An Unexpected FindIf 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 were the kale tagliatelle with peas and spring vegetables 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.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAn extraordinary find!As my wife said after dinner: "Simply the best food and restaurant experience we've had in a long time!" A very special menu that changes every day and brings great creative Northern Italian cuisine to the low country. Wine list is exceptional as is the service ... The owner/chef and her husband very much involved in the details and very happy to discuss it all. Server David and his wife wonderful as well. Can't recommend this experience enough ... and certainly should be on the list of all interested "foodie" visitors and residents ...5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFantasticFood and wine suitable for a major city. The anchovy appetizer was marvelous, and the oxtail ravioli a revelation. One of our group had the bouillabaisse, which had a delicious, non-tomato based sauce. The menu changes daily though, so you can't be sure the same items will be offered. But pasta will be there, and you should try it. If ever am back in Beaufort, will return.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMHad an awesome Mother's DayHad an awesome Mother's Day dinner!! Food was awesome :)5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGriffin MarketGreat food and wine list from Ricardo, a star, aided by David, his top worker. Home-made noodles are the best. Ricardo has some "dining rules" so you may not get (or be able to get) bread when you want it, but the meal is the best!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMLong needed in BeaufortBeaufort has long needed a good Italian restaurant. But don't expect a lot of red sauces and spaghetti. Menu that. Changes regularly and always tastes great.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went for the fixed priceWe went for the fixed price Sunday meal and loved every part of the four course meal. While each course had only three selections, we found many gems. The home made pasta was amazing and the desserts sublime. Womderful!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMA very nice fine in an otherwiseA very nice fine in an otherwise oasis of gourmet dining. Good, solid Italian food with lots of flavor. Wine list a bit "pricey", but all in all great.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I just movedMy husband and I just moved to Beaufort and really wanted a quiet place with good food and a more sophisticated atmosphere - a place we could be taken care of. My daughter was visiting from Toronto and we wanted to treat her to some great food. Griffen Market did not disappoint!
We felt like we were in Italy...with lovely, fresh ingredients and wonderful homemade pasta..melt in your mouth! My husband also had the chicken. It was moist, tender and incredibly flavorful. He almost did not get to eat it as my daughter and I had to have a few bites!
Dessert was a homemade tiramisu. Lovely!
Fabulous wine list with a host who sure knows (and loves) his stuff.
The menu changes every day. We can't wait to come back!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGriffin Market is always aGriffin Market is always a pleasure to visit. Laura turns out fantastic homemade dishes and Ricardo is attentive to his guests needs. While they do not have their sign yet, those 'in the know' will look for Griffin Mkt on Cateret Street, and locals remember it as the old Sea Island Wine and Gourmet location. If you haven't been, be sure to try it in Beaufort.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding as always!!Incredible meal after the Heritage on Saturday! Tasting menu paired perfectly with unbelieveable Italian wines definitely hit the spot! This restaurant is a gem. Extensive wine list, for those versed in Italian wine (we are not, hence why Ricardo picks our wines). Authentic, handmade food with a Northern Italian or Southern flair based on what you choose. Please, don't take stock in someone's opinion who lacks the intelligence to check the weather, let alone, orders non-Italian dishes from the best little Italian restaurant in the southeast.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat menu and food quality.Great menu and food quality. Excellent wine list for Italian wines.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first time atThis was my first time at Griffin Market and we have lived in the area for 2 years. Heard about it from some friends. I took my friend for her birthday and we were not disappointed. Small but cozy place. Food was very delicious and the presentation of each course was excellent. Our waiter was very good and he gave us plenty of time between courses to relax and and have our cocktails. Our only disappointment was when we were almost finished with our main course, a huge party came in for dinner and they were so loud that we couldn't hear each other talk. Other than that, would definitely recommend and we will be back.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely an amazing establishmentAbsolutely an amazing establishment. Hands down the best fine dining in beaufort. Exquisite northern Italian cuisine and an incredible level of personal service4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMSolid cuisine. Not the usualSolid cuisine. Not the usual chain type of food. Unusual and creative fusion of flavors. Service is attentive and the owners are visible and enthusiastic about their restaurant. Recommended.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second time eatingThis was our second time eating there. We brought two friends to experience food. we asked online for meals to fit a vegan and others for no beef. owner was very gracious in making our choices perfect for all. service was on spot. best food in town unfortunately with the highest price tag.