The Gafford

4.7
1058 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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HG
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gafford has become my favorite restaurant! The entire experience was perfect. It is located in cute area of downtown Stuart with cute boutique shops, and beautiful river walk. The staff was friendly and extremely welcoming! The food was unbelievable, and the chef even took the time to come introduce himself to us and spent time chatting with us even though his shift was over. The fish was fresh, and combined with perfect flavors and combination foods! We cannot wait to return, and highly recommend this restaurant!

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AC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated royally at The Gafford. Excellent food, waitress, service. My husband found the lobster bisque delicious but too rich, he was sick a few hours after dinner

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AG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good and service.

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MH
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Classy yet casual! A nice neighorhoody vibe with a very friendly waitstaff.

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KZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing night out at the Gafford with our friends to celebrate my wife's birthday> Everyone was very impressed and definitely want to come back. The food was simple outstanding. The chef's choice of appetizers were incredible. We had the best service and was very happy that all our friends were very very happy with our choice of the restaurant. We will definitely be back with more friends.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always!

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G
Miami
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner, as always! Trevor and other staff are very attentive.

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The portions and service were exceptional. Being Easter week, the staff was clearly busy but still on point. Great job

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place, amazing food and atmosphere - our favorite!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Noisy by the kitchen tables . Hard to hear one another talk. Service was just fine, food ok. Ask swordfish to be cooked medium raw, was cooked all the way thru. Thought we could have had a nicer table thru open table especially with a 8pm reservation

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PC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was my second visit and sadly was very disappointed. The service was very slow. it took quite a while for someone to take our drink order, fill water glasses. We ordered Mabel’s Chicken which was fine, very Iberia seasoned. Short ribs were good but could have been cooked a bit longer, a little too stringy. Also had to ask for our side of Mac & cheese that did not arrive with our entrees and took about 10 minutes to bring it to the table.

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CF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at the Gafford! I love it! Great drinks and wonderful food!

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Stuart!!! Always take our guests there!

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G
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always exceptional! Enjoy Our server and his new trainee. Will be back soon. Loved the round ice cube!

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CC
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The filet mignon was very tender. I ask for medium but it was over cooked. The manager resolved it expeditiously.

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GB
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the area. My only disappointment was that you changed the recipe for the Shrimp and Grits (my favorite) and it wasn't as good as before.

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and service. Can be a bit noisy when crowded. Best dining experience we have had in Florida. A true farm to table - one bite and you know everything was fresh. Can’t wait to enjoy the Gafford again.

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GR
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great mmmm

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time as always
Consistently great food and drinks
My wife and I eat dinner here regularly

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waiter, David was fabulous, casual, but knowledgeable about the menu etc. food was excellent

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p
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and it was as good or better then our first
They know how to prepare fish here and we usually have fish and tonight was no exception we started with martinis and the tuna tartare which is one of the best dishes I have ever had. The sea bass special was next but I had the meatloaf which was not like your mother’s meatloaf it was the best in fact dinner was so good we came back the next night to have the fried chicken which was recommended and was wonderful Good here is a 5
The only thing that is as good is the service Trevor waited on us Thursday and he was terrific and on Friday we had David who is without a doubt and he best
We love this place

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J
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far my local favorite. Service staff is friendly, knows the menu and good at recommending. The bar is great (if noisy) and just wish we could get there early enough to get a seat! Food has always been delicious .

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

So so! Noisy service was deficient. Food was ok but not great. We celebrated birthday and they almost ignored it

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Always great food in this restaurant . We were there for our anniversary, just two of us. Our waiter Cody almost ruined our experience.
His disinterest & dismissive attitude was such a bummer. Never had such a miserable waiter in this restaurant .
He needs to go.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gafford is our favorite restaurant in Stuart! Whenever we have guests in from out of town we make sure to take them to The Gafford.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Gafford!! My favorite in the Stuart area

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M
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried chicken and meatloaf meals were delicious. Our cocktails we good too. Contentious wait staff but not intrusive. Book your reservation early they book up quickly year round! Too full for dessert but they sounded wonderful also.

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JO
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner is fabulous as always. The appetizer was superb and the entree was fantastic as always. Martini was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently the best restaurant in Stuart, FL. Food is always great and service just as good.

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g
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Friendly and cordial staff - from the owner down to the bussers.

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L
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter surprised us with a short visit from her home in San Francisco, so she and I had dinner at The Gafford. I had been before—knew how good it was!—knew she’d love it since she’s a foodie at 29 and manages a SF restaurant!

Everything we ate was excellent!!
The burrata was delicious—perfect spices on the grilled tomatoes—and it all paired perfectly with your great bread!!
We had the shrimp and grits—I’ve had them all over the state—these were wonderful!!
The sweet potato dish was also incredible!!
And the soup of the day was great too!!

We had drinks—dirty martini for me, a crafted cocktail for her—I was surprised that the olives were an additional charge for my excellent martini—that has never happened before!

And I’m not an espresso drinker, but I felt $5 for that tiny cup was just not right—apparently that’s normal according to my daughter!
Hey, when Mom is paying, who cares, right??😉

Love the way the restaurant is configured too! Very nice.

Some very creative chefs and a wonderful wait staff—Trenton couldn’t have been better!!
Thanks for the great night of food and drink!!

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OT
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the pork chops and snapper as well as the burrata. All were exceptional.

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PH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The food is amazing and the service is top notch. We have been several times and have never been disappointed. The staff was accommodating to our special requests and we felt very welcomed. We highly recommend The Gafford.

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DB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, expertly prepared! Mabel’s chicken never disappoints! Mic was a great server, making sure everything was fine without being obtrusive.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comfort food par excellence!

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RO
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic quality food extremely well prepared. Great, friendly service. A Wonderfull experience.

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TE
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of, if not, the best restaurant in Stuart! Love this place....been there 10+ times and never disappointed.

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I’ve always wanted to go here. The charcuterie tray was delicious. Our server was wonderful. However, my pumpkin pasta and my husband’s meatloaf were very disappointing. I would never order it again.

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NS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with 3 employees from the company. Atmosphere and service was very relaxed and pleasant. We ordered 4 different items from the standard menu: Short rib, Hanger Steak, Snapper and Mahi. All extremely well prepared. Asked to have the Carrot cake dessert served warm - no problem. Asked for FRESH decaf coffee - no problem.

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