The Gamekeeper
The Gamekeeper

The Gamekeeper

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.gamekeeper-nc.com/
  • Phone: 8289637400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Nov. 1 - Apr. 30
    Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    May 1 - Oct.31:
    Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

    Holidays:
    Dec. 26 - Dec. 31
    open nightly

    Bar opens at 5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Ken Gordon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have a private dining room that very comfortably seats 25 guests.

    But we also love to cater and we have the perfect spot for larger groups. The Gk is partnering with Camp Sky Ranch Events. Together we are thrilled to offer you the perfect venue and fare to treat your guests to the ultimate modern mountain event.
  • Private Party Facilities: The rustic feel of Camp Sky Ranch paired with our chefs seasonal Appalachian flavors brings class and comfort to the table. The dining hall with it's stone fireplace is large yet cozy. Across the groomed pasture (perfect for a big tent) is an open air chapel set beside a babbling brook.

    A valley unto itself, Camp Sky Ranch is the perfect place for your favorite people to come together and enjoy an event that will remain amongst their fondest memories.
  • Private Party Contact: Wendy Gordon (828) 963-7400x
  • Special Events: Please visit Camp Sky Ranch Events for a taste of what we do. http://www.campskyranchevents.com/

    Email Wendy Gordon to see if your preferred date is available. She'll gladly call you back when it's convenient for you to go over the details.

    You'll probably want to go ahead and set up a time to see this beautiful spot. It's truly the stuff dreams are made of.

