About CQ's

140A Lighthouse Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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Nestled amidst the ancient, moss draped oaks in Harbour Town, CQ's combines great fun, fine dining and a touch of Hilton Head Island history. CQ's has the feeling of an old, cozy, and comfortable inn. Heart-of-pine floors, wooden mantle pieces, stained glass, and the photographs and memorabilia of the Lowcountry culture all contribute to the charm that has made CQ's the place to dine since 1973. Inspired by the abundant varieties of fresh seafood, beef and game available. Our chef creates dishes that are best described as contemporary American with classic influences. Recognized for having the most extensive wine list on Hilton Head Island, CQ's offers more than 400 wine selections with over 70 poured by the glass.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Open Seven Days, 5-9PM

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 671-2779

Website:
http://www.cqsrestaurant.com/

Private Party Contact:
Eric Thompson: 8436712779x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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food3
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service3
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Nice Place

Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyed a nice dinner. I liked the décor. Food and service was ok.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

OUTSTANDING

vip
Dined 5 days ago

We dine at CQ's for special occassions and havenever been diappointed. The food, wine and service is always top notch and outstanding, plus their special touches and extras. Highly recommend CQ's for any occassion.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Going to CQ's for dinner on our annual v ...

vip
Dined on April 20, 2016

Going to CQ's for dinner on our annual visit to HH is a tradition for us and, as always, never disappoints. The chowder was delicious and full of seafood. Loved the scallop preparation and my husband devoured his shrimp & grits with a smile!

food5
ambience5
service4

My food was excellent.

Dined on April 20, 2016

My food was excellent.

food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Good Return Experience

Dined on April 19, 2016

We loved CQ's the first time we were there, but it had been years since returning. This was also a very good dinner. Love the old house atmosphere, staff was friendly, but our sever, although very attentive and nice, was not really knowledgable about the food and wine. Dessert sounded wonderful, but was just ok, not a lot of flavor (dark chocolate bourbon) Would go back, but there are so many good restaurants on HHI, it will be awhile

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Had my favorite scallop dish! Excellent ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

Had my favorite scallop dish! Excellent as usual! Loved the Rickshaw Pinot Noir!

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Tucked away gem!

Dined on April 3, 2016

This little gem is tucked away in it's own little world away from the hustle bustle of Harbour Town. Very nice ambience, and great food served up well. Suggestion of short ribs was perfect for my husband, while I enjoyed the grouper. Both were wonderful. We also had the chowder, which was great, and managed to share a decadent peanut butter and chocolate ganache dessert. I would highly recommend this great spot, and plan to return next time in Hilton Head.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Favorite Sea Pines restaurant since the ...

Dined on April 1, 2016

Favorite Sea Pines restaurant since the 1970's. Never disappoints. Thank you.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Lovely experience

Dined on March 28, 2016

Our dinner at CQ's was a fabulous food experience - in terms of taste and presentation. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The wine list had varied and interesting options. Our one downside was being in a lovely place with higher prices and having two tables with young children who were playing on tablets and talking loudly and being reprimanded.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience3
service4

Diverse menu, great tasting food with go ...

Dined on March 24, 2016

Diverse menu, great tasting food with good attentive service; historical aspect interesting as well. Would definitely go back.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

A cozy spot near Harbortown

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

We stayed at a Marriott timeshare and could walk to CQ's. Good hearty quality food served by a very pleasant waitress.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Lots to love

vip
Dined on March 14, 2016

We try to dine here when ever we are in town. The atmosphere is rustic but comfortable. Our server Kristin was great at describing the specials and making recommendations. The Oysters Rockefeller deconstructed was wonderful. Crispy fried oysters atop of spinach with creme sauce. Crazy good. Hubby's was in HOG heaven wit the pork belly appetizer followed by the short ribs entree. Consistently good food and service. Wonderful. ADVISE: always make a reservation. CQ's is popular with locals and visitors.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Variable quality

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

We all ordered seafood. The servings were moderate so if you are very hungry, you will want to order an appetizer or salad to make sure you get enough to eat. The presentation of the food was excellent. They bring fresh rolls out to you, but only give you one per customer. The rolls were pretty hard and not very tasty. I had the scallops and they were wonderful; melt in your mouth like butter. My food was hot, fresh and delicious. The other two ordered fish. The fish was fresh and were quality cuts. One person had Mahi Mahi. His fish was warm and the accompanying corn pudding was cold. The temperature of the third person's fish was warm, but not steaming fresh from the grill. There aren't a lot of items to choose from on the menu, but overall selection should appeal to most diners. it is a relaxing environment and we had good service.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food2
ambience2
service2

Our experience tonight was less than fav ...

