The Gafford

4.8
1571 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Elizabeth and I were very excited to open our restaurant in Downtown Stuart. After years of visiting our parents our hearts led us back here each time we considered a different location. Our son Taylor (our Executive Chef) and I, both have a culinary education and all three of us are extremely passionate about quality food,drinks and hospitality. We thoroughly enjoy taking great care of our guests. “the Gafford” is named after my grandparents who taught us how to enjoy life, have fun and laugh (especially at ourselves). My grandfather was in the Air Force and hospitality business all of his life and taught me so much about business, cooking and hospitality. I can remember when I was young visiting my grandparents on their farm. My grandfather used to teach me how to grill. My favorite dish to cook together was a giant Ribeye steak. On our menu, that is our signature item and we call it “the Gafford.” Welcome to the Gafford where casual meets upscale.
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CraigS
Key West
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Our server TJ was great. Attentive and helpful. My wife and I split a cease which was great( heavy on the garlic, the way we like it!) . she had the crab cakes which we big and Delicious. I had TJ's recommendation of the mabels fried chicken. And man was it great! Looking for to going back!!

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Debi
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside and it was a beautiful night. The food was excellent as usual and the waitstaff did a great job. The food is high quality, and the prices are reasonable.
Kudos to Rick the owner who is always present and makes it a point to visit each table.

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JamesG
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was very very good. Our server wasn't bad, but wasn't great either.

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ScottG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipNorthportJoe
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very cold night and very windy for south Florida but management had three propane heaters going and we were prepared for the evening. It turned out to be a very enjoyable experience. The food is always great as is the service. We love Gaffords

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LoriK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gafford is my FAVORITE place to eat in Stuart. Food is always excellent and we always leave feeling happy :)

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vipLizzyK
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent outdoor experience. Great service and well prepared generous portions. The cocktails were creative and fun, and the duck wings appetizer was odd yet delicious. Would definitely recommend. My husband had the meatloaf which was over the top delicious and I had the scallops which were cooked to perfection both entrees had very nice sides of wild rice and perfectly cooked green beans. The chocolate layer dessert with vanilla ice cream made the experience an overall perfect date night.

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vipccm16
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing from start to finish. Chicken and biscuits light and tasty the street corn salad alone worth a trip back. All the entrees grouper and snapper all hits. Wish we had room for dessert. Our server was so attentive and helped us make hard choices as the menu is that good

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DarylS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Limited menu for Valentines Day. A little pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was amazing we loved the staff and the food 👏

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MatthewG
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner with even better service. The pork chop is one of the best, if not the best, regular dinner item and the Wagyu Steak special was out of this world. Wagyu doesn't come cheap but it was very good.

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vipJunie
Miami
52 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another perfect meal at the Gafford....this time for Valentine’s Day. We ate outside and felt perfectly safe - plenty of space between tables. My man had The Gafford- a huge and delicious steak....unbelievably good! I had grilled swordfish that was so fresh that when I reheated the leftover the following day, it still was fresh and delicious. They also had Valentine’s Day special drinks...so good. If you haven’t been here yet, you are missing a treat!

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ScottM
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and food. A bit smoky inside, outside dining available!!

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RonH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very special Valentine's Day dinner in the outdoor seating area. Food and service were excellent!

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JessicaF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Grouper and my husband had the Filet and they were both amazing

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ScotF
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, thank you Lauren. Our meal and drinks, as always, were perfect. Filet and Old Fashioned for me, Short Ribs and G&T for my wife. We tried the outdoor seating on a beautiful night and it really couldn't have been much better. Save for a pickup truck that drove by slowly blasting its music, it was a perfect night. The Gafford is a gem we're very lucky to have in Stuart.

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vipkfouge
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was so happy that The Gafford was able to bring dining out doors!! Forgot about the traffic and exhaust fumes, but all in all, it was a great experience. Wondering if there is a new chef. Food was good, but different somehow. (citing the cauliflower appetizer and Mabel's chicken in particular) Perhaps there is a new chef. We'll be back!!

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ChristineM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant dining experience! Will be back!

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DebbieW
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and consistent as always.

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SandyCosign
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently first class. Try the specials if you can. The special lobster and crab bisque was outstanding.

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JoshuaH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and cozy atmosphere with a good variety of food that is unique and delicious.

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vipNvonS
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Gafford is our go to place in Stuart. The staff is amazing! Drinks are creative and well prepared. The food is EXCELLENT and the price is right. The owner is always walking around the dining room making sure everything is top notch.

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MeganN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the gafford!!! Incredible food, consistently. Amazing service.

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vipDabbler
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

good food, huge portions e.g. 0.5 lb burger. Outdoor seating nice.

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vipSuzieQ
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fabulous here, that's why we come back often. Great service too.

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GloriaH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening @ the Gafford. We’re hoping to try there happy hour soon !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here! Loved it! Aps, to dinner to dessert. Esp recommend the peanut butter pie!

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vipDebi
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would eat at The Gafford every day if we could! Especially love when they have halibut - best anywhere! The apple tarts are also amazing when they have it for dessert! Our absolute favorite restaurant in Stuart!

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ChristineW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at the Gafford! Delicious food, fresh ingredients and the staff is always friendly.

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vipShawn
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always very good and the staff is excellent

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vipDebi
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding meals and service at the Gafford! Great wine too!

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SinF
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tuna tartare is excellent! I had the macadamia snapper which was delicious.

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vipDebi
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent! Great place to enjoy dinner with friends or pop in for dinner at the bar. Service is also excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Has become our go to place

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vipMichaelP
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for dinner.

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StevenS
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go Restaurant when in Stuart! Just recently moved away and we have nothing close like the Gafford in Tallahassee.
And every time I come to the Gafford I bring new guests with me.
Keep up the great work and see you next time in. Next week maybe?

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ChristineT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great! Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great menu design and cocktail variety

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KellyF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our Gafford Steak and Meat & Cheese tray - a must try! We split the steak, enough for 2 for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Amazing food. Get the burrata and you cannot go wrong with whatever their soup of the day is! We also got the special for lobster ravioli- fantastic!

FAQs

The Gafford offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (772) 221-9517.

The Gafford is rated 4.8 stars by 1571 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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