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Initial Q, Spartanburg, SC

Initial Q

4.1
4.1
227 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Initial Q: Social Bar & Smokehouse is not be the typical southern barbecue stuffed in a Styrofoam clam shell with slaw and beans, but a gastro-smokehouse experience. Wherever you come down on the great barbecue debate, expect something excitingly different at Initial Q.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (864) 707-2183
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Patrick Phillips
  • Catering
    Catering available for off-site events. Pick-up and delivery available.
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining available for large parties, corporate events, and special occasions.
  • Neighborhood
    Spartanburg
  • Cross street
    Main and Church Street @ Morgan Square<br />
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM,Tue - Thu - 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM,Fri - Sat - 5:00 PM - 10:45 PM
    Join us Tuesday-Sunday for discounts on drinks and apps! $7 Apps Smoked Wings, Truffle Mac & Cheese Bites, Pimento Cheese $5 Drinks Draft Beer, Well Liquor Drinks, Glass of House Cabernet or Pinot Grigio

What 227 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

227 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a adequate experience. It was a special occasion and the we left feeling "blah". The food was reasonable and the service was decent but it wasn't the experience l was hoping to get for special occasion especially considering the price paid. This was the second visit to this restaurant and it is unlikely l will return.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was Mother’s Day brunch. We ate outside and enjoyed our time here. The service was professional, but not friendly. They were really busy so I let a few things slide. My food was ok, everyone else was really pleased. Overall, I’d go back. There are so many dishes to choose from that look amazing!!!!!

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  3. NoMoreSecondChances

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ok but very average. My dish had three tiny asparagus not worth eating. My husband had cold slaw which was unable to eat and his pulled pork was terrible
    Initial QResponded on May 10, 2024
    We are very disappointed to hear that we did not meet your expectations or the standards we set for our restaurant. We hope your username does not check out and you give us another try. Please call and ask for a manager to make a reservation and we will ensure a much better return experience, if you are willing to try us again.

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  4. MoniqueM

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy coming to Initial Q. We usually only come for brunch but decided to have dinner here and enjoyed everything we ordered. The customer service is always great!!

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  5. WandaE

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the dinner and ambience! Visiting from out of state for a tournament and told everyone there about out our wonderful experience!

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  6. AlaneB

    Anchorage

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice time! The space itself was open and bright, and it had a really neat design! We had great service; from the host to the waitress, and even the manager. We had a group of 4 so we ordered two platters, which allowed us to sample 8 meats (including duck and rabbit) and 6 sides. This was more than enough food, and also gave us a chance to try everything we wanted. We particularly enjoyed the burnt ends, Mac and cheese, greens, and caramel sweet potatoes. The final piece was the Reese’s Krispie kreme bread pudding, which was to die for! We will happily go back!

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  7. JustinP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service (Kristen). Steak was phenomenal and pork rinds were a great starter.

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  8. MatthewP

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went for Valentine’s Day so we expected a madhouse, but it wasn’t overly crowded and things ran smoothly. We had a reservation and we’re seated immediately. Everything came out quickly and was excellent. The brisket and Brussel sprouts were especially tasty. We tried all of the sauces and enjoyed them as well. We will definitely be back!

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  9. JG33

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I have eaten at Initial Q many times. This time around it just seemed off. Pulled pork was very fatty, very unusual. Service was just ok. I really think that can be said for the whole meal, just ok.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. MelanieK

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was ok. Pricey. The server was so distracted she never noticed that she hadn’t taken our meal order after we had finished our appetizers. Then decided to take the meal order and dessert order at the same time. We chose the restaurant for a dessert item that wasn’t available that night.

    2 people found this helpful

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Initial Q using the Order Online button. Initial Q also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (864) 707-2183.

Initial Q is rated 4.1 stars by 227 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Initial Q

127 W. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29306

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main and Church Street @ Morgan Square<br />
  • Neighborhood
    Spartanburg
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Barbecue
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Patrick Phillips
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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