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The Gamekeeper

4.9
4.9
2857 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 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Wild Game, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 963-7400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ken Gordon

  • 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, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Service

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Value

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  1. C

    Cinzia

    Savannah

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently fantastic food. Emu tartare is truly extraordinary. Beautiful restaurant. Everyone who works at this restaurant is kind & helpful. Interesting drink menu and I loved The Charles Dickens punch. Best meal I’ve had in a long time. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
  2. P

    michaelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Year after year they never disappoint! Can't wait for our next visit. Thank you GK for the smoke ;)
  3. LS

    LaurieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites — food and service will keep us coming back
  4. K

    Karla

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a lovely time when we visit the Gamekeeper. The staff is wonderful and the food amazing. We look forward to our next visit. (Matt is the bomb!). Kelly & Karla
  5. m

    momsview

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We actually had a medical emergency while dining and the staff and a patron were most excellent coming to our aid. We rally cannot rate the food as we had to Leave before eating. We hope to be able to come back and enjoy. Thank you to all who helped us
  6. a

    andyasumtneer

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily the best exotic food experience you'll find almost anywhere. Their selection of game meat is 2nd to nine and is incredibly delicious.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As Always a lovely & delightful birthday dinner. Attentive service & a most delicious meal. A relaxing lovely ambiance the Mixed Grill , the Duck & my husbands was antelope superb.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome!! Food and drinks were superb!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and creative food, friendly and very hospitable staff. One of the best fine dining experiences I’ve had in North Carolina. Enjoyed my birthday celebration night at Game Keeper. Highly recommend this place :)
  10. KP

    KatieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing. We will be returning in the future! Highly recommend!!!
  11. JB

    JackieB

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Whenever we’re on the mountain we try to get to the Gamekeeper. We always try to take our guests as well.
  12. TM

    ThomasM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    I have been here several times before and never had a bad experience. But something happened this time. Service was extremely slow, first waited quite a while for a glass of wine and then waiting over an hour for dinner to come. Also, no one wanted to stop by to take our payment. I had to find someone to take it. The asked for the manager and he came by, but had a rather indifferent attitude concerning my complaint about slow service. I told him that other tables seated after us were served well before us. He just said sorry and hope to see you again.
  13. JB

    JasonB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary with The Gamekeeper. Everyone was amazing and the food was incredible. We will definitely return
  14. CG

    ChrisG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow - incredible and unique dining experience. Bartender and drinks were excellent. Would recommend to anyone.
  15. KG

    KG38

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    If you enjoy quiet, not-perfect-but quaint, farm-to-table food and a cozy atmosphere…Gamekeeper is for you! We loved it and can’t wait to return!
  16. PS

    PennyS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We have always loved the Gamekeeper but this is third time our food has been average. Tough emu and overcooked duck was very disappointing.
  17. TT

    ToddT

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always best ticket in town. Innovative food and excellent service.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing! A wonderful dining experience!! The drive up to the restaurant is beautiful, the building itself is a sight to see, and the staff are incredible! Now the food….FANTASTIC! Everything from the game, (we tried almost all of it), the vegetables, the appetizer, to the drinks (including the amazing wine)! Don’t dismiss this place if you are afraid of trying game, because you will be amazed and impressed! I recommend Gamekeeper for a fine dining experience!!
  19. KH

    KeithH

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went with guests visiting from out of state and so wanted a special experience. The Gamekeeper delivered with excellent food and service as well as great atmosphere with a fire in the fireplace on a cool evening. They remain in our top few restaurants in the Boone/ Blowing Rock area.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing, we got there Ann’s they had a sign on our table telling us happy anniversary. The food is absolutely amazing service was great all the way around
  21. CM

    CherylM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I was celebrating his 50th and my birthday too! Virginia was our waitress and she was great! The food was very tasty from the appetizers to the main course. The bread pudding dessert was amazing. Highly recommend going for a celebration.
  22. GM

    GrantM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal and experience for us at the Gamekeeper. The hosts were friendly and greeted us kindly, the wait staff was excellent, the food was delicious and served fresh and timely. We will be back again soon and can highly recommend the Gamekeeper for a special dining experience!
  23. c

