About Griffin Market
Griffin Market brings relaxed elegance and a taste of Italy’s Piedmont region to the low country of South Carolina. Situated on Carteret Street in historic downtown Beaufort, the restaurant features the culinary and wine expertise of Laura and Riccardo Bonino. The couple moved the restaurant from its original location in the neighborhood of Georgetown, Washington D.C. in 2011. Laura is a veteran executive chef whose talent has been featured at numerous fine-dining restaurants across the country. Riccardo is an accomplished sommelier and is recognized for his unique gift for pairing wine with food. Griffin Market offers seasonal fare made with expert refinement for dinner 6 days a week and lunch 3 days a week.
Hours of Operation:
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Griffin Market Ratings and Reviews
This is one of the best restaurants in B ...
This is one of the best restaurants in Beaufort. The Sunday evening prix fixe menu is an excellent way to sample a variety of menu options at a fair price. My only wish is that they would brighten up the atmosphere. The wall color is too dark and the lighting is poor.
Superb ingredients prepared simply and e ...
Superb ingredients prepared simply and expertly; served in a friendly and professional manner; accompanied by excellent wine selected to enhance the whole experience from an outstanding wine list by a very knowledgeable expert...what could be better!? That is a typical dinner at Griffin Market....
We went here for a special occasion, hea ...
We went here for a special occasion, hearing it was the best restaurant in Beaufort according to reviews and Pat Conroy's favorite . Fa-geda-bou-dit! Pat was a great writer, but obviously did not know good food or fine dining.
The owner dressed in sneakers and sloppy garb, looking much like a hippie needing a bath, seated us next to a street window that had chipping paint and cobwebs and overgrown weeds outside. We needed to move the table slightly to give my wife a little more room to which the owner said what are you doing?...very rude.
The food was ordinary at best, bread served only with appetizers, second and main courses. The wine list was extensive and expensive with a few varieties by the glass. When I asked for Peroni the waiter looked at me like I was from Mars...they did have Moretti.
I have dined all over the world in the finest restaurants, and Griffen's Market was far the worst.
We obviously will never go there again and warn those inclined to and expecting the best.
Always one of our favorites. Food is con ...
Always one of our favorites. Food is consistently wonderful. Service is always good, they make you feel very special. You are never rushed. Each course is a presentation. Great wines...cannot say enough... if you want a special evening this is the place!
Extremely limited menu, no substitutions ...
Extremely limited menu, no substitutions, no separate checks, no butter allowed for bread,
bread served only with certain foods and certain courses, no deletions of any items from
salad or entre', no going to the kitchen and talking to the chef......and so on
We felt like third graders
In other words, the chef is always right...not the customer
We loved Griffin Market. We were thrille ...
We loved Griffin Market. We were thrilled with our 4 course meals. The whole branzino was cooked perfectly and nestled on top of summer tomatoes, arugula, and fennel salad. The shrimp entree was served over creamy polenta with delicious sauce. Our pasta course had long thick pasta sprinkled with olive oil and basil and tomatoes. We also had an end of summer salad. Dessert was a special chocolate cake. The owners are very serious about their restaurant being a special place for people to dine. Prices were reasonable considering the quality.
We happened on Griffin Market while sear ...
We happened on Griffin Market while searching online for a nice restaurant to dine with friends on a Sunday evening. Although we live in Beaufort we didn't know this restaurant existed. There is no sign on the building. The Griffin Market can probably survive on word of mouth, it is an Italian restaurant that some might label as pricey, but what you get for the cost is wonderful and it's not the usual "Italian Fare." It was a real discovery. The Sunday hours were 6-9 and it was a 4 course meal with a fixed price of $38.00, wine is not included and some wines are VERY expensive. Not sure what weeknight meals are like, but Sunday's meal was fabulous. We will return soon.
We usually reserve Griffin Market when w ...
We usually reserve Griffin Market when we want one of the most special restaurants in Beaufort. We always try to take out of town guests so they have the experience of authentic Italian dishes prepared by Laura. Ricardo is always a pleasure to chat with and he never fails to recommend exactly the right wine for dinner. Not to be missed if you find yourself in Beaufort SC.
Love Griffin Market!! My wife and I have ...
Love Griffin Market!! My wife and I have been going there for the last few years when we venture to Beaufort or Hilton Head. Food is always amazing, and they offer a fabulous selection of wines. Desserts are always a treat too!! :)
Superb, superb, superb. Griffin Market( ...
