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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
grilled bison hanging tenderloin* with horseradish green onion sour cream
grilled emu fan filet* with sun-dried tomato thyme jus
grilled elk denver leg* with shiitake thyme jus
The Gamekeeper never disappoints! By far the best restaurant in the Boone / Blowing Rock area. No trip to the high country is complete without indulging yourself with a meal from this place. The practically give away the bread pudding for dessert. Best bread pudding I’ve ever had!!!
Food was very good.
We had a great meal as always. We have loved this spot for many years. Jonathon is an exceptional server and was very helpful with the bartender being spot on with his cocktails. Add in the great wine list and game choices and it is a must when visiting the area.
We were seated at a table for 2 by the window. The service was amazing, the food excellent and all reasonably priced. I highly recommend this restaurant for the ambiance, service, and creative dishes which include a nice variety of game meats.
Having the chance to eat different types of meats was a special experience.
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.
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.
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
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!
This is my favorite place to eat in the high country. I love the ambiance, the service is excellent, and the food is always outstanding.
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.
The elk and bison were excellent. The emu was average. The sides were great, as was the service.
Without doubt GK is our favorite restaurant in the NC Hight Country.
The food was delicious and the service impeccable as always! Our blue salads were a perfect blend of sweet and savory. My husband's bison short ribs were falling off the bone tender. I couldn't resist the crusted trout - one of my favorites here. Nice wine selection as well. We will be back!
Birthday celebration. Duck and emu were delicious.
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Gamekeeper. The entire experience was first class! The service was fantastic. The food was delicious. We will definitely be back!
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!
Food, service and atmosphere were all perfect! We will definitely be back.
We had a lovely dinner. Highly recommend trying the game sampler. An awesome experience.
Great service and food.
Excellent restaurant! Always consistent in great service, atmosphere and food
It was the perfect place for a special occasion. We will definitely visit again.
Amazing atmosphere and most importantly, impressive and delicious food. My wife and I will be back for more.
Fabulous as usual! Gamekeeper never disappoints and I love the attention to detail!
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.
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.
Can’t say enough about it. Everything was excellent. What a great experience!
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.
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!
Awesome service and meal
Tender and delicious bison steak. Mixed grill starter was also very tasty. You won't be disappointed.
A really neat experience all round. Look forward to returning soon!
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
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.
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.
Lovely dinner. The duck was fantastic!
Excellent service and food as always.
The food was delicious and service excellent. We return frequently when in the area.
Wonder food, service and ambiance! We will absolutely be back the next time we’re in the area. Absolutely wonderful experience!
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.
The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2458 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.