    wendy@gamekeeper-nc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet service on Fridays and Saturdays
A word from The Gamekeeper
You haven't fully experienced the Blowing Rock, NC region until you've dined at The Gamekeeper. It's a true gourmet restaurant, with an engaging blend of upscale elegance and mountain charm. Famous for an evolving menu that blends the traditional with the exotic, The Gamekeeper features a selection of perfectly prepared game, plus a range of continental and American entrees. Acclaimed chef Ken Gordon and wife Wendy are owners who bring tremendous warmth and skill to the table, treating you more as friends than guests. You'll experience a meal to remember that includes fine wines, decadent desserts and a generous serving of personal attention. You'll leave happy and impressed' with a desire to return soon!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Gamekeeper reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (86)romantic (79)fit for foodies (75)scenic view (72)notable wine list (47)great for outdoor dining (45)neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (14)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Enjoyed it, not what it used to be
    Joiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had our rehearsal dinner here 11 years ago and it was incredible. Food, service and ambiance were excellent. We came back for our anniversary and it's not quite what it used to be. We were seated at a "special" table (it had celebratory confetti) but it was right under a spotlight which was way too bright. We were also seated next to a very loud table. It just didn't feel "intimate" and romantic which is what we were hoping for. The server was great, appearing at just the right times and answered all of our questions. My escarole salad was so tough I couldn't cut through it with the butter knife. My pheasant entree was overcooked and my risotto was undercooked. Overall we enjoyed it but will find another anniversary spot for next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    Glory
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Upon arrival we were told that they did not have our reservation. However, that same afternoon they called us to confirm that we wanted outdoor dining. When the 6 of us arrived (on time) we were greeted with an annoyed hostess. Three of us were interested in the Vegetarian Plate listed on the menu. When we asked what the vegetable would be the server said she could not tell us because it was the Chef's choice. We asked if she could find out and she said NO (rather abruptly) and said the chef wouldn't tell her anyway. So how do you know what you are ordering??????????? The food was fair, ambience nice, but the attitude of the employees leaves a lot to be desired. We won't be going back, nor will the other two couples.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Meal
    Sandra
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was excellent and the service great. They handled my special request - to prepare the vegetarian plate without butter graciously and deliciously. All of us enjoyed our meal and look forward to going back. Great variety on the menu and it changes frequently with whatever is fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Anniversary Dinner!!
    Foodlove
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Delicious dinner from beginning to end! Electic menu with items like Elk and Bison! Small old house with great views an ambiance! Would highly recommend for a special night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant & Delicious
    ln4goodfood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food & Rose Wine, the wild game sampler appetizer was outstanding as it always is! The Emu & Buffalo Ribeye were outstanding! Then topped off with the superb bread pudding rounded out a perfect evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Laura
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our second time at the Gamekeeper and it continues to be a favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alternative to Blowing Rock Scene
    YogaVibesguy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We spent a few days in blowing rock for Labor Day from our home in Davidson NC. We had heard of the GK but this was the first time we were there. Loved the alternative game opinions. When else would we try Emu or Elk? Loved the than ge of scene in BR and was a perfect evening in the front room overlooking the mountains and forecast.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection!
    Honey
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not our first visit-nor our last!! A wonderful place to bring guests! Always a tasty meal, tantalizing drinks, and decadent desserts!! What more can I say?!?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, but...
    mmmmmm1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had the bison ribeye and the pork chops. Both dishes were beautifully presented, and the bison was medium rare as requested, and delicious. The pork, however was soft and very oink, obviously way underdone. We sent the plate back and they returned a few minutes later, still only partially done. We picked through the pork for some properly cooked pieces, then left a significant portion on the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night with friends
    Bonedoc3
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fantastic wine menu, food , service and scenery. Pricey but worth it. Very knowledgable and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VABeachVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The bartender, Scott, went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Great place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY HAPPY EXPERIENCE
    bhorner3
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We've had a second home in the Foscoe area for years and have often discussed checking out Gamekeeper, so on a birthday we finally made the decision to try it. We were delighted...from the check-in to the service to the amazing menu and the delicious food, Gamekeeper met every expectation. We were very, very happy with our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable experience
    MWJRG
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The Gamekeeper offers exotic foods, such as elk and emu, as well as more conventional fare such as local trout and beef steak. Most, perhaps all, foods met standards such as organic, and grass-fed. My wife and I had entrees and desserts, and they were delicious. Great food, very well prepared. We also had great service. Our wedding anniversary was recognized. It was a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular Diner Disappointed
    GamekeeperFanaticNoLonger
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Despite being a regular diner at and a huge fan of the Gamekeeper, I may have made my last trip there this past Saturday night. Ten minutes past our nine o'clock reservation, I ask the hostess for an update and she says it's only nine minutes past our none res and not a big deal, and that she has no way of knowing when our table will be ready. At seventeen minutes past I tell her we are leaving and she just sad bye and she hopes we have a good night. She could have cared less about trying to please us as customers. I also overheard the wait staff discussing a table full of walk ins. I find it rather annoying that they can accommodate walk ins and not those with actually reservations (we were one group of many complaining about the wait.)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hosting Clients Hotspot!
    Great2hostclients
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Gamekeeper is a great place to host out of town guests that have not visited the Scenic NC mountains. The friendly, welcoming staff places everyone at ease. The ambience is relaxing and the food and wine list are fantastic. Overall the Gamekeeper is incredible experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie4ever
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience for our 40th anniversary, even though the rain forced us inside after the first two courses! The staff was very friendly and so personable. They provided for the move inside very graciously. We plan to go back at least a couple of times each year for as long as possible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dinner
    weluvfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoyed the Bison and the Duck entrees......both were excellent, and the wine pairing was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    MommaT
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always a pleasure, never disappoints… we continue to celebrate life's precious moments as well as bring guests who are visiting from out of town as a special treat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • visitor
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It was recommended for the food; which was extremely high in cost; although dinner was amazing. The grilled veggies were excellent as was the warm potato salad! We had made a reservation and were early; we were not made to wait for that time, we were seated right away.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cindy
    Canes
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was great albeit a little expensive....the wait staff were very nice, but seemed very inexperienced....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    Tutu
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Over the years I have had very good to great meals at the Gamekeeper. This weekend was no exception. The appetizer of game meats was wonderful as was our pheasant entrée. It's never been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Cuisine
    Smiley