    cindyk

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gamekeeper is an experience to share with loved ones and the best of friends. There is a sense of wonderment the moment you step out of the car. You are expected from the valet to the hostess to the server. To add a pinch of magic, our special dinner was on Sunday, 30 October, when the entire waitstaff was dressed in whimsical costume. The actual building itself was once the home of the owners of the well-esteemed girls' summer camp, Yonahlossee, and once within the doors, there is the atmosphere of youth and creativity mixed with the mystical feeling of a rhododendron forest. And that's before dinner is served. We were a party of four and four with a palate for something different from one another. I had the foot long plate of multi roasted vegetables, my hubby, the duck, my best friend, the halibut, and her husband, the anteloaf. Plates were passed amongst us, 'try mine, how about these wee brussel sprouts, OMG! the fish melts in your mouth.' I swear I heard my husband, quack. Not a plate returned to the kitchen with a single morsel left. Did we stop? No way! Four different desserts, were coveted and this time, hardly shared: orange sorbet with coconut, blueberries and chunks of pineapple, spiced orange ice cream with allspice and nutmeg, Gamekeepers' signature bread pudding, and what I'm having next time, that my husband was reluctant to let me taste, salted caramel chocolate tart (oh, my!). Will I visit again? In a heartbeat! As we wound down the mountain, I told Yonahlossee tales from the '60's and we agreed the four of us would continue to visit together to celebrate one another's birthday - one in the winter, one in the Spring, one in summertime, and then back to Halloween weekend to enjoy not just the food but the merriment of the staff as they don their most haunting attire.
  24. BS

    BScott

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Gamekeeper and everyone who works there! It's tucked back up into this beautiful spot in the mountains, the food is out of this world and everyone is so friendly and laid back. Highly recommend it!
  25. N

    Ncent

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  26. DD

    DonnaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While we had a lovely dining experience with Gamekeeper in April, last night’s dinner was off the charts. Our servers were awesome and we had the best table in the house. Thank you for that! And the “floor show” with the raccoon outside was sweet.
  27. JP

    JPDSr

    Miami

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been going to The Gamekeeper at least once a year since it opened. The food and the service is always good. This visit was perhaps more enjoyable than others because the staff, from the parking attendant, to the hostess and the waiters and servers, were not only very nice but in sinch.
  28. DB

    DianneB

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was delicious! We shared a mixed green and beet salad and a bowl of butternut squash soup. Both of us thought the soup was quite good. I had the Canadian halibut and veggies and my husband had the Antelope with mashed potatoes. Both entrees were exceptional. Our waiter gave us excellent service! The Gamekeeper was decorated for the fall and had lights and a fireplace that gave the restaurant beautiful ambiance!
  29. LH

    LerinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad we decided to try this place out. Service was just as outstanding as the food! We will definitely be back on our next trip.
  30. CS

    CraigS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful find in a beautiful setting. Old, rustic building with wood burning fireplace provides a great atmosphere. Menu has lots of game meats that you don't see many places. Friendly staff.
  31. KW

    KimW

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We finally went able to get a reservation, and sure glad we persisted! Beautiful view, excellent food and attentive waitstaff. The bar are was warm and cozy. A+ service including the valets!
  32. SW

    SavannahW

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice venue. Limited parking but there is an on-site valet so would definitely recommend taking advantage of that. The food was 4/5 at best. The butternut squash soup was overly sweet and the teres major a bit dry. Service was attentive and friendly. You can tell the chefs take pride in the presentation of their dishes.
  33. KH

    KristineH

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we have ever had!! The mixed game grill was amazing and would be a must try. Brett, our server, recommended great drinks and entrees. The trout and halibut were cooked to perfection and the plating was beautiful. Dessert was delicious. We love the GK initials on our dessert plates. It would be worth the hour and a half drive just to experience The Gamekeeper again!!
  34. PC

    PatriceC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a DON'T MISS place for a special evening. Every aspect was AMAZING!! A bit pricey but so worth it for a unique menu. Service was exceptional. Only down side..... driving home on some very curvy dark mountain roads. Might want to plan some alternate transportation ahead of time if you plan to have a couple of drinks.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience! This restaurant has it together! Food was amazing and the service was just as good. Highly recommend!
  36. LP

    LauraP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful place. Excellent care and service from the valet parking to waitstaff. We had a lovely time. Excellent food. Wonderful menu.
  37. SM

    SMLFoodie

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience! Food was very well prepared and presented. The service from everyone was also EXCELLENT! We were greeted promptly both at the valet station and when we entered the restaurant. We hope to return very soon.
  38. JH

    JustinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food options. Vegan, regular salmon or beef dishes, but I encourage you to expand your horizons. We had the emu tartare, elk, and bison. All we so good. The drinks were great too. Great scenery, outside looks nice if it were warmer.
  39. O

    Outbacker1

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always on our list of must go to places when we visit the high country. Fantastic service and the food is on point everytime. See y'all again next trip! Btw, Virgina and her sister Rebecca are wonderful servers!!!
  40. S

    Squeaky

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Virginia was our waitress. She was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and took care of us during our whole dining experience. The food was good, and the atmosphere was very nice.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2857 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 5 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 Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Wild Game, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ken Gordon

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, 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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