We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“I thought that I was in Italy that evening because the food and wine was REAL ITALIAN.”
Review of Griffin Market

Griffin Market
Ranked #23 of 161 Restaurants in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: European, Italian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
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.
Level Contributor
29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“I thought that I was in Italy that evening because the food and wine was REAL ITALIAN.”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

An unexpected find for this part of the country. Quality of the food is excellent. Food served in courses like Italy. Extensive wine list to compliment food. Would love to go back again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank oggi4me
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

259 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    188
    33
    23
    9
    6
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Menerbes, France
Level Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! This restaurant should be voted #1 in Beaufort!!!”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I love Italian food.... I had a friend coming into town and wanted to find a great restaurant to take her too. I'm new to Beaufort, and had tried different eateries in Beaufort, but hadn't found 'the one'.....

Although some of the reviews on Trip Advisor weren't so kind to the restaurant, I have never eaten in a bad Italian restaurant when the owner has been Italian!! So...as I never listen to others...........it was Northern Italian cuisine and I had lived in Milan, I decided to venture into the unknown! Oh and thank God I did!!

Absolutely incredible.....my friend and I had so much fun that evening....and one we will always remember. This was due not only to the wonderful food and wine, which was excellent, totally outstanding, and to be honest probably not enough adjectives to describe exactly how good the dining experience was.....to the extremely warm hospitality shown to us by Laura and Riccardo.

Riccardo very kindly gave us a tour of the 'wall of wine' which held some truly remarkable vintage bottles......and even brought us a complementary glass of 'Bollo' to go with our dessert.... All I can say is, if you wish for a true 'Italian' experience....go to the Griffin Market, you will not be disappointed, I promise. I'm so glad I live here, because it will now be my #1 choice of restaurant to take my friends and relatives too when they visit.

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank midatlantic2001
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wow what a disappointment”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

We went to this restaurant for my mother's 80th birthday on July 31, 2013. We were thrilled because we love authentic Italian food. We were greeted on a very stormy night by the owner I think, since he spoke with a heavy accent. Much to our disappointment we waited a very long time to be greeted by him as the server. I asked if there was something plain on the menu because my daughter suffers from some disabilities and he shrugged his shoulders and seemed annoyed. We ordered and asked for bread. He said since we were not having antipasta we could not have bread. I said please if I pay for it can I have bread. He said no. The food was brought a while longer and he never checked on us again. A very nice helper stopped by and I asked for the check since the very nice hotel we were staying in was leaking and we had to move rooms. What a horrible experience. The owner treated us like dirt not knowing anything of us and our situation. I will be back to Beaufort with its warm hospitality and charm. I will not go back to this restaurant ever. When in Rome is my motto. If they only serve bread in a certain order in Italy I understand. This is this USA and in the south we are very hospitable. Please understand that. I could be alone on this but feel better posting this horrible customer experience on trip advisor.

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
5 Thank Adrienne K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
griffindc, Owner at Griffin Market, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear adrienne, thank you for your review and the 4 stars for the food. We specify clearly on the menu, in a couple of different areas, that we serve bread only with the appetizers. But you decided not to order any. I should have pointed this out while taking your orders.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best Italian on the east coast!”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

If you are looking for an authentic, northern Italian dining experience, be sure to stop by Griffin Market and visit Riccardo and Laura. Riccardo, a native of the Piemonte region, will pick the perfect wine to accompany his wife, Laura's, amazing cuisine. Molto bene!

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Gabrielle B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Italian Heaven”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Four of us visited the Griffin Market yesterday (July 27) and had a sensational dining experience which was enchanced by Explanatons of the menu and an historical journey down the wine travel. Not only does Ricardo know his wines, he is greatly entertaining as well.

Three of us split an entree with only one eating his own--a fabulous skirt steak--which he enjoyed very much. My wife and I split the penne al pesto and it too was delicious. Our friends live there but we can't wait to get back to Beaufort to enjoy Laura's magic in the kitchen.

The only unsolved mystery is why there is no sign outside the resraurant.

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Robert S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Griffin Market also viewed

Beaufort, Coastal South Carolina
Beaufort, Coastal South Carolina
 
Beaufort, Coastal South Carolina
Beaufort, Coastal South Carolina
 
Beaufort, Coastal South Carolina
Beaufort, Coastal South Carolina
 

Been to Griffin Market? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing