The Gafford

4.7
887 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.
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
What 887 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and cocktails! Trinton is an awesome wait person! Loved everything we had!

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JM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the food and service. Trenton was our waiter and he was great!

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

Always great at The Gafford. Staff is great and food exceptional.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food -great service!

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NS
Philadelphia
91 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Gafford is consistently excellent. The bartender is a craftsman. The mushroom soup was outstanding! The Caesar salad is delicious and was served as requested with extra anchovies. Mabel’s chicken is the best! The shrimp and grits entree has just the right amount of spice and the collards are a nice addition. No one had room for dessert.

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JW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cody was our server did a great job very attentive

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G
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, drinks!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly and attentive staff.

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B
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is outstanding! The food is delicious, the service is great and the prices are reasonable. Love the Scottish Salmon with barbeque sauce and the grilled avacado! Fantastic!

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TB
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Sunday supper at the Gafford. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable. The menu was very interesting. Chef Taylor knocked it out of the park with the scallops and the swordfish. I can't wait to get back for that Burrata though!

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DC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating here. Food is always great and they have a terrific happy hour.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service- food is incredible. My wife and I typically go to the Gafford for a quiet night out together or to celebrate with friends and family. Top dining experience in our area.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited Stuart FL and walking around town looking at menus for dinner. The menu was interesting so we made a reservation. Food was fabulous and service attentive! Definitely return if we are back in that area.
Donna, NJ

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PG
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Sat at table on time..22 minutes later waitress asked us what we wanted to order. Waitress disappeared for the another 20 min, had to get another busboy to find her. Service sucked. SAD.
Table was next to kitchen, so get ready for funds , noise and the rushing of plates to the table. Sit elsewhere if going. Not a romantic place. Don't bring deaf in laws or older people with hearing aids .
Owner better get back into the business and pay attention to the details.

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WN
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun night.The cauliflower app was delish and so was the soup. I had the fresh swordfish that melted in my mouth, my friend had the lamb chops that were yummy...so were the grapefruit basil martinis!

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RS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit was on our anniversary. We had a wonderful meal and experienced excellent service. We had a delightful evening and definitely will come back. We look forward to exploring the menu further!

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M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, as always!

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CR
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Stuart place. Good food and super waitstaff.

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OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Gafford ALWAYS provides a great meal - from the burger, or meatloaf to the fried chicken or fish - it’s always delicious! The service and staff are wonderful as well, and it’s inevitable Rick will stop by you’re table, say hi and see how you’re doing. Have been 3x’s in the past 2 weeks. Had the pleasure of introducing new-bees to their deliciousness!

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D
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gafford has a great menu, something for everyone. We go often with very large parties and they are amazing. Food, service are fantastic. Highly recommend.

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EE
Key West
75 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t know why we don’t come here every week, the food is absolutely fantastic with great specials every visit! The owner makes sure to visit with every guest and makes you feel like family, for a great experience.

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was with my husband & 2 friends who also had not been here yet. Every item that we ordered was absolutely delicious! Far better than most restaurants. I am a former chef so I unfortunately am pretty hard to please, but we went back the next night because it was THAT good! Thank you . Lisa

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place:)

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LG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food slipped a little from our previous experiences. My husband had the duck which had lots of rice filler and less duck. I enjoyed the cauliflower, the tuna tartare needed more sauce on the side. Still a good restaurant but don’t loose the passion!

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DA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have never been disappointed with our meal at The Gifford. Whether you come for a burger or a gourmet meal, you will not be disappointed.

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Stuart. The chef Taylor is one of the best I've ever tasted. Plan all my trips to Stuart around eating dinner here

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CL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was efficient and wait staff very pleasant and friendly. The food choices made it difficult to select just one entree. They all sounded so good! We will have to go back to try more! We had the shrimp and grits and the fried chicken. Both were outstanding!!

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RB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu has a wide range of options, food is okay. The restaurant itself is cute and the staff is friendly.

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service excellent. Wee bit loud but over all waiter excellent and food tasted and was presented well

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Crab cakes were excellent. Ribeye was awful. Service is good but very crowded

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EZ
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an outstanding birthday dinner and the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup was fabulous.

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D
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gafford is always a good bet. Food and service will never be disappointing.

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JD
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful night out provided great food and service. One of our favorite restaurants in the PSL area.👍

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FF
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good

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R
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Warm welcome and attentive service. A bit short on ambience but makes up for it with the quality of the food. And the prices are reasonable.

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SS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The red snappper was outstanding and the service was outstanding. :)
Go & Enjoy!

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JH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The Gafford continues to be one of the better options on the Treasure Coast for a great bar and very good, chef-driven food.
In summer months, don't miss what has to be one of the best Happy Hours in town - 1/2 price beverages and bottles of wine along with a small bar menu offering sharply discounted appetizers from their regular menu, such as incredibly delicious crab cakes and burgers.
But, alas, summer has passed. Go for the nightly dinner specials, ambiance, and enjoy a nice walk in downtown Stuart. One nit: service was inconsistent and amateurish.

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MO
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

This restaurant has good reviews, and a great recommendation from a friend. We were disappointed in the dated decor and unimaginative food that sounded better than it tasted. Not bad, just bland.

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MD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best appetizer I’ve ever had...the fried green tomatoes. The pork chop was wonderful, tender and juicy. My sister had the shrimp and grits and it was also perfect!

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PD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was as good as it always is. The food was excellent and our waitress was very attentive. We never have a bad experience here

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