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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.
Stuart, FL 34994
Comfort Food, Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
We have semi-private dining that can comfortably seat up to 40 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Rick: (772) 221-9517
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.