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
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.
Overall we had a fantastic time. The se ...
Overall we had a fantastic time. The service was exceptional. I was raised NOT to clear a table until everyone was finished eating. This is the first restaurant I have been in where they did not clear the table until all were finished. The wine, at the recommendation of the owner, was a delightful red wine, and exactly what we requested as far as taste was concerned. The overall experience was exceptional, however, a little pricey!
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
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.
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