The Gamekeeper

4.8
1882 reviews
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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!
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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Phone number
(828) 963-7400
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ken Gordon
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee
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Parking details
Valet service
Additional
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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a Thanksgiving 4-course dining experience like no other. Reservations are made over the phone only. Call us at 828-963 7400. Reservations start at 11:30 and end at 7:30. We hope to celebrate Thanksgiving with you!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Looking for a night of celebration and merriment? Join us for our New Years Eve party! Reservations start at 3:00 and are made by phone only. Call us at 828 963-7400. Hope to see you there!

Monday, December 31, 2018

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!!

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JB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, with a great location and ambiance. Recommend for date, couples, family, just about anybody.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and the waitress was very attentive. Another staff member sang Happy Birthday to me! It was a great evening.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been wanting to come here for years and finally made it work. Well worth the trip. We also really lucked out not realizing how close it was to where we were staying-The Inn at Crestwood. (.2 miles away).

Greeted by friendly valet attendants.

Greeted by friendly hostess.

Then welcomed by our server, Taylor. She was friendly, sincere and knowledgeable.

We started with a Riesling and a Booneshine Tropical. Enjoyed the local brew. For an appetizer we chose the Seafood Fritters. They were like small funnel cakes loaded with sweet seafood. A couple sauces were also plated with the fritters. Enjoyed the hot sauce the best.

For dinner my wife chose the Elk and I chose the Duck. We were told neither would be gamey and Taylor was spot on. The Elk was cooked perfectly at medium and no spices or A1 needed. Perfectly flavored and tender. My Duck was also coked perfectly. It still had some crunchy skin on breast. Tender and medium was perfect. Both meals came with seasonal root veggies. My Duck was also over a sweet potato.

We finished the meal splitting a cookies and cream cheesecake with Oreo crust with caramel. Again, perfection.

As we left, Gamekeeper still had most tables full so glad we made the reservation. We talked to one of the valets while we waited for our car. I asked if they were closed the night before due to ice. He said no and was glad he had his space heater. He, like the rest of staff, did a great job from start to finish. I know he was from Hickory and loves the Boone area.

Well done and we’ll be back much sooner. Thanks!

Ed and Donna Rainey.

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DP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for our anniversary and everything was perfect. The staff was very warm and accommodating. Our server was a delight and several different staff members stopped by to check on us and thank us for our patronage. The pacing of the meal was just right and the food was delicious from beginning to end. Even the valet was gracious and energetic! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a warm and tasty experience!

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OT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Impeccable service, and an excellent recommendation for a bottle of wine.

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely wonderful! The food was nothing like we’ve ever had! The Elk is an absolute must along with the Rabbit Pot Pie! Don’t forget drinks & desserts! The only thing you will regret is not going!

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Gamekeeper. Its my wifes favorite place to eat. We always have a great experience. I definitely would refer it to anybody that asks.
Thanks Capa.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful out of the box dining opportunity- how often are you offered Emu and Elk?!?! Loved it!!

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Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect mountain casual evening! Entertained out-of-town friends who are still talking about the delicious meals, cozy fire-side atmosphere and exceptional service!!!! Gamekeeper is a gem!!!

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EW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful even for a vegetarian. The staff was friendly and attentive. The ambiance was perfect for a romantic dinner. This restaurant was a wonderful find for my husband and I when we were wanting a place to celebrate.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere all amazing. The chef has real talent and knows how to blend flavors of the food to perfection.

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Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pleasure of introducing our friend Vincenzo, from Italy, to the Gamekeeper. He loved everything about it! We shared the mixed grill for an appetizer. It had wild boar sausage, rabbit sausage, emu, & elk with three dipping sauces. Excellent!!! Vincenzo had Emu as an entree & really enjoyed it. My beloved husband had the filet (beef) & said it was delicious as well as the perfect portion size. I had the trout & it was divine. The “grit” cake that accompanies it is SO yummy. Sarah visited our table several times. She’s a delight. And our server was fantastic. He has served our table before & we love him. I just can’t seem to pronounce his name. My apologies. Can’t wait to return at Christmas time!!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is in such a beautiful spot. The service was outstanding and so was the food. I am looking forward to visiting your restaurant again when I return to the mountains.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our 32 wedding anniversary

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ES
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and the service is exceptional. A great place for a special occasion.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Gsmekeeper for the atmosphere, service and varied menu. Service is very good. Food is interesting and beautifully presented. Views are excellent. Special occasion and holidays are reliably enjoyable there. It’s one of my top three.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Entrance is odd, walk up to a deck of some kind. Decor is a bit plain and dated in some parts of the restaurant. We had a reservation but had to wait in the bar which wasn’t so great (weird, old dusty decor), etc. The decor inside the restaurant was better. Simple, but nice. Our table wobbled. I was starting to think we made a mistake but then, THE FOOD. The meat in each entree was perfect. Osso Bucco venison was delicious! Meat is definitely front and center on the plate. Most of the sides were similar in all the dishes and fairly basic - steamed veggies, etc. But everything was perfectly executed. It’s had to be impressed by a steamed carrot, but I was!

