The Gafford

4.7
975 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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Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate a grilled avocado for the first time, and it was really good. The food and wine were delicious and fairly priced. The service was outstanding.

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HM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Nice menu choices. Best restaurant in the area. So why not all 5 stars.... Not overly creative, but very good.

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

Always a great time at the Gafford. Pretty hard to beat the quality of the food too. How many restaurants are around where the owner walks around amazing sure you are having a nice time. Great place!

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

Food is absolutely delicious! Service was spectacular.

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

Great time a must do.

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

Not your ordinary menu, delicious!
Split our dinners in the kitchen allowing us to try more items.

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Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tell everyone to go to The Gafford and enjoy a show at The Lyric Theatre. Nightly Specials are Always GREAT. The Tuna is ALWAYS GREAT

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RL
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service with nice ambience. A truly exceptional restaurant.

We live almost one hour away in Palm Beach Gardens and enjoy traveling to the Gafford for dinner.

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S
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not living in the area we were thrilled that we stumbled upon this wonderful Gem. The choices were plentiful and the servings were too. The service was superb and we couldn't have been happier!@

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though my pork chop was slightly overcooked all others loved their meal
This was a first for me as I am a regular
But still best place for me on Treasure Coast

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was great! Seated at our reservation time, very attentive staff. Would definitely revisit.

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D
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience at the Gafford, everyone enjoyed their dinner. I have eaten there many times and can honestly say, I have never been disappointed.

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JU
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter,whose name I believe was David, could not have made our evening any better. Friendly, professional, excellent timing and is a real complement to your restaurant.

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EP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently very good and so is the service.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent with excellent food and service to match

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R
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food generally very good to excellent. But the menu is getting a little long in the tooth and in need of some reinvention from time to time. Overall, reliable place to bring friends or for special occasion.

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New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great waitress who was affable and professional. Our food was superb and best crab cakes anywhere.

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent restaurant! Great food and service. Apparent from the minute you walk in. Exceeded expectations!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful staff and lovely dining experience!

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MP
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always...excellent!!

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L
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

interesting food selections. My friends ordered chicken and meat loaf all of which had huge portions. I ordered the salmon and it was kind of skimpy. Because they have two waiters per table sometimes you get overlooked because one thinks the other has helped you and you are sitting waiting for the check forever.

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SS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I love open table but I’m disappointed when making a reservation through open table we often get a really bad table which was the case at Gaffords.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food! Love the service! My favorite place to be

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ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine, professional and friendly waitstaff, good wine list and excellent cocktails.

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SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good, service and ambience couldn't have been better!

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Gafford! The food and drinks are delicious to even the most discerning diners! We had the triple tail special and it was phenomenal! The service is on point and friendly, our server was knowledgable and the bartender friendly and upbeat! The Gafford has such a great vibe and atomosphere!

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B
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good and friendly.
Food and beverage was served timely.
Both of us enjoyed our dinner and I’ m sure we will return.

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L
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good, great bar , great choices, I had the salmon and it was cooked perfectly

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MS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good as ever. If you're in Stuart and you want a good dinner, GO.

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p
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place!! This was our first visit and I can't wait till we come back in March. Seriously well prepared food, accommodating staff, great happy hour what more do you want. We ordered the special fish of the night which was Lane Snapper. It was prepared magnificently served with who grains and they split it on two plates for us since we also ordered the very different and very good smoked slow roasted sweet potato. It was one of the best fish I have had in years
This is a must try restaurant when you are in Stuart, but make reservations early for the week end.

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B
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Gafford! It is our favorite restaurant in the Stuart area! The food is always delicious and the service is impeccable! The grilled avocado is excellent as is the BBQ Scottish Salmon! We look forward to returning soon!

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 3rd time eating at The Gafford and has not disappointed yet!

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C
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was superb but when we got our sodas they were flat Very little carbonation. We were told they got a new system and that’s how it is. However when we questioned the manager he said no that wasn’t so. He didn’t seem to happy that we commented on it.
I would definitely go again. Other then that service was excellent.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely dinner at the Gafford for our 10 year anniversary. We made reservations for 7pm had nice seating in the front window. Our server was spot on anytime I asked for her opinion on drink and food options I was having a hard time deciding upon. My grapefruit and basil martini was delish, and the mahi with rice pilaf and green beans were fantastic. The chocolate cake topped off an awesome meal. But most notable was how attentive our server was. We would definitely return if we visit this area again.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! The waitstaff worked as a good team. The food was outstanding, as always. Best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had!

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VK
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with The Gafford! The food was incredible and so was the service. I had the hanger steak and I was so sad when it was all gone. I will definitely be going back very soon. Our waiter was all smiles and was very helpful with anything we needed. Great experience!

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J
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great bartender, good service. You could see that everyone was enjoying the place.

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LZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! My daughter comes in once a month in high season and always NEEDS to go to the Gafford. It's our go to place for any visitors.

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome every time, love it

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner and dessert- heavenly!

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