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“Unexpected Find”
Review of Griffin Market

Griffin Market
Ranked #16 of 165 Restaurants in Beaufort
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: European, Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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.
Reviewed June 5, 2013

If you want a break from the low country fare and are ready for an authentic, well-prepared, beautifully presented meal from the Piedmont- Italy's New Food Capital -according to Food and Wine Magazine) in a relaxed, welcoming setting give Griffin Market a try. The menu changes daily based on what is available, not just in the market, but in the chefs garden. Two standouts the night we were there; the kale tagliatelle with peas and spring vegetables which was light as air and still memorable a week later. The Vitello Tonnato was another excellent preparation. Trust the two husband and wife teams who manage/cook/serve and you will have a great experience. We're so glad we didn't listen to some of the locals who tried to steer us away from this unexpected find.

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Seriously, we enjoyed this restaurant over a week ago and I STILL wake up thinking about it! Ricotta with a flavored honey drizzle, FRESHLY made pasta with an incredible Bolognese; Octopus, squid and cuttlefish salad; anchovies with chopped egg. This restaurant will be very hard to beat. Not only was the food exquisite but the owners and staff were charming and attentive. Menu is different every night using the freshest ingredients. What an amazing surprise in the continued restored Beaufort SC. We were only sorry that we didn't have another night to return, but return we will on our next visit. Bravo!!

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Riccardo Bonino and his wife run an excellent restaurant. Riccardo, like my mother, is from the Piemonte region of Italy and their food preparation is not only excellent; but, it is authentic!! My wife and I shared an appetizer and a first and followed this with the main course (second) of beautifully prepared individual portions of tastefully delicious halibut. The wine selection is as extensive as any I have seen. We selected a Ligurian wine (Bonarda) that as he recommended was quite good. (I like red over white even with fish). We recommend this restaurant!

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We stumbled into this small, hidden restaurant by accident, but were generally pleased with our find. The menu is limited, but creative and the food is well prepared, although the portions are small. The menu changes everyday, and the night we went the pasta was outstanding and risotto was sublime. The wine selection is extensive. The service, however, was slow and somewhat unrsponsive and they have strict rules about serving bread only with antipasta dishes, which seemed strange. And finally, they did not offer coffee or dessert. That said, the restaurant has great potential and is worth a visit.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

I recently relocated to Beaufort. A friend of mine from California came to visit and we have always enjoyed sharing a good meal, and finding new restaurants. I had heard that Griffin Market was good. We went on Sunday with the fixed price menu....it was superb. The ambience,and the wait staff were so warm and hospitable and the menu selections and the wines were sublime! Look forward to my next dining experience there...

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