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DP
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the GK. Great people, great service, great atmosphere, and unbelievable food!

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TP
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

OUR EXPERIENCE WAS WONDERFUL. WE WERE GREETED BY CAPPA WHO HAS A BEAUTIFUL SMILE AND PERSONALITY. OUR WAITRESS LAURA WAS WONDERFUL AND ATTENTATIVE. THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL EVENING OUT.

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J
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Gamekeeper!! A must visit when you go to Blowing Rock!! Delicious and beautifully executed.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We saw the Gamekeeper in a Blue Ridge Parkway travel guide and decided to give it a try. We are so glad we did! Everything about this restaurant is spot on-the beautiful setting (both inside and out), the friendly service, and the amazing food. My husband ordered the emu on the recommendation of the server and loved it. I ordered the vegetable plate-delicious and beautiful! Don’t leave without trying the mixed grill appetizer and the bread pudding for dessert!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were hesitant to try the game meats, but so glad we did! Great food, great service, and a fantastic place to dine.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best all-around dining experiences ever, bar none

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Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed. Service was very slow. We sat with used dishes for a long time between courses. Food was not hot and had clearly been sitting before being served. Final injury to insult was that they do not take Discover cards.

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AR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

The Gamekeeper is a relaxed and popular resort mainly renowned for its unusual varieties of meats - boar, emu, venison, etc. On previous visits, we had found the food interesting but not exceptional. This time (perhaps there's a new chef?) we were most impressed. We shared the seafood fritters - not only very flavorful themselves, but also accompanied by three tasty sauces and bites of well-chosen and artistically arranged on the platter. Our main course was emu, which was quite tender, cooked rare as it should be, and served with spinach risotto and tasty vegetables. Along the way we ordered several excellent wines by the glass, grateful for the good selections available. The price of the meal was appropriate to its quality. Service was excellent. The setting is gently rustic and atmospheric for a mountain resort.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we stay in Blowing Rock - Gamekeeper is a must!!

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OT
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a delightful time for my Birthday. Excellent & attentive service. Delicious Food options galore to choose from so there is something for everyone. The Roasted Veg plate makes a great 1st Course! Vegetarians or Vegans need to let them know preferably in advance. We did notice that the risotto was not up to previous standards & heavy handed with cheese. All else very good & cook temp on Filet exactly as requested. Save room for dessert!

We enjoyed the atmosphere after they calmed the music down a bit & appreciated when they dimmed the lights - wonderful atmosphere for date, special occasions & small groups of friends. In summer deck dining is wonderful.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and diverse menu choices (Emu, Elk, Rabbit, etc.). Place has apparently been here for a few decades, I counted six AAA 4-star plaques on the wall @ entrance and after an excellent dinner, I understand why. Portions were just right, staff friendly but not overbearing. Great overall.

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a
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting Boone, NC. Read about The Gamekeeper in online article about Boone. It did not disappoint! One of the best meals I have had. I had the Emu and my date had the Elk - fantastic!!! The Escargot was AMAZING! Do not miss out on the bread pudding, it is so much more than the name implies. I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple vegetarian options on the menu as well. I cannot wait to go back next year when we vacation in Boone again. It is worth the cash splurge.

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BL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing time. Exactly the type of menu we look for , when I’m the mountains.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful!

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OE
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not our first visit, but this is the kind of place - if you like their cuisine - that is well worth repeat visits. This time was a special occasion, a 40th anniversary dinner for just us - and we wound up seated next to a couple returning to celebrate their first anniversary. We enjoy the various out-of-the-ordinary food offerings, and the mixed grill with the wonderful french fries was as good as ever. We then had bison offerings for our entrees, and a lovely cheesecake dessert. It takes a little wandering on winding roads to reach The Gamekeeper, but the experience is complete and delightful.

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved the variety of game. Great food and sides

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WL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary and could not have been more pleased with our meal. Ken and Wendy knocked it out of the park once again.

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Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent food, excellent service and a beautiful location.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made us feel very special for a birthday... over-the-top atmosphere,care/service,food,& birthday wishes. Great for occasions or go-to for foodies that want special atmosphere!

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MA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! Delicious! Will definitely come again.

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great with wonderful wine selections. The rocks beside the restaurant were bubbling with the heavy rainfall it was a spectacular site.

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