The Gafford

4.7
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1480 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.
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vipBobH
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we came away very impressed. We had requested an outside table which we were able to get-- the outside tables were distanced well from one-another.
The meal was extremely good-- the service from Janine was friendly and right on point.
This was an anniversary dinner for us and we had a great experience. My wife went with an Ahi appetizer which was served nicely and large enough to be a main course. This was served cold as it should be-- many places don't chill this enough! My wife then had a manin course which was a special of lamb chops in a nice cherry sauce along with mashed potatoes and green beans. She enjoyed this very much.
I went with the soup of the day which was a delectable Mushroom Bisque with beef tenderloin pieces in it and a tad bit of cheese to finish it. The soup flavoring was outstanding! I then went with the Fried Chicken and was not disappointed at all. The chicken coating was flaky and light and the sides were nice as well (same sides as my wife's). The chicken is definitely a nice sized portion.
We were both too full for dessert and thought it was very reasonable for the meal. We will be back!!

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vipShawn
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very clean, the staff was excellent

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courtneyw
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The spaghetti squash and pork chop were to DYE for

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vipTraveling2food
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in town! Always great food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Undercut family owned restaurant with exceptional staff and food

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3cMaverick
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The proverbial “hole in the wall” gem. The kitchen is great, wine and cocktails great, service on point. Would definitely return

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TonyPerezSr
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was ok. Our plates called for a type of sauce. We ask about it and it was pointed out. It really look very liquid instead of creamy. It basically look like water with may some flavor but didn’t notice.

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gatorrisa
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and service was excellent. Everything was priced fairly, given the generous poriton sizes.

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BetseyR
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and so was the service!!!! We definitely will be back!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great. Everyone was very pleased

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Laura
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Our reservations set us in the bar are and it was very noisy.

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vipHarold
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always count on a great meal and service at the Gafford

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Bree was on top of our every need. She provided great service, made sure our drinks were always full, offered suggestions on the menu, and provided great service. The chef Taylor came over to ask our meal were. We never disappointed at The Gafford. Whether it’s a business meal, family in town, or just out with the kids for a burger.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here often and The Gafford never disappoints! Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice evening out!

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LeeR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding , excellent, all six of us were impressed. The service was most accommodating, our waitress was extremely friendly. Wonderful chef, ahi tuna fabulous, crab cakes, filet , recommend recommend everything.

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JaneB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were excellent! We were celebrating my daughters birthday.

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HeidiC
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was not great that night. The server, Brie was pleasant but not very attentive. We asked for a meal at the table and a meal to go. The to go order was delivered before the table meal. We have been to The Gafford several times and this was a disappointing evening. Our bill was added incorrectly and we were charged for drinks we did not order.

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JohnL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best local dining spots. Service is always amazing as is the food.

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vipTedP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always Great Food, Great Service, a Fantastic Dining Experience!!!!!

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vipCharlesC
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice place and great food quality

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great location

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CarmenM
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious. Our server was excellent. The only complaint is that it took quite a while to serve the entree and the coffee served with dessert was cold. We will still go back. The filet mignon was the best I've had in a long time.

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vipAnnie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Stuart! The Gafford never disappoints us!

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Anthony
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our table was a very close to the door and experienced a lot of traffic and hostess station & front door chatter, other than that, everything was very good.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

In the midst of the Covid pandemic if you want to be seated 1 to 2 feet apart from unmasked fellow diners, this is the place to go. The entire restaurant was empty, but they seated a party of three At the table next to me and I was 1 foot away from other unmasked people. The one dish that I had, Parmesan crusted cauliflower, was less than mediocre. There was no Parmesan crust and all the Parmesan had simply melted on the dish and was covered by a less than stellar sauce. When I requested another table, even though the restaurant was empty, I was told they could not accommodate me.

The Gafford
Responded on September 23, 2020

"Dissapointed". I am sorry you did not enjoy the cauliflower. As for our tables they are actually distanced properly, not 1 foot apart. We actually offered you another table which you declined, so we did try to accommodate you. In your private message to me I must say I do not appreciate you trying to bribe me to do something for you so you will change your review. We stand by our standards. Based on your visit and how you treated the staff that night, we are fine with you not returning.

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joyceb
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food....Worth the money...Service was excellent..

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GaffordFan
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love to cook and rarely go out to dinner. I like fresh healthy food and I must say that the Gafford exceeds my expectations. I love every bite! Best food and service available. I recommend it to all my friends and will make it a weekly date night! Thank you to everyone at the Gafford from the hostess, to the bar and kitchen. The Best!

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MelB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The cocktails did not taste at all like their description (elderflower gimlet tasted like vodka soda). Our entrees came out the moment we finished our appetizers (no one cleared away our appetizers plates). The food was moderate. Overly rich sauces on otherwise good food. The service was hurry up and wait (our food all comes out within the same 20 minutes, but then we had to wait 20 minutes for our check). Overall I felt like our experience was worth $50, but alas, it was $150 (for two people). We won’t be returning.

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SamA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant. Best I’ve eaten at since moving to Martin County

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently AMAZING!

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RobertB
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Dinner is always good here. Nice people good service but.....MY RECENT REVIEW WAS FLAWED! Restaurants waitress called and explained that she thought we ordered "Hess" wine, not "House" wine. I looked up Hess and it is on the menu and a bit more costly. Honest mistake.
I probably should have said something about my bill but you know, after a while we get tired of ending dinner with confrontation.

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garyc
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food never disappointed at the Gafford

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

me and my boyfriend came for an impromptu dinner , we had a very nice waitress and ordered fire grilled shrimp with to start with which was to die for. then we both ordered the filet mignon, with Yukon potatoes and fresh broccolini. And then finished with delicious Keylime pie. Everything was very very good. It’s a little bit pricey but 100% worth it. You pay for quality. Will be back again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, drinks, and food. We love dining at this restaurant.

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Boater
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Had Reservations and we were sat in the bar where people waiting for tables were standing 1.5’ away from us (two different sets of people) where we heard 15 minutes of their conversations over our own conversation. Whether they were walk ins or not, we didn’t ask to be sat in the bar and I’m not happy that we needed to eat out dinner with people waiting for their tables. The wait staff back and forth to the room next to the bar, not a nice dinner for my hubby and I. I ordered the short rib and sadly it was buried under pasta and SAUCE! So much sauce. Hubby ordered Very rare filet, it came just rare and was a very dry piece of meat. He didn’t complain but I could see it from across the table. The filet had a brown gravy on part of it....def not what we have experienced the other times we’ve had dinner there. We didn’t complain, everyone was busy, we thought we hadn’t read the menu description well enough...
Have to say we were very disappointed but will try it again because of the other great meals we’ve had there. Our waitress tho very busy was great. We’ve had her before.
Sorry for the less than stellar review....

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GaffordFan
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ across the board great experience. Thank you for making my night such a wonderful experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous and fresh!

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The Gafford offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (772) 221-9517.

The Gafford is rated 4.7 stars by 1480 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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