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Just trust it. Whatever they recommend, it will be a bouquet of flavors. Classy, creative, and unique. It is a treasure and treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    FoodFan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We use any occasion - or non-occasion- to visit GK. Our recent visit was perhaps the best it has ever been: everything about the evening was exceptional. I highly recommend GK....the menu lends itself to allow you to be adventurous or more traditional. In either case, the experience will be favorably memorable. Ken and Wendy are pros at what they do....and we can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must go BUT...
    Skip
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    First time diners/reviewers for Game Keeper: Really nice experience, we intend to return. Eclectic décor, fab setting on a mountainside, really with it valets, pretty good bar (not up to big city style but okay), wait staff really attentive. Dining partner had beef loin that was superb. My veggies were pretty close to perfect. The BUT: The pork steak is from really lean cut of meat which means it must be undercooked slightly to be chewable. Mine wasn't. It was pretty stiff, almost tough. Tasty but stiff. I'd recommend they switch to medallions of pork tenderloins, much more tender and makes a great presentation. Husband-wife team in kitchen does an overall A job though. Try the chocolate pot-de-crème. Fab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Treat!
    mishimishiVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Such a beautiful location and the food exceeded our expectation! Our server was friendly and attentive. Normally game meats tend to be dry, but theirs are very well executed. They are certainly serious about their foods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luvGamekeeper
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had an absolutely fabulous evening with our 8 year old granddaughter. She tried all the various wild game and loved all of it!!! She is an only child and is very mature for her age and she loved every minute of her time at The Gamekeeper. The adults enjoyed it as much as the 8 year old!!! It was a memorable time for us as well as a delicious experience. The service was excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the money
    southerngal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I was shocked at how mediocre the food was. Most dishes consist of grilled meat, some type of starch, and the vegetable of the day. Meat, including the game, was grilled correctly, but the food lacked complexity and imagination. Portions were also on the small side. And the dessert we had was horrible. It was supposed to be chocolate pot de creme, but it tasted and looked like chocolate pudding out of a Jello box The presentation was even worse. The bowl was smushed down into a pile of whipped cream that was an unappetizing shade of gray. It was supposed to be lavender-flavored cream, but really had no taste at all. A few blueberries and peaches were scattered on the plate alongside a dry and flavorless coconut macaroon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem!
    SteveC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Found this by looking generally on Trip Advisor for good restaurants in Boone to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Location is quite hard to find and the site itself is well 'hidden' up a steep access road. Does not look large or impressive from the outside, but has good number of tables. Food quality was excellent - all locally sourced and seasonal - and the service precise, knowledgeable, and friendly. Do not expect cheap though, prices reflect the care and attention taken to source and prepare the dishes. An indicator of quality is that there are no salt/pepper on the table - the chef is expected to season the dishes properly... We will be returning there when we are in the area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lthornburg
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is the third time my husband and I have been to the gamekeeper and brought two first timers with us. We had had a great experience. We each got different entrees and all were very satisfied. We will be back. It is our special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Unique Experience
    emlit
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I took my wife to The Gamekeeper for her birthday after hearing recommendations. Overall, I'd say it's definitely worth your while if you're willing to spend a bit of money on thoughtfully-prepared game meats in a secluded, outdoorsy environment. The use of ingredients was creative and inspired. While the food was good (not great), both my wife and I would have preferred our main courses a little less rare. The soup, sweet tea (I'll not go to restaurants because of their sweet tea), kale, and bread (it's that good) were high points for me. The overall price was the low. For $100+ for two, the food should wow. The special (but subdued) birthday set-up at the table was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding
    Lovewine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We drive 3 hours and spend the night in Blowing Rock just to eat at The Gamekeeper. Always excellent, this adventure consisted of elk with blue cheese mac an cheese and roasted veggies. My husband had Pheasant grilled with risotto and veggies. The vegetables are always fresh and what is in season. The wine list is excellent. If room for desert don't miss the bread pudding and the rich chocolate cake. A wonderful evening!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can it be any better?
    Tryagain
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We don't eat at the Gamekeeper often but when we do we always leave with the question, can it be any better? We've decided the answer is no. The chefs and staff always make it a special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitty
    Kitty
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Good, but very pricey. I had the rabbit which was delicious, but a really small serving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food at gamekeepers is Fantastic. The service was excellent. The atmosphere is unique. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at its best
    Highcountrylocal
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Gamekeeper is a true dining experience with a flair. There are always interesting specials and the food is consistently excellent. I have eaten at restaurants all over the country and I have had meals at Gamekeeper that are as good and most of the time better than anywhere else. From the chef to the staff it truly is dining at its best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the price
    AshevilleTraveler
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I live in an area where good food and good restaurants are abundant. Restauranteurs in our area have great imagination and use the finest ingredients, so when going out I have high expectations. The Gamekeeper was enthusiastically recommended by a friend. We had reviewed the menu before we left and were quite excited about going to dinner at the Gamekeeper. The restaurant is a destination place, well off the beaten path. I found the waitstaff to be mediocre, and unfortunately the food the same. Quality of the ingredients was excellent, however attention to detail was lacking. Coupling the quality of the finished plate and the service of the waitstaff; weigh it against the high-end price point, I don't think it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Dining Experience
    BadFoodHater
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Too often we find gourmet restaurants really offer uncomplicated fare that with even a modest amount of cooking talent can be replicated at home. Not so here--the ingredients were high quality, complex and very fresh and preparation was unique and totally professional, i.e. not something one would even attempt to duplicate at home and certainly it would cost as much just to compile the same quality and quantity of ingredients. Service was professional but not stuffy. Ambience and decor fit perfectly with the locale. A bit off the beaten path but well worth the effort for any foodie or person looking for a unique and special dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a gem
    KristineVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We love the food at The Gamekeeper but it is pricier than a lot of other restaurants, probably due to the "exotic" entrees. We went on a Thursday as wine was 1/2 price; our waitress told us any of the wines were half price but later we were told there was a specific list. Luckily they honored the waitress's error as we had ordered an expensive bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful
    LocalLover
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Delicious food, beautiful location and view. The staff was gracious, attentive, and able to provide excellent pairing suggestions. I had the Elk leg with baked blue cheese Mac&Cheese (which was the high point of my meal). Wife had pheasant (which was delicious and well cooked) with spoonbread. The spoonbread was rather bland and completely out-shined by the amazing mac&cheese (frankly should be the side of every dish.)
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  • Great for Game lovers
    Durhamfoodies
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our reservation was at 8 but we weren't seated until nearly 8:25 pm. From there, things went downhill. Some items on the menu were sold out, including the entree we wanted. Service was very slow; we had to ask for bread which finally materialized and it took almost 35 minutes for the appetizer to arrive. The entrees (venison & pork) were both delicious and expertly prepared, but the long wait made us restless and by the time they were served, I was almost ready to leave. Our waiter apologized for the kitchen being "slammed", but as this is a reservations only restaurant, the kitchen and staff should be better prepared. Also, the extremely low lighting makes it hard to read the menu. Food is excellent; management needs improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.