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Initial Q, Spartanburg, SC

Initial Q

4.5
4.5
141 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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Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

Menu

Bites

  • Smoked Wings$10.00

    Honey cider slaw, truffalo sauce, candied jalapenos

    • Pimento Cheese$9.00

      Butter crackers, celery, pickled red onion, BBQ pickles

      Plates

      • Grilled 6 oz Angus Fillet$29.00

        Garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, caramelized onion demi-glaze

        • Bourbon Barrel Smoked 10 oz Sirloin Strip$27.00

          Roasted fingerling potatoes, grilled peppers, onions & mushrooms with bourbon molasses gastrique

          Salads

          • Pork & Knife$11.00

            Local romaine 1/2, pickled carrot & red onion, smoked lardons, shaved Parmesan, herbed buttermilk emulsion

            • Spinach Salad$10.00

              Spinach, tomato, red onion, carrot, chopped egg, bacon, Lusty Monk, vinaigrette

              Sweets

              • White Chocolate Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding$8.00

                Served with bourbon vanilla bean ice cream, salted caramel

                • Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwich$7.00

                  Sides

                  • Mac & Cheese$4.00

                    • Honey Cider Slaw$4.00

                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                      What 141 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

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

                      4.5
                      4.5 based on recent ratings
                      • 4.4Food
                      • 4.6Service
                      • 4.4Ambience
                      • 4.2Value

                      NoiseModerate

                      Loved For

                      • South Carolina

                        Southern

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                      1. SR

                        SarahR

                        Raleigh

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 1 day ago

                        overall5food2service5ambience1

                        I can't imagine wanting to eat there more than 1x a month. The food is heavy and greasy. Not much variety.

                      2. C

                        Crystal

                        Charleston

                        7 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        7 reviews

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Our experience from the food to server was great! We came in at 830 , close to closing and I honestly was expecting rushed food and ok service. That was definitely not the case. The food was fresh and piping hot. Our server was so nice and kept reminding us not to feel rushed. Before we left we were offered some extras they had to take home. We didn’t get to try the bread pudding this time but already planning to come back this weekend.

                      3. KS

                        KristenS

                        Charleston

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Nice atmosphere in a popular downtown location. Food was good, but a little overpriced. This is to be expected for downtown restaurants. Our server was attentive and friendly. Liked that you could make reservations. Overall, it was a good dining experience.

                      4. s

                        ssts

                        Charlotte

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                        I will go back, but never on a busy day like Mothers day. We were seated upstairs and it was 40 mins from the time we ordered till we got out food. Appetizer never came out. We had to ask for it to go. Waitress was nice, it was just too much area for her to cover. All of the tables upstairs had to wait forever.

                      5. MW

                        MolsW

                        Western NC

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                        overall4food5service3ambience5

                        Great good and huge platters-2 platters fed family of 6 (and some leftover) who all love to eat! Waitress was great. Host was okay, but took a while to be seated even though we had a reservation and arrived 5 minutes early.

                      6. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Jacksonville

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 6, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great place

                      7. CF

                        ChristyF

                        Charleston

                        20 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        20 reviews

                        Dined on May 6, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        My favorite dish is the Angus filet! The Brussels and sweet potatoes are fabulous! Service is always great

                      8. MO

                        MikeO

                        Baltimore

                        15 reviews

                        5.0

                        15 reviews

                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Outstanding dinner

                      9. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The experience was amazing! We was out eating dinner for prom so we was dressed up and all the waiters was super friendly and complemented us. The food was also amazing, can’t wait to go back!

                      10. SY

                        SamY

                        Baltimore

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on April 10, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great food and great service!

                      11. S

                        Sarah

                        Charleston

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Loved our experience at Initial Q! I had a friend meet me from out of town and she was super impressed! Would recommend!

                      12. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 1, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Awesome BBQ

                      13. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Charleston

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        The service was amazing! Everyone was super nice! We truly enjoyed the atmosphere due to the amazing customer service

                      14. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Out with friends

                      15. G

                        Gary

                        Chicago

                        15 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        15 reviews

                        Dined on March 11, 2022

                        overall4food3service5ambience4

                        Over all not a bad place. I was disappointed in the beef brisket. About a third was all fat. I know in today’s environment getting the quality you want is tough. But if you can’t get what you want take it off the menu.

                      16. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Charleston

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on March 10, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Delicious food! Pimento Mac and cheese fritters with their special ranch were soo good! We enjoyed all of our food, especially the Brussels and creamed corn. The Krispy Kreme bread pudding was a perfect way to end our meal!

                      17. MW

                        MorganW

                        Charleston

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        For a busy Saturday night we still received exceptional service. The cocktails were delicious and the food was really on point. I'm a southern girl who loves some BBQ but I also enjoy elevated dishes and Initial Q hit the mark by blending the two.

                      18. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        E. Tennessee

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 27, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Awesome service! The duck was so tender

                      19. AB

                        AnnB

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 14, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent food and service. Lots of food on platters! Have been several times and was very pleased with everything. The Creme Brulee was wonderful!

                      20. CT

                        CaroleT

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Our food was delicious. Great portion size. All of the staff was friendly.

