The Gamekeeper

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$31 to $50
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American
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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has quickly become our favorite date night spot!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I enjoyed ourselves. Well-thought menu and we’ll executed food. Cute setting. Will return.

S
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the evening at The Gamekeeper. The food is exquisite and the service is always perfect and fun. This is one of the best choices in the High Country.

CD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service! The atmosphere was great and valet especially since it was a rainy cold mountain evening.

b
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The GameKeeper is a KEEPER! Service was excellent as was the food. Will return as soon as I can.

AM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. I took my boyfriend there for his birthday and the staff certainly made the experience special - complete with a very discreet and beautifully sung song for the occasion. We look forward to our next dinner there.

CL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. The atmosphere was quaint and beautiful. My husband and I went while visiting Blowing Rock. It was only 15 minutes from where we were staying and definitely worth the drive. Every member of the staff we spoke with were very kind and accommodating. The best part was the food. It was absolutely incredible. My husband had the elk and I had the venison osso buco. It was the best meal I've ever had. The venison was pull-apart, fall off the bone delicious. We shared the oreo cheesecake for dessert and it was divine. I highly recommend going here if you are in the Boone or Blowing Rock area! We will be back!

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday

J
Greensboro
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Our visit started out great. Cocktails in the bar and seated just on time. Then a series of fumbles made the evening less than memorable.
Off put by the over heated crunchy bread, failure to offer pepper for the salad, or to ask how the dishes tasted, we left embarrassed for the experience our friend had that night. Not to mention the coffee with out a spoon after dinner! We’ve visited this restaurant for over 15 years and this was the worst experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and very friendly staff. Food was fantastic. We will be coming back!

MB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 25th wedding anniversary The valet was even above the normal. When we walked in the place they host knew our name and said follow her. We never said anything who we were. They had a nice spot for us to sit with a cute sign. The waiter and staff were amazing. The food was out of this world. I have been to big cities with high end dining before but this food blew it out of the water of taste and presentation. The drive up to the restaurant was beautiful. Yes it was a little high in price but I did not feel guilty at all after eating our dinner one bit. Just an amazing place and food to eat. I had the bison and my wife had the duck. Both were unreal.

JC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every animal was delicious and the service impeccable. We especially liked the Emu.

RT
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The elk was perfect & so was the bread pudding!

V
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got 1 small bison rib and 1 bigger one. Not much meat for $47. It was tasty.

DC
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gamekeeper never disappoints! Always delicious, always excellent service! My husband and I had salads - very nice flavors and textures. A friend had escargot and was completely satisfied (and she is Very picky about her escargot). Another friend had charcuterie. I am getting that next time! All thoroughly enjoyed the emu, bison, short ribs and red snapper that were ordered - perfectly prepared, tender and flavorful, and perfectly paired. Looking forward to our next visit!

TK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish we would have known about this place before. Who knew there was such an awesome cuisine experience this close to home. We couldn't get a table until 8:30pm in Oct. so it was dark when we were there. I would love to see this place in the day time. Awesome food! Everything we had was delicious, I don't think you could go wrong here. Absolutely top notch!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite in the Blowing Rock Boone area

PM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful - as always.

Never miss this spot when I'm in Banner Elk.

DR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely amazing! The food is incredible--local fish and game, beautiful presentation--the plate was a work of art and the service was the best. What could be better than an old stone cottage on the side of a mountain in North Carolina in October. The fireplace was gorgeous, the view spectacular! Best dining experience ever!

JA
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are in the Blowing Rock/Boone area I would not miss out on the opportunity to dine here, nothing wrong to be said about any aspect of the experience. Truly incredible service, food and atmosphere.

JA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been dinning her for 4 years and have had great food, service and a beautiful view

KR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What am incredible experience! From the valet service attendants, the smiling, accommodating hostesses, to the patient, knowledgeable server who likes to educate his clientele on the amazing array of game and wine selections, I just cannot say thank you enough. Not even counting the impeccable food that arrived at our table from the first course to the last... it was phenomenal! We had taken our senior parents there while vacationing and their traditional needs were met with no judgments at all. Everyone was completely satisfied beyond measure. Great job Gamekeeper team!

d
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, staff and service!! Beautiful restaurant. Been a client since the begining. However noise level can be overwhelming and unreasonable if loud tables are present. Acoustics in the restaurant can't handle it. Can ruin an otherwise exceptional experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my birthday and it was amazing! The elk was so tender it nearly melted in my mouth! Dessert martinis were delicious!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love it here. Food is always delicious. Every bite. Start to finish.

DB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experience I have had. Oyster appetizer, Emu & Duck entrees, as well as GK bread pudding dessert are all 5 stars! An added bonus of the best wait staff - knowledgeable with excellent recommendations for us!

JR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were all incredible! Highly recommend!

j
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was fabulous!
Our waiter, a young App grad, was amazing.
His name starts with J, but I can't remember. He was excellent.

S
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

2nd visit and still enjoyed. Could have been the long drive and my desire to get some rest, but I thought the pace of service and attentiveness could be improved.

JE
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to the game keeper for many years and as always we were not disappointed.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As usual a nice experience

D
Western NC
62 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around! We ordered lamb and vegetable plate. Both perfectly prepared and delicious! Well worth the winding road from Valle Crucis!

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at the Gamekeeper every year when we visit Boone. We have NEVER been disappointed!!

CO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Food, great venue ... we had a great time!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the valet to the desert, it was a great experience. We had the oysters, Red salad, Bison and Emu, followed by apple crisp and regular coffee....the meat melted in my mouth, the oysters didn’t have an oyster flavor and the sriracha like sauce gave them a nice kick. The waitress was kind and explained the menu. It was a really good experience.

WE
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Valet parking wonderful and setting relaxing with nice music!!

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gamekeeper is a special place with a menu you can’t find anywhere else. I had the Emu and my wife had Elk. So glad we were adventurous. Both dishes were excellent. And the service from Jess and the entire staff was top notch. It was a wonderful evening all around.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your typical food. Very interesting, very tasty. Presentation was awesome.

LB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best visit yet! The escargot was incredible and the trout amazing. Our waiter, Tanner, was perfect!

SS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Our server seemed more interested in how great he was than making our experience great. We were there to celebrate an important birthday and he did not even mention it. I know he had other tables but there were long periods when we did not even see him including having to wait for the check. We were disappointed in his service which we have not found to be true there in the past.

The Gamekeeper
Responded on October 5, 2019

Sarah, Thank you so much for celebrating with us this week for a special birthday. Our sincerest apologies that you had a negative experience with one of our servers. This will be addressed promptly. We know that we are a restaurant reserved for special occasions , and so we apologize that you were not celebrated as you should have been that evening. Please reach back out to us and we would love to make this right. All the best and we hope to hear from you soon! Kappa Maitre D'

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