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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
Griffin Market Ratings and Reviews
My palate is still salivating!
Ricardo is a chef who loves food. He greets his diners with real enthusiasm. The dining experience is fabulous. A notable meal with everything fixed to perfection. Wines truly compliment the food!! 5 Stars!
Our favorite restaurant and a great reas ...
Our favorite restaurant and a great reason to celebrate.
The wine list is amazing!
The wine list is just outstanding especially for a sleepy town such as Beaufort.I think the food is equally as outstanding as the wine and we are lucky to have a combination of a talented Chef and deep wine list in such a small town.Sam
Food was outstanding but
Portions were too small, and I'm not a big eater. When I left, I needed a small snack.
Italy in Beaufort
Small, intimate place with outstanding food in the Northern Italy style. The wine list is awesome and fairly priced. If you love Italian food you will love Griffen Market.
Excellent ..... best small restaurant in Beaufort
Roberto and Edward were very attentive all during our meal !!!
Was at the Griffin Market for their Sunday "fixed price" dinner. Great food prepared well. No "drinks" on Sunday, only wine. But the wine list is outstanding. Reservations a must as Sunday is typically "sold out".
Authentic Italian. Wonderfully delicious. Family owned. Menu changes daily. MUST have reservations. In the words of the unique owner "it's not about tables available, it's about preparation!" Trust his recommendations.
Great as ususal
Menu is always filled with delight offering. It is northern Italian food, which is light and delightful. Something for everyone.
Gorgeous Food! This is a favorite restaurant!
We don't get to dine there nearly often enough because we live in Charleston, but we go there WHENEVER we get to Beaufort! Some HS friends were visiting in Beaufort and we wanted to share this gem with them so we suggested dinner and booked a motel. My email from Jamie said that it was "really an experience" and "the food was awesome; we've talked about it all weekend"! My husband and I agree. And they have the MOST luscious wines -- and the reds are served at the PROPER temperature -- the temp of the cave they are aged in, which is not the same temperature as a dining room, I assure you! Even by the glass, the reds are done right. Friends said it was the best Chardonnay they'd ever had also (an Italian one). The Tagliatelle Verdi was a huge hit, as were the Chicken Liver Crostini and, a favorite of mine, the Vitello Tonnato. But my girlfriend also really enjoyed the Tuscan vegetable stew and my husband and I loved the roasted whole fish - perfectly cooked and dressed with a lovely and light lemony salad. Ricardo, the owner, returned my phone call and even personally guided us in to the parking lot (next to their own fresh vegetable and herb garden) when I telephoned for directions. It was a perfect evening.
From the Crostini with Pate and the Veal Tonnato to the Seared Duck Breast and the Sheepshead (a fish I had never had the pleasure of trying before), all the food was first rate. Some great finds on a very extensive wine list. Highly recommend as a restaurant on the top of the vibrant Beaufort dining scene.
A Piece of Italy in Beaufort
This is not your typical Italian American restaurant, but a real authentic Italian restaurant in Beaufort SC. They are only open a few nights a week for a few hours each night, so it is not the typical food mill. The wife cooks, the husband takes the food and wine orders, plus make suggestions in his heavily accented Italian. That wait staff was very attentive. The food was excellent and the service and attention to detail superb. Dinner is served in three courses, so you have a chance to truly experience each flavor sensation. It was a wonderful dining experience. Make sure you know their address since there is no name on the building. We would not have found this hidden gem if we had not been told about it by friends.
Authentic Italian Cuisine in downtown Beaufort.
We have been to this restaurant many times, and it never fails to delight us. It is unpretentious, with an understated authority regarding the food. The cuisine is Northern Italian. The pastas are great, I love the Pasta Verde (Kale pasta) with peas. There are modest servings, so you don't feel overwhelmed by the amount of food, but you leave completely satisfied that you have had a special meal, prepared and presented by Ricardo, the real deal, and his fantastic wife.
