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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

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (37)
Special Occasion (35)
Romantic (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Cozy (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Authentic (18)
Notable Wine List (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Casual (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Business Meals (9)
Seasonal (9)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 24, 2014

Loved the ambience. Felt like we were in an antique cottage. Great service. Food was exceptional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 21, 2014

Waitress was surly. Food average and overpriced. Not worth having to pay the unreimbursed $6 to get into sea pines.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 9, 2014

This one of the few restaurants in Hilton Head that are really worth going to. CQ's is a wonderful restaurant with very good, local seafood. They source local seafood whenever possible and are one of the only places on the island that do this. For an upscale restaurant they were also very kid friendly. We have had a great experience every time when have been there and the food and service have always been top notch. Best dining on the island and always a pleasure to eat there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 9, 2014

Great place for an outstanding diner. Food and service A+

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 3, 2014

Thanks for a special evening and the server could not have been better for our family. He was great with our 5 and 6 year old and the food was tremendous as always.Thanks again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 3, 2014

Setting is rustic with a unique history.

Food is fresh, modern, playful and consistent.

Service provided by Bernie is outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 2, 2014

We had a lovely evening with good food and especially good service. A trip to Sea Pines always includes dinner at CQs!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on April 2, 2014

Choose this place for a nice dinner with your spouse. Not really kid friendly in my book but ideal place for adults.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2014

The salmon/cucumber mousse was just a hint of things to come! Food was even more amazing. We hadn't been to HHI in several years and had actually forgotten about this gem in Sea Pines. After playing golf, we took a ride and on our way back by the golf course remembered. So glad we did! From the appetizers to dessert all four of us were so impressed. Service was great and such an interesting building.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Good, albeit predictable food. Nice venue, old house feel. Nice wines by the glass. Would go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 22, 2014

Always excellent in the 20 or so times we have been there over the last 20 years and didn't disappoint this time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on March 14, 2014

We very much enjoyed our meal at CQs but it was our server, Kristen, who bumped our enjoyment of the meal into the realm of perfection. She was funny, attentive, and efficient , chatting with us while carrying out her duties to a Tee.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Quaint atmosphere, sophisticated ambiance. Excellent food choices

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2014

First time we dined there but went back 2 nights later since we enjoyed it so much. We will definitly go back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 24, 2014

CQ's is a neat restaurant, casual atmosphere and great food. We have been twice recently, both times services was excellent and the food was very good. Would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area, especially if you are staying in Sea Pines, the best restaurant in that area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 21, 2014

Intimate atmosphere with interesting & varied menu of fresh ingredients. Wine list & drinks are expensive & extensive. Although no scenery it is in the popular Harbor Town area of Hilton Head. Interesting, high quality cuisine in a bust tourist area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 15, 2014

The service was terrible. Very slow. The waiter brought the wrong wine ( not the one we ordered), which we sent back, the salad course was not served as requested and served to the wrong people at the table, the rolls were forgotten, and when we requested them as our entrees were served, we were asked" for everyone?" They came out too hot to touch ( microwaved) and when they cooled, were as hard as a rock. Three of the entries were OK, but not very warm. The chicken tasted like it had been cooked earlier, then microwaved. It was lukewarm. The vegetables served with it were mush. The server apologized for every mistake, but he never checked on us, and avoided eye contact. Extremely long wait between arrival, drinks and ordering.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 15, 2014

We have stayed in Sea Pines a number of times but never dined at CQs. We were seated promptly upon arrival. We split the daily special shrimp appetizer; it was remarkable!. I wish I could go back for that alone. My husband and I also split a wedge salad that had a nice twist. Our entrees were very good as well.

Service was good and attentive. I couldn't have been more impressed. it was our best dining experience of the week.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 15, 2014

Even though we've stayed in Sea Pines many, many times over many, many years, this was our first trip to CQ's. Loved the ambience of the old home, and the attentive service. Great menu selections, and even though it isn't particularly kid/family focused, they were able to accomodate our younger children as well as our teenagers. The food was excellent, rave reviews for the steaks and duck, and we will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 15, 2014

We had a reservation and the hostess was going to sit us at a table.
We asked for a booth and she kindly accommodated. The downturn was our server. She
was loud and made us feel rushed. It seemed like every time I put my fork down, she was
there asking if I was done. Not the nice relaxing dinner we were hoping for.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2014

We have not stayed in the Sea Pines resort area before so I was looking for a nice place for Valentines Day dinner. I read a few reviews about CQ's and made reservation. The restaurant is only a short distance from the Harbour Town lighthouse. All of the staff seemed very friendly and helpful. I had a boneless 10 oz pork chop and my wife had salmon. Both dishes were very good and our waitress kept the evening at a leisurely pace which we enjoyed. We both thought the restarant had character.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 14, 2014

