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The Gamekeeper

4.9
4.9
2807 Reviews
$50 and over
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 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Wild Game, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 963-7400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ken Gordon

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room that very comfortably seats 25 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Wendy Gordon: (828) 963-7400

  • Neighborhood

    Boone

  • Cross street

    100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

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  1. K

    Kato

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Normally we love celebrating at the Gamekeeper. This time’s experienced didn’t hit the mark. Our server didn’t inform us of the visiting Chefs’ menu so we missed out on some additional food offerings. The noise level was higher in the large dining area which ruined the mood of our anniversary dinner. The jus on our emu made the dish too salty and the carrots were under cooked. Normally our anniversary dessert is on the house but that also wasn’t offered to us this time.
  2. SK

    SharonK

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the Calabash special....it was delicous. Maddie was fantastic.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and exceptional bartender and waitstaff.
  4. C

    Chrisstaugustinefan

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a hidden gem in the mountains near Bannerelk. The staff is exceptional and the food is both unique and outstanding.
  5. CH

    CrystalH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food was outstanding! The service was great. We enjoyed our dinner and would highly recommend the Gamekeeper to anyone!
  6. SS

    SteveS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our bartender was especially nice and helpful when my daughter got red sauce on her white sweater, he brought her some club soda to help get stain out. We didn’t get his name, but he was a very good bartender and very nice!
  7. j

    jamesg

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gamekeeper never fails! Mixed Game Grill best app in the country ! Super people who seem happy to work there and engaged. Always go there when im in High Country
  8. CP

    ConradP

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful restaurant on the side of mountain. Staff was very attentive. Food was excellent.
  9. MS

    MollieS

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Food was amazing! Just as good as I remember! Service wasn't the best. We had to put our order in with another server because ours was MIA. Took a while for the first course to come out.
  10. LF

    LeaF

    Greensboro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening- great atmosphere and amazing food
  11. RM

    RandyM

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Food was great well prepared and presentation excellent. Only negative was group of four seated next to us made conversation impossible as they were so loud especially one very loud obnoxious woman who wanted to share her personal life with the whole restaurant. Be nice if you could ask people to use their inside voices.
  12. VV

    VinceV

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu, drinks, service and a beautiful view
  13. TI

    TINAF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! The appetizer , entree, and dessert were all delicious.
  14. A

    Alan

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    This was our second visit to Gamekeeper . Their soups are outstanding. Get the Potato Soup, its fantastic. The anteloaf (meatloaf with Antelope and Beef) was excellent. Totally enjoyed it. The shrimp pasta dish on the other hand was mediocre. They say on their menu COLOSSAL SHRIMP . It is far from colossal !! We are from Florida, we know shrimp. This was run of the mill average sized shrimp. There were 4 shrimp in the dish. We both shared this dish to taste it and we were underwhelmed. Don't advertise colossal shrimp..... We should have known better being this is a meat dominated restaurant. But we figured that all dishes should be excellent at a place like this. The service was outstanding, everyone from the valet to the wait staff were amazing. 10/10 for them ! Now... here is the bad part and probably the reason we wont go back. Both times we were there, inside was simply too warm to be comfortable. There is no air flow even thought it was 62 degrees outside at night. It was beautiful outdoors, but inside it was stuffy and not comfortable, simply too warm, we shared only one glass of wine and thats a financial loss to the restaurant as the night before at another restaurant we had 4 glasses of high end wines and prices to match. We could not drink more than one glass combined. Why is your place so warm? This has happened both times we were there and we simply were not comfortable, I took some of my food home to eat for lunch the next day and we got the check and left asap. Once we walked outside, it was simply a relief. Food 8/10, Ambiance 10/10 , Staff 10/10, comfortable 3/10 .
  15. LK

    LesleyK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitstaff was very attentive. The food was fantastic. I recommend the butternut squash soup and bison short ribs.
  16. EP