Dined on March 11, 2016

Our experience tonight was less than favorable. Our daughter is gluten intolerant and we asked our waiter what items on the menu were GF. He informed us that most items beside the pasta were in fact gluten free. We told him she had been looking forward to returning to CQ's since her last birthday on 7/30/2015. She told him she had the braised beef ribs and ordered the same item. When the food was delivered to our table by the manager my husband double checked that they were prepared gluten free. The manager told us that the meat was actually dipped in flour and then fried. He said the chef changed the menu in 2012 because it made the meat more tender. Seriously?! Who goes backwards with their menu with regards to GF? We informed him we were at CQ's July 2015, even showing him a picture of her braised short ribs. Our daughter is very proactive with her condition and is quite a foodie. He ignored what we were saying and became quite defensive with us. He then told us he wouldn't charge us for her dinner and asked her what she would like instead. She ended up with a very bland bowl of shrimp and grits that lacked flavor and presentation. The hostess graciously offered to put it in a to go box and being polite we let her. Unfortunately, the cheap container leaked all over my jeans and my husband's car. So, when we returned to our villa we spent another 30 minutes cleaning up that mess. Might be a good idea to spend a little extra money for better containers and a to go bag. Check out some of your competition for ideas. Considering she had not eaten and this is our last night on the island, we called one of our new favorite restaurants and ordered her dinner which we knew was gluten free from the other two times we had dined there this week. We went to CQ's because we have come to HHI for over 20 years and it has always been a family favorite. After tonight's experience and the lack of concern for our daughter's sensitivity we will not be returning.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent

Dined on March 10, 2016

Consistently excellent year after year. One of the island's best.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience3
service5
value2

Uncomfortable!

vip
Dined on March 10, 2016

Some of the most uncomfortable chairs (Loft level) I have sat in at a restaurant. Loft level is tight but the server was excellent.

food5
ambience5
service5

Everything was great. Have eaten here se ...

vip
Dined on March 1, 2016

Everything was great. Have eaten here several times. Would definitely go back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Very nice Enjoyed looking at the variou ...

Dined on March 1, 2016

Very nice Enjoyed looking at the various pictures posted around inside.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent food and service!

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

Can't wait to go back! Our waiter was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious! Nice atmosphere.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service4
value3

Disappointed

vip
Dined on February 16, 2016

We have been to CQs many times over the past 3 years. This experience was different. The special steak was nothing special. The light near our table felt like we were being interrogated and to top things off, some couple was doing FaceTime with their grandkids from the table and being quite loud. We will not be back anytime soon.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Our valentine's dinner had excellent ser ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Our valentine's dinner had excellent service, and very nice food presentation. The four of us enjoyed the meal and quiet atmosphere ( a lot of places on the island are noisy ). Of course more expensive but worth it for special occasion.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Lovely dinner

Dined on February 14, 2016

Perfect site for our Valentine's Day dinner. Food was delicious and service was attentive.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The Best!

vip
Dined on February 13, 2016

CQ's Has been and is still my favorite restaurant on Hilton Head Island. Eric, the host and manager of this lovely restaurant ,is the best.His staff, work very hard, and are very attentive to every detail of your dining experience. Food is wonderful, and extensive choices on the menu, including specials. The ambience is very special. The feel of an quaint old house in New England. Low ceilings and creaky wood floors. Bring you back to another time. If you have not been, please go. Make sure to sit in main dining room, upstairs or bar area which is also quite nice. I look forward to dining there again very soon. My only suggestion to Eric or Bonnie, is Please get an EXPRESSO MACHINE!! We have been asking for the last 10 yrs. Its Time. It would be a very nice finish to a wonderful meal. For us at Least! Thank You Jim & Millie Skarkas. Always a Pleasure

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Local Restaurant

vip
Dined on February 12, 2016

CQ's is located in one of the first buildings in the Harbor Town area of Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island. We have been there many times for dinner and have never been disappointed. This last time there my wife, a vegetarian, asked the chef to "surprise" her. After dinner she told the waitress that her meal was the best vegetarian dish she had ever eaten at any restaurant on Hilton Head Island. They always use fresh local seafood and veggies.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Always a romantic restaurant

vip
Dined on February 12, 2016

Our meals were delicious and beautiful (Ahi tuna and chicken) and because it was BOGO through February, a GREAT value also!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Nice dinner

