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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (42)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Good for a Date (39)
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Neighborhood Gem (38)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Cozy (31)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Romantic (24)
Notable Wine List (22)
Authentic (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Business Meals (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Casual (13)
Fun (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Seasonal (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
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Tapas (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined a day ago

We typically love CQs and make an effort on each trip to fit in at least one visit. We had reservations and were seated promptly, but at a table literally in the dark. No light for reading the menu. We used our cell phone flash lights. We even requested more lighting and a small wall light was turned on, but it was not sufficient. Difficult atmosphere.
Super slow service, 43 minutes from the time we were seated to bread service. Not sure what was going on with the service, it’s never been so slow or cranky. The restaurant wasn’t near capacity, many empty tables. The bread was served hastily as if she didn’t want to be there, not her usual attitude.
I think we were forgotten because we were sitting in the dark where we couldn’t see and no one could see our table. It was really a terrible experience as far as atmosphere. Super slow, waters ran empty, turtle pace service tonight.
The food was good as usual, but the super slow service and lack of even adequate lighting was horrid.
Our meal lasted more than 2 hours most of which was spent waiting for order to be taken or food service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Disappointed that it was supposed to be BOGO, and when we got there, it was not. Was told on the phone by the reservation taker that it was BOGO for that evening.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Great Valentine's dinner. Good variety menu. All my favorites. Friendly attentive service. Emplyees knowledgeable and offered good suggestions.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Mediocre service and food. We normally really like this place but salmon was really fishy and snapper was bland and almost raw . Butternut bisque was outstanding. Waitress tried to guess what she thought you should say rather than asking how you liked the food or allowing you t say anything. If this was our only experience we would never go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

It was a wonderful evening ~ good food & great service!! Even got a long stemmed red rose for Valentine’s Day.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Food very good. Service good and server friendly. Bit expensive.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Superb service and excellent food. Love the ambiance

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Diverse menu. Great wait staff. Very good cocktails. Worth a repeat visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Service was excellent, our meal was very good. Casual atmosphere, very relaxing. Good wine list

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Organic, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was okay but the service was very poor, bordering on inattentive. An entree that was served was wrong and in order not to have to wait longer and have one of our party eat alone , we traded and as a result neither of us ate what we wanted. We had BOGO coupons so they automatically added a full gratuity. When I mentioned that I didn’t think it was right to do that, the waitress (who didn’t seem too concerned about her mistake) did change the bill. In the end we left a smaller gratuity. There are far better dining experiences on Hilton Head—neither our friends or us will be returning.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

CQ's has been around for decades and has remained consistently good. The current management is doing a great job, and the food and service are excellent. Because CQ's has been around so long, I feel it somehow flies under the radar because of the myriad of the newer fine-dining places, BUT it shouldn't. It's still one of the favorites of local discriminating patrons, and of frequent Hilton Head visitors like us, who always enjoy returning. We particularly like the multiple fish options, and the steaks and chops are always great too. Not to mention the personal favorite dessert Key Lime Pie. It's one of the few cozy, romantic spots whose food rates up there with the wonderful ambience ----- white tablecloths, low light, candles on the table, and a great bottle of wine.....perfect! We were there last month, we were there two nights ago, and we will return with another couple this upcoming weekend....can't wait.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife left her purse there by accident. The staff secured it and had it ready for me to pick up the next day

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food is excellent. We enjoy ourselves every time we go. Staff is friendly and competent .

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Been dining here for many years and have never been disappointed. Lovely restaurant with a great menu/chef and service.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food is always delicious and the service is right on! Great place for a special occasion!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Celebrated our anniversary with a lovely dinner, good service and excellent wine list.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great as always. Such a warm and inviting atmosphere with great food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I had the duck dish and it was amazing! My husband really enjoyed his crab stuffed flounder. The service was excellent. CQs is probably a little pricier than the average on the island but we really enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This is an excellent restaurant. It is charming and we have found it to be very consistently well managed over the years, with very good food. We always look forward to returning.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great history here - deep in the heart of Sea Pines. Food was very tasty and presentation was perfect. Service was excellent. Great spot for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The food was great.
The bartender made a great martini!
Love the atmosphere!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

A bit pricey for the quality of the meal. Nice staff, old building (which is the charm), but priced a bit over the top.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was our first time to CQ's so we didn't know what to expect. What a wonderful old place. Loved reading about the history of it. Loved the setup of little areas of dining space. Our waitress was friendly and wonderful. And our filet mignon comes close to those we've had at the best steakhouses. Will be back to try some other things.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Everything was wonderful

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Every visit to Harbortown includes a visit to CQ’s! Need I say more.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 30, 2017

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fabulous scallops and our waitress was outstanding!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 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 29, 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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 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 28, 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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 (New York Area)·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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