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
GM is getting boring....Same fabulous fo ...
GM is getting boring....Same fabulous food, same great, friendly service, superb wines; nothing changes - except I'm getting older and harder to please - they don't seem to have a problem with that. I'll keep going back until they disappoint. So far it about 140-0, favor GM....It's not for everyone. If you think an authentic Piedmontese Restaurant should serve a couple of loves of bread, spaghetti and meatballs, go somewhere else, please. It's hard enough to get a table there as it is (unless you know Contessa...) ;-)
Our 3rd time having dinner at Griffin Ma ...
Our 3rd time having dinner at Griffin Market. It was as good this time as it was the first two times. It gives you the feeling that you are in a restaurant in Italy. The food is fresh and the wine list extensive. It has to be good if the owner is serving it! We will return.
What a gem of a place to have in our lit ...
What a gem of a place to have in our little town of Beaufort. The food is remarkable...all the way to the dessert...we are not drinkers so we did not opt for wine paired with our dinner but I am sure if we did it would have been another home run. There are only two weak links for us.
The coffee is sub standard drip.
The music offered was a good choice but a bit loud and looped with it advertising
the stations name over and over...
Can not wait to take visiting family members and ourselves back!
It was great to get back to one of our f ...
It was great to get back to one of our favorite restaurants in the South. We were first introduced to Griffin Market by the late, great Pat Conroy, and we've been in love with dining there ever since. The husband-and-wife team of Riccardo and Laura make any visit special, with Riccardo handling the front of the house and his wine expertise and Laura fashioning creative Italian-leaning fare. We highly recommend Griffin Market and can't wait to return!
Wine was fantastic, ambiance and service ...
Wine was fantastic, ambiance and service was great, food was just decent. The appetizers were really good, primi pasta was just ok (a pasta in a butter sauce, nice but the flavors of the peppers kinda clashed with the dish), secondi courses were good but not great (sausage and peppers and a Parmesan crusted chicken dish). Both were kinda bland.
Chef Laura never disappoints. Our frien ...
Chef Laura never disappoints. Our friends from Ohio loved their mozzarella and prosciutto appetizer, the handmade tagliatelle (which is to die for), as well as an unusual sausage dish. Husband loved his chicken, and I loved my lamb shoulder and beans. We love lamb and cook it often, but we can never get that beautiful somewhat sticky texture that Chef Laura perfectly executed. Riccardo suggested the perfect Sangiovese to accompany our meals. All in all, a delightful experience. We are not easy to please, and we agree with the late Pat Conroy who opined that Griffin Market is the best Italian food that the state of SC has ever seen.
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.
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