The Gamekeeper

4.9
2450 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 and owner Ken Gordon brings 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2450 people are saying
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4.9
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StephenR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having the chance to eat different types of meats was a special experience.

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RustyG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Dinner was wonderful, but the ambiance on the side room/indoor porch had zero ambiance. We would not have gone if we had known where we would be seated.

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JeffP
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is about the 6th time I've been to the Gamekeeper - usually for a special occasion. I was disappointed. Menu seemed limited. Mashed potatoes with every dish, less overall variation. The meat was good, but less delicious than in the past. I suspect covid-related changes, but at the end of the night, I had a bit of sadness that it wasn't as I'd remembered just about a year ago and for the many years prior.

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CesarA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrated App graduation, been here before, always excellent! Wonderful experience both times, very nice mountain lodgey environment, not too mention outrageously great food, beautifully presented. Only mention that server forgot allergy issue at table but we ate that dessert and it was great! Easy to overlook and restaurant made it right

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vipLaurieS
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had been looking forward to eating here for years and was not disappointed! Recommend trying the game appetizer so you won’t be afraid to be adventurous in your entree selection. Worked great for us!

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place for a special occasion. We were able to try dishes we have never seen before elsewhere. The server was excellent and knew the menu inside and out. It was definitely not inexpensive but would go back again for a special occasion.

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vipEdwardN
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without doubt GK is our favorite restaurant in the NC Hight Country.

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PennyS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday celebration. Duck and emu were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holy cow was the entire experience amazing! The food was top notch and delicious. The drinks we great. The staff and owner were great to chat with while we were there. I cannot wait to go back!

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Bestdinner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were all perfect! We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. Highly recommend trying the game sampler. An awesome experience.

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DonG
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipCorinne
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant! Always consistent in great service, atmosphere and food

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RussM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect place for a special occasion. We will definitely visit again.

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AlexanderV
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and most importantly, impressive and delicious food. My wife and I will be back for more.

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jess
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as usual! Gamekeeper never disappoints and I love the attention to detail!

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MEMMPM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Excellent service. 4 stars instead of 5 because we had to be seated at a 16" bar facing a window instead of a table, close to the fireplace. Uncomfortably warm by dinner's end, Had to address our server either over our shoulders or at one end of our seating area.

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vipKat505
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid evening at Gamekeeper. It was our first time there and our table view by the window was perfect. We enjoyed every bit of our dinner and tried entrees that were new to us. The restaurant easily made accommodations for my husband’s gluten free and vegan diet. Our waiter was pleasant and helped to make our experience more memorable too. Thank you and we’ll hopefully be back sooner than later.

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Suzie
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough about it. Everything was excellent. What a great experience!

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JPP1995
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The mixed grill is always a favorite! Our party enjoyed the potato soup, the filet mignon and the emu dishes. Grill person knows how to grill meat to perfection. Staff friendly and attentive.

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Hobbs
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service! Wish it could be a little more quiet or be seated in a more private spot. Overall excellent experience every time we visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and meal

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MichaelM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tender and delicious bison steak. Mixed grill starter was also very tasty. You won't be disappointed.

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SusanC
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A really neat experience all round. Look forward to returning soon!

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danu
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been any better! The service, from valet to servers, bar tenders was outstanding. They all went out of their way to make us feel special as it was our 51st anniversary. we had the sampler plate emu medium rare, tooth fish, bread pudding, IPA beers and margaritas. seating was at a bar table with outstanding view of beautiful mountain sunset. this will definitely be an annual affair

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Lela
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I saw an advertisement for the GameKeeper. We decided to give it a try. They did not disappoint. It was a WOW! From the moment we got out of the car to leaving...it all was a wonderful experience. The ambiance, the food, and the exceptional service. Maddy was our waitress and she was outstanding. We ordered the Mixed Meat for the appetizer, Elk and the Emu for entrees. We did not leave hungry. We even got a dessert to split and we couldn't finish it. As we were leaving and standing on the deck, we had the special treat of watching a deer by the creek below. We will definitely be back.

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Idrathereatout
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fantastic restaurant for special occasions. They serve meats that aren’t available anywhere else near here. Emu, Bison, and elk to name a few. The service was excellent at every level. The ambiance would have been five stars if it had been quieter, as the setting is lovely. But there was a little too much noise from people talking.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. The duck was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always.

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JeannieL
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service excellent. We return frequently when in the area.

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BillG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder food, service and ambiance! We will absolutely be back the next time we’re in the area. Absolutely wonderful experience!

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Rachel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here following our engagement. Everyone was so kind, and took the time to make us feel special on such a memorable day...not to mention the food was excellent! We hope to celebrate many anniversaries here in the future.

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TimothyF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, the service, the drinks, and the food just melted in your mouth. I highly recommend, especially on special occasions.

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CaitlinB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. The service was wonderful, the food was incredible and the drinks were delicious. Even for those who aren’t meat eaters, I got the fish and my mind was blown. Do not pass this place up!

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J2019
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from bar to table was perfect

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ShanaS
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A must visit if you’re in the area. Service is wonderful and the dining experience was perfect. Cocktails were amazing and my wine was from an area winery. Both my husbands entree and mine were prepared perfectly. The vegetables were a little saltier than I prefer but still very good. Even though our reservation was late we did not feel rushed and we were even give a desert ‘on the house’ because we had to wait a few extra minutes on our entrees. I will definitely visit again!

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vipEdwardN
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gamekeeper remains our favorite restaurant in the high country. It never disappoints!

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tmcshu
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Second time eating at Gamekeeper - first time was absolutely superb. This time was not. My dinner (duck breast, vegies, potatoes) was good but lukewarm. My husband got the antelope bolognese - his dish was hot and quite good. According to the menu, it was "Game Bolognese - Hearty antelope bolognese ". During the explanation of the dish, the wait staff mentioned that the antelope was mixed with ground beef so the menu was a bit misleading. Desserts were amazing! Will definitely try again but we were disappointed in this experience.

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Jughead64
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our Anniversary and had a great time. Service was great and the atmosphere was awesome. The grilled meat smell when you walk in is the best! Could give you a little more for your money but the food was delicious. Would definitely visit again for dinner.

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EdwardP
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is cozy and inviting. The servers were knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. The food was beautifully-prepared, and wonderfully-presented. The menu is small but diverse, and well accommodated us and our 8 year old son. The wine menu— also small, was very diverse, and covered all tastes. I stress the menus being small because I enjoy a smaller menu— it’s easier to navigate, and easier to make selections. You’ll never feel limited by the size of their menu, and you’ll never be disappointed in any selection. As a professional chef/restaurateur of almost 30 years, I highly recommend The Gamekeeper.

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The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2450 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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