The Gafford

4.8
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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.
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JU
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!! ☺

s
Miami
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good, but not great. No complaints, would go back again, just not outstanding.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent watermelon and goat cheese salad followed by some great meatloaf.

SS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still waiting on that wine 1/2 price off offer on a weeknight during the on-season 😀.
But even if you don’t, we’ll be back often. Always a great meal.
Thanks

DT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was exceptional and rack of lamb was prepared correctly. Prices are a bit high. No fee for splitting an entree or salad. Plenty od food after splitting. Highly reccomend

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Always love The Gafford and it’s food and come often. We celebrated a friends birthday and brought a gluten free brownie and cheesecake to share as our friend can’t have gluten. We called prior to check of any Gf desserts and were told no. We knew there would be a cake charge for slicing as we dealt with that before which is still annoying when you rack up a huge bill. Not the server’s fault (as she said she would get in trouble) but we were charged a service dessert fee per person which was more than the cost of the dessert. We didn’t need plates, for the kitchen to slice or handle for us or or a candle as we brought our own. Server chose on her own to bring a dish of dollop of whipped cream with a candle and plates. .
This service charge is unacceptable and def puts a negative vibe to one of our fav places. Won’t be celebrating at The Gafford anymore.

MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to the Gafford was a big success. We were 45 minutes early for our reservation but that proved no problem despite the Gafford being busy before a 7:00 Lyric Theater show. On a Tuesday the special is meatloaf. My 2 guests ordered it. Now this is no ordinary meatloaf - it is a mountain of delicious, perfectly baked meat. I had the wonderfully moist delicious salmon. Wait staff was knowledgeable and efficient, aware that guests may have a show to get to. After a great meal there was only a 2 minute walk to the Lyric for a very pleasant show- an evening worth 5 stars!

JG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to the restaurant. Immediately welcomed and seated to our reservation no matter the crowd during this popular dinner time. Our waiter David promptly introduced himself, took our drink order and respected our "not in a hurry" wishes. Just as we were talking about ordering David reappeared, explained a few menu details answered our questions, was accommodating to our choice.
Each dinner selection was exactly as described and better than expected. Portions were generous, quality of each dish and presentation were outstanding. We were not rushed that evening in any way considering there was a performance at the Lyric and patrons were waiting patiently for their chance to dine. The Gafford is a gem and much more than a neighborhood restaurant. It is a culinary delight!
We will be back often looking forward to enjoying other selections and hopefully lucky enough to score David as our waiter. We highly recommend The Gafford for a quality dining experience.
Marvin & Joann

TS
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good waitress. Would have preferred a larger table.

M
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We all enjoyed our food. I must admit though, that there is too much Rosemary being used in the Mashed Potatoes, (although are otherwise delicious). Also, the Caesar Salad has an insane "snowcap" of cheese which actually adds nothing to this salad, and too many Romaine Ribs also. Otherwise, everything was very good, delivered promptly, and the temperature of all foods was hot.

TZ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I highly suggest the Crab Cake appetizer and Mabel's Fried Chicken for the entree.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always top notch. Food and drinks never disappoint. Best restaurant in Stuart!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Entrées are consistently good. Vegetable options and sides could use some updating to add interest and more flavor. Appetizers top notch as usual when choosing tartare and crabcakes. The Gafford is our ‘go to’ for consistency.

MW
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten at the Gafford many times the food is excellent and the service is better. Watch for the daily specials they are a great change of pace. Our server Harmony is the best, she anticipates your every need. always smiles and is down to earth making you feel at home.

PC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a fantastic experience at the Gafford, and it only gets better with age. We have been regular diners there since it opened, and we fully intend to continue that trend for years to come. Great job, Rick and staff!

C
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with excellent choices in variety and price, service excellent - great stop before a show at the Lyric!

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and service is ALWAYS excellent at The Gafford. We go often. That said, I’d Love to have more entrees with a side OTHER than Yukon mashed potatoes !

