The Gafford

4.7
846 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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j
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything great, would help to have valet parking

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

Really deep menu with good choices from all food groups - service was spotty

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great and staff is very friendly. We love The Gafford.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at the Gafford and they have never disappointed. The food is always amazing, with many Keto options. Make sure to ask for Trevor, he provided service that was above and beyond our expectations.

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JM
Key West
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the Scottish Salmon and the meatloaf, both were excellent The waiter, sorry forgot his name, was terrific, always one step ahead of us. Never had a bad meal or bad service. Even when busy, well worth the wait.

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went on a Sunday evening- all drinks, including wine bottles, were half price! We were seated right away at a comfortable table for 2. It was somewhat busy (especially in the bar) and it took a while to get our bottle of wine. However, once that arrived (it was excellent), the timing for the rest of the meal was great. We ordered the meat and cheese plate for an appetizer - it was good, but there was only one selection of meat. I would have preferred at least 2. There were 3 large triangles of cheese, however, and they were all very good. We shared a Ceasar salad and the restaurant split it for us (we did not ask them to - nice touch) and there was plenty for the two of us. I would have preferred a little more flavor in the dressing - it was somewhat bland. My wife ordered the coconut encrusted Mahi Mahi and it was very good. I had the Gafford special steak - a 20 ounce bone in Ribeye, medium rare - and it was outstanding. Cooked to perfection and very flavorful. It came with a slab of butter on the side which added to the deliciousness. Both meals came with green beans and they were also cooked to perfection - crisp and very flavorfull. My steak came with house made macaroni and cheese, which was a perfect match to the steak. Too full for desert, but all in all, a great meal.

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RL
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with superb food and service. And a very attentive, thoughtful owner - Rick Wilson.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great but I had an 8:00pm reservation for my bday and we wernt seated until until 830, which I didn’t care for. Other then that it was amazing

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BB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating manager and staff that made our anniversary dinner special. We will certainly be back.

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TF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My Husband and I went to dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food is amazing. Delicious!! Wonderful flavors, portion, presentation and freshness!! We have recently moved from Boatin to Florida and The Gafford has won our hearts. Just a polite note-the only misfortune was sitting near the high traffic bar threshold. This resulted in bar noise and my husbands chair being hit by staff. Just be mindful where you sit a party for two. All is forgiven, as the meal was outstanding. Thank you Chefs!!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

I was not as wowed as I had hoped to be. The room was noisy, my date's seat was in the way of the pass through to the bar and my salmon though a good piece of fish cooked with no spices. I asked for no sauce as the versions they offered were not anything I wanted. I asked for lemon, salt and pepper and it was grilled dry. I asked for the vegetable of the day which was green beans and a little salad with it as I did not want starch. They refused. Unimaginative. My date enjoyed his skirt-steak.

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d
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy going to the Gafford. I dream of their Buratta!! Soooo good!!!

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EW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We became "local' a year ago, probably 6th or 7th visit, always great!

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GW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Food was outstanding as usual. Wish the service could have been the same.

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GB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant in the area. We come from Port St Lucie and it is well worth the drive !

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RK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good. Menu variety, service great and the food is always hot and delicious. They act like they want your business that evening and the future. That's why we keep coming back.

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d
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in Stuart. Small privately owned restaurant with a variety of well prepared dishes and excellent service. Our server was very attentive and accommodating with our special requests. Very relaxing ambience. Highly recommend the double cut pork chop.

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SG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great neighborhood spot. Cant wait to go back!

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FS
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy with our visit to this restaurant. It was our first time there. Food was great. I had a very interesting twist on the bourbon old-fashioned that I really liked

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EA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Two bone rib pork chop with apples and walnuts was incredible. Never had a pork chop that tender and cooked to perfection. My wife had the individual meatloaf she loved.

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got the best table in the house, high top by the front window! Great service!

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EZ
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can never say enough about how wonderful the Gafford is! Every time my husband and dine here it always surpasses our expectations. We tried the Fried Cheesecake dessert with caramel drizzle and vanilla ice cream and it was out of this world. We look forward to eating here again as it’s out absolute favorite restaurant.

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h
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My hubby and I went on a date to the restaurant and everything was excellent. We will definitely return.

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LP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific place that we like to go for our "special occasions". Although I try different menu items I seem to always come back to their "lamb lollies". My favorites. Everyone was very attentive and the meal was delicious.

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k
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place cocktails were amazing! Dinner even better. Only negative was our waiter was a bit snarky maybe just a flat personality. There were so many others supporting him it did not affect our service or distract from a great dining experience. This place is really great little restaurant my favorite in the Stuart area.

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RL
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent restaurant with great food and service. And an owner that cares - Mr. Walker. Although we live almost an hour away, we plan to visit the Gafford regularly. Wonderful evening for my birthday!

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

“The Gafford “ rib eye steak was tough and scant and very disappointing for price of $38.00.

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JJ
Mobile
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food and service.

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HW
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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 on September 21, 2018
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 on September 20, 2018
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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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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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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