The Gafford

4.8
774 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had a wonderful evening with friends. As usual the food and wine as well as the service was excellent!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service !!! Loud and full of bustle. Definitely adding it to the our restaurant rotation. The Main Street is temporarily closed for improvements, so parking can be a little scarce specially on weekends or during showtimes at the Lyric .

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The Gafford was an awesome experience and the food was outstanding. We had a table right by kitchen. Was fun to watch the Chef and team at work. They also had an option where you could buy the kitchen crew a beer...for a mere $7. Was well worth it to reward the hard working group.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food & service; right here in downtown Stuart. it doesn't get any better than that!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our first visit to The Gafford and the overall experience was excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The Gafford is our staple dinner choice for any special occasion or just to make another great date night out. For those on a date where one likes fish and the other steak, you won't find any better balanced option anywhere in town. Same goes for chicken, salad, or even for vegetarians. There is no bad option on the menu for anyone! Great overall restaurant we hope to continue enjoying for years to come.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I received a birthday coupon online from The Gafford, and I invited a new friend to join me (she had never been there). She ordered Mable's chicken and I had a Mahi special. Both were excellent. I was a little surprised that my birthday wasn't acknowledged....which is OK. Just thought they'd provide a special dessert. Actually, I don't think our waiter asked if we wanted dessert. It was a good experience (I've been there a number of times, and the meals are served very attractively).

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Best restaurant in Stuart

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious! For a table of six we each ordered a variety of food and had a chance to try it all. So good and worth the price. We were in a spot off to the side and it felt slightly crammed ( it’s not very big inside ). Our server was very attentive to us.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Our dinner was delicious as always. The staff was very accommodating...and definetely took time to advise us on certain things we were not sure about...we've been there at least 6 times since we recently discovered your restaurant and our families and friends have thanked us many times for the recommendation... Love it...have not been disappointed ever since we discovered your restaurant...Looking forward to seeing you again soon... Rae M & Sal

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Best meatloaf you can find anywhere. Great restaurant with great, fresh food.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

A welcoming environment, great food, attentive service, very accommodating. Noiss can get bad as the evening progresses--reserve early if you want to avoid that.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

As always The Gafford was excellent. Excellent service and excellent food. It all began with the hostess. She stated that our table as requested was ready for us. The only downside was the person who was serving the water: he was annoying and we had never seen him before. However in the big picture that was very minimal.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Always a great evening! Nice sized drinks and nicely prepared food.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

This was out first time at The Gafford. We would recommend it to others as well as go back again. The Tuesday special’s from the bar were well worth the price. The service was very good. The environment was laud back and casual.

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2.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We told the waitstaff my wife had allergies to cream. The dish was sent w cream and the waiter would not take back. My wife was sick all night. My Gafford steak did not live up to the hype (underdone). Our waitperson did a very good job and seemed almost "afraid" to send the incorrect dish back.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The food is some of the best areas in St Lucie County

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Every time we go, it is absolutely amazing! The Blue Crab and Chorizo Dip is hands down the best dip I’ve ever had! The food is beyond great! The service is exceptional! Must make a reservation while in season or you’ll be waiting a while. Such a great experience!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This local favorite always delivers. Always something new and interesting on the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Always outstanding! Fantastic homemade unique ice cream! Corn bread Apple was delicious! Perfect dinner for my husband’s birthday! Thank you for another wonderful meal!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I was very surprised how delicious the meatload was. My husband will not eat meatloaf and he had it the following night (at home). The portion was too much for one person.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

25th anniversary. The food was extremely good and reasonably priced. Prompt and courteous service. Memorable moments for my wife and I on our special day.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Keb mo concert

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Crab cakes were amazing! If you're looking for a romantic night for 2...it's a bit noisy but it was a great meal and good atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We had a nice dinner with old friends we had not seen in years. Great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

GREAT VARIETY ON MENU, GREAT SERVICE, ATTENTIVE FOLKS! EVERYTHING WELL-PREPARED AND SERVED ON TIME.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The Gafford is a very nice restaurant - it would be nice if there were more vegetarian options, but there are enough to have a great meal. Half-price wines are available Wednesday nights, which is a great bargain.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We have been eating here since they opened and it has never disappointed! Taylor is a gifted chef. We were vegan for a year and he even catered to that. Thank goodness eating fish and meat again because he does everything perfectly. Love this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Food was outstanding.. great place for a memorable meal.. looking forward to our next visit

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Great place , you can’t go wrong here , happy hour or dinner

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary this past Sunday. The service and food were excellent. Our waiter Cody explain the menu and the specials and made great suggestions. The only drawback to the entire evening was that we sat near the kitchen where it was little bit smoky from the cooking. Aside from that, we had an awesome time and will certainly be back.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent food. The four of us had steaks with the mac n cheese side and it was outstounding. The filet mignon as well as the bone in ribeye was delicious and cooked perfectly. Our dishes were delivered from the cooks kitchen to our table in a quick minute so all of our dinners were served hot. Nice wine list and wines by the glass. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We started with the soup of the day...crawfish bisque. It came out hot. The texture was creamy, smooth and loaded with crawfish.

Rack of lamb...served medium rare as ordered. The ribs were seasoned with just enough spice. Came with crisp green beans and delicious mash potatoes.

Mabel's chicken...Mabel, Mabel, Mabel. What can be said for some of the best flavored crispy fried chicken breast.

Never a bad meal

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The cheese plate was a wonderful blend of offerings. One of the best we’ve had

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We had a reservation and were seated right away, which was nice. Our server was with us promptly and we had our food within 15 minutes of ordering. We ordered the filet and lamb lollipops. Both dishes were excellent and well worth the price. The wait staff was very attentive and on top of everything. The one negative thing I would say is we sat in a high top table on the kitchen side in the corner which was very cozy until they seated the table next to us and then we were very cramped. I could barely even get out of my seat to leave the table without asking them to scoot in. But otherwise it was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The Gafford is the best restaurant around! Staff is very courteous and attentive. The food is outstanding. My favorite restaurant in Martin County!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Chose this restaurant due to the positive reviews and it was good. The crab cakes were the best we have ever had, mostly meat and a large portion for an appetizer. We also had the roasted salad wonderful. For entrees we had the salmon which was a little oily but the rest of the plate was good. Maybe Scottish salmon is oily? The other entrée we ordered was the confit chicken thighs. It wasn't chicken thighs but a chicken leg. It was good but not exactly what was expected. Too full for dessert and if in the area again will come back if only for those great crab cakes!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Gafford never disappoints. Tyler, the chef, always does a phenomenal job. From apps to entrees, everything cooked to perfection. Always our first choice when dining out.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fabulous as always!

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