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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
3223 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 15 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 3,223 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 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 Service

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for special occasions

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    American

3,223 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic experience, meal and service experience! Will Return!

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  2. BradleyH

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time for my wife and I. Food was fabulous and the service was top notch. Will highly recommend and we will definitely be back.

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  3. JackP

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love, love the place. We had the best time. Great server.

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  4. Robin

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the food and the service. This restaurant is not for a handicapped person, though. The ramp to the restaurant is long and somewhat steep. A very nice young man was the valet and was helpful with my husband's walker. Staff was helpful with the doors. We would definitely recommend this place, despite a few glitches.

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  5. RyanI

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and food. My gf and I had a great first experience.

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  6. Bruce

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Food was outstanding, although the fritters were a bit bland. Overall wonderful experience and will return.

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  7. AnnG

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had not just a lovely meal, but a lovely dining experience from the time we drove up until we left. The ambience is great, it's quiet so you can have a conversation, the views(!), the food and the service are all excellent. Keep in mind two things: it's on a twisty mountain road, so plan your alcohol intake accordingly so you have a safe drive back to wherever you're going, and if you have mobility issues, call them to see if you can be accommodated. The restaurant is on the second floor and access involves a lot of steps.

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  8. JenniferS

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic dinner at The Gamekeeper - the food and service were great, would highly recommend this for a special occasion.

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  9. RMsaysthanks

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were able to snag a reservation very last minute via OpenTable. Quick 15 minute drive from Blowing Rock, with a curvy road the second half of the way there. Valet parking service was greatly appreciated, as it was chilly and the parking lot is steep. Once we got inside, we were greeted by friendly staff and immediately sat at our table, which was in the far dining room. Only seven tables in this room, so the noise level was minimal. We ordered two apps, the turtle soup, two entrees and dessert. Each dish was better than the previous one! Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, but not so much so, that our conversation kept getting interrupted. From start to finish, the meal was two hours long, but the pace of the food coming from the kitchen was perfect, and drinks were refreshed in a timely manner. As we got ready to leave, we took an extra moment to walk through each dining area and admire the small details. We were also there during sunset and even though we didn’t have a window table, the view could be seen from anyplace inside the restaurant and was stunning! We will most certainly be back as soon as we can!

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  10. wer3

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, atmosphere, and experience. Cost varies and can get pricey but within reason given the specialty type foods offered. Never disappointed in multiple trips.

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  11. AndrewH

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    For the cost not really that impressive. We had reservations at 7:30 and literally didn’t get our food until 8:50. We waited on everything, it was like we were ghosts, terrible service.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome atmosphere, service and unique dishes that didn’t disappoint!

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  13. 336kb

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sorry to see this, Not like it used to be. Bar & Drinks Excellent Food Average Dessert Below Average Not worth the price

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  14. GinaH

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding, as always. The staff was friendly, warm and welcoming! A lovely evening.

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  15. Emilyp

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely delicious. We had the emu, elk and anteloaf. All of it was amazing. We did have an extended wait for our food but the sweet treat for my birthday was special and completely worth it.

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  16. JasonB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff was responsive and excellent. Food was excellent as well.

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  17. Steveb

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    “An adventure in fine dining” this is the tagline of the Gamekeeper restaurant!!! It’s truly an understatement, we were kindly greeted at the front by two young men that welcomed us and parked our vehicle, walked into the front door and was greeted happily by the hostess who warmly welcomed us in and showed us to our table. The waitress was very warm and welcomed us, answering our questions and offering great advice on the menu selection!!!! Our dinner plates came out timely and the server explained everything that was in the dish…(I’ve never had that happen at any other restaurant). The food….was cooked amazingly and so tasty… We finished by sharing a bread pudding that was over the top great!!!! I wholeheartedly recommend the Gamekeeper for an amazing dining experience Steve and Debbie Port Orange Fl

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  18. BrianD

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an exceptional dinner experience. Everything was amazing. The valet staff, hostess, waitress and manager and kitchen staff were all spectacular. This was our first time at The Gamekeeper but definitely will not be the last. We had the elk and trout and were not disappointed in the least. My wife was even given a complementary slice of bourbon bread pudding for her birthday. All so very wonderful.

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  19. Cerebralfish

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every course was fantastic. Ambience was awesome with the fire going in winter. Will definitely go back.

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  20. JerryS

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our top restaurant to visit, all time favorite , excellent food and service

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  21. Kelley

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the potato soup and risotto for our first course followed by the Elk and Beef Picanha for our main courses. We really really enjoyed everything about our visit from the valet to the ambiance inside. They had a happy anniversary sign on our table and every member of staff we interacted with congratulated us which we thought was a very thoughtful touch. The food was tender and delicious and the plating was beautiful as well. We will definitely be back!

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  22. AshlyG

    Greensboro

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. Appreciate them going out of their way to make us feel special on our birthday.

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  23. Jennifer

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love coming here when we visit the area. The food is always amazing and our server Tonya was so helpful and kind.

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  24. Alivia

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing. Service was awesome and food was outstanding! I recommend to everyone!!

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  25. MaryM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Absolutely a wonderful meal and great service. The only downfall was that our table Was near the door and it was so very cold! Host stand should be on top of it and ask customers not to keep the door open. My food got cold fast due to the door being open.

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  26. ShawnB

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You guys are always the best. Thanks for another lovely evening. It was my friend’s first time there and he exclaimed in the car ride home that “it was the best meal he has had in years!”.

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  27. SuzanneL

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, valet guys were awesome!! Will come again.

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  28. Cmcclamrock

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time at the Gamekeeper and it was an amazing experience. We took my in-laws and they were very impressed by the food and service.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Start of with the sampler board then choose an entree based on what you like the most

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  30. Deadhead

    Atlantic City

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, wine list to rival any big-city cellar, super friendly and attentive staff. Be prepared for an interesting journey as it's in the middle of a huge park with sharp twisties best taken under 25 MPH. DEFINITELY worth the effort. BRAVO!

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  31. RhondaM

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fabulous!!! Can’t wait to come back. We introduced our friends to the Gamekeeper and they loved it!!

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  32. ReeseW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in the High Country. A great place to dine.

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  33. JasonB

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tonya K was an amazing server at our favorite place!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Pinehurst

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated a 10th birthday here. Excellent food, ambience, and overall experience. Only complaint is that it took almost three hours for our family of 4 to get through dinner. It was a lot of waiting. Otherwise exceptional and a treat for sure.

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  35. RobertH

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 star all the way around. I'm a hunter of wild game and cook game meats. The meal eaten at game keeper are among the best I've eaten hands down.

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  36. JoseR

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    History Rich, Beautifully Managed Expensive Perfection, should be a little more affordable so this can be enjoyed more. Highly recommended for a once a year celebration.

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  37. CharlesC

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great food and fine service. The potato soup in particular is outstanding, gotta have it each time I come here.

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  38. SHANNONR

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great experience and our service was Exceptional! Atticus was very knowledgeable, patient and very attentive! Fantastic place … I highly recommend it!

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  39. SandraR

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. The atmosphere is wonderful. The service was excellent. Food was better than I expected. The venison oso buco was tender, full of flavor and the vegetables was incredibly tasty. The bison hanger was impeccable- soft, full of flavor just really delicious. I would definitely recommend.

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  40. RhondaW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the courteous valet service to being greeted upon arrival, we are always impressed. When we visited, it was snowing and we were seated by the window and a roaring fireplace. Service was wonderful and the food and cocktails were awesome. A great experience for fine dining and sampling the “wild” meats.

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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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 3223 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 15 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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