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The Gafford, Stuart, FL

The Gafford

4.7
4.7
2371 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (772) 221-9517

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Taylor Wilson

  • Private party facilities

    We have semi-private dining that can comfortably seat up to 40 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Rick: (772) 221-9517

  • Neighborhood

    Stuart

  • Cross street

    Colorado

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,371 people are saying

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4.7
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  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. J

    Jenny

    Treasure Coast

    62 reviews

    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Brought my elderly mother for her birthday. Arrived 10 minutes early for 5 PM reservation. Was not able to be seated (despite a completely empty restaurant) and was made to stand at the front of the restaurant by the door (or invited to go to the bar (we do not drink). We felt this was extremely rude. A walk-in came behind us and was seated first despite us waiting there. Found this very off-putting. Food was good.
  2. TZ

    ToddZ

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food in a unique spot. The swordfish was really tasteful.
  3. YE

    YELPER

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    One major complaint that warrants a low rating - we arrived at 7:35 for our 7:45 reservation; we did not get seated until 8:45! Thankfully our guests were patient and understanding, but this is a product of not managing tables properly and allowing people to sit at a table well beyond an acceptable dinner outing. 1.5-2 hours is the standard for a Saturday night!
  4. w

    wiggles

    West Palm Beach

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The porkchop was dry. The salmon a bit fishy. The service was very good. Surprisingly the brussel spout soup was excellent. Will not rush back.
  5. M

    Megano

    Cleveland

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with family.
  6. O

    Oxford

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service
  7. RY

    RobertY

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. When youpay top dollar you expect great food. The Gafford delivered.
  8. CC

    CConnolly

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful evening. James was our waiter and he was attentive and helpful. The libations were great and the food was delicious. We’ll be back. Next time: the short ribs for me.
  9. J

    Josephfire

    Treasure Coast

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Gafford is a wonderful restaurant in Stuart, FL! The food is prepared extremely well with local & farm fresh ingredients. Both the preparations & presentations are creative and outstanding. The staff is very friendly & welcoming. Their aim is to please & they do accomplish this! Both my husband and I love this restaurant. Whenever we have taken guests to The Gafford they totally enjoy the meal.
  10. r

    rayg

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duck wings were amazing. Meatloaf couldn't have been better. Crusty not burnt.
  11. S

    Spatt

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Varied and interesting food and drink menus. Prompt and attentive service. However, 3 of the 4 in our party ordered fish (snapper and Alaskan halibut) and unfortunately all 3 dishes were somewhat overcooked and dry. Perhaps the chef just had an off night. I would still recommend The Gafford as a high quality dining experience.
  12. AG

    AngelaG

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Freshest seafood in town! Outstandingly delicious food, excellent service. Cocktails were unique and savory. Highly recommend.
  13. JK

    JosephK

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and service was too. Would go again.
  14. MG

    MarthaG

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The pork chop was perfectly cooked & sides complemented it. The shortcake dessert was divine. Can’t wait to go back.
  15. M

    Missi

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous restaurant with great food and terrific service.
  16. HT

    HeatherT

    Treasure Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my birthday. Food and service was excellent!
  17. M

    Marg

    Treasure Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The wait staff is awesome and the steak was good, just very loud inside
  18. CF

    CarrieF

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful evening, as always! We sat outside for the first time, and enjoyed the lovely breeze and gorgeous full moon. Our waitress, Grace, was amazing… so friendly, so sweet and attentive. And the food… there aren’t words… everything was DELICIOUS! The Gafford has been our favorite “date night” destination for almost 9 years now, and we’re hoping for many more!😊
  19. LP

    LisaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waitress was very attentive and helpful. The food was very good, a bit pricey, I would go back, this was my second time there.
  20. BB

    BruceB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was prepared in a timely fashion. Delicious… plus, the waiter was extremely friendly and personable. One of the best experiences we have had since moving to Stuart 2 1/2 years.
  21. CH

    ChristineH

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been regulars for a few years now and have had the same delicious food and service consistently. And, if on a rare occasion there is an issue with the food, it is immediately and perfectly made right. We enjoy all the servers at the Gafford. They are all at a high level of professionalism, friendliness and courtesy. We particularly appreciate Janine. She basically meets us at the door with our usual bottle of wine and pretty much knows what we are going to order even before WE do :) She is a delight and we are very grateful for how she enhances our Gafford experience. Thank you Gafford!
  22. DS

    DonS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was exquisite, the service was very good but the room was bright and noisy.
  23. HF

    HankF

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday but wasn’t recognized
  24. JD

    JenniferD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were excellent. Highly recommend.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    My dining partners short rib was inedible due to it being one big glob of fat when she cut into it. Gross. Seating outside is pathetic with constant loud traffic merely feet away from the table. All in all very disappointing and will not be back for a long time. Spent a lot of money for a mediocre experience. Server Josh was great, but the rest not so much.
  26. k

    karens

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Gafford. Our favorite corn salad and Mabel’s fried chicken. Great service !!
  27. PB

    PaulaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Joshua was extremely attentive & knowledgeable about the menu. Our menu choices were fantastic: tuna tare tare, coconut lobster soup (special), grouper entree & pot de crème for dessert. I highly recommend going to anyone!!
  28. MN

    MaryN

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A quaint restaurant in the heart of downtown Stuart. Specializing in locally sourced fresh seafood, meats, and produce with a flare.
  29. BG

    BruceG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  30. J

    Jaysevening

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was outstanding. I had the pretzel crusted snapper and my friend had the filet. Both were done to perfection and tasted delicious! I gave the service fewer stars. We were initially shown to a table in the far corner that we could barely get into (was it because we were two women together? ). There were plenty of empty tables because we came early and had a reservation. They reseated us but didn’t seem too happy about it. Our wait staff person was overeager and kept asking if we were ready to order. We wanted to enjoy our cocktails before we ordered. The value was good.
  31. BH

    BeverlyH

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were excellent. Highly recommend and Will definitely come back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Treasure Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is consistently great We eat here quite often I recommend the Gafford to all our friends.
  33. DC

    DonnaC

    Treasure Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed 2 of the specials - roasted Brussel sprouts bisque that we shared (yum!) and pistachio crusted halibut with a delicious sauce. Hubby had the meatloaf which never disappoints. Lauren, our server, was attentive and knowledgeable. The Gafford is a favorite.
  34. SH

    SuzyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Gafford is the best restaurant around. The good is great, staff friendly and competent--my favorite!
  35. T

    Tash

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Portion size for price was a poor value - good preparation Corner seating was uncomfortable Service was good
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Treasure Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always great here. They are creative but not over complicated. Super delicious. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. This visit we had the cheese meat board for app. Main course was chicken, shrimp and grits, grouper, and snapper. Everything was seriously great. Our server was attentive and helpful without being too “selly”. Will always come back and recommend to others.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from TJ. Very attentive. Good always good.
  38. DS

    DorothyS

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful dining experience! The food is always consistent … delicious
  39. JS

    JenniferS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food…. Professional staff… great cocktails .. overall really wonderful experience- I would highly recommend
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant! Know when you come here you will have a great meal !

FAQs

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

The Gafford is rated 4.7 stars by 2371 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for The Gafford

47 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Colorado

  • Neighborhood

    Stuart

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Taylor Wilson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (772) 221-9517

  • Private party facilities

    We have semi-private dining that can comfortably seat up to 40 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Rick: (772) 221-9517

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