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The Gamekeeper, Boone, NC

The Gamekeeper

4.9
4.9
3309 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 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Wild Game, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 963-7400
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Tyler Smith
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,309 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Food

  • 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

3,309 Reviews
  1. TomD

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great meal at The Gamekeeper. If you know, you know.

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  2. crystalB33

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique dining experience. The old converted home lends a lot of charm to the overall experience. The food was extremely flavorful. Great variety of wild game and local fresh and foraged vegetables. Servers were very attentive and knowledgeable. Window seating for sunsets views are a must!

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  3. SteveL

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What’s more to say other than I have been going to this restaurant for over 15 years … and it’s an hour’s drive from home.

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  4. Sandra

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been to Gamekeeper before but it seems the quality has gone

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sampler platter was excellent and Allen did a great job as our server.

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  6. LoriG

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the best meal and overall experience! We had high expectations and it exceeded even those. Delicious and unique menu, excellent service and beautiful atmosphere. We will definitely be back soon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely one of our favorite restaurants. Great food, service, and beautiful rustic setting.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second year attending on a special occasion and will continue to go back again and again. Food, service ambiance, absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend for an everyday meal or special occasion. We drive two and a half hours to enjoy this restaurant. The valet attendants are spectacular, friendly and quick.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oh wow, I am a Chef myself living in Charlotte but also having worked in the industry for almost 20 years and in markets like L.A. and Portland (OR) and I loved this dinner. The Lady and the Ramps cocktail was absolutely incredible, its seasonal so i doubt it will be there forever but if you like the idea of a pickled ramp martini for *effs* sake order it. The food... Gamekeeper has a nice idea, but cooking game can be tricky, and the kitchen staff knows exactly what they are doing, I ordered seafood fritters, crawfish bisque, and emu fan, and literally everything was seasoned perfectly and (mostly) cooked with clear and apparent care. If it were my kitchen, I would have one very slight critique, and that was the risotto... it tasted incredible, clearly the cook knew how to build the flavor but it did sit a little stiff, and I'm a risotto guy, but my goodness did it taste great so no real shade. The service... I cannot praise the service for my meal high enough, from the valet to the bar these people were incredible, I am terrible with names and have forgotten my servers name but she deserves an award, her knowledge, recommendation on the wine, and suggestions on the menu, as well as being observant but not over bearing and letting me experience my meal was perfect, I hope the management reads this and figures out who you are because that was awesome. Doesn't stop there though, the bartender (who seemed to be training) also checked in to see what I like and as I am not a desert person, recommended a second legendary "desert" cocktail (I told him i usually just have coffee for desert but asked for a rec.) and it was called the Turbo i believe. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough and going into the busy season, if guests get even half the experience and meal I got as just a guy on a Wednesday then i think they will be happy af.

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  10. AnneK

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious! Emu tartare, potato soup, Denver Elk leg so yummy.

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  11. BenJ

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Salmon was the best ever. Tasty mint julips on Derby day.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner as usual. Some appetizers are over priced

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best food I've ever eaten. Great food.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience for our anniversary. We did not feel judged for having our 16 mos old with us & everyone working was so extremely kind & professional. Thank you for that.

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  15. AnitaP

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday celebration with excellent food and drinks! Waitress was very helpful.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A great dining experience as always. Consistent flavors with each course which keeps us coming back. Unique offerings that are always deliciously prepared. We just love this place!! We always visit when in the area.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve never had a fine dinning experience however, it exceeded expectations. My girlfriend had a wonderful dinner on her birthday. Our server(Emily) was so friendly and answered all questions and checked in often. They gave her a free desert for her birthday it was overall the best experience I’ve ever had at restaurant with some of the best food and atmosphere around.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is in the top 3 of all restaurants we’ve ever visited. Location is beautiful. Parking made simple by valet. Elizabeth was our waitress and was incredible. Food was fantastic. Will be our nice place out in Boone from now on.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best food my husband and I ever had! I got the emu filet, and he got the anteloaf. Both were super tender and flavorful. The seasonal vegetables were cooked to perfection! My dish had mushroom risotto (first time I’ve ever tried risotto), and the bar is now set high. Also, the service was amazing, very attentive but not bothersome. This is a must visit, and we will be back! The last 10-15 minutes had twists and sharp turns, but honestly worth it.

