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403 Carteret St, Beaufort, SC 29902
843-524-0240
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Dinner
Reservations

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  • 135
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The Food Is Special Here

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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Topeka KS
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Topeka KS
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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Savannah, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We had to peek in to see this place. The people who work here are very nice and sweet. The Fire & Rescue Dept. seem to have made it their luncheon stop, which speaks volumes. A lovely addition to a grand old town.

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Statesboro, Georgia
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298 reviews 298 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

As good as you good expect for this area, this simply styled restaurant served an interesting tasting menu ($70 a head, drinks not included) that included some original though generally heavy foods/ sauces. Ravioli with cod, risotto in squid ink, octopus in a mushroom soup etc. No meat. Virtually no vegetable and no fruit. The pasta was somewhat overcooked, but... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

As a Charlestonian who has access to some of the best food in the country, I admit that I'm a bit of a food snob. Still, I'm more than willing to give props, where props are due. I am overjoyed that Beaufort has more than one decent restaurant to its name and the Griffin Market is among them. Did I... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Nice place. Food is good, nothing I would consider outstanding, but decent. Small portions with an excessive price. Service is acceptable and host is friendly.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

My husband and I ate at Griffin Market twice last week, and our only regret was that we could not stay in Beaufort for a few more days so we could eat there more times. This is one of our regular spots when visiting South Carolina, and it is as good as ever. I had to beat my husband off... More 

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Lotus, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

What a lovely dining experience! My husband and I went on a Sunday evening when a limited menu, inclusive price, four course meal was served. Every single dish, from the appetizer to dessert was unique and delicious! The wine list is extensive and equally impressive. Trip Advisor rates Garden Market $$, I would rate it $$$... and worth every penny!

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Great menu, I can't believe I ordered their frankfurter with all the topping. It was so tasty, I recommend trying it.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I loved how the owner came up and started speaking Italian to my wife and i. The food was really fantastic! ! And the wine list had a lot to choose from.

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Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The picture of a perfect meal, to me, is like seeing a great composer conduct a concerto. And this meal was a masterpiece. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and the restaurant owner went out of his way to make sure it was romantic by selecting the best table and offering a sparkling chardonnay. The restaurant owner is... 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: European, Italian

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?