The Gamekeeper

4.9
2628 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!

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
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vipAlexisF
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We made reservations for New Year's Eve dinner four months in advance to be seated in one of the igloos. Called day of to confirm and it was all set. Valet confirmed we were in the igloos upon on arrival. Yet once we made our way to the hostess she stated we were to be seated inside. I explained this must be an error given all the confirmations and trouble I had gone through to be sure we were seated correctly. We had two small children with us that were very excited for this experience. Yet the restaurant made an error and overbooked the igloo. The excuse was something about it being in the notes but not assigned. The hostess with the pink sweater vest had an awful attitude and was like "no, my system says you're inside" with no apology or empathy for our disappointment. She really made a bad situation worse.

They then seated us next to the bathroom in the ugliest part of the restaurant with chairs that looked like they belong in a diner. Great view of the toilet every time the door opened. Whoever is in charge of the seating assignments here should find another job.

Even though we were very upset throughout our dinner, our waitress was very sweet and nice which is the only reason I didn't give 1 star. Drinks were great. The food was not bad, but not great.

Overall, this restaurant didn't handle their mistake properly. The manager was indifferent, there was no meaningful apology or effort to sit us somewhere pretty. The best they did was comp dessert. Like wow, big effort. I do not feel they valued us as customers especially ones that were very excited to visit. To me, it seemed like they knew we were tourists and didn't really care. I would not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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CopperLocked
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Next time I’ll ask to sit in the igloo!

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Chris
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Drinks and Services great as always! Looking forward to dining there again.

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Missjane22
Western NC
46 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had yet another FANTASTIC meal at the Gamekeeper!! We enjoyed the Mixed Grill for an appetizer. Delicious!! My husband had the Bison. His plate was practically licked clean. I had the Anteloaf which was a delicious antelope meatloaf with mashed potatoes and carrots. We enjoyed some more delicious wine for dessert. The owner came by to check on us. Jonathan was our server and did a superb job. They will be closed from 1/1/22 until Valentines Day. Major renovations in the works. See you on our next visit to the High Country!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal the Elk was so awesome!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal ever

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Grhayed
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After Christmas getaway

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Julia
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A trip to The Gamekeeper has become a part of our annual holiday tradition. The food, ambiance, and service have never disappointed. Thanks for being a part of our yearly memory-making!

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JacobW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere, perfect food! Great place to spend a special occasion!

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JeannieL
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. A most enjoyable evening!

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JoelH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food quality is outstanding. I’d give them more than 5 stars if possible. My venison and my wife’s beef tenderloin were so tender and tasty it felt as though they melted in our mouths. All the vegetables were flavorful and very tasty.

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Walter
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love to come here! Awesome place and great service and I love the atmosphere/food!
10/10
Thank you!

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Frank
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as usual. By far, our favorite restaurant in this area. Spent 20 minutes discussing reds with the sommelier who is at the top of his game. Perfect evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing time! This was our first time and won’t be our last. We were celebrating our “mini-moon” before we honeymoon next month and they made us feel so incredibly special! We will be back and hopefully very soon! Excellent food, excellent service and we loved the eclectic decor. 100/100!!!

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BessB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals I have ever had. I rank this up there with any of my travels and 5 star dining. Fantastic service by Jonathon, ambiance was warm and enchanting and food was top notch.
Thank you GameKeeper

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vipAnna
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All dishes (salads, entrees, desserts) were delicious and beautifully presented. The wine list was very good, too. The service was outstanding. This restaurant is a gem for the Blowing Rock area.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College graduation.

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Corrie
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Of all things, I always get the vegetable plate at Gamekeeper! It was delicious as always. Would have liked to have more greens like spinach or similar - pretty starchy in the winter. Only problem was my back was to the door and I had to wear my winter coat the whole time to stay warm - a little uncomfortable. Still, my favorite date night restaurant for the location and ambiance.

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luvbubbly
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable experience and top-notch food, not to mention the service was incredible. The views are breathtaking and the staff is friendly. Couldn’t imagine a better place to celebrate a special occasion!