The place to go in Beaufort
Griffin Market is a wonderful secret. There is no sign. There is no indication at all that an amazing dining experience is hidden behind its low brick wall, but what awaits inside is a superior dining experience. The menu is limited - northern Italian with a touch of low country. The Insalata de Mare is fantastic. The wine selection equal to any fine place in a much larger city. The service was great, but you come here for the food and having done so several time we have never been disappointed. Making a reservation and enjoy a delightful evening.
Excellent restaurant in every way
We are often guests at Griffin Market and love it every time. We have never had a bad meal. Very Italian with owner from Italy and his wife is the chef. The pasta is so wonderful and the meats melt in your mouth. Appetizers are unique and always try not to have one, but can't help myself! The very best! We love it. The wine list is so thick with wonderful Italian wines that we try whatever the owner recommends! Always perfect
Always a great experience dining at griffin market. The service and food are exceptional. We especially enjoy the Sunday evening menu. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone
Griffin Market is my husband's and my favorite restaurant in the Low Country. Laura prepares pasta from scratch so it is light and flavorable. Ricardo is the gracious host who helps guests choose the perfect wine with Laura's food.
Beaufort Neighborhood gem
The food is fresh Italian food. The preparations are unique, great eye appeal, the flavors are lovely. Most enjoyable.
A real find!
Thoroughly enjoyed my meal. The salad, with calamari and octopus, was excellent and distinctive, and the branzino was delicious.
Great Food, Great Service
As usual my wife and I had a great Italian meal. The real thing prepared by a superbly talented chef. The owner, who is Italian, takes care of the front of the house as well as some serving and is always on the lookout for his patrons satisfaction and needs. The restaurant is small enough to be warm and romantic and the food is beautiful. We will continue to go to Griffin Market as often as we can get in.
Great People ( Laura and Riccardo) Great Service Great Wine Great Food Pasta that is Palate Friendly Pampered Dishes so fine People Friendly Scumptous Dishes So fine is the Wine Sauces that compliment All is good try anything & I think you will enjoy - let Riccardo help you with your choice of Wine
The food, especially the pasta, and serv ...
The food, especially the pasta, and service were exceptional!
While staying in Savannah we drove about an hour to Beaufort to this gem of a restaurant. Make sure you have the address because there is no sign out front. It was so worth it. Everything we ordered was wonderful. They suggest 4 courses and my husband and I split the kale pappardelle pasta course but ordered our own for the other 3 courses and were not disappointed. The panna cotta was the best I ever had. The chocolate torte was to die for. The watermelon salad was unique and flavorful. The pate crostini was wonderful. My chicken was cooked to perfection and tender. It was by far the best food we had in the Savannah area during our 4 day stay.
Great Local FInd
Griffin Market is one of the gems in Beaufort, SC. Outstanding Italian cuisine with a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, I highly recommend the Sunday fixed-price meal.
I was given verbal recommendations from neighbors in Palmetto Bluff but my husband and I never seemed to remember to drive to Beaufort to eat at Griffin Market. Since I had an appointment in the area, we made a reservation for lunch. What a treat! I was expecting heavy, tomato-based pasta dishes and instead, was pleasantly surprised to read that the menu was derived from the Piemonte (Piedmont) region. This region was influential in the Slow Food Movement and Griffin Market embraces this. We started with a thinly sliced roast beef first course with tonnato sauce and a beautiful toasted baguette drizzled with olive oil. Both of use were eager to eat our second courses after experiencing this delightful dish. Bob had the kale pasta with a very light cream sauce and I had the Italian tuna sandwich that blew me away. We will definitely be back and, next time, we will partake in their extensive wine list.
Best food and wine in Beaufort.
When you walk in to Griffin Market you step into a very relaxed atmosphere with a European feel. The food is exceptional and always something special. Three courses offered, and the menu is designed to flow thru the courses. Ricardo has built an exceptional wine list, very deep in Italian wines which are all food friendly. First place I go when in Beaufort.
GREAT FOOD,WINE & RICCARDO WILL ENTERTAIN YOU!