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  20. Barbc

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! A wonderful dining experience.

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  21. JeannaA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time! Food, service and atmosphere were all delightful!!

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  22. JessicaK

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant in a beautiful unique setting. Menu options are different, everything our party tried had an absolutely fabulous flavor.

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  23. Kris

    Treasure Coast

    100 reviews

    4.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten here many times and the service is always outstanding. Bea was especially attentive for this visit with our family. But 2 of us ordered the short ribs and found them tougher rather than the drop-off-the-bone tender that we felt they should be. Otherwise my Denver Elk was excellent as was the Bison.

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  24. GeorgeD

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection and preparation of game meats. Outstanding table service. Favorite place to eat in Boone.

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  25. JasonC

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! Delicious as always and service is always outstanding. One of the best restaurants in the High Country.

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  26. chuckles434

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went here for my wife's birthday. When we arrived there was a little happy birthday sign on the table, and every staff member we saw that night asked whose birthday it was and wished her a happy birthday. They went out of their way to make it special. The cocktail list is carefully curated and I personally felt like it had something for everyone. We started with the Pay the Piper and Almost Famous, both of which were perfectly balanced and delightful.The food is on the expensive side, but was incredible. We had the adobo emu appetizer, and then we had the anteloaf and Elk for mains. My wife had a glass of red with her antelope meatloaf and I had the Raising Canes. Again, an incredible cocktail but completely different from the first. Portion size was surprisingly large (in a good way) for a "fancy" restaurant. We both cleaned our plates and then shared the bourbon bread pudding for dessert. The restaurant is not huge, but never felt like we had to yell or raise our voices to have a conversation. Ambiance is a rustic hunting lodge on the side of the mountain. There is optional Valet parking as the lot is a little chaotic but the valet is happy to show you where to park if you want to self park. The drive up/down the mountain to the restaurant is a little sketchy in the dark (plus it was raining for us), but obviously that's outside of their control and stating this is more of a FYI for future guests. Overall an incredible experience and would definitely go back again.

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  27. SANDYandLEE

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing, from valet parking to dessert! Everyone is friendly and attentive, the ambiance is wonderful, service is perfect and food is beyond delicious!!!

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  28. DavidF

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent selection of interesting options. I usually get the mixed grill appetizer as my entree because it provides a nice sample of a few different items. Wonderful setting, ambience and overall experience.

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  29. Molly

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great drinks, great service! This has become our “must do” for all trips to and around Boone. We’ll be back again, asap!

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  30. QCS67

    Charlotte

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu and execution in a very special setting. Wide selection of meats and fish, some hard to get elsewhere (Emu, Venison, Bison), all very well prepared. Service was excellent.

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  31. Lutz

    Tampa

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dining experience. Food presentation & taste outstanding. For us it is a go to for Special occasion dining .

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  32. Songbird

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service! Food was very good. They made every attempt to find a wine that paired well for our meal.

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  33. ericac

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal I have ever had. Beautiful location, amazing food, and excellent service!

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  34. DanG

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect even the valet service. I must say that the overall price was a little too high but to keep a restaurant like this open for our community is more important.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner, superb staff, excellent ambiance!

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  36. CINDYW

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional! The service was excellent. Such a great restaurant.

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  37. garry

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Setting is idealic. Server delivered 2 appetizers, soup and salad all at once. One at a time while we shared would have been nicer. Starters ok at best. Potato soup a favorite. Bibb salad chilled and well seasoned. Game entrees tasty with enough left over for 2nd meal! Deserts always good and attractive.

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  38. Barbara

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful experience. The service was personsl yet not intrusive. Monica was the best. The food was outstanding. After starting with the mixed grill appetizers, I had the bison, my husband the elk. We ended with bread pudding. Will definitely be back!

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  39. FoodCritic

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Michael is the best! Our server Rebecca, was/is needs to be awarded with every reward that’s given! She didn’t miss anything…personality, service, everything!

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  40. Johng

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were exceptional. This was the first time I have ever had elk which turned out to be excellent. Must try the bread pudding for dessert.

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FAQs

The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 3309 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 4 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 Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Wild Game, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tyler Smith
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, 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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