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMfood was different but soooofood was different but soooo tasty. service was the best.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a family run ItalianThis is a family run Italian restaurant that takes great care in preparation of authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Service could have been a little better, and it is a little pricey. A unique dining experience in a small restaurant.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I truly enjoyedMy wife and I truly enjoyed our dining experience. The food was fantastic and the service excellent. We think it was one of the best meals we have ever had. We will definitely return on our next visit to Beaufort.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGood choiceThe Griffin Market is a great addition to the dining selections in Beaufort. The food is excellent as is the service. The dinner menu changes daily so it is hard to recommend what we ate but everything we had was good. There is an extensive wine menu and both the owner and the servers are willing to help with good pairings. We dined on a Tuesday evening and the restaurant was full so make reservations.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was outstanding andThe food was outstanding and I think Beaufort is fortunate to have such a specail restaurant located there. I had a roasted beet and mozzarella that had the finest cheese that I have ever had. The mussels were in a broth that was to good to resist.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I eat at GMMy husband and I eat at GM often....more than any other restaurant in our town. The food is always freshly prepared starting with the freshest ingredients. Delicious! The staff is like family.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual the food was superb.As usual the food was superb. Although the restaurant is truly Italian they did a fun Irish St.Patrick's Day Sunday evening3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThis dinner was Griffen Market'sThis dinner was Griffen Market's St. Patrick's day special. In one word....OUTSTANDING. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. The service, ambiance, quality of food was outstanding. This is by far the best restaurant in Beaufort, a town known for fine dining.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, a perfect diningAs always, a perfect dining experience. We really appreciate the authenticity of the food, variety, and service. Waiter was attentive but not hovering which is wonderful. A lovely night in "Italy."3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first visit.This was our first visit. Joining us were friends from New York.
We had an excellent dinner. The New Yorkers were very impressed that a fine restaurant like this was located in Beaufort.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe particularly liked theWe particularly liked the Sunday evening dinner. A prix fixe with multiple small plates and delicious tastes. Eat your salad for lunch because green salad was not on the menu. Service was professional, friendly but not intrusive. No "how is everything?" while you were engaged in deep conversation with your dinner partner.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMHas become one of my favoritesHas become one of my favorites - excellent, freshly and expertly prepared Italian food with an extensive and somewhat unique wine list, including many that are tasty yet quite affordable (as well as some classics that are priced accordingly). One of the area's best restaurants, well worth a visit.3/3/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden Gem in BeaufortWhat a fantastic find. We are moving to the Beaufort area, and were hoping to discover some great food spots, but this was more than we could have imagined. Unbelievable collection of Italian and French wines--extremely deep.3/3/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Italian in the Southeast,Best Italian in the Southeast, better than anything I had in HHI,SAV or Charlestown2/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant is outstanding.This restaurant is outstanding. In a town filled with great places to eat, Griffin Market stands above the rest. Fantastic wine list. Great service.2/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWhile on our return from aWhile on our return from a walking tour of Charleston to Hilton Head, we made a last minute rez here but not really realizing we would be a bit underdressed on our arrival. We got some stares from the other patrons, and the staff was obviously not thrilled. But once seated, we were treated well. The food was absolutely delicious. They've got a nice and unique wine list. Perhaps feeling a bit guilty that our jeans were not what we should have worn, we tipped better than most, which I hope they noticed. We will definitely return when in the area again.2/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe owner, Ricardo, is extremelyThe owner, Ricardo, is extremely knowledgeable. He knows all there is to know about wine, food, and Italian culture, but what else would you expect from a true Italian.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAgain, Griffin Market didAgain, Griffin Market did not disappoint. The food was flavorful, fresh, and fantastic. Riccardo, the owner, was attentive and hospitable. We will definitely go back. Some of the best food we have eaten anywhere!!2/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food isn't just good--itThe food isn't just good--it is truly stunning. We've been to the restaurant several times, and the food has always been amazing: complex, sophisticated, inventive, delicious. The chocolate panna cotta that I had for dessert may have been the best dessert I've ever had in my life. Wow.2/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSecond time there. Excellent.Second time there. Excellent. Small place. Stick to 4 people.
Wonderful wine lst with Richard there to help with selections.2/5/2013 12:00:00 AM