The Gamekeeper

4.9
2334 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
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ThomasO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gamekeeper sits at a unique crossroads between elegance and fun.

The ambiance of the restaurant is truly fantastic. From the gorgeous view, wonderful decor, and the perfect sound level of music, to the fun cocktails, unique menus, and astounding staff the entire experience from entry to exit is memorable in the best way possible.

I never found myself waiting on the food to arrive, because I was so enthralled by the restaurant itself, or the view from my table.

I ordered the elk, which was truly amazing and worth experiencing. It was cooked to perfection and the rest of the dish was wonderful too.

While the gamekeeper is an expensive restaurant, it is certainly worth spending the money when celebrating a special occasion.

I can not wait to return to dine again, and if you get the opportunity to do so, take it. You will not regret it.

ALSO IT IS WORTH NOTING:
For all the vegetarians and vegans, our waiter made it very clear that they would happily make vegan and vegetarian dishes for anyone who requested them. While the gamekeeper may be known as a steakhouse, they are dedicated to customer service and will go to great lengths to make sure each and every customer is happy.

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Ballantyne
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service as usual, nice and cozy atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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WandyD
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Excellent customer service. Definitely going again.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The service and food were both wonderful as well as the ambiance. The fire was especially nice.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambience. My favorite High Country area restaurant for a special occasion.

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HollyK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Gorgeous setting . Our waiter didn’t realize we were there and we sat about 20 minutes until I told the host and finally he came over and started our drink order. It was our anniversary so they did have cute touches to the table to help celebrate.

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Brookek
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect anniversary dinner. Everything was absolutely beautiful and the food and service was outstanding.

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vipandyasumtneer
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never gets old. It's sophisticated food meets high country decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Limited menu with some very good options.

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RickT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service and amazing views.

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Jamesm
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was some of the best food ever. Great atmosphere, service was extremely friendly, special anniversary table which made me feel special, and one of the best evenings I have had in a while

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant meal and experience at The Gamekeeper!

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notahipster12421
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and quality, always look forward to returning to the Gamekeeper.

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JessiVan
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining without the snotty feel! A comfortable environment with knowledge and kind staff. You feel like everyone around you must eat there often. I know I will!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We came to celebrate a special occasion and noted on our booking. We arrived to find a "Happy Birthday" sign waiting to surprise us at the table. What nice unexpected touch!
Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the different dishes and types of meat. She helped guide us through the types of game so we could select what would meet our taste. The wine list was amazing and there were great choices to complement t our food. The Maitre D', Michael, knows his wine! He came by the table to check on dinner and discuss the wine we selected from Uruguay.
Amazing experience all around for us these two foodies!

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ClintK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Food was so good and the timeliness was prompt with courteous staff. This was our second time going to the Gamekeeper and we will definitely be back to this gem!

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KevinB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you arrive you are treated with utmost respect and kindness. They provided top notch safety precautions from the parking lot to the table. The weather was just perfect to eat outside so we took a table next to a small stream. We were greeted by our waitress with a very nice welcome. She took the time to make sure we understood the menu as it was our first time there. The food came out picture perfect (yes we took pictures) and the flavors of each item make the entire meal just perfect. Tender and juicy and oh so amazing. Desert was so tasty and just the right portion. Everything was fresh and so pretty. We enjoyed our meal so much we got an entree to go and yes it was also excellent the next day. We look forward to going back again.

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billys
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really love the Gamekeeper and enjoy coming every year! The food and the service are outstanding!

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vipKathyS
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did a road trip end of October to view the fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway and had made reservations at The Gamekeeper Restaurant which is located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The menu was seasonal and offered meats including bison, elk and emu to name a few. It's well worth the drive.

