The Gamekeeper

4.9
2364 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 2364 people are saying
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AnnH
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as always, was delicious! I had emu for the 1st time, and my husband had elk. Both were fabulous, but it was the bread pudding for the real win!!

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GaryB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food- great atmosphere, and great service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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dwaters59
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Worth driving 3 hrs for. Perfect service. Best Duck I've ever had and I'm in the biz. Hope yo being a lot of friends here.

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GradyT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, built up by the drive up the mountain. Exquisite food and service from there

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GlendaV
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to enjoy an upscale dinner while visiting NC. The Gamekeeper was
the perfect choice.

From the moment we pulled up to the entrance we were greeted with kind,
friendly personnel. Upon entry the host performed temperature checks for
safety.

We were seated and prompted greeted by Jonathan. Jonathan was kind,
caring and efficient.

The Bleu Salad was amazing. It was obvious that only the freshest
ingredients were utilized. The glazed duck was delicious served with
mashed potatoes and vegetables.

The best meal I have ever had. Treat yourself to an exceptional dining
experience. The highest quality food accompanied by top notch
service by Jonathan.

NC
NCFoodie
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a gem tucked away in the mountains. If you are looking for something different and off the beaten path this is the place. The chef has assembled an interesting menu of primarily wild game and other unique meats paired with seasonal vegetables. The menu will change from time time but always offers a great variety. The bar offers unique signature cocktails. The ambiance is comfortably low key and quiet. The staff are friendly, professional and informative. Can’t wait to go back.

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Cathrynm
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Have been going for years and just love this place! If you’re in the area this is a must go to venue!

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MeganS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bison was to die for!!! Would def go back and soon!

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DurhamFoodie
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the experience at the Gamekeeper was excellent. From the atmosphere, service and then the food. They added two separate tent globes to handle a table of 4 outdoors. With snow in the background, i could have easily sat out there. Great idea. Filet and Trout were the entrees. Steak perfectly cooked, the trout was the best I had. Bleu salad and the chocolate flourless torte made the whole gourmet experience well rounded. The atmosphere was homey and charming. It’s nice that it is a nice mix of people. Never stuffy, or full of themselves. Worth every penny. It may seem pricey, but worth the splurge.

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KariK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal overall experience!!! Must try the bread pudding!! I don’t even like bread pudding or at least I didn’t think I did!!:p

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Explorer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Eccentric and not typical! Very much enjoyed!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely find! Very nice food in a beautiful cozy atmosphere. We had great wine and a server who really made us feel welcome! I highly recommend this place!

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dwaters59
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and ambiance is as good as it gets. Sampler appetizer is over seasoned. Entrees are outstanding. Ask for cracked salt and pepper for oil n vinegar w bread. Great brews, wines, desserts. A must visit place!

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JillM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drinks, food, service and atmosphere. The wild game sampler was excellent, as was the venison, and trout. Be sure to share the read pudding at the end.

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vipFoodGuru
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing fireside family celebration.

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Locals
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite of locals and tourists. Great owners and staff.

DD
DustinD
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious unique choices, great cocktails, great atmosphere. Service is fantastic. Great all around choice.

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CindyW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This dinning experience is second to none. It has a warm quiet ambiance with expert service with homy atmosphere. A choice of exotic but tasteful menu.

PM
PatrickM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite the experience and well worth the price. The food was amazing as was the service. Arrive and receive valet parking, leading to a wonderfully cozy restaurant with staff that makes you feel right at home. The food was amazing, you can't go wrong with anything here. This was a great part of our wonderful vacation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy a meal and take in the location. Service is best we have had in Boone area. The food is unique and quality choices. We will be back. Thanks for a great meal and evening.

JW
JenniferW
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS RESTAURANT IS BY FAR ON MY TOP 3 FAVORITES OF ALL TIME! FROM VALET TO CASHOUT- PHENOMINAL!!

THE ELK, EMU, BISON, AND GOOSE SAUSAGE - OH MY LAWD!! SO GOOD. THE BLUE CHEESE MACARONI IS TO DIE FOR!! THE WINE SELECTION IS FANTASTIC. LOCATION IS AWESOME. AMBIANCE AT CHRISTMAS TIME IS OUT OF A MOVIE!!

WE WILL BE BACK FOR SURE.

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AmandaF
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service, and amazing atmosphere.

TN
TNM2020
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such an amazing experience! The staff were all super friendly and knowledgeable- from the valet to the manager. We will definitely be back!

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MarieH
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and an enjoyable experience. Can't wait to return in warmer weather so we can eat outside!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance, service, view were amazing, we loved the unique menu items that we would not normally find elsewhere. I highly recommend the sampler platter that allows the opportunity to try some different items. The blue cheese Mac and cheese was fantastic. We already booked our next reservation.

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mcarly
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience at the Gamekeeper and it was really nice! The atmosphere was relaxing and romantic, the decor was beautifully done for the season and our waitress was lovely. Loved the newly built deck outside too!

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RyanK
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Cozy atmosphere and very welcoming staff. The manager came around and greeted each table to see how everything was. We will definitely eat here every time we come to the Boone area

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ThomasO
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gamekeeper sits at a unique crossroads between elegance and fun.

The ambiance of the restaurant is truly fantastic. From the gorgeous view, wonderful decor, and the perfect sound level of music, to the fun cocktails, unique menus, and astounding staff the entire experience from entry to exit is memorable in the best way possible.

I never found myself waiting on the food to arrive, because I was so enthralled by the restaurant itself, or the view from my table.

I ordered the elk, which was truly amazing and worth experiencing. It was cooked to perfection and the rest of the dish was wonderful too.

While the gamekeeper is an expensive restaurant, it is certainly worth spending the money when celebrating a special occasion.

I can not wait to return to dine again, and if you get the opportunity to do so, take it. You will not regret it.

ALSO IT IS WORTH NOTING:
For all the vegetarians and vegans, our waiter made it very clear that they would happily make vegan and vegetarian dishes for anyone who requested them. While the gamekeeper may be known as a steakhouse, they are dedicated to customer service and will go to great lengths to make sure each and every customer is happy.

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Ballantyne
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service as usual, nice and cozy atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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WandyD
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Excellent customer service. Definitely going again.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The service and food were both wonderful as well as the ambiance. The fire was especially nice.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambience. My favorite High Country area restaurant for a special occasion.

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HollyK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Gorgeous setting . Our waiter didn’t realize we were there and we sat about 20 minutes until I told the host and finally he came over and started our drink order. It was our anniversary so they did have cute touches to the table to help celebrate.

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Brookek
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect anniversary dinner. Everything was absolutely beautiful and the food and service was outstanding.

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vipandyasumtneer
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never gets old. It's sophisticated food meets high country decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Limited menu with some very good options.

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RickT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service and amazing views.

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Jamesm
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was some of the best food ever. Great atmosphere, service was extremely friendly, special anniversary table which made me feel special, and one of the best evenings I have had in a while

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant meal and experience at The Gamekeeper!

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The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2364 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.

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