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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.
Beaufort, SC 29902-5513
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
What a gem for Beaufort! My husband took me for my 50th b-day and it was perfect. The owner was our waiter and he was so helpful. He even suggested sharing a few items instead of trying to make us each order an appetizer, pasta and entrée. The menu changes daily based on what is fresh. We shared a charcuterie of meats and a tagliatelle with 3 cheeses. Both were outstanding. I don't usually go for the vegetarian option, but after the cheesy pasta dish, I wanted a lighter entrée and got the roasted asparagus with fontina cheese, an egg and garlic crostini. The asparagus was cooked perfectly and the yolk made such a nice sauce for the dish. My husband had the steak and mushrooms and he loved it. They gave us a complimentary dessert of chocolate pot de crème with cherries and it was divine! We were already full, but we just couldn't stop eating it! We found out the restaurant was celebrating their 5th year anniversary of being open and we hope we'll be back for their 10th, 15th and 20th anniversaries!! One other little tidbit- there was a cute older couple sitting next to us and they each has a glass of wine with their meal. They must have mentioned to the owner how much they liked it, because when they left, he wrapped up a bottle of the same wine for them to take, free of charge. They seemed surprised but really grateful. With that kind of service, I have no doubt this restaurant will be around for many years to come.
We shared two antipasti; the veal meatballs and the mozzarella with roasted Italian sausage both were superb. Laura's fabulous homemade tagliatelle verde is made with fresh kale in a sage butter sauce. For our Secondi, we had a "melt in your mouth" pork and delicious roasted winter vegetable stew. Riccardo offers excellent advice for pairing a wine with the meal. We had a very enjoyable evening.
We only eat there as often as we can. When family or friends are in town this is a "must do", number one on their list - which is fine with us. It's not your grandpa's I-tal-in restaurant. (Unless he's actually Italian.)
The cuisine is authentic Piedmontese - Northern Italian with a slight nod to the Low Country. If you like to eat a loaf of bread with your meal - don't go there. They serve (great) bread only with those dishes that would call for it in Piedmont. Without exception every dish is made with the best fresh ingredients, sized to allow you to enjoy 3-4 courses without getting stuffed. Laura (the chef) adds her magic to every plate.
Add to that Riccardo's wine list and talent for selecting the wine or wines to accompany your meal and you have a perfect evening. The menu changes daily so you never know until you get there what surprises await!
Just a great place to have a fantastic meal. Great wine list, I recommend letting Ricardo pick! He will then suggest which of each course to have with his wine selection(s). He seems to love that responsibility and he is good at it. It makes him happy! The food is incredible and you can see and taste the love that goes into the preparation and presentation of each dish.
Go with the flow and you will be happy!!
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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.
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 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 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 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.
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
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