The Gafford

4.7
2017 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipNvonS
Atlantic City
107 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fro start to finish!

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PeterN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was perfect. Our server, Alex was attentive, responsive, cheerful and professional. Thanks for a wonderful evening with friends.

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DianeG
Key West
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's the BEST, love everything about dining at the Gafford!!!

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vipWen123
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and loved it! Drinks and meals were delicious. Tuna was exceptional!

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vipLorie
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat!!! Delicious!! Great food and service

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RonR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Always and pleasure to visit this establishment. Great staff, food and atmosphere.

JD
JaclynD
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely meal, and we will be back again.

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dlmc
Boise
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic!

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SarahA
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal! Exceptional service! Hometown feel with gourmet menu!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always delicious. Service great. Menu changes. Everyone is very professional. The owner always stops by your table which in my opinion makes a great restaurant.

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JohnT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and excellent service. Dining next to the chef while cooking is a unique experience that also creates a lot of traffic. Given a choice we hope to be seated in the front dining area next time. We will certainly return as all of the food was absolutely perfect.

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vipRobertD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the finest meals I’ve had in Florida. The service was impeccable, the drinks were delicious and the food we ordered was perfectly prepared.

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Foodie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server TJ was attentive and knowledgeable. Did not rush us. Very personable. Food excellent.

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ElizabethV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with our meals, the service, and the overall atmosphere at The Gafford.

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vipBobD
Treasure Coast
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very disruptive party seated next to our table. No consideration for others dining. Noise level was over the top
loud & obviously had too much to drink. Offensive language & disrespectful to server Cassie. Not our usual experience at our favorite hometown establishment.

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JodiM
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Very nice outdoor table.

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buzzman
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Meal!
Thanks James for your Excellent Service!

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carra
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this local gem of a restaurant ran by a super nice family! The food is always great, with plentiful portions, fair prices, great service and stiff drinks. They always have individual coloring books and crayons for kids which my daughter really enjoys.

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vipToughcritic
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious. Roasted cauliflower fabulous as was my swordfish. Carrot cake yummy! Excellent spacing for safety outside. Very safe! Heaters for cold days. Highly recommend.

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TerryE
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Never had a bad meal here. When visitors are in town, this is our go to place. Swordfish prep can't be any better than here.

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ScottM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasteful and happy place . Don’t miss one of Stuarts finest restaurants.

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vipkpcents
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place. Great atmosphere. Delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and the adjacent street was somewhat busy with traffic and passing car noise but nothing too bad. We were serenaded by a gentleman playing the sax across the street and this just added to the amazing experience. The ambiance, food, drinks and service were perfect! The old fashioned was spot on - not too sweet and delivered a nice buzz. My girl had a Paloma and a marg, both very good. We ordered the roasted cauliflower to start and it was delicious and large. For entrees we had the sweet potato Chile reñeno which was an item we hadn’t seen on a menu before and were pleasantly surprised. Very tasty! However, the star of the night (aside from the sax player) was the meatloaf dish! Wow! This is a must. It was the best we’ve had. So tender and juicy. The menu states “while it lasts” which leads me to believe it sells out regularly and I can see why. The desserts all sounded amazing but we were too full to have any. Our server was great too! They provide a fun option on the menu that if you liked your meal, you can buy a round of beers for the chefs for $10. They definitely deserved it so we bought them a round. Overall, great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal and service! The owner truly cares and is always there walking around, helping his staff, checking in and helping serve the food! A must in Stuart!

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vipAnthonyC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was amazing. The apps were awesome. The Gafford signature steak, no flavor. My wife’s meal was amazing also. Can’t win them all. Will still go back.

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vipBarbaraL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant was very crowded and we waited over 25 minutes for our reservation. We finally sat down in the bar area which was available when we first walked in. I mentioned that to a waitress but she said it was reserved. The table was very tight due to the lack of space between them. The owner greeted us and apologized for the wait. He served us a charcuterie on the house because of the seating issue. The food was very good as usual but two of the main courses which I would have preferred were no longer available. We finally got our main course after 9 pm which was a lot later than I prefer. I have been to the Gafford many times and the food is good but this time I was a bit disappointed.

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Tash
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Stuart. Never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and our meal was delicious

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vipMichaelP
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always….thoroughly enjoyed the Gafford! Great place!

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BTDiner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Gafford. Service was friendly and efficient. I had the duck legs and Mexican corn and avocado salad. Loved them both! The dressing on the salad was fabulous and the duck was cooked just right.

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RobertS
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food we would go back.

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Melisag
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meatloaf ever!! Great food here! I definitely recommend The Gafford!

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KathyW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Service was great. Would definitely recommend!

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GeorgeD
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was EXCELLENT with the exception of the meatloaf and asparagus...The meatloaf was burnt around the edges and the asparagus was too large at the ends and not cooked...hard as a rock.

Our server LAUREN was AWESOME...will ask for her again the next time we make our reservation which will probably be at the end of the month.

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vipWaineWyatt
Treasure Coast
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. What a special place and my food was cooked perfectly. I love the Gafford Steak meal and my guest loved the take with Shrimp and Grits with a tropical twist.

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MikeC
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always expect superior service and fantastic food. There are a lot of choices for eating out but the Gafford should be at the top of everybody's list.

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JohnS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very happy with our decision to dine prior to a performance at the Lyric:)

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vipTerry
Key West
36 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Drinks and carrot cake desert were great. My short rib was also fantastic. However, my wife’s encrusted snapper was a little too salty for her taste. Still a great place with excellent staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lobster bisque was great. Swordfish and fried chicken were both excellent. We will be back again.

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CarrieF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! Our favorite place, for every occasion!

FAQs

The Gafford offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (772) 221-9517.

The Gafford is rated 4.7 stars by 2017 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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