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Griffin Market

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403 Carteret St, Beaufort, SC 29902
843-524-0240
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Griffin Market brings relaxed elegance and a taste of Italy’s Piedmont...
Griffin Market brings relaxed elegance and a taste of Italy’s Piedmont region to the lowcountry 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.
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Casual Dining

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  • 17
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hidden Gem

If you don't know it' s location you would drive right past its u imposing facade, but would lose out on wonderful northern Italian food. Menu changes constantly, but best recommendation is looking forward to returning soon!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

If you don't know it' s location you would drive right past its u imposing facade, but would lose out on wonderful northern Italian food. Menu changes constantly, but best recommendation is looking forward to returning soon!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful experience. Great food, fantastic service. Laura is a wonderful chef who uses fresh ingredients to create an inviting menu. We had seafood appetizer filled with delicately cooked octopus, mussels, and shrimp. We followed that with sage pasta with fava beans and asparagus and for our entree fresh mussels in a wine and leek mussel broth. Yum!!!!! Portion... More 

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Straight for being a high end Georgetown icon, driven away by the high DC rents and the rat race, this is a wonderful addition to the Beaufort restaurant scene with true Italian food and a good wine list.

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Dallas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We had a fabulous dinner at the Griffin Market. It is Italian cuisine serving 3 courses and very authentic. Each course was delicious. It is a bit pricey but worth every penny.

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Columbus, Georgia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Griffin Market is the wonderful result of the collaboration of Laura and Riccardo. She is the chef and he handles the front of the house, personally waiting on every table and taking every order himself. Riccardo is a superb sommelier and has detailed knowledge of every item on the menu, which changes daily according to the availability of seasonal ingredients.... More 

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The best tuna sandwich ever made with marvellous italian tuna topped with finely sliced radishes and thinly sliced hard cooked egg. It is not drenched in mayo but absolutely delizioso and served on fantastic bread with fresh mixed green salad.

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Kennebunk, Maine
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125 reviews 125 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If you are near Beaufort, SC, make reservations via Open Table for Griffin Market. It might be a bit on th epricey side, but it will not leave you disappointed. It is worth every penny you spend here. Excellent wine selection and a staff thta knows it wines! The pasa is frsh and everything is homemade. The beet salad and... More 

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Baltimore
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Griffin Market was a little bit hard to find (no sign) but when we did we were greeted like long lost friends. Ricardo is your host, and his Italian charm will warm your heart. Plus the food, prepared by his wife, will tickle your taste buds. We are foodies, but will put this restaurant on our memorable all time list.... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for something reminiscent of old world restaurants and food, this is it. However, you'd better know where you are going since there is no sign. Very intimate. The food was exquisite. Went with another couple to celebrate two mutual birthdays and we were not disappointed. The housemade pasta was feather-light. The wine list can be intimidating,... More 

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Topeka KS
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104 reviews 104 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This was a great spot for dinner on Sunday evening, when many of Beaufort's restaurants are closed. I enjoyed everything served on the prix fixe menu, and it was not your everyday Italian. Unfortunately, the service wasn't quite up to snuff. It was competent and not unpleasant, but not once was I asked if I'd like more wine or a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 403 Carteret St, Beaufort, SC 29902
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Beaufort
  • Phone Number: 843-524-0240

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Griffin Market brings relaxed elegance and a taste of Italy’s Piedmont region to the lowcountry 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?