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The Gamekeeper

4.8
4.8
2883 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 11 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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What 2,883 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Food

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Service

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Value

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for special occasions

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    American

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  1. t

    turnepf

    Greensboro

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Amazing atmosphere! We had a great time as always!
  2. NA

    NoelleA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband said Brett was the best server he’s ever had, he was very attentive without being overbearing, perfect timing on everything. The elk and osso bucco were delicious, we also loved the poached pear salad, but the real star of the show was the turkey pot pie. YUM. Ambiance and music are the absolute best.
  3. AC

    AndreaC

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service and the atmosphere were too notch.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pinehurst

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambiance
  5. B

    Barb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very friendly people. Great food and atmosphere. Would recommend to others.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable customer service and food! Was our anniversary and everyone all the way down to the valet conveyed their happiness for us. Recommend the mixed game grill appetizer along with the amazing bread pudding!
  7. ML

    MolliL

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good! Knowledgeable staff for food, wine and cocktails. Loved the entire experience.
  8. DG

    DennisG

    Philadelphia

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant - one of, if not the, best one in the area! Great semi exotic meats, good cocktails. Wine list could be a bit better. Fireplace room is amazing!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GK is one of the best restaurants not just on the east coast, not just in the US, but anywhere in the world. Love everything about it.
  10. J

    John

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at the Gamekeeper is always good. We can’t wait to come back.
  11. JL

    JeannieL

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. I little noisy but expected at the holidays
  12. TB

    TheBrysons

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect atmosphere, great service, the food was amazing and the portions were much bigger than expected.
  13. MC

    MichaelC

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice restaurant - service was excellent and the food wonderfully different to the usual.
  14. MR

    MalloryR

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Of the meals we have eaten in Western North Carolina, this is without question the best.
  15. G

    Greg

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our overall experience was great. We asked to be moved from first table and this request was readily accommodated. I had also lost my earring and it was found and returned to me. Service was great. My only thing about the night was I had mentioned in the reservation that we were celebrating my husband’s birthday and that was not brought up at all.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting the area and several people had recommended it plus our brother-in-law’s sister recommended it as they had lived in the area plus her husband went to college with the owners.
  17. j

    joann

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Woodsy, cozy, tucked away spot with great food, beautifully prepared. Wonderful welcoming staff including valet, hostess, servers, bartenders and management. Very unique spot offering a variety of game meats.
  18. m

    mljb113

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and a wonderful dining experience! Highly recommend!
  19. MM

    MartinM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful menu, food and service was great. Highly recommend.
  20. KB

    KellyB

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We have been looking forward to coming here for years! On arrival They had valet service and the gentleman was super nice. We checked in and we sat in a corner near a very hot fireplace on the bar side with lots of noise. This was our getaway romantic evening And it was definitely not romantic. Servers were super nice but we had five different servers so things got confusing on what we ordered when we ordered etc. We just had such high expectations that when we received our food it was just pretty much average … We travel around the world and are very blessed to eat at amazing restaurants, with foods that are exceptional.
  21. m

    mikeh

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Wines were expensive
  22. SK

    StuartK

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I could only imagine what it was like in the kitchen during this Holiday season. They still did good with the service and food.
  23. P

    Pumpkin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date night restaurant. Restaurant is cozy and intimate. . Food-Ouststanding, Craft Covktakls we’re Amazing! Would definitely recommend and we’ll be back!!
  24. L

    Leigh

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great food and o really wonderful experience!
  25. AS

    AnthonySmith

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks and dessert were outstanding! Only complaint was we were sat next to a family table of about 8 that had kids that were pretty noisy. Not yours or the kids fault though! Excellent visit!
  26. C

    Cinzia

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently fantastic food. Emu tartare is truly extraordinary. Beautiful restaurant. Everyone who works at this restaurant is kind & helpful. Interesting drink menu and I loved The Charles Dickens punch. Best meal I’ve had in a long time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
  27. B

    Ballantyne

    Charlotte

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We have been going to The Gamekeeper for about 10 years and almost always had a good experience but our last visit was extremely disappointing. First of all, I booked the table as soon as reservations opened, months ago, and requested a table near the fire. When we got there, right on time, 2 tables next to the fire were free but we were seated in a different room. When we asked if we could get one of the 2 tables instead, we were told that those were specifically requested by customers and that we should do the same next time if we wanted to seat near the fire. I explained that I had made that request, but the lady simply smiled, apologized in a "I don't care" sort of way and left. Not the best start. We sat down and placed our order fairly quickly but the service was so slow that it took about an hour for us to get our starters. Starters were good, not amazing. After another 30-40 minutes we got our main course. My daughter's meat was way overcooked. Since the meat was sliced, it was easy to spot that the cooking wasn't right but the server brought the plate anyway and we had to ask him to bring it back. It took a good 10 - 15 minutes for my daughter to get her entree. Our meat was okay, but the mac and cheese was overcooked and the vegetables completely undercooked. We couldn't be bothered to wait another 15 minutes for our dish so we ate it anyway but for a $50 plate, that was unacceptable. By the time we finished our entree, the restaurant was almost empty so we decided to order some desserts, thinking it would be fast. It wasn't, and we spent in total over 2 and an half hours at the restaurant for a 3 course meal. When we used the restroom, the toilet didn't flush, the trash can was overflowing with dirty towels and there wasn't any clean paper towels to dry our hands. I don't know what is going on with The Gamekeeper, but it isn't the experience we expect when we spend $400 on a meal for 4 people.
  28. P

    michaelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Year after year they never disappoint! Can't wait for our next visit. Thank you GK for the smoke ;)
  29. LS

    LaurieS

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites — food and service will keep us coming back
  30. K

    Karla

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a lovely time when we visit the Gamekeeper. The staff is wonderful and the food amazing. We look forward to our next visit. (Matt is the bomb!). Kelly & Karla
  31. m

    momsview

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We actually had a medical emergency while dining and the staff and a patron were most excellent coming to our aid. We rally cannot rate the food as we had to Leave before eating. We hope to be able to come back and enjoy. Thank you to all who helped us
  32. a

    andyasumtneer

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily the best exotic food experience you'll find almost anywhere. Their selection of game meat is 2nd to nine and is incredibly delicious.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As Always a lovely & delightful birthday dinner. Attentive service & a most delicious meal. A relaxing lovely ambiance the Mixed Grill , the Duck & my husbands was antelope superb.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome!! Food and drinks were superb!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and creative food, friendly and very hospitable staff. One of the best fine dining experiences I’ve had in North Carolina. Enjoyed my birthday celebration night at Game Keeper. Highly recommend this place :)
  36. KP

    KatieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing. We will be returning in the future! Highly recommend!!!
  37. JB

    JackieB

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Whenever we’re on the mountain we try to get to the Gamekeeper. We always try to take our guests as well.
  38. TM

    ThomasM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    I have been here several times before and never had a bad experience. But something happened this time. Service was extremely slow, first waited quite a while for a glass of wine and then waiting over an hour for dinner to come. Also, no one wanted to stop by to take our payment. I had to find someone to take it. The asked for the manager and he came by, but had a rather indifferent attitude concerning my complaint about slow service. I told him that other tables seated after us were served well before us. He just said sorry and hope to see you again.
  39. JB

    JasonB

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary with The Gamekeeper. Everyone was amazing and the food was incredible. We will definitely return
  40. CG

    ChrisG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow - incredible and unique dining experience. Bartender and drinks were excellent. Would recommend to anyone.

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 4.8 stars by 2883 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 11 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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