Dined on February 10, 2016

We decided to take advantage of CQ's February special of buy one entree, get one entree free. Unfortunately for me, I have a dairy allergy plus it was Ash Wednesday so my choices were already limited. My husband said the clam chowder was excellent [dairy base so a no for me.] I was hoping for a non-cream based soup option since it was a cold day. Not to be…the only soup was a tomato cheese. The cedar plank salmon on the early bird menu sounded great, but the salmon I had off the full menu was just okay. The center was more under cooked and the flavoring was missing as it was just a piece of grilled salmon. I expected Great since we had an awesome dinner a few months prior.

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service3
value4

Maybe the main Chef was not there?

vip
Dined on January 31, 2016

We have been to CQ's several times the last two years but our latest dinner was just OK, we were a bit disappointed. There are too many restaurants in Hilton Head that are great and to settle for a restaurant that is OK for dinner doesn't appeal to us.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We travel to Hilton Head yearly and ALWA ...

Dined on January 24, 2016

We travel to Hilton Head yearly and ALWAYS go to CQ's. Great food, great service, nice, comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: romantic, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

CQ's Night Out

Dined on January 19, 2016

My wife and I have eaten at CQ's in the past. It remains one of our favorites on the Island. Our most recent visit was to celebrate her birthday. I made reservations on the OpenTable web site and requested that the restaurant serve us a creme brulee with a candle as dessert. When we arrived the hostess greeted my wife with a cheerful "happy birthday". That seemed a nice touch. After our dinner the creme brulee came with a candle, right on time. She was please and thus I was please. Really a nice evening and good occasion..

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Our Harbour town favorite

Dined on January 19, 2016

We love CQ's and always go there at least once when on the island! Great bar, food, service and place to meet people.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Nice vintage restaurant

Dined on January 15, 2016

Very good venue has history behind it as an artist home...very clean. Just didn't like our seating though. Would have liked a different section which did not have ambience and very loud.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

Great food but strange experience

vip
Dined on January 13, 2016

We ordered Grouper and Scallops for our two entrees. Meals are pricy except in Jan-Feb when entrees are BOGO, a great deal. The entrees were excellent but experience was off-kilter. My manhattan was ordered "up" but came with rocks and the server asked if that would be okay after he set it down in front of me. It's kind of like ordering one thing and being asked to take another after it's placed on the table. We weren't served the amuse-bouche that other tables got. We were never offered bread though the setting was in place. My entrée was great but the fries were not included with it. By the time the server brought them we had finished the meals. Even the check was a few dollars off. We loved the food but wondered about the rest.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great for a specials evening or comfortable dinner

Dined on December 31, 2015

Beautiful Christmas decorations,attentive service, good food and beverages made for a special evening. Looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Hilton Head Classic

Dined on December 30, 2015

I have known the CQs restaurant for over 30 years. One set of prior owners were my neighbors. CQs remains an upscale, classy restaurant in Harbour Town, the only one of its kind. Make reservations and enjoy a night out with your spouse or friends. Food is excellent, service is impeccable. I have never felt rushed when enjoying a meal here. CQs is a must if you are looking for a quiet meal followed by a stroll through Harbour Town along the yatch basin. Don't miss out-- reserve early, especially during peak seasons. Relax and enjoy!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Food

Dined on December 29, 2015

We had another great dinner at CQ's. As always food was rich in flavor and service is always top notch.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Delicious

vip
Dined on December 25, 2015

I always love coming here and I am never disappointed. We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner. The duck is fabulous! The tuna is excellent. The chocolate peanut butter cake melts in your mouth. Make a reservation right now, you will enjoy it.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service3

Reliably a great meal and experience eac ...

vip
Dined on December 20, 2015

Reliably a great meal and experience each time! Don't miss a drink at the bar pre dinner.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

CQ's 20 Years

Dined on December 7, 2015

We have been going to CQ's for over 20 years on trips to Hilton Head. Always exceeds our expectations for food and service. Plan on continuing the tradition!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Still the best!

Dined on December 6, 2015

I've eaten here several times when vacationing on HHI but never in December. They had a wonderful promotion for December so we ate here twice. Both times the food was delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant, however, perhaps not for little ones.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

Went there 3 times in 3 days in HH. Grea ...

vip
Dined on December 6, 2015

Went there 3 times in 3 days in HH. Great food and service!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list

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