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Hsage
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. The place was beautifully decorated and they really put in the effort to give you the best experience. Would love to go again and highly recommend. It is a little pricey but highly worth it considering all that they offer.

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rbmdoc
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our server. Quiet and efficient and very professional. Not pushy.

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CarrollG
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding as usual!

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RandyS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall we had an amazing time. Food was hot and fresh. The taste was far above any other place I’ve ate. The atmosphere is great. The server seemed to struggle a little and wasn’t very personable.

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Brandon
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great, I was just a little out of my element lol. Service was awesome, food was delicious, it's a cozy little place too. I'm use to just going out to a regular restaurant and eating though, so all the extra stuff caught me off guard. I didn't really like having valet, although that does speak to how much class this place has. Most of the food was delicious. The only thing I didn't like was a couple things from the game sampler platter. The rabbit sausage and camel sausage tasted funny to me. Everything else was delicious! Will definitely be going back, although it is very expensive so it will not be very often lol. Great place though!

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DanR
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time, especially great service and good food and drinks. Was really happy that we good get a last minute reservation!

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JeffM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely come back again. We had a table for four and we ordered something different so we could taste almost everything on the menu. Would be hard to decide what my favorite was but I will definitely order the potato soup again.

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vipAshlyG
Greensboro
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! By far the best meat I’ve had. Valet was extremely courteous, host polite and prompt and waitress was A++ amazing. She had excellent recommendations for cocktails and got me to try something outside my comfort zone and I’m soooo glad she did. “What the elf” was delicious! I could have easily kept drinking but alas would likely not have been able to walk out the door had I done so. We did the mix grill. Holy Camel sausage. Wow! Had emu for dinner. Was very delicious and accompanied by some of the most delicious braised cabbage I’ve ever had. We finished with bread pudding. Did I mention YUM! Excellent, excellent, excellent hands down. Only wish there were openings for tomorrow. We’d easily book again! Come here. You’ll be delighted you did!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful experience at the Hamekeeper.

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JimZ
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the waiter was very helpful with wine selection...even though we were looking at some of the lower priced wines on the menu. Elk and Bison were ordered and definitely enjoyed!

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SDC1
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had heard good things about this restaurant....and it lived up to all of them. Like many, when we dine out, we greatly appreciate the opportunity to enjoy something that we can't or don't make at home. In that respect, Gamekeeper was a grand slam homerun. My wife stopped short of wading into the entree menu, and was extremely satisfied with two selections from the starter menu, most noteably, the Emu Tartare; excellent! For my own part, I opened with the Mixed Grill....this was a complete meal unto itself, very special. The fries were world-class (hey, I'm a fry-junkie!) and the preparation of each of the four different meats was unique, especially with the three different sauces. On the entree front, My selection was a new one for me, Venison Osso Buco....VERY SPECIAL! In fact, I look forward to a return hit on the VOB, but only after I have experienced a few other items on the menu that seem to be calling my name.

Though the food was five-star, no doubt, and scored attractively on the value meter, I will not overlook the attention paid us universally by the staff. In short, we dined among, what seemed like, a group of friends that cared greatly for our comfort. The hospitality was off the charts, and was greatly appreciated. Worth noting, that description is highly accurate for each of the eight Gamekeeper staff members (special recognition to Josie, Michael, and to that random wait-staff who deviated from his task when he noticed me lost, and walked me to each of three different restrooms!) with whom I had any sort of exchange. Above all, THAT is the reason that my wife and I will make The Gamekeeper our special occasion restaurant-of-choice in the Watauga-Wilkes County areas.

See you again soon, Gamekeeper!

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BryanM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going here for twenty years, Amazing experience as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit in two years, visiting from Florida. Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most magical night in their signature igloos! The staff was over and above gracious and hospitable. The food was absolutely incredible. Every bite of every dish was memorable and wonderful. Highly recommended! Note: igloos are on lower level, so if you are looking for Mountain Views dining room may be more preferable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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vipJulieP
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at the Gamekeeper! Top notch food, service and ambiance! Can’t wait to go back.

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jess
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always! We love the Gamekeeper!

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The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2628 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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