The Gafford

4.8
1720 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service really really good food!

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VNR22
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Great drinks and appetizers... but the main entrees... like an identity crisis. It's June and my short ribs came with sweet potatoes. Thats a fall veg. The menu said it came with cheddar mash. But I got spicy sweet potatoes. Just weird. My husband got the grouper and again the wild rice side felt heavy for June. For the amount of great reviews this place gets across yelp, trip advisor and just word of mouth it was a let down.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love to treat my clients to the Gafford. Love Rick and his family and staff! Thanks for a great evening. Food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service sucked. The host we impersonal and we were stuck next to a large loud party of 8

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bluemoonbob
New England
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our second visit over the past 3 weeks. Loved our first for ambiance , menu, and wonderful employees .... the only disappointing that first list was the filet ... grey on the outside ... ok as I ordered inside .. but simply not great for taste and tenderness. None the less so much going back ... last eve. Nice but small 2 table ... next to a lot of noise .. and the front window. fine... great server Jannine ... found the menus we loved from a few weeks earlier.. the cesare was great and crispy and not to much cheese .. but one that had real taste and good and lots of anchovies. Last eve was good and fine but not just the same. I had the hamburger (without bun and chips) ... perfectly done (rare) and well plated ... but was not "off the griddle" .. yes melted cheese .. but just warm on the burger. But the grilled avocado .. and the grits and shrimp are simply BRILLIANT ... particularly the avocado So whatever you are doing.. this is a great restaurant ... well conceived and remarkable employees .. and food that is good to Brilliant ... and worthy more than one try ...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and waitstaff. Highly recommend

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Tresha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Stuart! Always delicious with an efficient and courteous staff. Highly recommend The Gafford.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time the food was amazing we tried the crabcakes, the meatloaf, and the pork chop and everything was good. This is definitely one of our favorite restaurants now.

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DebK
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday. The only negative was apparently they could not find my reservation even though I had text and email confirmation. We ended up at a high top in the bar area which was not exactly as we planned but we had a great server and good food.

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FloridaSunshine
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fast service

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BirneyB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food as always. Try the smoked duck wings. A fun treat. Bbbsr

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BillM
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. One of our favorites.

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ChipandDale
Miami
54 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant,delicious food.

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Candy
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is great and consistent. I had fish and my husband had a steak, both were cooked perfectly and beautifully presented.

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SherryR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Absolutely enjoyable. Our waitress Lauren was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The food was cooked to perfection and fresh. A place we highly recommend and we will be going back to again.!

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CoryR
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food and service was excellent. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional service and food. They make everyone feel like family from your first visit. You gotta try the pineapple tito's! Leighanna at the bar is ON IT! Always a delight!

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KellyF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried the Snapper and the flavors were amazing, but let me tell you about the 6 layer carrot cake... thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I WILL revisit for both:)

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Morgan2300
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gafford is an excellent dinner choice every thine. Quality ingredients prepared deliciously and since we don’t eat carbs, they easily adapt the order to accommodate your needs. The duck wings are delicious and crispy and the roasted cauliflower with red pepper cream sauce is fantastic. The fresh fish options are the best!!! We live it here. Thank you. Trevor, our server was most attentive.

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BillyB
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food...great drinks...we will be back soon to try more items.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town. Food is always delicious and our waitress was amazing.

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bluemoonbob
New England
38 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall a wonderful restaurant ... and our first visit. We did have a reservation and important ... came a bit earlier and enjoyed the bar before we were moved to our table. Two good an fun bartenders ... and a very helpful server. Food:

Perfect Cesare salad. Terrific corn salad. A spectacular and very special hamburger .... tried the grilled shrimp also terrific. The only disappointment was the filet ... I asked for it rare and it was perfectly done but it did not feel or looked seared on the grille. Was more “grey” in color ... more like sous vide looking. Without not having that seared top and bottom is was just ok ... not great.

Overall ... look forward to our next visit.

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Chuck
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loren was great server and food was excellent as always

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Cadahm
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Not worth it, won’t be going back. Food was overpriced and overdone for no reason. Only good thing was service

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MarleneD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fabulous night full of great food and drinks coupled with great service. This is easily becoming a go to place for us. We've never been disappointed.

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TracyK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant by far...atmosphere and service are excellent and the food is wonderful

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briang
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonder dinner! Starting with the bread things started off great! And then we were shocked at the crab cake appetizers! Based on the price we expected something much smaller - what a great value! As we are from Chesapeake area we are picky about crab cakes. These were good!
Then we had Scottish Salmon and the swordfish for dinner, both which were were excellent! And the service was excellent, with other servers noticing we could use another drink!

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RonH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Gafford experience was, as always, superb! All of our dishes from grouper to meat loaf were excellent and our server, Loran was fun while providing excellemt service.

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JOEL
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as usual the service was wonderful made for a nice evening out.

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ChristineF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, delicious food and libations.

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vipTeenaW
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son's favorite restaurant; he loves Mabel's Chicken. Whenever he has a special event at school or we have reason to celebrate, he always picks The Gafford when we ask him where he would like to go for dinner.

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debbis
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had reservations to sit outside, but unforturnatly, the weather was suppose to be rainy so I got a call earlier in the day and asked if I wanted to change to inside to be safe. I said yes because I wanted to eat at the Gafford, even though it ended up not raining, but I did appreciate the option.
I felt a little in the way seeing as our table was a smaller table then all the others and was right next to the entrance to the bar. Lots of traffic going in and out.
Other then that, service was great, food was awesome.

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JodiB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our fourth time at The Gifford and it was consistently fabulous! Apps: Burratta, Cauliflower, Corn Salad. Entrees: Grouper, Pork Chops, Mabel’s Fried Chicken, Tuna, and Pasta. Dessert: creme brûlée. Everything was delicious!

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SueD
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about The Gafford. The food was exceptional. We enjoyed the macadamia snapper and the swordfish special. The presentation was as amazing as the freshness of all ingredients. The service was exceptional and we enjoyed eating outdoors on their patio with the evening breeze. They also have a great wine list and very good selection by the glass. It was a lovely evening with amazing food. We will definitely be back soon!

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samuelk
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had dinner with a friend who has never eaten here was he impressed.

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MarcieB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ended up with an outdoor table, and very happy to enjoy our wonderful meal there. Food was superb, as always. My friend and I split one of the Tuesday specials, Tuna Tartar with housemade guacamole and wontons. We both ordered one of the specials, pretzel crusted grouper, wild rice and broccolini. Very happy to be able to take leftovers home for another meal. The Gafford never disappoints.

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vipjennyd
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always good dinner choices and specials highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great drinks, great food and even better service

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VinceG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Gafford has the best food in the Stuart area in my opinion. Being a plant-based eater, it is sometimes difficult to find the right dish. I let the team know I was coming and that my preference was a vegan dish. They prepared an outstanding portobello mushroom entrée. My wife had a snapper. The food is always outstanding there.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place and the food!

FAQs

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

The Gafford is rated 4.8 stars by 1720 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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