We went for Valentines Day Dinner and had a lovely time. The restaurant had the low country feel but the menu was quite sophisticated. Our server helped make the meal ideal. we will return in the very near future.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 12, 2014

CQ's is located in a private area in Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island. We visit 4-5 times a year and it is always exceptional for both the menu and the ambiance

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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 10, 2014

An older restaurant situated in the oaks in Harbour Town in Sea Pines proved to be well worth the trip. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. The server didn't arrive quite as quickly but was pleasant and attentive when not taking care of a group at the next table. The food and drinks arrived in good order and the food was outstanding. We will definitely return to dine here on our next trip to Hilton Head.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2014

We've visited CQ's before and always have enjoyed our meals there. The service was good as always. The NY strip steak was good as were the salmon, pork chop and chowder. My husband got the swordfish and liked it (a bit dry though) but not as much as he liked the tuna which he has ordered on previous visits. However, he really liked the wedge salad. The garden salad was enhanced by a very good dressing. We'll go to CQ's again when we next visit Hilton Head!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 8, 2014

We have eaten CQ's many times before, usually in the summer when we are staying at Sea Pines in Harbour Town. It has never disappointed. We were at Hilton Head so I could run the inaugural Hilton Head Marathon. This time, however, we were staying outside of Sea Pines and there are many choices that beckon outside the gate of Sea Pines. We chose to drive to Harbour Town to catch the sunset and then a "rewarding" meal at CQ's.

As is typical, it lived up to our previous experiences. Our server was great, the food outstanding. We had the Chowder, the Chef's Special (an encrusted flounder) and took our bread pudding dessert with us for later.

When we are in Hilton Head for a week we always make it a point to eat at CQ's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 29, 2014

Having been visiting Hilton Head for over 20 years and never stopped by this hidden gem. We decided to try this week and were pleasantly surprised by the ambience, service and quality of food. This is now going to be one of our favorite places. Can't wait to visit during heritage week to sit outside and enjoy a great meal/drinks with friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 26, 2014

Excellent food and service. Love the atmosphere and leisurely pace. Food was fresh and enjoyed every course!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 25, 2014

Being restaurant week in Hilton Head, there were so many restaurants to chose from, but we went to our old standby CQ's. We had the most enjoyable evening! The restaurant week menu was fabulous, as was the food. The duck mousse pate and brie appetizer was to die for. There was a very nice selection of entree's, I had the Flat Iron Steak and my wife had the whole fried Flounder - both exceptional flavor as well, except the flat iron steak was just a hair chewy - hence the 4 star rating on the food. Lastly we had the dessert - the bread pudding and the crème brule - both excellent as well. Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy this fine restaurant during restaurant week at the very least - but any other time you wouldn't be disappointed either.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2014

The food was excellent, especially the salmon. Bernie's service was impeccable. Great restaurant.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 6, 2014

Our dining experience, as usual, was very good. Food and service was excellent. We always enjoy dining at CQ's. It's relaxed and cozy with friendly service and very good food and wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2014

My mom took me here for the first time and the food was very good and the setting was very unique i just felt it was a little dark

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 3, 2014

Good food, good service and pleasant atmosphere. All was wonderful except for the cat in the front porch. I am not a fan of cats, and don't appreciate having one greet me when I go out to eat.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2014

We dined on New Year's Day arriving at 5:30, and were offered the early bird menu along with the regular dinner menu. We decided to take advantage of the 3 course special menu but also shared the Sweet Red Beet and Arugula Salad and the Lamb Lollipop starters which we had enjoyed on our previous visit. The early bird menu was a good way to sample some of the regular menu items at a greatly reduced price. Appetizers were good but the entrees were obviously set up banquet style so did not do justice to the dishes. Desserts offered were the bread pudding of the day (Pumpkin/White Chocalate), house made sorbet (strawberry or pear), or house made peppermint icecream. The pear sorbet and icecream were excellent.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2014

CQ's continues its reputation as one of the best Hilton Head restaurants. From the interesting building to the great food and service, this restaurant is a treasure.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2013

The food and the service was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 25, 2013

We were not waiting for such a great restaurant in Hilton Head Island! CQ's was one of the best dinners in our entire trip. I highly recommend the duck and the bread pudding. Delicious! The service was perfect, and the location of the restaurant is awesome, close to the lighthouse, in the middle of a high-class residential area.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2013

not many restaurants were open for Christmas dinner, so we made reservations here.
What a wonderful find! service was excellent and food was fabulous.
we definitely will recommend and return if we are back in Hilton Head.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The food was fantastic. Four of us got fish and all were very fresh, paired well with seasonings, and vegetable offerings. We loved our Christmas dinner this year!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2013

CQ's has great good and ambiance. This restaurant is quaint and the food is unique and very tasty.

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