The Gafford

4.8
818 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
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JJ
Mobile
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food and service.

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HW
Miami
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always great, good food, good wine list and outstanding professional servers.

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CY
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The waiter recommended 2 entrees: the fried chicken and the signature rib steak. I chose the rib steak, and it was good but not worth a recommendation. My dinner guest had the lamb which was better. The salad was good. We ordered mussels, which was one of their special items, and about half of them didn’t open. If a mussel doesn’t open during cooking it means that it was dead and should not be eaten. The waiter didn’t know that and offered to bring us a tool to pry them open. Didn’t take him up on that. Lastly, the noise level was such that it was impossible to have a conversation without shouting.

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s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous dinner. I had the Maple Pecan glazed Pork Chop. Incredible. This place is one of my new favs. Highly recommend.

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KF
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary at The Gafford on Saturday, 9/15/18. We had a reservation at 7, arrived a little early to enjoy a cocktail at the bar. We were promptly sat at 7! The service and food were outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Definitely will come back! Thank you!

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The Gafford never disappoints! Our go-to for a fresh, quality meal and drinks.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is excellent. Amazing service and ambience as well.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in town!!!

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SF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly servers. Ingredients are locally sourced.

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OT
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Disappointed in our old favorite, The Gafford. Ordered one meal gluten free, but that request was not followed and had to send the dish back. Another fish entree was raw and also had to send it back. My meal and my husband's meal were both flavorless. We've had much better. Hope it was just an off night.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood selection and service. Great Happy Hour menu.

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AN
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and exceptional service

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LR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants! Food is always amazing. Great friendly staff!

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never been disappointed at the Gafford. Food is consistently great, as is the service.

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IK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a phenomenal restaurant. It is our go to restaurant whenever we are in Stuart. The food is excellent and the ingredients are locally sourced. The owner is also one of the chefs and takes great care in providing an outstanding meal. It's location in downtown Stuart makes it the perfect setting for a night out on the town. You will not be disappointed.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gafford never disappoints. Whether it’s fish, poultry or meat; everything is cooked perfectly and the presentation is amazing! The staff is always friendly and the service is top notch! We are happy to drive an hour north to eat at this special place.

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RL
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant - food, service, ambiance, et al.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good meal. Service was excellent!

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B
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We drove down from Vero Beach to celebrate my birthday. We had heard great things so we wanted to see if it lived up to its reputation. Yes, in every respect. We definitely will plan on more visits, despite the drive. I had the brussel sprout salad, my husband the Caesar. Both were outstanding, as was the hot bread. For entrees we tried the swordfish and meatloaf. Excellent, as were the mashed potatoes. If we could change one thing, it would be the decor, which is pretty pared down and could also use some color. But the food is worth a visit. Prices are also reasonable for the quality.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

It was a very nice visit. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable.
I forgot our waiters name but i'd come back just to sit with him. He was attentive, friendly and knew the menu!

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RW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Great location and ambiance. Food fair. Pricey for what you get. It’s not all that it’s hyped up to be.

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MS
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I should have gotten up the minute I was seated. I feel like I was sitting in the kitchen. The 2 dinners were nothing EXCEPTIONAL at this price point they should be EXCEPTIONAL. First off we started with an appetizer short rib tostada it was very good and had flavor. I ordered the Queen Snapper
Pan Roasted Local Queen Snapper with Lemon-Brown Butter and Fresh Mango and Crab Salad
over Wild Whole Grains. Let just say the fish was cooked perfect but no flavor from the fresh mango and crab salad there was so little of it, this is where the meal failed. As for the rice .... I thought I was eating dirty rice from Zatarain's Dirty Rice Mix. As for my wife she had the Scottish Salmon with a spicy bbq glaze which was good. This was our first and most likely our last there just too many other EXCEPTIONAL restaurants out there.

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GP
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Gafford. Friday night enjoyed the BEST CRABCAKES--EVER!!!!!

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F
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were lucky to dine when they had their once a month Lobster Bisque on the menu. It is cream based, no tomato and filled with small chunks of lobster. I had the fried chicken which was a bit disappointing. It wasn’t terrible, just nothing special. My husband got the meatloaf and loved it. Our service was excellent. I am looking forward to going back and trying a different entree.

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BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service always and chef Taylor is great! Would recommend to everyone.

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F
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service in a comfortable setting. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Food was good but not amazing. Seems to lack that flavor that makes it memorable. Wasn't anything really wrong just no wow factor. I would try again.

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u
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was an Ok restaurant.

Food was good.

I was sat in a very transited area and didn't enjoy the ambiance that much.

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Our second attempt- our first attempt to dine here we did not have a reservation- the hostess was unable to seat us-even though the restaurant was not full. We made our reservation through Open Table-our seating was in the walkway to the bar. Our dinner was poor at best- a burger ordered medium came out rare and the Special Rib Eye was not what it should have been. We told the server and the General Manager came to our table agreed the burger was Rare and not what was ordered- he offered to fire up a new burger-at the time he offered we were done with our dinner. The server then came to the table to give the bill-my husband held his hand out and for the bill and the server ignored it and placed it on the table-RUDE. Unaccommodating-Unprofessional and The General Manager should not under appreciate the customer they think are just regular you never know who is seated.

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant - one of the best in Stuart County!

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CB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local choice! The food choices are creative and the service is always impeccable.

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DP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very good. Nicest place down town. Kids in the dining area a bit noisy.

Happy hour is not well advertised - hours, can you book a table in the bar for happy hour, etc.

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m
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food, exceeded expectations

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Was a big party for 25 people very loud. Sat us next too. Was our anniversary Asked to be moved but no table available. Had reservations for 3 days. Food suffered Possibly kitchen overwhelmed . Normally good. But will go again. Not on a weekend.

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E
Miami
84 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE the updated new menu! Harmony was wonderful AS ALWAYS!! The Brussels sprout salad and short rib tostada are great new tens to try👍🏻

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best!!!! Local, personable, popular, involved in the community.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become my favorite restaurant in the area ! Foodies will love this place :)

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c
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food as always. Can’t go wrong with Mabel’s fried chicken...

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LR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant

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OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary had an awesome evening shared with my awesome hubby

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P
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service outstanding. Was disappointed as we got there at 4:39 for 6:30 reservation. Checked and she said come by when ready. Only wanted to give us seat by front door. I had told her it was Anniversary and we wanted a little romantic spot. We sat at table by the bar.

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