                      21. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 6, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Delicious food! We love Initial Q! The brunch options are absolutely amazing! Try the eggs benedict and pulled pork pancakes :)

                      22. M

                        Mktk

                        Charleston

                        2 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on February 2, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent food and service! The restaurant is absolutely beautiful on the inside. BBQ is outstanding and portions are perfect. Wonderful restaurant in downtown Spartanburg. Keep up the great work!! We will be back.

                      23. N

                        Newlyweds

                        Charleston

                        8 reviews

                        2.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on January 29, 2022

                        overall2food3service1ambience2

                        This was the first time my fiancee and I visited. Our first impression was disappointingly tragic. As we walked in the hostess(Whitney) blatantly ignored our presence even after seeing us standing there. She proceeded to continue with a phone conversation, walked to the back came back still didn't acknowledge us. Bad customer service at it's finest. Then to make matters worst the manager apologized while being dismissive saying she's only 16...the age of the hostess shouldn't have to do anything with her ability to perform in a high class restaurant. The staff in high class restaurants are held to a higher standard. Then we were sat at a dirty table, with a dirty menu. The men's room was a catastrophe. The food was good, the banana pudding was decadent.

                      24. P

                        Pa726

                        Charleston

                        29 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        29 reviews

                        Dined on January 23, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great meal and value for restaurant week. Mary Catherine was the best wait staff we’ve had in a long time. Looking forward to our next visit.

                      25. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 21, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We were celebrating two birthdays and had a great secluded table. Service was wonderful and we all enjoyed our food!

                      26. MB

                        MartinB

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Fabulous bbq in an eclectic, upscale atmosphere! And the sides - WOW- crispy Brussels sprouts, delectable creamed corn, creamy goat cheese mash potatoes. We had great service and a wonderful meal!

                      27. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Charleston

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 7, 2022

                        overall3food3service4ambience4

                        The sides were delicious but the meat was dry.

                      28. SM

                        StellaM

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 1, 2022

                        overall4food3service4ambience4

                        They had a limited menu due to short staff, so that was a bit disappointing. 2 out of 4 of us ordered steak, both were significantly undercooked. They took the plates back to cook the steak longer and once returned, it didn’t look any different. Another dish had too much fat on the plate and the server brushed it off when we mentioned it. Other than that they had good drinks, fair prices, it was clean and enjoyable. Our drink server was helpful and friendly. The sides were delicious.

                      29. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 1, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The IQ Platter was excellent and a lot of food! My spouse and I shared and took a to go box!! Great atmosphere as well. The service was great! Will definitely be back!

                      30. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Western NC

                        10 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on December 13, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Hits the spot every time! The Carmel whipped sweet potatoes are my favorite.

                      31. TP

                        TomP

                        Atlanta

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on December 11, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The food was good & the service was great. We had to be someone & they accommodated us with both the service & good.

                      32. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Washington DC

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on December 9, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The food was delicious. Service was awesome. Have eaten there twice and will be back.

                      33. MH

                        MereH

                        Charleston

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on November 25, 2021

                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                        Food was great and it had a nicely designed space.

                      34. DG

                        DebraG

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on November 12, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Pick four platter is perfect for two people. Everything was delicious. Went back on Saturday for brunch. Also delicious. We will definitely be back.

                      35. RI

                        RIvervale4

                        New England

                        26 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        26 reviews

                        Dined on November 11, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Our first time eating at Initial Q. Food was outstanding service was excellent. Can’t wait to go back. Main course looked so good, I forgot to take a picture. I did take a pic of the dessert before it was devoured.

                      36. SB

                        SarahB

                        Greensboro

                        3 reviews

                        4.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on November 7, 2021

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        Love the atmosphere and the service was very good. Some of our food items were to die for and some were just good. The grits were TO DIE for. The French fries were amazing too. We had several hungry 22 year old guys and wanted an appetizer but since it was brunch they did not put out pork rinds like other meals or bread . Also appetizers were not offered during brunch. Luckily we just ordered a side of fries as an appetizer and they are delicious. Truly some of the best fries ever. Most ate lunch meals and we all loved the grits. The barbecue was very good. The Mac and cheese was good and the green beans were “healthy “ but not anything special. Loved having several sauce choices. Also nice having cold bottles of water on the table for lots of refills. We were all full after our meals so we did not have dessert. Will we go back? Definitely!

                      37. AB

                        AllysonB

                        Atlanta

                        17 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        17 reviews

                        Dined on October 29, 2021

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        We had a lovely evening! Very good BBQ and beautiful restaurant.

                      38. DM

                        DanielM

                        Raleigh

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on October 26, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Initial Q is one of the best restaurants in the upstate of South Carolina. How it’s not more crowded every time we come, I’ll never understand.

                      39. HH

                        HowardH

                        Charleston

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on October 17, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Very nice restaurant. We had reservations and we were seated right away. They brought out some finger foods and took drink orders. There were a couple of interesting specialty drinks that we tried and all were very good. The bbq and sides were all delicious.

                      40. CW

                        CristinaW

                        Charleston

                        6 reviews

                        5.0

                        6 reviews

                        Dined on October 10, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Food was delicious and service was great!

                      Safety precautions

                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                        • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                      • Protective equipment

                        • Waitstaff wear masks

                      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 4.5 stars by 141 OpenTable diners.

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

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                      Booked 12 times today
                      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

                      • 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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