    EricP

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Overall the food was excellent. Thought it was small in quantity, the flavors were very tasty. It was nice to have the complimentary valet. The waitress was very disappointing. She was not at all friendly and wanted to hurry us along. That's not a deal breaker but doesn't add to a nice evening meal. Again, the food was great but extremely over priced for the amount served. Though we liked the food, because of the service and cost, we will most likely not be returning.
  17. CS

    CaseyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So perfect! The food, ambiance, and staff were all wonderful.
  18. JC

    JanelC

    Indiana

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We have been here a couple times. Love the ambiance and service! This time it seemed the entre portion sizes were small: on the shrimp dish there were 3 large (not “colossal” per menu) shrimp. Plenty of pasta. The octopus similarly was very low volume. Anteloaf was large. Duck had a very firm exterior. Not sure if it was edible: not the typical thin crispy skin. The meat tray appetizer was good and fun was to sample various meats.
  19. DA

    DavidA

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you like exotic meats this is the place. Food and service were top notch
  20. WA

    WendyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Finley was awesome! So knowledgeable and professional! The food was excellent and such a treat!
  21. V

    Vickio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Our main server was Will. We sat on the bar side and it was quite pleasant. Food was excellent and so was the staff
  22. LK

    LayK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always.
  23. JL

    JeannieL

    Savannah

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the dining experience was extraordinary. Will definitely continue come here when in the area
  24. KL

    KristinL

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful! Restaurant was beautiful, quaint and intimate. Food was AMAZING!
  25. SB

    StephenB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. The emu was one of the top dishes I have eaten in years. Highly recommend the fried green tomato appetizer.
  26. AV

    AnnetteV

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The blue cheese macaroni and cheese was delicious. Do get the elk leg you won’t be disappointed. I wanted a rum drink and rum was not listed on their cocktail menu, however, the bartender made every attempt to make a delicious drink for me even though I didn’t know what I wanted to have. Excellent customer service.
  27. T

    Tifffany

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I LOVE the relaxed vibe, superb food and attentive service of this fine dining establishment. We enjoyed the emu dish and the octopus….absolutely fabulous in presentation serving and taste!! A dining experience not to be missed while visiting or as a nearby resident!!!!!
  28. KH

    KeithH

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent amd service was good, but slow in providing drink orders (had to ask a couple of times before they were delivered).
  29. SD

    StephanieD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service are fantastic. Our table was very close to others as it’s much smaller than most places. Otherwise a delicious and delightful experience.
  30. D

    Deluca

    West Palm Beach

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gamekeeper is a must stop location. Beautiful restaurant with great employees and the food is outstanding. Definitely going to keep going back. Everyone was welcoming and everything on the menu is delicious.
  31. RT

    RonaldT

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    we took family members visiting us to dinner there and we all loved the entire experience
  32. RP

    RichardP

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I celebrated a milestone birthday with my wife, son, and daughter-in-law. We have been several times in the past and they consistently provide superb food and service. We like the variety of game they provide and have always been pleased. Highly recommended.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it!! Food was wonderful !
  34. TS

    TrevorS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for helping us celebrate our Anniversary. I
  35. JN

    JillN

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the staff were warm and welcoming, and the food (as always) was outstanding. Very highly recommend. We’ll definitely go back!
  36. DN

    DebbieN

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place to eat…highly recommend if you have not eaten here before. It’s been more than 15 years since I’ve eaten here and it did not disappoint..service was excellent and presentation was everything I remembered. Can’t wait to come back and hopefully it will be sooner than 15 years!
  37. r

    roberts

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended. Off the beaten path but well worth it.
  38. JM

    JimM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everyone was extremely pleasant especially Josie.
  39. K

    Kathy

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good and great staff!!!! We will definitely return!
  40. CC

    CliffC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brett our server was great. Will and Andy from the bar were awesome too.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2807 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The Gamekeeper

3005 Shull's Mill Road, Boone, NC 28607

Additional information

  • Cross street

    100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee

  • Neighborhood

    Boone

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Wild Game, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ken Gordon

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (828) 963-7400

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private dining room that very comfortably seats 25 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Wendy Gordon: (828) 963-7400

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