Initial Q

4.7
75 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.

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 3:45 PM - 8:15 PM, Tue - Thu 4:45 PM - 8:30 PM, Fri - Sat 4:45 PM - 10:30 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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 75 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MH2021
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The concept is awesome, great service, and location. The sides were the best part of the meal. The meat did not have much smoke to it and the beef was not good. Brisket was dry, the burnt ends were as well and did not have a smoke taste to them... The Krispy Kreme doughnut bread pudding was legit and best part of the meal.

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Kristin
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our dinner - the platter is such a good deal for a family too. The barbecue meats and sauces are delicious! The architecture and design are beautiful and the service is good. A new favorite!

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KarenC
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The IQ plate was great. I loved sweet potatoes and green beans. They were very busy but our server was awesome.

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Roberto
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food great
Wine selection by glass a little bit poor

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vipFassionFruit
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience here! The decor is amazing...modern and beautiful, yet casual. Our server was extremely attentive. The feature drink was soooooo good!!! I had the pulled chicken with caramel mashed potatoes and other sides which were all delicious. I’m from out of state, and look forward to returning here for this experience again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!! Super quiet even with all the people outside. You couldn't even hear them. Price range was excellent for the amount of food you get and it was wonderful!! My mother and I had a great meal and time! Thanks!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was great

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JennyE
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a cool and comfortable place to eat. Many options of different food and service is excellent. My son 18 liked it too. The decor is fabulous and up to date! Food is fresh and delicious!

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vipSteveB
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
Never disappoints. Love the outside seating

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Gurlygurl
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great casual eatery. The beef brisket and palmetto cheese very good!

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AngelikaG
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Enjoyed every minute of it. Super friendly service, most delicious food, special ambience. Can't wait to go there again, soon!

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AngleaP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Be sure to reade the menu, pricing is NOT clear at all.

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Dianne
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our valentine evening dinner. Pork rinds with 4 different sauces were served before the meal. Unique choices of meat and sides . Friendly, efficient and happy waitress. Delicious Krispy Kreme bread pudding dessert. Great place to experience something different!

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Karl
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to admit I really didn't know what to expect. The menu looked really good, but the website made me think it was more of a bar. Then when we walked in it has a bar, but that isn't the focal point. More the look of a modern diner. Love how they have a menu, but also BBQ. We got few apps and something off of each of the menus. Top notch on both parts. They do what they do best and its shows!! We can't wait to come back and try the brunch menu! A place we would return for date night and feel paying a sitter was worth it, but also could bring our kids along and not feel like we are out of place. Food is rated 10 out of 10. Waitress was on point, never felt like you needed or ever waited for her. Food came out quick, but not too quick. Well done!

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AaliyahB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very modern upscale fun for serious date nights. Great service

JP
JohnP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall I high recommend!!! The ambiance, menu and concept is really neat. Everything we tried was good, especially the cream corn and the dessert with KK doughnuts - AMAZING!!! I did think it was a little pricey overall but will be back for sure!!!

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner and will definitely be back! We had a great experience!

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JackieB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our first time at Initial Q. We split a platter and took a bunch home for lunch the next day. The food is delicious and the waitress told us that there is a bowling alley under the restaurant...cool

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service from Mia!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during restaurant week and decided to order off of that menu. Everything we got was really good! The white chocolate krispy kreme bread pudding is a must have.

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VONDAB
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! The portions are hearty and the meals are very affordable. The krispy kreme bread pudding is to die for and hats off to the person who came up with that recipe!! It was one of the best desserts I've ever had in my 51 years of life. The GM Katrina is a sweetheart and I can't wait to be able to come and hear live music on the weekends. Thanks for coming to Sparkle City.

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MeganV
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around. We LOVE bbq and we felt this restaurant had a unique twist to our favorites. We drove from out of town to try it out and it did not disappoint. I have already recommended Initial Q to so many friends after our experience.

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Blondie
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Unique combinations that were tasty. Good music and service.

RG
vipRichardG
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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wahalljr
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Main course and sides are great. However the bread pudding and triple chocolate torte are absolutely amazing!

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crabkiller1
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Live music often is a plus.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. 10/10 would recommend.

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cjb57gw
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. We'll be back for sure.

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vipTammyL
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We have eaten here many times. Today’s experience was very disappointing. The music was way too loud; it was a different person from the times before we visited. The service was bad. Our server spent most of his time in the bar making drinks. We had to ask several times for more coffee and for the condiments we needed for our food. I hope this will not continue or we will not continue us to eat here.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waiter was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very tasty and good service. I don’t think it’s going to blow anyone away, in terms of originality, but the food is very high quality, and the servers are friendly and helpful. I will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Everyone’s food was very good no complaints there but very small portions which made it overpriced. Drinks overpriced too!

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SonyaO
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, fantastic atmosphere, wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great Service.

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vipolias100
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Interesting new restaurant and worth a visit. Specialty drinks cost about the same as an entree, so be careful. Food and service were excellent; ambiance OK but booths behind wall do not get the full experience, especially when there's live music.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Was not crazy about the corn side dish. The house smoked sausage was great as well as the shrimp.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was fantastic, she gave us our space and checked in with us the right amount. It was our first time dining at the restaurant and she made excellent recommendations which we thoroughly enjoyed. We will definitely go back and believe it makes a great place for couple dinners or group dinners.

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vipnbgadd729G
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch! Delicious meal, great service and good music. We will be back.

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Hopkd0438
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend

FAQs

Initial Q offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (864) 707-2183.

Initial Q is rated 4.7 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.