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Initial Q, Spartanburg, SC

Initial Q

4.5
4.5
221 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 5 times 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 221 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
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

221 Reviews
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. BambiF

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was wonderful. The portions are large. Service was prompt. I just have two issues. They offer a basket of 4 sauces which were placed on our table with no explanation of what they were. My second issue is that this restaurant is participating in restaurant week but it was never mentioned. The issues were small but worth a mention. We definitely enjoyed the food and will definitely return.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our first time at Initial Q. We had great service and food. Great ambiance as well.

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  7. KurtL

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seated quickly, very attentive wait staff. Food came out quickly after drinks. All items ordered were very tasty. Definitely ordered too much food! Wait staff checked in frequently. All in all a very enjoyable experience.

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  8. MoniqueM

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a pleasant experience when I come here for brunch!! Highly recommended!!

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  9. foodnwinelvr

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our meal! We got the largest platter that included four proteins and three sides. We also each had a cocktail (3 of us) as well as three shared desserts. Everything was good and I was especially impressed by the four sauces. All were balanced and clearly house made. My only complaint was that some of the meats were a little dry such as the brisket and pulled pork. Oh and the temperature was on the cool side, basically lukewarm. I would definitely return and try additional menu items. Next time I look forward to trying the ribs!

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  10. Wilkie2

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Initial Q is a Spartanburg gem! Great food , ambiance, and service always! I highly recommend the Burnt Ends and Pulled Chicken. Excellent! The banana pudding is also a must try. Check Initial Q is worth checking out!

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  11. PA726

    Charleston

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time for brunch. Mimosa were nice with selection of juices. Biscuits with multiple jellies and butters were lovely. Main courses were quite delicious. We will be back.

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  12. SusanK

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I attended a birthday brunch with girlfriends at Initial Q. The food was great! Had a good time.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the atmosphere and Alex, our bartender, was great! We highly recommend Initial Q.

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  14. Fergy

    Key West

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food ,service was outstanding with Jim , good selection of beers

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  15. LaurinB

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant always delivers-- without trying too hard. Service is excellent, food is tasty, decor is thouthful, portions are generous, and craft cocktails are on point.

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  16. ErinD

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was sensational. The sangria was light and refreshing. The peach cocktail was sublime. The absolute best part of the meal was the pimento mac and cheese bites and the dip they're served with. We had a 4-meat platter and enjoyed sausage, pulled pork, chicken and burnt ends. The Brussels sprouts are another standout, and the rolls they serve with the meat platter were outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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  17. Charles

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is one of my new favorite spots to eat at in Spartanburg!!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoy the new experience. Great food great atmosphere!!!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love this place. Started at the bar with a drink before our friends joined us. Bartender was also our waitress and she was phenomenal. I always order the special and I can’t brag enough about how wonderful every aspect of everything they do is. This is hands down one of the best restaurants in Spartanburg and one I visit weekly.

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  20. AmandaD

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Friendly staff. Felt quite comfortable and welcomed. We were there celebrating our anniversary. Not only did they give us complimentary glasses of champagne, but the manager came over and gave us additional warm wishes. It was a very special time and will definitely be returning.

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  21. GNH2

    Charleston

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The sample platter was delicious. They seemed to be a little understaffed. I would highly recommend Initial Q.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Upscale restaurant environment with great food, and fantastic service.

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  23. PatriciaI

    Coastal Georgia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was absolutely perfect from the ambiance to the food ! I highly suggest a visit to this restaurant . Will be returning soon

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  24. JazzG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my (and my friends) 1st time at Initial Q and it was quite an enjoyable experience. We had a lovely waitress, Keira that was so sweet! The food was good and the restaurant is really nice. Will be back again

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. This is our second time here and we will definitely be coming back for more !

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  26. BenH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Will be returning in the future.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very relax and comfortable atmosphere. Excellent service well proportioned food.

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  28. TravisG

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Initial Q never disappoints. It was a nice evening, so we dined outside which is a louder but more energetic vibe than dining inside. As we expected, the food was delicious!

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  29. ClevelandRocks

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The brisket and greens were delicious. The ribs are good also.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food my entire family has ever had. Staff is amazing as well

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  31. JeffR

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Moher's Day Brunch- Food was great, service was great. Will definitely be back.

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  32. KateS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten at this restaurant several times, both inside and outside, and it is always a wonderful experience. Our waitress was excellent and the food was delicious.

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  33. Jean

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and it was so nice to dine outside. Our service was great.

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  34. TinaS

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was a little flavorless with adding all the bbq sauces. The pork belly was dry on one side and all fat on the other. The best thing was the bbq beans. Service was good and fast. Restaurant was clean and well maintained.

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  35. ShirleyV

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The term "fusion" drew us in, but we didn't really experience anything overly creative. There didn't seem to be any "smoke", so the Q was relatively boring. Our most interesting (or positive) experience was probably tasting the sauce options on the pork rinds. We will probably choose a more authentic BBQ joint next time. Nice concept... just didn't pull it off.

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  36. LAW3

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Audrey advised us well as we orders the platter to share and thoroughly enjoyed the pork and brisket. The grits and turnip greens were wonderful. A great dining experience! We will be back.

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  37. LonnieR

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and the ambience was great, as well as the quality of the food, however, the meat especially was lukewarm to cold which somewhat ruined the eating experience.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, mediocre food. The BBQ was unseasoned and bland.

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  39. 2foodies

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love it here! The food is very good, and the options fit all different taste buds 😁. Service is just right! Good downtown location nearby events stage. A definite winner for our family.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome atmosphere and food. Great service and good location

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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 221 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 5 times 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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