The Gamekeeper

4.9
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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!
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and the service was outstanding. Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.

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

Excellent service, each meal looked like a work of art and tasted delicious

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite place to dine!

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gamekeeper is outstanding in every way. It is THE MOST unique and amazing restaurant in this entire area! Great for special occasions! Love the food! Love all the people who work there and make the experience so WONDERFUL!

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ES
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and food. Thank goodness for valet given the pouring hard rains we were having! They made my friend feel special with a birthday sign. So thoughtful!

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute favorite! Never a disappointment for any occasion. Cheers to Ken and Wendy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, dining at the Gamekeeper was a treat. The service and attention to detail was outstanding and the food was delicious.

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EP
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot say enough great things about my birthday dinner at the Gamekeeper! From the moment you reach the top of the driveway (sigh of relief as it was raining steadily) to be met by the parking valet with an umbrella for the climb up the stairs, you feel that you are a valued guest. I would exceed allotted characters mentioning all the special touches that make you feel welcome. Rest assured that there is nothing pretentious or stuffy - every employee seems to sincerely enjoy what they do and where they work. First time for both of us eating wild game - both our dinners were delicious! Bread pudding, their signature dessert, takes a humble dish to a whole new level. And expect generous portions perfectly prepared. Capping off the evening was a personal birthday song (sung very quietly) by the owner. Beautiful views of the mountains, first class food and service in a homey atmosphere...do NOT miss Gamekeeper if you are in the Boone area!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything!!! A great place to celebrate a special occasion or a fun place to hang out at the bar. I can’t wait to try their new patio area. Wonderfully friendly staff! Unique selections on the menu. If you want something refreshingly different, this is it!

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails. Awesome. Every. Time.

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London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing but perfection!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Gamekeeper is a perfect restaurant for an Anniversary or special occasion, you don't have to dress up if you don't want to but what's the fun in not.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience , beautiful stone cottage nestled in the North Carolina mountains . Engaged , thoughtful staff , amazing food and interesting wine choices . The bourbon bread pudding was one of the best desserts ever . Overall wonderful meal .

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TS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have difficulty walking so we're arrived a bit early, not expecting the valet parking right at the handicap accessible ramp.
We were greeted at the entrance by name, by the hostess who seated us promptly, and wished us a happy anniversary
(There was a sign on the table saying "Happy Anniversary,"a very nice touch)
We ordered drinks and appetizers which were perfection. The escargot and fried green tomatoes are our favorites.
For dinner, we ordered the elk with potatoes and roasted vegetables. All were prepared perfectly. The elk was a perfect medium rare.
Dessert was their bread pudding served in an individual souffle dish. You will not be disappointed.
It seemed the entire staff went out of their way, to make a special occasion, very special.

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G
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant. I love everything about it! To start off with the service is amazing. The Maitre D Kappa is the best I’ve ever experienced and I’ve been around the food/ restaurant business all my life. Her attention to detail is unmatched. The food is incredible! I’m from the Bahamas and so Bison and other game are really not on our menus so when I visit the Bison for me is a must have. Great wines!! Overall one of my top 3 when visiting the Asheville area. The hour drive is well worth it!! See you guys again soon I hope

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about this place. They have a lovely staff and such a pretty layout inside. It’s very relaxing and enjoyable. I will always go and recommend it to my friends. Everything on the menu is absolutely incredible.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary there, and were treated like royalty. Everyone was so gracious and friendly, as though we were long friends. The service and food were second to none. When we are back in the area, we will definitely dine at The Gamekeeper again. Absolutely wonderful!

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EA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for my husband’s birthday. The food and service were excellent!

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SR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and dining experience.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant staff is extremely friendly and attentive. Atmosphere is very cozy with beautiful views. The food is exceptional and proves that wild game prepared correctly has amazing flavor and complexity. Thank you!

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic food and service! we love the game platter! you cannot go wrong at this restaurant with any of their dishes. the portion sizes are more than enough! Kappa, the maître d′ is wonderful with customers and always so helpful. This place is down to earth with amazing food and ambiance.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the charcuterie sampler and our elk and rabbit entrees. Desserts looked very tempting too, especially the cheesecake, but we did not have room. Definitely next time! Outstanding wine selection, priced to please everyone from the novice to the connoisseur. Noise level on a holiday weekend was noticeable, but we could still hear the background music (jazz). Would highly recommend Gamekeeper to anyone visiting Boone. Be sure to book your reservation in advance; we were seated upon arrival because we had. Otherwise, be prepared to wait awhile for a table.

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Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Morgan, our server, was exceptional! The food was outstanding and the venue amazing! We count The Gamekeeper as one of our favorites!

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Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all the way around! Great game food selections, service, attention to detail. Superb dining experience.

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PB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As great as I remember. This is one of my all time favorites.

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VI
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent professional service, hard to find these days! Great food as well. I can tell the owners are hands on, keep up the good work.

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c
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, the experience was splendid and I would definitely visit again given the chance. The food was unique and delicious and the service was friendly. We really enjoyed the appetizer game sampler. We also had the trout and rabbit pot pie, both of which were great but next time we’ll definitely try a more “steak” entree!

The views were also incredible. The prices are a bit on the high side because of its concept on local ingredients, but I think it’s worth every penny.

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and setting location is a little out there but worth the drive

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Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legendary. Amazing food! Fantastic service

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DK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an evening! My fiancé and I were warmly greeted by the valet and were pointed towards the entry. Upon entering, the hostess was quick to welcome us and assured us our table would be ready soon (we arrived early). While waiting for our table, we enjoyed perfectly made cocktails on the terrace overlooking a beautiful mountain scene. Our dinner was the best I’ve had in the area (resident for over 6 years). The fried oysters and duck breast are both a must have! Fantastic wine menu as well. We can’t wait to return. A special thanks to Kappa for setting the tone with an awesome attention to detail that made for a memorable experience.

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CW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our 20th anniversary at the Gamekeeper and had a wonderful time. We were seated right away and the food was delicious.

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DY
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exquisite , always delicious in every aspect Do yourself a favor and indulge here .

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Driving through the mountain to find this gem was quite fun actually. The valet parking was a nice surprise. My reservation was delayed, but the restaurant comped us an appetizer to compensate. The service and food was beyond amazing. The music was a little on the loud side, and there was another patron of the establishment that was excessively loud, including frequent slapping of his table. This was never addressed and caused a slight disappointment with the overall environment of the restaurant. We expected something a little more intimate for an establishment regarded as a romantic dinner getaway.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet attendants waving us in to the staff and ambiance the evening was great! The meal was perfectly prepared and served and the mountain setting was ideal.

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l
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mixed grill appetizer was great as usual! Also, tried different side of the bacon potato croquettes that were outstanding! Whole dinner was excellent!

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We came for our anniversary. We are in our 60s. The service was excellent and experiencing the new foods was fun. The food was prepared and presented precisely. Overall our experience was great and we plan to return soon. We are not normally big spenders but we're happy and prepared to pay the bill. We were a little surprised on entering the building. Having been advertised on the website as "one of the top 100 romantic" spots in the country, we expected the outside of the facility to be a bit more "inviting". The lower entrance and pond area could use some work. In closing, we give a harty thumbs up to everyone.

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l
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, the food and service is always the best.

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our anniversary the staff was very pleasant we had a great experience and we will go back!!!!!

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BH
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special place. Paris in April theme was appreciated. Fun change to the menu. Service was stellar. Pricey but well worth it.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I like the place. The table and chairs lacked charm and seemed odd and utilitarian for the theme of the restaurant. Outdoor dinning was wonderful. Service was courteous and punctual. Food was good.

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