Wonderful dining experience, only the freshest ingredients used, menu changes daily, great veal carpaccio, watermelon salad, and entrees that blow your socks off! Let owner Riccardo pick the wines from he extensive wine list! Save room for a great dessert! This restaurant is more than good enough to be in NYC or any major city! What a find!
Griffin Market is a treat. The food is unlike any Italian food you can find without putting some research into it. It is authentic and perfectly done Piedmontese cuisine. The service is impeccable, the wine list very impressive, the atmosphere quiet and serious. My only complaint is the lighting, which is not flattering.
sunday night special
We have dined at Griffin before and find the food to be stunningly delicious. Because we were in town for the Beaufort Symphony, we went to Griffin on Sunday, not realizing that Sunday night's are a prix fix menu. While it is great value to have 4 courses for $38.........we somehow did not enjoy the food quite as much. We will keep Griffin at the very top of our favorites list, but avoid Sunday nights. As i said in an earlier review, the ambiance is non existent, the only charm comes from the owners, the staff and the superlative quality of the jaw droppingly delicious food. Do go and treat yourself to an evening at Griffin.
Our favorite Beaufort, SC, restaurant by far.
Four friends had a pleasant Sunday evening on February 28. We love the ease of Sunday night fixed price dining when all first course plates ("appetizers") are brought to the table to share. There are three choices per course for the remainder of the meal. Our choices of three-meat pasta, clams, stew, and chicken were all praised. No leftovers! Three of us chose the berries with crispy crust for dessert; one ordered the beautiful chocolate cake/gelato creation ...joy all 'round. We usually rely on Ricardo for the wine choice; we were thinking a light red; he suggested a slightly more full-bodied red that was new to all of us. Perfect. Service is always low-key and just the right amount of attention. We stayed a long time after we were finished to chat, tell stories, and catch up. There's never any pressure to finish and leave. Reservations seem to be limited so that one's table is exclusive for an evening. Griffin Market is a delightful evening dining experience. Reserve well in advance.
This place is a delightful surprise. It ...
This place is a delightful surprise. It is lovely ,the service and the food are excellent 😍. The owner checks with people at each table to insure everyone is pleased with their meal. I highly recommend Griffin Market.
Love this restaurant
The family owned and run Griffin Market is a gem. The food always changes but is always very good. They have selections on their menu that will please anyone. My husband and I love going there and bring people all the time to experience this neighborhood gem.
Truly Fine Dining
The food, the wine, the service -- everything -- are always the best one can expect. Most recently, there were six of us and the price fixe menu they have on Sundays gave us all great choices. And, unlike some places, if we need help with wine, Ricardo suggests the appropriate choice(s), not the most expensive.
Excellent food, service. Beautiful wine list! Chicken Milanese vey nice.
Once agin GM exceeded our expectations. ...
Once agin GM exceeded our expectations. The food was fresh and fantastic as always !!
This is certainly one of the premiere re ...
This is certainly one of the premiere restaurants in Beaufort and, in our opinion, all of the Low Country. Menus consistently feature fresh ingredients. Dishes taste great and portions are reasonably sized. Chef is always a presence and approachable. Her husband, who also acts as the maitre de, is a charming and knowledgeable fellow. Together, they have made the place a great dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere.
This is the best restaurant in Beaufort
Griffin Market is a find if you can find it. No signage, looks like a CPA office on the outside except for the lime green wall but is a culinary gem for Italian food. Ricardo the owner is extremely particular regarding the menu and wine paring but that is what makes this the best food in Beaufort if not SC. You will have a wonderful intimate experience. Enjoy!!
Wonderful indulgent weekend lunch. Amaz ...
Wonderful indulgent weekend lunch. Amazing Ricotta Bruschetta. Can't wait to return. Every dish we tried was fantastic
Best Italian in the SC Low Country!
Another wonderful evening at our favorite local restaurant! Food is fantastic! Unparalleled wine List! Ricardo and Laura are gracious hosts!
Always a pleasure dining at Griffin Mark ...
Always a pleasure dining at Griffin Market. Riccardo is quite accommodating and his knowledge of wine is exceptional. Want a fine dining experience ? Book Griffin Market !
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