Superb, superb, superb. Griffin Market(GM) is one of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort. We are 45 minutes away but having lunch or dinner at GM is always GREAT and we do not mind the traveling! The Vitello Tonnato, the pasta linguini and eveything on the menu is delicious. We both had appetizers, primi and secondi platti + dessert. Service always the BEST! Congratulations to Laura and Riccardo. Ricardo and Josefina
It was our first time and everything met ...
It was our first time and everything met our expectations and more...Delicious, friendly, romantic. From the fresh vibrant appetizers, homemade pasta and delicate sauce, my skirt steak was cooked just right with a delicious mushroom sauce and the dessert, decadent and just the amount.
We are particular about Italian food. T ...
We are particular about Italian food. This place certainly met our expectations for quality, well prepared Northern Italian cuisine. The menu was not extensive as their focus was obviously on serving a menu with special preparation. And it showed. The cured meats antipasti, watermelon orange olive oil infused salad and pasta with crab were all superb. The wine list was also notably the best list I have seen in the region even though it was primarily Italian.
All in all this was a lovely meal and will be a place we will expect to return to often.
This is an amazing find in Beaufort for ...
This is an amazing find in Beaufort for authentic Italian food. Portions were perfect for a three course meal and wine suggestions were spot on. Lovely service with fun conversation. We will definitely be back many times
One of the top Italian restaurants in th ...
One of the top Italian restaurants in the eastern US. Authentic and well executed. Great wine list. Obviously very C aring owner and chef husband and wife combo. Passion and excellence are abundant here. From Rob Mondavi, Jr
We went to the Sunday night prix-fixe me ...
We went to the Sunday night prix-fixe menu for the first time. 3 appetizers for the table to share, and a choice of 1 of 3 items from the primi, secundi, and dessert courses. I've always been delighted with the wines I've had. Fresh pastas and fresh local herbs and foods. Great music that pairs well with dining and talking.
Griffin Market is a real treat -- its ou ...
Griffin Market is a real treat -- its our new favorite restaurant in Beaufort/Hilton Head/Bluffton. A small restaurant, sometimes its tough to get a reservation. It's a very friendly place. What is key for me is that the management seems to go to pains to ensure that the tables (reservations) are spaced in time properly so that the kitchen is never overwhelmed. Therefore, all the meal comes out ideally paced and well prepared. The pastas are all handmade, and are among the best we have had. The "secondi" are varied with balanced flavors. It has an exceptional wine list and the owner is very knowledgeable about the wines. Great place!
Outstanding food and service. Small, qui ...
Outstanding food and service. Small, quiet, with great atmosphere. Excellent wine list. Sunday was fixed menu, but selections were great, as were the portion sizes. We'll be back for out next special occasion meal!
My goto place in Beufort
We were greeted as if we were friends or family, The menu is nothing short of enticing and the actual meal product lived up to the expectations. I loved the dishes, the presentation and the wonderfully fresh tastes. We asked Richardo to select a wine for us and after a few questions he made a selection that hit he nail on the head. The greens were all local. The herbs from their garden and the pasta was home made. It is not a cheap place to dine but the overall experience is worth every penny. As Arnold is want to say - I'll be back.
Great location. Amazing food and excelle ...
Great location. Amazing food and excellent service. I had one complaint, and it's very minor. Some or blinds for the windows for around sunset so that certain tables aren't blinded by the sun at that if day. Everything else was perfect. Thank you!
Truly Outstanding Meal
This was a truly great meal. We went with a Kale pasta which was outstanding, and also the best spaghetti tossed pasta I have ever had. My wife had the Pork Belly and I had the oxtail. Both just melted in your mouth. Absolutely outstanding. We are already lining up to come here next week and the week after and the week after that!!
A BIRTHDAY TREAT!!!!
This was our 7th time here, we came for my birthday celebration.Once again an oustanding meal consisting of Italian ham with cantelope, homemade penne with pesto ,potatoes and asparagus,a braised oxtail entree and chicken Milanese entree .3 courses each paired [by our host] with a wonderful wine by the glass.Then a mouthwatering dessert.A spectacular dinner! Worth the two and a half hour drive! Always special as it was this evening
What a restaurant. From start to finish ...
What a restaurant. From start to finish everything is perfect. The wine list is extensive. The appetizers are very good and the portion sizes is just right. The pasta dishes can be shared. The entrees are also just the right size. Overall the whole dining experience is just wonderful.
My husband and I were very happy to find ...
My husband and I were very happy to find this wonderful restaurant. The pasta was excellent, the best I've had outside of Italy. We shared an order and will not do that again, I want a whole one for myself. The other courses were very good as well and the wines recommended by our host were also excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and are looking forward to our next visit.
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