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Griffin Market

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403 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902-5513
+1 843-524-0240
18:00 - 21:00
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Wed - Sun 18:00 - 21:00
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Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great food and service. Wine pairings were perfect and the couple running the restaurant were delightful.

Thank Bobby H
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. As many of these reviews explain, a reservation is an absolute must! Griffin Market is not your typical restaurant in the US. The owners don't seem to care about notoriety--or at least play it off like they don't--or a high turnover. Signage is minimal (or nonexistent), and you cannot expect to show up... More 

Thank Cooper W
Beaufort, South Carolina
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209 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We ate here last night and it was outstanding! Griffin Market is open Wednesday through Sunday, evening only. Make a reservation and be prepared to enjoy the finest food you will ever taste! We love to go on Sunday because you get 6 courses for $45. Just the right amount. Each bite is a treat and you will leave happy... More 

Thank Edie S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We dined with 4 couples. Our reservation was for 6 pm and when we arrived on time the door was locked. We were seated at a table away from the open view kitchen. There is no ambience and no signage. The menu is overpriced and the portions are small. Every time the waiter came to the table with food he... More 

2 Thank Carolyn R
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Reservations are a must at this restaurant. It is a dining experience with a Prix Fixe menu. A complete meal at a fixed price but choices for some courses. It was an excellent meal with perfect service. The pork belly was so tasty and the veal just right.

1 Thank susank1945
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

You aare gretted witha Cio bella and an aroma that takes you to the Piedmontes area of Italy. The food is not your typical American Italian fare, this is the real deal. The recipes are authentic. They use the freshest food of the season, so you must go many times during the year. Their homemade pasta just melts in you... More 

1 Thank Joey P
Beaufort, South Carolina
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We have lived here for 3 years and last night was the first time we visited Griffin Market but it WON'T be the last! We unfortunately read and believed some of the negative reviews but happily, they were apparently written by people who expected something less than the fine dining experience we received. When we arrived, we were greeted immediately... More 

1 Thank Sabreline
Springfield, Missouri
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

I'll keep this short and sweet....We ALWAYS come to GM when we are in the area. The food is outstanding. Authentic Italian, handmade with fresh, high quality ingredients, great skill, and a lot of love. Very extensive wine list, and Ricardo always helps us pick a great bottle. Quiet, intimate atmosphere. Fine dining at it's best.

Thank SLB4000
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing food amazing host and chef Ricardo knows his wines!! Lara is a very talented chef Simple and satisfying without feeling stuffed! Handmade pasta a true delight! This is not your typical Italian restaurant Unless you were IN Italy!! Hard to find because there is no sign Your swear it's Closed Press on its worth the hunt!! You are family... More 

Spartanburg, South Carolina
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

We drove past the place twice and we live in Beaufort. Ambiance sucks. The food was good but the service was less than we expected for $150 dinner. I got the distinct feeling that we were there to serve the owner's ego as opposed to being served. Will not return.

Thank David F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
Italian, European, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 403 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902-5513
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Beaufort
  • Phone Number: +1 843-524-0240
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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