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The Gamekeeper

4.9
1718 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Wild Game, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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(828) 963-7400
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ken Gordon
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Cross street
100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee
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Valet service
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Special events & promotions
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
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Second time the Gamekeeper. Everything was prepared well and taste delicious. No complaints.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our second visit, and we will keep coming back! Went for my birthday dinner. A carnivore's heaven! Creative appetizers and salads, too. Bread pudding is to die for!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderfully unique restaurant in the mountains with great food and a great view. I highly recommend it if you are in the Boone/Blowing Rock area

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved our meal...bison and stuffed trout, oysters, salad and bread pudding

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I just wanted to take my son out for a nice break during finals. This place is amazing. From the valet to the bartender and server. Wow!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always a great meal. Dishes are creative and the presentation is always nice. Great selection of wines as usual.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We hadn't been for quite some time and how lucky we were to experience "Paris in April"! The food was fabulous, especially the lightly fried oysters with key lime vinaigrette. We are already looking forward to our next trip to the mountains and another dining experience at The Gamekeeper...

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Gamekeeper was an exquisite place to dine. The dinner menu was very unique and delicious. I would highly recommend Gamekeeper to anyone wanting a great dinning experience.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We made a special trip just to have the Gamekeeper's April French menu. Both the oyster appetizer and the grilled emu were outstanding! We always love the creative ways they prepare different kinds of game here. We paired wines with both courses and they were perfect as well! You'll never have anything but a great meal here.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Unique restaurant with equally unique dishes. We've been trying to get over to the Game Keeper for months. Finally got a good reservation time on a Saturday night. The restaurant itself is unique, set in a rustic mountain cabin environment. The real fireplace in the dining room was also a really nice touch. The wait staff, wine list and food choices were excellent. We had a really good time here and will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The Gamekeeper is certainly a keeper! Went to AppState and never got around to trying it out in the 4 years I lived in Boone - I was definitely missing out! Went for the first time with my boyfriend this past weekend - the food was so good - creative and different. As major foodies we thoroughly enjoyed our experience - had the Emu and the Elk tenderloin, which were awesome. The bread pudding was on another level. Even though it was foggy that day... and cold... and rainy (typical mountain weather) we had a great time!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

April in Paris. April 6 happened to be the time of our last adventure but The Gamekeeper is always special. We read the reviews especially the worst reviews and we review the reviews. Look, this is a special place. You can't get this kind of cuisine from a drive through are a chain. This place is a one of a kind. The menu and the way it's prepared is what make it special. Elk, Emu, Bison and a host of other unique menu items prepared with absolute perfection. The ambience is what it is. We love it and would never second guess an establishments decor or feel. The service is superb. Lynn, Laura and Kim. Way above what you should expect especially if you are us. I'm not sure I would like to have to serve US. They absolutely made our evening special and one that will be remembered forever. The drinks, the wine and the food were absolutely amazing. There is absolutely nothing not to like. As long as they have their doors open we will always be loyal patrons. We wish we could rate this place a 10 star.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

"The Gamekeeper" has an intimate feel to it. Especially when you have a reservation that will bleed into the sunset. You can watch as the sun sets behind the mountains while having an extraordinary dinner. The wait staff/service of "GK" is remarkable - they are attentive and have several people making sure that drinks are never empty and you are updated on the status of your order.

The food is exemplary. Each main course is masterfully paired with a side. The flavor pairing between entree and side compliments one another. We made room to share a dessert. The "Ultra Rich Chocolate Cake" is aptly named - it's ultra-rich and heavy on the chocolate. It was more of "dark chocolate" (bittersweet) taste paired with a bitter/tarty sauce. Cocktails were beautifully crafted and designed in a way that packs a punch but won't knock you out of your seat, either (unless you have several).

I would recommend "The Gamekeeper" (GK) to anyone in the Blowing Rock/Boone area of North Carolina; either for a special occassion for tourists (or locals) or for foodies who want to try something upscale and unique. GK has its own ambience and feel. The "upscale" adjective may not resonate with someone who has spend an excessive amount of time in New York or the West Coast - it's upscale in presentation but the restaurant itself is rustic and "down to earth" (as in the building - tables, wait staff, and food presentation are all in-tune with the standard verbiage of "upscale").

