The Gamekeeper

4.8
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
2203 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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!
Sort by
Filters
JA
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been dinning her for 4 years and have had great food, service and a beautiful view

KR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What am incredible experience! From the valet service attendants, the smiling, accommodating hostesses, to the patient, knowledgeable server who likes to educate his clientele on the amazing array of game and wine selections, I just cannot say thank you enough. Not even counting the impeccable food that arrived at our table from the first course to the last... it was phenomenal! We had taken our senior parents there while vacationing and their traditional needs were met with no judgments at all. Everyone was completely satisfied beyond measure. Great job Gamekeeper team!

d
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, staff and service!! Beautiful restaurant. Been a client since the begining. However noise level can be overwhelming and unreasonable if loud tables are present. Acoustics in the restaurant can't handle it. Can ruin an otherwise exceptional experience.

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

We went for my birthday and it was amazing! The elk was so tender it nearly melted in my mouth! Dessert martinis were delicious!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love it here. Food is always delicious. Every bite. Start to finish.

DB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experience I have had. Oyster appetizer, Emu & Duck entrees, as well as GK bread pudding dessert are all 5 stars! An added bonus of the best wait staff - knowledgeable with excellent recommendations for us!

JR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere were all incredible! Highly recommend!

j
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was fabulous!
Our waiter, a young App grad, was amazing.
His name starts with J, but I can't remember. He was excellent.

S
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

2nd visit and still enjoyed. Could have been the long drive and my desire to get some rest, but I thought the pace of service and attentiveness could be improved.

JE
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going to the game keeper for many years and as always we were not disappointed.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual a nice experience

D
Western NC
59 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around! We ordered lamb and vegetable plate. Both perfectly prepared and delicious! Well worth the winding road from Valle Crucis!

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at the Gamekeeper every year when we visit Boone. We have NEVER been disappointed!!

CO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Food, great venue ... we had a great time!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet to the desert, it was a great experience. We had the oysters, Red salad, Bison and Emu, followed by apple crisp and regular coffee....the meat melted in my mouth, the oysters didn’t have an oyster flavor and the sriracha like sauce gave them a nice kick. The waitress was kind and explained the menu. It was a really good experience.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gamekeeper is a special place with a menu you can’t find anywhere else. I had the Emu and my wife had Elk. So glad we were adventurous. Both dishes were excellent. And the service from Jess and the entire staff was top notch. It was a wonderful evening all around.

WE
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Valet parking wonderful and setting relaxing with nice music!!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not your typical food. Very interesting, very tasty. Presentation was awesome.

LB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best visit yet! The escargot was incredible and the trout amazing. Our waiter, Tanner, was perfect!

SS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our server seemed more interested in how great he was than making our experience great. We were there to celebrate an important birthday and he did not even mention it. I know he had other tables but there were long periods when we did not even see him including having to wait for the check. We were disappointed in his service which we have not found to be true there in the past.

The Gamekeeper
Responded on October 5, 2019

Sarah, Thank you so much for celebrating with us this week for a special birthday. Our sincerest apologies that you had a negative experience with one of our servers. This will be addressed promptly. We know that we are a restaurant reserved for special occasions , and so we apologize that you were not celebrated as you should have been that evening. Please reach back out to us and we would love to make this right. All the best and we hope to hear from you soon! Kappa Maitre D'

Report
JC
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful atmosphere! It’s our favorite place to eat in the world! Can’t get food like this anywhere else!

J
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening and food was amazing. The selection was quite unique and we had Emu, Bison and Escargot. All of which was delicious. The space is not very big and you need reservations. The ambiance on the inside of the restaurant was delightful and the staff including the valet were top notch.

DM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it so much, we extended our weekend just to eat here again. The duck was the best entree I have ever had. The bartenders were super cool. Get there early and enjoy the ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took our daughter out for dinner for Parents’ weekend at App St. We had a wonderful meal!!

DK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever eaten. Outstanding!!!

C
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views, service, and food. Highly recommend.

G
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was interesting and well-prepared, and the atmosphere in the restaurant was intimate and fun at the same time. We will be back!

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

Excellent service, awesome food! The setting is just wonderful.

BB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved The Gamekeeper. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere romantic. Will definitely go ahead. This is a must if you are in the area!

FP
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A good selection of game meat. Perfectly prepared and nicely served. Starter was excellent. Dessert was delicious. Service was very good. Views from restaurant were beautiful. Drive to and from the restaurant can be tricky. Very windy and narrow road. Well worth the trip.

SO
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

unique experience. We enjoyed the restaurant, the bar and the food.

JN
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences imaginable. It is one of a kind. Everything about the restaurant has a unique quality from the atmosphere (nestled in the mountains) to the food (there was elk, bison, boar, and rabbit among other more traditional items. They don't call it The Gamekeeper for nothing). The entrees are not inexpensive, but gave 5-stars on value because you can't put a price on how virtually magical the place is.

RD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and they treated me extra-special for my birthday. Would highly recommend the bread pudding and the cobbler for dessert.

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at The Gamekeeper was phenomenal, and I can't say enough good things about our waiter, Ryan. He was very knowledgeable, and his recommendations were perfect. Thank you for a great experience.

AZ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinning experience as always! Thank you!

T
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of the best in the High Country. The atmosphere was terrific and our server was top notch. It was the finest restaurant I have ever eaten at in my life and I cannot wait to go back. Had bison for the first time in my life and will get it again. Incredible salads and outstanding wine selection. The veggies are to die for and come with most every meal. We were a party of six and everyone of us highly recommend this establishment.

Stayed at Yonahlossee just down the road, which is within walking distance to the Game Keeper. We will be back.

M
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. The only small issue was a loud group behind us who had a little too much to drink. One man even knocked over a tray with glasses and food; glasses splintered everywhere and the food splashed over the floor. He didn’t even apologize.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Will definitely be returning!

RE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at The Gamekeeper for years now. It was our favorite local restaurant. Several years ago the food quality declined and the prices went up, and we stopped going. We decided to try it again recently and thought it was back to its high standards. Food was excellent.

DW
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. The pace of the meal was perfect. Exactly what I’d expect for the price. Because of the price, it’s a special occasion place for us but we’ll go back.

1
2
3
56

Tweets by The Gamekeeper