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
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.
Without doubt GK is our favorite restaurant in the NC Hight Country.
Birthday celebration. Duck and emu were delicious.
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.
Everything was excellent, the service, the drinks, and the food just melted in your mouth. I highly recommend, especially on special occasions.
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!
Everything from bar to table was perfect
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!
Gamekeeper remains our favorite restaurant in the high country. It never disappoints!
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful service and food. Highly recommended
The service here is the best you will ever have. From the valet parking attendant to the host, server and runners, everyone was friendly and probably smiling behind their masks! I requested a special table, and they made sure it was available.
Came here out of town with my girlfriend for our third anniversary. The staff were incredibly welcoming and COVID-aware (masks, temperature checks, distant tables). The waitstaff were knowledgeable about the menu and were able to make excellent recommendations (try the bison short rib if they have it, fyi) and were able to make additional restaurant recommendations for us out of towners. As a bonus, they left us a happy anniversary sign on our table, and all the staff were aware of the occasion and gave us well wishes. Overall, an incredible experience with delicious food, amazing staff and an unique ambience tucked away in the NC high country.
we splurged for the individual igloo outside as the deck is not yet open. The food was wonderful, and Harmony provided stellar service. As I know she was also helping patrons inside, it was impressive. We will certainly go back to celebrate when we are in the area.
Birthday dinner at this special place. Had the Bison on mashed with vegetables. Fabulous flavor. Service was right on target. Called ahead for the valet, so our car was on it's way. Nice touch. Loved the geodes for outside dining. Will try them next time. Be back VERY soon!
The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2445 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.