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

A stellar experience! Thank you to all for a Wonderful evening in which we will never forget.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We live in North East Tennessee, a Cousin from Mississippi had bee at the Gamekeeper, between Boone and Blowing Rock, suggested we go. Great all around. I would highly recomend this experience.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food and ambiance was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Gamekeeper is always on there game (pun intended). Ken and Windy do a great job with their food and staff. We always enjoy it.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

If you are in the area, you have got to eat here. My wife (who normally avoids game food) and I had rabbit, boar, elk, bison, and emu. My wife loved it all. Her favorite was the emu. The service we received from Taylor and the rest of the staff was outstanding. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent food, nicely prepared, incomparable service that was hardly noticeable. Specialties are game foods--don't miss the mixed grill appetizer, which served five nicely. Pheasant delightful, Bison also, two elk dishes, but Osso Buco preferred. Good wine list. Deserves its very good reputation.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

service was exquisit! food choices unique and delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Perfect date night. We enjoying going for a birthday or anniversary. The food is always so great and the service is too. It's amazing how all the food pairs so nicely. Save room for dessert, because the bread pudding is a must.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The Gamekeeper never disappoints. Ken and Wendy continue to be innovative in their offerings while staying true to the traditional fare that has earned the GK repeat visits by so many regular customers. Enough can't be said about the staff as well...from the valets to the hostess station to the bartenders to the servers to the kitchen staff...they all work well together to coordinate an experience that is memorable...every time!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

My wife and I ate at the Gamekeeper while on vacation in the Banner Elk, NC area. It was a wonderful and unique dinning experience. The food, service and atmosphere was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Our server Tay was the best in history. Will request her when we return '

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The Gamekeeper is, quite simply, an outstanding restaurant in our area.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We were attracted to the Gamekeeper by all the positive reviews. Unfortunately, our experience was contrary to that of most reviewers. Service and setting were fine however, the entrees (elk, trout, flounder and veggie) were a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Great game and Wine was terrific would recommend to people whom like wild game

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Outstanding food! This is the place for things you won't find in other restaurants. Elk tenderloin and crawdads is a twist on the traditional surf and turf [they call it Field and Stream] and it is . My wife had the duck which was tender and cooked to perfection. The only thing I would change is that tables are a bit close if there is a noisy party nearby, but I certainly wouldn't let that stop me from going back. Very friendly staff, attentive without being intrusive.

Recommended for a foray into creative dining and a nice place to take a date.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

As usual, the food was amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the Boone area.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was excellent and the ambiance even better.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The menu is so inviting it made experimenting with new flavors and wild game meats I intimidating. Learned that I love Emu at least as it is prepared here at Gamekeepers!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This is the 2nd time I've been to The Gamekeeper - it doesn't disappoint. I highly recommend this restaurant.

If you plan to drink; get a car service to take you and pick you up!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was fantastic, the wait staff was friendly, knowlegable and efficient. I was eating alone, they made me feel very much at home. My waitress Taylor was a gem.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent, unique food. We tried Elk, Emu, Rabbit, Alligator, Pheasant and Bison. All were outstanding. The Emu was our absolute favorite!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the food...so much so that we’re already planning a return visit for the 10th of March!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This was hands down the best meal my wife and I have ever had. It was the most expensive meal we've ever had, but worth every penny. The drinks were perfect, the game sampler appetizer allowed us to taste meats we never would have tried. And my elk Denver leg roast was cooked to perfection. My wife's flounder was amazing as well. The vegetables that came with the meal were fresh, flavorful, and unusual. We like trying new foods, so it was everything we were looking for. May I recommend the emu? Our server knew the menu like the back of her hand, and made some fantastic suggestions for drinks to accompany the food based on our taste (my wife was looking a cocktail that was not sweet and wine that was dry, I just like whiskey.) Unfortunately we were too full to try the desserts, however the table next to us ordered a cheesecake of some sort that looked to die for. If it was anything like the rest of the food, o wish I had saved some room for it.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything was AMAZING except the music. It was So loud and it was surfer type music. It made me feel like I should be eatting over priced chicken fingers in Typhoon Lagoon and not the lovely and wonderful food that I was.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great menu and specials. One of the best restaurants in the area

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

One of the highlights of our year. We try to go every Valentine's weekend. It's my wife favorite place. It's always exceptional.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The best date I’ve ever gotten to take my girlfriend on for a very special occasion will definitely be back!

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