The Gamekeeper

4.9
2422 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2422 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hobbs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service! Wish it could be a little more quiet or be seated in a more private spot. Overall excellent experience every time we visit!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tender and delicious bison steak. Mixed grill starter was also very tasty. You won't be disappointed.

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SusanC
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A really neat experience all round. Look forward to returning soon!

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danu
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been any better! The service, from valet to servers, bar tenders was outstanding. They all went out of their way to make us feel special as it was our 51st anniversary. we had the sampler plate emu medium rare, tooth fish, bread pudding, IPA beers and margaritas. seating was at a bar table with outstanding view of beautiful mountain sunset. this will definitely be an annual affair

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Lela
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I saw an advertisement for the GameKeeper. We decided to give it a try. They did not disappoint. It was a WOW! From the moment we got out of the car to leaving...it all was a wonderful experience. The ambiance, the food, and the exceptional service. Maddy was our waitress and she was outstanding. We ordered the Mixed Meat for the appetizer, Elk and the Emu for entrees. We did not leave hungry. We even got a dessert to split and we couldn't finish it. As we were leaving and standing on the deck, we had the special treat of watching a deer by the creek below. We will definitely be back.

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Idrathereatout
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fantastic restaurant for special occasions. They serve meats that aren’t available anywhere else near here. Emu, Bison, and elk to name a few. The service was excellent at every level. The ambiance would have been five stars if it had been quieter, as the setting is lovely. But there was a little too much noise from people talking.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. The duck was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always.

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JeannieL
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service excellent. We return frequently when in the area.

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vipBillG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder food, service and ambiance! We will absolutely be back the next time we’re in the area. Absolutely wonderful experience!

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Rachel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here following our engagement. Everyone was so kind, and took the time to make us feel special on such a memorable day...not to mention the food was excellent! We hope to celebrate many anniversaries here in the future.

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TimothyF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, the service, the drinks, and the food just melted in your mouth. I highly recommend, especially on special occasions.

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CaitlinB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. The service was wonderful, the food was incredible and the drinks were delicious. Even for those who aren’t meat eaters, I got the fish and my mind was blown. Do not pass this place up!

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J2019
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from bar to table was perfect

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ShanaS
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A must visit if you’re in the area. Service is wonderful and the dining experience was perfect. Cocktails were amazing and my wine was from an area winery. Both my husbands entree and mine were prepared perfectly. The vegetables were a little saltier than I prefer but still very good. Even though our reservation was late we did not feel rushed and we were even give a desert ‘on the house’ because we had to wait a few extra minutes on our entrees. I will definitely visit again!

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EdwardN
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gamekeeper remains our favorite restaurant in the high country. It never disappoints!

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tmcshu
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Second time eating at Gamekeeper - first time was absolutely superb. This time was not. My dinner (duck breast, vegies, potatoes) was good but lukewarm. My husband got the antelope bolognese - his dish was hot and quite good. According to the menu, it was "Game Bolognese - Hearty antelope bolognese ". During the explanation of the dish, the wait staff mentioned that the antelope was mixed with ground beef so the menu was a bit misleading. Desserts were amazing! Will definitely try again but we were disappointed in this experience.

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Jughead64
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our Anniversary and had a great time. Service was great and the atmosphere was awesome. The grilled meat smell when you walk in is the best! Could give you a little more for your money but the food was delicious. Would definitely visit again for dinner.

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EdwardP
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is cozy and inviting. The servers were knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. The food was beautifully-prepared, and wonderfully-presented. The menu is small but diverse, and well accommodated us and our 8 year old son. The wine menu— also small, was very diverse, and covered all tastes. I stress the menus being small because I enjoy a smaller menu— it’s easier to navigate, and easier to make selections. You’ll never feel limited by the size of their menu, and you’ll never be disappointed in any selection. As a professional chef/restaurateur of almost 30 years, I highly recommend The Gamekeeper.

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vipScottG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Highly recommended

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WilliamP
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here is the best you will ever have. From the valet parking attendant to the host, server and runners, everyone was friendly and probably smiling behind their masks! I requested a special table, and they made sure it was available.

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BrianW
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here out of town with my girlfriend for our third anniversary. The staff were incredibly welcoming and COVID-aware (masks, temperature checks, distant tables). The waitstaff were knowledgeable about the menu and were able to make excellent recommendations (try the bison short rib if they have it, fyi) and were able to make additional restaurant recommendations for us out of towners. As a bonus, they left us a happy anniversary sign on our table, and all the staff were aware of the occasion and gave us well wishes. Overall, an incredible experience with delicious food, amazing staff and an unique ambience tucked away in the NC high country.

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viptarheeldiner
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we splurged for the individual igloo outside as the deck is not yet open. The food was wonderful, and Harmony provided stellar service. As I know she was also helping patrons inside, it was impressive. We will certainly go back to celebrate when we are in the area.

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CaryD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner at this special place. Had the Bison on mashed with vegetables. Fabulous flavor. Service was right on target. Called ahead for the valet, so our car was on it's way. Nice touch. Loved the geodes for outside dining. Will try them next time. Be back VERY soon!

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vipWhitneyH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at Gamekeeper! Everything about it was wonderful! The food was excellent and we all tried something different. The service and atmosphere were enjoyable as well. They have really nice craft cocktails and a good wine list for pairing with the meal. We can’t wait to come back!!

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BooneVisitor
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time going to The Gamekeeper, and every time is outstanding! The food is amazing and service is top notch. This is one favorite restaurants!

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vipfoodie
Western NC
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Great restaurant!

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PammyC
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every meal is delicious, never been disappointed ! Dinner was wonderful! It was a cold night and so impressed valet had car ready before we came down for it, thank you!

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Beth
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service was excellent. Highly recommended!

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KevinB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time we go to the Gamekeeper we try something different. As always we were not disappointed. Everything was cooked to perfection. Going to go back soon.

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AnnG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. This was our 5th time at GameKeeper. It did not disappoint. Will definitely be back.

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marionf
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all 10 enjoyed the experience and the food! Service was excellent the entire time! We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service.

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AnneP
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. A little hard to find in the dark! We were late because we got lost but everyone there could not have been nicer. We were a little wound up from finding our way there but it didn’t take long before we were made to feel right at home. The evening was lovely and the food delicious and service outstanding!

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AmyW
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gamekeeper definitely has game! Fantastic atmosphere, outstanding service and phenomenal food. The chef and staff went above and beyond to accommodate my dietary restrictions. The emu and elk were delicious and the Bison was my favorite. They have an awesome drink menu and a fabulous wine selection. This was the best meal we have had in a very long time. We will return when we go back to North Carolina for sure!

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PaulaW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JeffT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gamekeeper was fabulous. The food was inspired - we loved the mixed grill and the Osso Bucco. The wait staff are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Also, of all the restaurants we have been to recently, I was most impressed with how they have distanced everyone due to COVID. Creative and they are definitely keeping everyone safe. Couldn't give them a higher rating. We will be back!

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Frank
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Gamekeeper multiple times and will continue to come here. Totally outstanding in every area. Best restraunt in this area by far.

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AHart85
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really great experience. All of the staff were exceptionally friendly and attentive. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was very laid back.

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StephanieJ
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and services was even better.

FAQs

The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2422 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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