MT
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and the service for our dinner were very good. The Gafford menu is varied and appealing. We had the lane snapper and the hangar steak. Delicious. Well-prepared. Great flavors. Good portions. The kitchen staff really knows what it is doing. Everything tasted fresh. The food tasted light rather than heavy but was plenty filling. Cocktails were well-made and good sized. Basket of bread was offered. Came out nice and hot, fresh. Good crust, soft middle. Splurged on dessert rather than starters. Vanilla creme brulee and orange cake were scrumptious and yet not heavy or dense. Service was attentive, pleasant and professional, not rushed. Server was helpful in offering specials and providing info on dishes of our interest. Only one small complaint: Had table for two near window in front and it was nice. A table for 4 was very close by and when it was filled near the end of our meal the ambiance changed. The group of 4 wasn't loud but the tables were so close together that it felt like we were a party of 6. More spacing needed between tables there. Otherwise, a really satisfying dining experience.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outrageously good and the service was impeccable! The perfect spot to celebrate my amazing husband on his birthday!

DR
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Gafford! We are year round residents in Stuart and always think of the great food and people here when there is a special occasion.

R
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at The Gafford regularly and as always everything was delicious owners and staff outstanding. Chef Taylor never disappoints.

CK
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants me and my wife have eaten at. Can’t wait to go back

SD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy, creative cuisine and superior service. Nice ambience, and the veggie options were much appreciated.

DF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Great variety of meal choices, prices. Variety of drink options. We have never had a bad meal or experience here. One of the best restaurants in the area. The owner is on site and oversees everything to ensure a wonderful experience.

KK
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant always a good meal and service excellent

AR
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from everyone from the bar staff to the wait staff. And very interesting and consistently delicious menu items. Highly recommend. Not too expensive, either.

GA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, service excellent. A little cool so that I would recommend vests or shawls for women.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Gafford, especially Tina Tini Tuesdays!

R
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and service. Be sure to try Mables chicken...outstanding!!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! The braised short rib over cheese tortellini was out of this world!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is exceptional as is the service. It is my favorite restaurant in Stuart!

J
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed ourselves so much here on my birthday, we came back for his birthday 16 days later and really ... we could eat here once a week! Paul had the Gafford’ s 20 ounce steak....perfectly grilled and served with a special steak sauce whose recipe is unfortunately closely guarded. I had the Gafford hamburger....best hamburger I’ve ever had. It was also cooked perfectly..juicy and flavorful. It came with home-made chips with parmigiana cheese shavings. Wow! Our waitress, Harmony, was delightful and extremely helpful.

GR
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were there for an early dinner (5:30) on Saturday night, but the place was soon packed and the noise level was very loud. Great menu with many creative items and I had the pumpkin swordfish and it was excellent, as was the roasted parm cauliflower w/ roasted red pepper cream sauce appetizer. My wife had the shrimp and grits and, while it was good, she said she has had better elsewhere.
Our service was excellent throughout the evening.

NS
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are seasonal residents. This was our first visit to The Gafford this fall. It was wonderful! We are so happy to have a restaurant that is consistently excellent. The staff is so accommodating and helpful. It’s great to be back!

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service.. Ask for Nick.. he was great.. terrific recommendations and took awesome care of us.. excellent menu with lots choices.. something for everyone.. the duck confit wings were exceptional..

l
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Stuart! Fresh food, good service

SS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night back in Stuart and we always go to our favorite Bistro, the Gafford. Reservations easy, food and drink always great. Had the Halibut this evening and my partner had the seared Tuna salad. Dinner flow of salad then entrees perfect.
We think it ranks as our favorite restaurant in downtown Stuart. To bad their 1/2 price wine offer always expires for us snowbirds. 😟

DW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gafford is always outstanding. The food and the service are second to none. We love going there 💗💗

J
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service are amazing

C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to restaurant. Delicious locally sourced food and great service.

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