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About The Gafford

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.

47 SW Flagler Avenue
Stuart, FL 34994
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Colorado

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(772) 221-9517

Website:
http://thegafford.com/

Executive Chef:
Taylor Wilson

Private Party Facilities:
We have semi-private dining that can comfortably seat up to 40 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Rick: (772) 221-9517

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

The Gafford Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (57)
Special Occasion (53)
Local Ingredients (49)
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Creative Cuisine (45)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Comfort Food (26)
Fun (25)
Bar Seating (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Casual (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Happy Hour (20)
Authentic (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Business Meals (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Romantic (18)
Hot Spot (17)
Cozy (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Healthy (14)
Seasonal (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Organic (4)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Consistently good! Always enjoy our meal. One of our favorite restaurants in the area.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a pleasure to dine here. Bar scene is great and bartenders bring out the "friendly" in the crowd. Food is always served attractively as well as being delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 7 days ago

We were very pleased with our meals. The Fafford steak lots of flavor not a lot of fat. The fish dishes were enjoyed by our friends. Definelty going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Never disappoints! Favorite restaurant in town! From burgers to steakhouse quality meats and delicious seafood dishes, you can find something you'll love on the menu!

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 15, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Stuart - Food, service and pricing great. This is well known to locals, and a tough reservation to snag. A Sunday evening is a safer bet in season.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Second time we were there and liked it even more than the first. Roasted cauliflower appetizer is superb! Service was extremely good! I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Dining at the Gafford is always a culinary awesome experience. Celebrated a wonderful birthday dinner for my husband that was enjoyed by all family members.
Make it a point to visit the Gafford if you are visiting in the area as you won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 10, 2018

A quality staple in the vibrant downtown Stuart dining scene. Creatively prepared food with good size portions and attractive presentation. Loved the Citrus Fennel salad. The yellowtail snapper and swordfish were excellent, as was the bone in rib eye. Service was friendly.

Walkable downtown Stuart is the next Delray. Take that to the bank. And the Gafford might just be the next 32 East. Book it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Delicious food served nicely. Depending on where you sit, it can be romantic. Unfortunately we were by the open kitchen which is of course busy and noisy. Great before the theater due to location in Downtown Stuart.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Was a nice place got there at 445 resturant opened at 5 even though staff was there we had to wait till exactly 5 which I thought was a bit odd, food was good and wait staff very good and attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Start to finish amazing. The perfect martini, soup to cheesecake perfect!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on January 5, 2018

While the restaurant was quite crowded, we had no problem carrying on our own conversation. It would be helpful to have more space, but there was not a feeling of sitting atop one another. The large table seating more than 20 seemed daunting, but there was ample seating for large and small parties. While we were afraid that our order would be lost to the other tables, the service was excellent. Orders appeared quickly, indicating that the kitchen had its business under control. The food was superb. The potato soup, as common as that is on many menus, was outstanding. Creamier and tastier than most, not lumpy and viscous as many are. Just a hint of bacon. Fish was fresh, meatloaf was tasty. Everything appeared hot. Did like the bar menu. Definitely would recommend this place to friends, and we will return to sample the rest of the menu. These folks know how to do a restaurant well. Cheers.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The Gafford never disappoints.
Always have a good meal here

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We will definitely be back. So many good things to choose from and I defInitely want to buy the kitchen a round of beers!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Celebrating the last evening of our houseguests’ vacation. David was very attentive to the group and, most especially, to our 2-1/2 year old grandson. As always, David is available but not overbearing in his service. Our dinners were all delicious, but that’s a given at The Gafford. Delightful evening!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Awesome Management and Service... went New Year’s Eve dinner... “seasoned” servers ... friendly and knowledgeable

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service were excellent! I will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I chose the Gafford after reading so many 5 star reviews and reviewing the menu I was very excited and made reservations for Friday night. Let me tell you we were not disappointed!! The server was very friendly and helpful. The food was OUTSTANDING. The manger even took the appetizers off because of a slight delay which we didn’t even realize. Great customer service, nice atmosphere and superb food. Highly recommend it! We’ll be back soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent farm to table restaurant - vegan & gluten free items are identified on the menu

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Once again, the Gafford shines. Will keep coming back here for the shrimp and grits and Mabels chicken!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service. Very attentive. Food was very good. The appetizers were great. And yummy desserts

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was my 2nd time dining here. We brought the family here for Christmas Eve dinner thinking that it would be special. Not at all! My bad but I didn’t realize you had to request the dining room so therefore we had to sit across from the kitchen. I felt like I was at a noisy diner. I ordered the lobster bisque soup that was awful and it was taken away from me by a food server before I could even tell my waiter that I didn’t enjoy it. I wasn’t looking for money off my bill but I believe feedback is important, but I guess the chef will never know. The rest of the dinner was just fair. Just a very disappointing experience. Won’t be going back.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The absolute best appetizers, followed by a creative menu featuring local products prepared simply. The staff is attentive but not overbearing and the night we were there the owner came around to be sure we were all satisfied.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

