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“Excellent meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Griffin Market

Griffin Market
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Ranked #22 of 160 Restaurants in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$25
Cuisines: Italian, European
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Columbia, South Carolina
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

We had high expectations based on various reviews, and they were absolutely met. We were greeted when we walked in, the service was prompt, the menu offered a nice variety of choices, and the food was fantastic. Afterwards I enjoyed exploring the small kitchen garden outside.
I don't live in Beaufort but I will revisit here when I come back - it's the best meal I've had here.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Tracy J
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Augusta, GA
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Your palate thinks you are in Italy!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

The best Italian Restaurant outside of Italy. It is small, like most restaurants in Italy and you really need reservations. The size and the wonderful chef, Laura, are what gives it the edge. Everything is fresh and the herbs come from the garden outside. The largest and best wine list ever and Ricardo is well versed and a true expert on the list and most other Italian wines you ask him about..

Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Betty P
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Columbia, Maryland
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Italy in Beaufort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

If you love great Italian food like you get in Italy, go to Griffin. My wife and I have been to Italy many times and we believe Griffin is as good as any meal we have had in Italy. The restaurant is not fancy, just like most great restaurant in Italy. But Ricardo and his staff are very friendly and the food prepared by his wife Laura is excellent. I promise you, you will think you are in Rome, Florence or maybe Venice. Don't miss it.

  • Visited June 2014
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5 Thank RWW2014
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Savannah
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105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Culinary Awesomeness!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Our party of ten was disappointed because we could not be seated together in this small restaurant. However we quickly forgot that we were not received with true Southern hospitality when we began to sample the food and wine offered by Griffin Market. These Italian folks did not disappoint when they served beautifully plated food prepared by a lovely chef who obviously enjoys working with fresh ingredients! I loved the fresh mozzarella in the caprese salad, the kale pasta dish and the cannoli filled and orange and chocolate chip cream. Our server was very knowledgeable and offered his help with the wine list and the menu. When ten ladies can enjoy a dining experience and talk about it positively for days, I believe it must be described as "culinary awesomeness"!

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank 156B
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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Meat & Potatoes folks ,stay away!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

We loved it ,BUT, we love dining out of the ordinary. Food was delicious,well prepared and beautfully presented. The owner worked the floor and clearly made you feel welcome and appreciated.
The menu changes daily to accomadate fresh ingredients. One of our friends dining with us, is a recognized wine expert and was literally wowed by the Italian wine. We will be back.

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Earl C
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