The Gafford

4.8
793 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(772) 221-9517
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Taylor Wilson
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Private party facilities
We have semi-private dining that can comfortably seat up to 40 guests.
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Private party contact
Rick: (772) 221-9517
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Colorado
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

It was an Ok restaurant.

Food was good.

I was sat in a very transited area and didn't enjoy the ambiance that much.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Our second attempt- our first attempt to dine here we did not have a reservation- the hostess was unable to seat us-even though the restaurant was not full. We made our reservation through Open Table-our seating was in the walkway to the bar. Our dinner was poor at best- a burger ordered medium came out rare and the Special Rib Eye was not what it should have been. We told the server and the General Manager came to our table agreed the burger was Rare and not what was ordered- he offered to fire up a new burger-at the time he offered we were done with our dinner. The server then came to the table to give the bill-my husband held his hand out and for the bill and the server ignored it and placed it on the table-RUDE. Unaccommodating-Unprofessional and The General Manager should not under appreciate the customer they think are just regular you never know who is seated.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Awesome restaurant - one of the best in Stuart County!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great local choice! The food choices are creative and the service is always impeccable.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food and service were very good. Nicest place down town. Kids in the dining area a bit noisy.

Happy hour is not well advertised - hours, can you book a table in the bar for happy hour, etc.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great Food, exceeded expectations

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Was a big party for 25 people very loud. Sat us next too. Was our anniversary Asked to be moved but no table available. Had reservations for 3 days. Food suffered Possibly kitchen overwhelmed . Normally good. But will go again. Not on a weekend.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

LOVE the updated new menu! Harmony was wonderful AS ALWAYS!! The Brussels sprout salad and short rib tostada are great new tens to try👍🏻

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

One of the best!!!! Local, personable, popular, involved in the community.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This has become my favorite restaurant in the area ! Foodies will love this place :)

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Excellent food as always. Can’t go wrong with Mabel’s fried chicken...

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Love this restaurant

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Anniversary had an awesome evening shared with my awesome hubby

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Food and service outstanding. Was disappointed as we got there at 4:39 for 6:30 reservation. Checked and she said come by when ready. Only wanted to give us seat by front door. I had told her it was Anniversary and we wanted a little romantic spot. We sat at table by the bar.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The Gafford is our favorite restaurant! The food is fabulous and the service is excellent! Love the Barbeque Scottish Salmon and the Grilled Avocado! Can;t wait for our next visit to this great restaurant!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Excellent food, service and overall atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Very enjoyable entree's and wine list. All entree's served hot and well presented. Service was exquisite and helpful with making decisions over all the specials and menu.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Great food at moderate prices for the quality of what you get.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

The Gafford is our go to restaurant for pretty much every occasion. And this time, of course it did not disappoint!! By far the best Tuna Tar Tar I’ve ever had, not to mention the Shrimp n Grits! Our server was Alex, a new face to the restaurant, and she was exceptional! What a pleasure she was and very attentive! Our meals as always were beyond delicious and always, even on a very busy night, arrived at our table in a very timely manner! To top it off we enjoyed their homemade ice cream! A must try! The Salted Caramel was beyond! Thank you for another exceptional evening!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had a wonderful evening with friends. As usual the food and wine as well as the service was excellent!

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great food and service !!! Loud and full of bustle. Definitely adding it to the our restaurant rotation. The Main Street is temporarily closed for improvements, so parking can be a little scarce specially on weekends or during showtimes at the Lyric .

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The Gafford was an awesome experience and the food was outstanding. We had a table right by kitchen. Was fun to watch the Chef and team at work. They also had an option where you could buy the kitchen crew a beer...for a mere $7. Was well worth it to reward the hard working group.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Excellent food & service; right here in downtown Stuart. it doesn't get any better than that!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Our first visit to The Gafford and the overall experience was excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The Gafford is our staple dinner choice for any special occasion or just to make another great date night out. For those on a date where one likes fish and the other steak, you won't find any better balanced option anywhere in town. Same goes for chicken, salad, or even for vegetarians. There is no bad option on the menu for anyone! Great overall restaurant we hope to continue enjoying for years to come.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I received a birthday coupon online from The Gafford, and I invited a new friend to join me (she had never been there). She ordered Mable's chicken and I had a Mahi special. Both were excellent. I was a little surprised that my birthday wasn't acknowledged....which is OK. Just thought they'd provide a special dessert. Actually, I don't think our waiter asked if we wanted dessert. It was a good experience (I've been there a number of times, and the meals are served very attractively).

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Best restaurant in Stuart

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious! For a table of six we each ordered a variety of food and had a chance to try it all. So good and worth the price. We were in a spot off to the side and it felt slightly crammed ( it’s not very big inside ). Our server was very attentive to us.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Our dinner was delicious as always. The staff was very accommodating...and definetely took time to advise us on certain things we were not sure about...we've been there at least 6 times since we recently discovered your restaurant and our families and friends have thanked us many times for the recommendation... Love it...have not been disappointed ever since we discovered your restaurant...Looking forward to seeing you again soon... Rae M & Sal

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Best meatloaf you can find anywhere. Great restaurant with great, fresh food.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

A welcoming environment, great food, attentive service, very accommodating. Noiss can get bad as the evening progresses--reserve early if you want to avoid that.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

As always The Gafford was excellent. Excellent service and excellent food. It all began with the hostess. She stated that our table as requested was ready for us. The only downside was the person who was serving the water: he was annoying and we had never seen him before. However in the big picture that was very minimal.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Always a great evening! Nice sized drinks and nicely prepared food.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

This was out first time at The Gafford. We would recommend it to others as well as go back again. The Tuesday special’s from the bar were well worth the price. The service was very good. The environment was laud back and casual.

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2.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We told the waitstaff my wife had allergies to cream. The dish was sent w cream and the waiter would not take back. My wife was sick all night. My Gafford steak did not live up to the hype (underdone). Our waitperson did a very good job and seemed almost "afraid" to send the incorrect dish back.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The food is some of the best areas in St Lucie County

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Every time we go, it is absolutely amazing! The Blue Crab and Chorizo Dip is hands down the best dip I’ve ever had! The food is beyond great! The service is exceptional! Must make a reservation while in season or you’ll be waiting a while. Such a great experience!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This local favorite always delivers. Always something new and interesting on the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Always outstanding! Fantastic homemade unique ice cream! Corn bread Apple was delicious! Perfect dinner for my husband’s birthday! Thank you for another wonderful meal!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I was very surprised how delicious the meatload was. My husband will not eat meatloaf and he had it the following night (at home). The portion was too much for one person.

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