an extra one to go! We ended with a key lime pie that nicely finished our meal. I also want to recommend the white bordeaux that is on the by the glass menu. It was a nice choice with the tuna.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Outstanding service and food. Kristen did an awesome job serving our party

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

From the moment we were greeted at the door until we left, the ambiance and service were superb. Our server was respectful and knowledgeable. Our meal was delicious from the appetizers to the bread pudding for dessert. The tuna was outstanding and perfectly prepared with my tuna almost raw to my dinner partners' cooked a little more. The pork chop was delicious, too. We can't wait to return!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

First time visiting CQ'S. My wife and I spend 3 to 5 weeks a year in Hilton Head and usually go to our favorite places. Finally decided to give this place a try. Has definitely become one of our favorites and will go back again this week with some family. Great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

CQ’s never disappoints!! Great food, service, and atmosphere. Looking forward to returning. Codi is an outstanding server!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved the food all the way down to the decaf coffee!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good service; friendly, attentive, personnel; food was nothing to brag about.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

A favorite for special occasions, a quick bite at the bar and everything in between. The tuna is my go-to entree- simply divine!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is It is one of the restaurants you have to go to here. It is unique and a delightful dining experience, plus the food is equal to the best on the island.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was delicious and the staff was very attentive & pleasant! We had a wonderful time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent meal - only one recommendation. The server that brought our food to the table was not friendly at all. He brought our food - promptly "dropped" our food in front of us and left quickly. This happened each time - at the appetizer, main course and dessert. It was noticeably a cool approach. Our wait staff (who took our order; checked on us) was lovely and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had Thanksgiving dinner while on vacation.
The food was excellent and the ambiance welcoming. We certainly will book a reservation the next time we are in Hilton Head

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very nice restaurant we will return for the food and ambiance

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were on vacation

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

My wife had diner here first time patron very nice place and staff

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 20, 2017

This was our first time dining at CQ’s. A good friend recommended it and raved about the food and atmosphere. We decided to give it a try to celebrate our 35th anniversary. We were thrilled with our evening! Food, atmosphere, and our server, Kristen, were all sensational. We can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was great

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

As always, had a wonderful meal with great service. Thank you CQ's!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent meal tonight at CQs. Food was superb, the best meal in many restaurant nights. Debbie was extremely competent, met our needs without being intrusive but friendly as well. She recognized us from previous service at a companion restaurant years ago. We’ve seen CQs before on many trips to Hilton Head but always felt the menu was too traditional for our tastes. Not so. Had amazing spicy sautéed calamari followed by a delicious autumn salad, which they split for us in the kitchen. Lobster risotto was yummy, as were the scallops special. I️ have a feeling this will become a must dine restaurant when we return for our annual Hilton Head trip.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Wonderful meal. Wedge salads were great. Sea scallops special was some of the best I have had. My husbands steak was cooked perfect.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We always have a great meal at CQ’s. I️ had the lobster pasta and my husband had the Sheephead fish! Both were excellent as was the service!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was very impressed with how accommodating the staff was as I slowly increased our party from 4 to 6 to 8 throughout the day of our reservation... They couldn’t have been more gracious and put us at a table with a server that was terrific. All of us were very impressed and will definitely return...

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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