A bit disappointed. We have been dining at the Gafford since it has been open. To be fair, sometimes it has been a hit or miss with the food but the service is always terrific. The food on our last visit was definitely subpar for the price. Would also recommend to stick with the wine list or straight drinks ( no martini's or specialty cocktails).
Ordered the roasted cauliflower appetizer, was not cooked through, the Airline chicken entree was just ok...
Great service, good atmosphere, a bit loud but that's to be expected at a popular location. Would come again but will stick with their wine selections and cheese boards which are great!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our favorite spot!! Also happy when the peanut butter pie is back on the menu!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We have eaten here on several occasions before, and the food has typically been much better than we experienced on this visit. Best word to describe our meals this time - bland. Very disappointed as we know the restaurant has the ability to deliver.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our dining experience was memorable. The service was great and the food was absolutely wonderful. Mabel’s chicken is the best!!!
This was perfect place to go for our anniversary!! Can’t wait to go back!!
Highly recommended!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Love this place it’s the perfect restaurant for my husband and I to escape and have a quiet romantic dinner! First time we went was for my birthday in July. I signed us up for emails which include rewards. Sure enough I received an email for our anniversary that offered a complimentary bottle of wine or cocktails of our choice. We went with the bottle of wine and enjoyed every last drop! Thank you The Gafford for a beautiful evening as we expected!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Super service and greatly above expectations! Wonderful menu choices and delicious food! Kudos to the chef and everyone involved.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

We went here for our anniversary and we really enjoyed it, the food was great and the atmosphere romantic and relaxed. Our service was good but the waiter must have been having a bad day. Overall our experience was great and we will go back again and take friends. The only difference is I'll ask for a table away from the kitchen.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was absolutely delicious. The swordfish was cooked perfectly. My wife loved the country fried chicken and the portions were Huge. At the end of dinner the owner came over and made sure everything was fine and we assured him we would be back

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Another great meal at the Gafford. Our party of four covered many items on the menu. The roasted avocado appetizer is delightful. The soup of the day was a curry squash that was also exquisite. Mabels fried chicken did not disappoint, nor did the fabulous pork chop! The mahi mahi dinner special was just elegant. Kudos once again to the staff at The Gafford. They truly do care about your dining experience. Give them a try!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Healthy, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Have been to the Gafford many times and it NEVER disappoints. It is a local downtown Stuart gem that is always busy in-season and out-of-season. That speaks for itself! Rick the owner is always right there making sure everyone has a pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

There was a mistake and my table was given to another party. This was VERY disturbing since I have a reservation for 7:30 and arrived at 7:00. It was s special dinner with my wife, son and his girl friend (my wife and I came in from Boston). At 1st nothing but despair, then the owner was notified and everything changed. He got us a great table, set us up with a round of drinks and brought over some of the best apps I have had in a very long time. The staff responded very well and we were treated us like royalty. The night was saved and very enjoyable. Next time in Stuart I was be back. This is a perfect example on what to do when a mistake is made. Everyone makes mistakes it's what you do after is what counts. Bravo to the Gafford.

John C. Allen

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fun, Organic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is where to go in Stuart! My wife and I began with the greatest bowls of lobster bisque we’ve ever had (including near my family’s summer home in Maine). We followed that with the meat and cheese board that contained three large wedges, honey, jam, stone ground mustard, and pickles. The best part of the evening was my ribeye, adorned with the name of the restaurant itself. This bone-in masterpiece melted in my mouth as it sat adjacent to a bowl of gourmet macaroni and cheese. No room remained for dessert this time, but we’ll certainly be back soon.
PS. Jody is a wonderful waitress.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had heard about the Gafford being one of the best restaurants in Stuart and agree as we enjoyed our dinner on Saturday night. The lobster bisque was by far the best I have ever had and we couldn't stop talking about it. I had their signature chicken dish which was another great choice and my husband's salmon was just as delicious. Wine selection was good and will definitely comeback to try other dishes and get my lobster bisque fix again! Kudos to the chef!

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Best meal in Stuart in the last 5 years. Grouper was outstanding. Service was right on. Friendly, timely and professional

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always excellent food, drink and service. And our last visit did not differ. Started with the infused, locally made Burrata, it was spectacular and creamy. The cherry tomatoes are roasted. Then, we ordered the Seminole Beef Filet Mignon and the Special Grouper with orange zest. Wow! The orange accented the grouper really well without being too overwhelming. The filet was cooked perfectly medium rare and melted in your mouth. Finished with a Creme Brulee and two spoons. The Creme Brulee has a nicely thick layer of carmelization.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 5, 2017

It was the forth time my wife and I dined at the Gafford and all I can say is wow! One of if not the best place to have dinner!

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 (Key West)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service (Kim) was great; she really knew the menu. Food was good and LOTS of it. Ambiance was a bit more casual than I anticipated from their website.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun
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