The Gamekeeper

4.9
2002 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 Ken Gordon and wife Wendy are owners who bring 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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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legendary. Amazing food! Fantastic service

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DK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an evening! My fiancé and I were warmly greeted by the valet and were pointed towards the entry. Upon entering, the hostess was quick to welcome us and assured us our table would be ready soon (we arrived early). While waiting for our table, we enjoyed perfectly made cocktails on the terrace overlooking a beautiful mountain scene. Our dinner was the best I’ve had in the area (resident for over 6 years). The fried oysters and duck breast are both a must have! Fantastic wine menu as well. We can’t wait to return. A special thanks to Kappa for setting the tone with an awesome attention to detail that made for a memorable experience.

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CW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our 20th anniversary at the Gamekeeper and had a wonderful time. We were seated right away and the food was delicious.

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DY
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exquisite , always delicious in every aspect Do yourself a favor and indulge here .

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Driving through the mountain to find this gem was quite fun actually. The valet parking was a nice surprise. My reservation was delayed, but the restaurant comped us an appetizer to compensate. The service and food was beyond amazing. The music was a little on the loud side, and there was another patron of the establishment that was excessively loud, including frequent slapping of his table. This was never addressed and caused a slight disappointment with the overall environment of the restaurant. We expected something a little more intimate for an establishment regarded as a romantic dinner getaway.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the valet attendants waving us in to the staff and ambiance the evening was great! The meal was perfectly prepared and served and the mountain setting was ideal.

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Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mixed grill appetizer was great as usual! Also, tried different side of the bacon potato croquettes that were outstanding! Whole dinner was excellent!

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We came for our anniversary. We are in our 60s. The service was excellent and experiencing the new foods was fun. The food was prepared and presented precisely. Overall our experience was great and we plan to return soon. We are not normally big spenders but we're happy and prepared to pay the bill. We were a little surprised on entering the building. Having been advertised on the website as "one of the top 100 romantic" spots in the country, we expected the outside of the facility to be a bit more "inviting". The lower entrance and pond area could use some work. In closing, we give a harty thumbs up to everyone.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, the food and service is always the best.

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our anniversary the staff was very pleasant we had a great experience and we will go back!!!!!

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BH
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special place. Paris in April theme was appreciated. Fun change to the menu. Service was stellar. Pricey but well worth it.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I like the place. The table and chairs lacked charm and seemed odd and utilitarian for the theme of the restaurant. Outdoor dinning was wonderful. Service was courteous and punctual. Food was good.

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at The Gamekeeper. Our server was attentive and gave recommendations that were spot on. Many thanks to Jackson in the kitchen for a delicious addition to our meal. Thank you for a special evening!

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Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner at the Gamekeeper. The food was great and the restaurant is beautiful. They had a busy night and everything was handled perfectly. We will be back when we are in the area.

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MS
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration for 91 years young mother in law. We knew that dining here would be as my husband and I expected, superb. From the charcuterie and escargot starters to the duck, bison, bouillabaisse and beef tenderloin entrees; we sent the best compliment a chef could ever ask, empty plates.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, excellent service, incredible food!

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RE
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gamekeeper is our “GO TO” restaurant.
A very special place in the mountains.

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AB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! As always an amazing gourmet experience!!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the scenic drive to the restaurant, quaint bar area with eclectic decor, friendly staff that goes above and beyond, and of course the creative/delicious menu that stands out from most restaurants in the area! Favorite restaurant in the high country!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST dinner that we have ever had! From the bartenders, to the hostess, to the waiter. We are beyond pleased with our entire experience. The food was TO DIE for! Every single dish was hand prepared and the quality was more than we could’ve ever expected. We cannot wait to come back! Best dinner experience we have ever had, hands down ❤️

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s
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences we have had in a long while. Server was great, very knowledgeable about the menu.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! They were very accommodating when we asked to move to a table by the window. The service and food was so good! I had the duck....one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. My children enjoyed it, too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the experience was excellent from beginning to end! Ken and Wendy have mastered the art of food perfection and never disappoint. You must try if you have never dined here!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food presentation and preparation accompanied by an outstanding staff was superb on every level

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the trip, they did a beautiful job and love the setting!

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Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful restaurant and the April in Paris menu is great. Stay away from the cheesecake for dessert however.

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PM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. I've been lucky enough to dine at The Gamekeeper several times in the past 2 years - never disappointed.

Pat Martin

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w
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great choice for our 60th anniversary. The entire staff was so nice that they almost overshadowed the delightful food. We stayed in Blowing Rock and the drive was shorter and easier than I had expected. Our wonderful server was Morgan.; I'll ask for her when we return. The place is not cheap but you get what you pay for. Highly recommended.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner on our anniversary at The Ganekeeper. The service was amazing from the valet to the server. The food was outstanding. We can’t wait to go back!

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a little loud after an energetic group arrived, but, as always, truly a five-star dining experience.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect restaurant for the occasion. I’ve heard about this place ever since I’ve lived here and had the opportunity to go. Everything was great.

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Wilmington
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal in a wonderful location. We’ll be back again soon

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SG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came here for a 1 year anniversary dinner. They made it effortlessly special with their customer service valeting the car and getting you into the restaurant, the sign they added to our table with "happy anniversary" all with me just leaving a comment in my open table reservation, and the servers themselves being knowledgeable about the menu and providing recommendations as well as capturing our photo ops as the sun is setting. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking to celebrate any special occasions.

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m
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a magical place for a romantic dinner. Wonderful service, amazing food, charming ambiance, beautiful sunsets. Can’t wait to go back. This gem never disappoints.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my opinion, it’s one of only two outstanding restaurants in the mountains. With a superior menu, a terrific wine list, a cozy ambiance and personable staff, you just can’t beat it!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place with fantastic food. Highly recommend when in the Boone/Blowing Rock area.

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TM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We’ve been going there for a number of years now and this was not a good supper. I was very disappointed this trip, but we will be back again.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with awesome food.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation, arrived 15 min early 30 min wait at the bar. Not enough seating in the bar. Service was sort of lacking considering the rave reviews. Dinner was excellent

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BH
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. This is our favorite place to dine in the High Country.

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