Initial Q

4.7
42 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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SonyaO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
25 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
18 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
10 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
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious filet, it was so very tender!! Amazing. This was our second visit, can't wait to go again to try something new!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful, and the staff is very attentive. The Krispy Kreme bread pudding is probably the best I have tasted!! It really is a great restaurant to check out!

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Scott
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. Good place to brunch with your girlfriends

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vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. The food was great and the service was outstanding. Great place. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal with my wife. She had the brisket and I had the burnt ends. Delicious! Waitress was friendly and helpful.

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sides and apps are fantastic and the service was top-notch. This place is a must if you’re in downtown Spartanburg.

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vipSpartHokie
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service. Definitely worth going to

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AshleyA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! I got the brisket, brussel sprouts, and mac and cheese and it was very delicious. Our waitress was great as well she checked on us several times to make sure everything was okay.Will definetely be returning

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40miles
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My wife & I enjoyed our meal & overall dining experience. Excellent bar with an unexpected bourbon selection. The 4 staff with whom we interacted we're outstanding. We'll be back!

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TammyL
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed sitting outside and getting the platter with 4 selections. Food was wonderful; yet the flies were a nuisance. Maybe something to keep flies away from food would be nice. Really enjoyed the music! We will be back!

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TammyL
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating here. We had Sunday brunch. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding, and social distancing was above the standard. We will definitely be back!

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Jeff
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, bathroom clean and wait staff attentive...I give them a 10

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Initial Q is my favorite new restaurant!!!

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vipMike
Charlotte
46 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. The dining area is open and nicely done.

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vipAyazS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Food was great. Service was great. Most all servers were following the face mask ordinance. What was disappointing is that the manager/owner did not have any type of face covering. I even jokingly said something to him and his response was to point out that “I was not wearing one either”. Hence my low rating overall.

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BradleyP
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent but service was very slow. We had reservations when they opened for brunch. We waited an hour for our food. It was delicious and I’m glad we didn’t have an engagement to get to afterwards.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Great food. Music was nice noise level acceptable being seated outside.

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CeCe
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Cole slaw needed more flavor, smoked green beans tasted more like picked beans. Bread was good, brisket great, pork good, chicken a little dry as was the ends of brisket. Wait staff was awesome and very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and we LOVED it. My husband thought the bbq was extremely good. Going back this coming weekend!!!

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KendraW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and great wait staff! I would highly recommend trying this fun new spot downtown on Main St!

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LaurinB
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip to Initial Q in two weeks, and we love it! The food is delicious, the decor is impressive, the portions generous, the cocktails interesting, and the waitstaff attentive.

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Ellensim
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food. We all had a great time and plan to return soon

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vipHeather
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak here is the best around. It was cooked perfectly and so tender and juicy. We love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Initial Q! We ate outside, and loved hearing the street musicians. The service was very prompt and friendly. The manager came by and was great as well. Apparently two people don’t usually finish the platter we ordered! But it was that good! We had brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken and burnt ends. The Brussel sprouts are amazing! We will definitely be back!

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JoeW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great . Prepared to order. Friendly faces and knowledgeable about menu. Our favorite place to dine out in Spartanburg.

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DocP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for outside dining g fir Mother’s Day . It was our first time. The food was delicious and the service was great! Will definitely be back. Very generous portions too

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as well as the service. Good high end bar-b-que restaurant.

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JoelR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good, and the portions were ample. The tables were much to small to accommodate more than a few small plates. It seemed that design superseded functionality.

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PeggyM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything except the acoustics. Very noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a great addition to the Spartanburg downtown. Food is great and the servers are knowledgeable and friendly. The smoked beef brisket was some of the best I’ve had.

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WendyC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Best BBQ we have had in a very long time! The service was great. It was their opening weekend so it was busy but they managed to handle the crowd.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was super friendly and very knowledgeable. The food and drinks were delicious and the atmosphere was casual and cool.

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BethD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentine's Day and had a great time and food was excellent!

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 42 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.