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The Gamekeeper, Boone, NC
The Gamekeeper, Boone, NC
The Gamekeeper, Boone, NC
The Gamekeeper, Boone, NC
The Gamekeeper, Boone, NC

The Gamekeeper

4.9
4.9
3287 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 16 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 3,287 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Food

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best 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

3,287 Reviews
  1. JasonC

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. chuckles434

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  3. 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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  4. DavidF

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    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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  5. 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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  6. QCS67

    Charlotte

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 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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  7. Lutz

    Tampa

    56 reviews

    vip
    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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  8. Songbird

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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FAQs

The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 3287 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 16 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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