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Rainman
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with the Gamekeeper this past weekend. Everything was perfect from the call I received to confirm the reservation to the greeter (no Valet with COVID) who thanked us for coming. We received a nice call a couple days prior to confirm reservation and asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. The night we arrived we were greeted by a wave and I’m sure a smiling face under his mask. He apologized thar due to COVID they could not offer valet and also took our temperature. Solid safety protocols. When we entered the Gamekeeper we were greeted again and thanked us for celebrating our anniversary there. We were given a nice corner table adjacent to bar area. There was only one other table in the room and a couple was sat there shortly after us. They were celebrating their 50th anniversary. Only 20 more to go for us. Ha ha. Service was great and not rushed. I apologize I do not remember our servers name. He wore an APP Stare mask and also handled bar duties. Very knowledgeable and friendly. We did decide on the Mixed Grill appetizer and a nice bottle of Merlot. We’ve had this appetizer our last two times as well and it did not disappoint. Bison, duck and camel and wild boar sausages with multiple sauces was a perfect start. Because we were able to sample all these we decided to have two different meats with dinner. My wife had the Emu and I had the Elk. Both done medium rare. Steak knifes were given but not needed. Both meats were so tender and seasoned well. The fresh vegetables were also cooked perfectly. When asked about desserts we unfortunately had to say if it was “Man vs Food, Food won”. My wife even had leftovers. Hope to be back before the holiday. Thank you for a special night. The Rainey’s.

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Lonewolf065
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! This was one of the best meals I have ever had. It was an amazing experience from start to finish.

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Ncent
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend it for a very special occasion.

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vipMimi
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent evening, from the gentleman that checked us in on the lower level to everyone we encountered in the restaurant. Our server, Jonathan, was wonderful. We all had different cocktails that were inventive and delicious. Osso Bucco was on the menu that night and is always a favorite. We also had the trout, and it was great too. Dessert and chocolate martinis finished the meal. Don't forget to order the mixed game platter on the front end for the appetizer.
On handling Covid-19 protocols, they did a great job. Took your temperature on arrival, tables were well spaced out, and the new decking and entry ramp made things much less cozy than before.
Another great experience!

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MicheleB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are anywhere near this restaurant.. please make an effort to eat there. The food was fantastic. The bartender made the best lemon drop martini I have had in a long time. The Bread Pudding is to die for. Awesome experience. Try the Elk for sure if it is on the menu.

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Sheridan157
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. Special shout out to our waiter Jonathan!

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KayZ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and Knowledgeable staff. Our out of town guests were in awe of the setting. We will be back.

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bobcatbeck
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both our meals were excellently prepared per our requests, of high quality, and very tasty. The menu is quite unusual and well worth going. We certainly recommend the Gamekeeper!

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SarahD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the drive up the mountain. We were given a friendly greeting along with a temperature check on the forehead. A party of 4, we were seated in a wide open area with the room to ourselves. There were also outside seating options available. Our waiter, Andy, was excellent. My husband raved over the elk. I'm not a meat eater so I went with the trout, which I loved. The salads were fresh and sides delicious. Make sure to call ahead for reservations. Seating is limited. We felt totally safe dining here. They had strong Covid precautions which they followed.

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DonS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, a little pricey for what you get, but overall very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely!! My bf and I love coming here when we are in town!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was unique. One of the best dining experience I have ever had. The service was perfect, starting with the valet parking, the hostess, barman, Matre D, waiter and the kitchen. All perfect. Then the food, again perfect. An amazing experience. I would recommend to anyone. We will be back.

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BillyandCrystal
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very nice...ambiance/atmosphere was cozy and warm...which was nice with snow on the ground outside. The food was outstanding! CANNOT say a single negative thing about this experience..though the menu is a bit 'pricey', the entire experience is something superb.
Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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GerryD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was exceptional in terms of service, attitude and pride in both their appearance and professionalism.

I have lived in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago and now Chapel Hill NC...the Gamekeeper is on a par with the best of the best in my opinion.

Gerry Dudzik

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vipSpinner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go to restaurants in the area. The food on was excellent and service also. As a side note, my wife had recently broken her ankle and was in a cast. The 2 young men valet parking could not have been nicer and any more help getting her up the ramp and into the dining room - in the snow and ice.
Can't go wrong here.

The Gamekeeper
Responded on March 3, 2020

We can't thank you enough for coming in to see us. More importantly, thank you so much for sharing your appreciation for our valets and their tireless efforts running up and down our hill! We feel very fortunate to have them and your regards have been shared. We look forward to seeing you again on a warmer occasion and wish your wife a speedy recovery. Kindest Regards, GK

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vipAandFmom
Raleigh
34 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hit the Gamekeeper every time we go to Boone. It never disappoints. Bar is well stocked and drinks are tasty. Service is top notch and food is fantastic. Shared oysters and the mixed grill along with some Osso Buco which melted in our mouths. Will always stop here when I’m town

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ChristopherW
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, beverages, and service were fantastic. The meal was delicious, the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. We will be dining here again.

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vipAnaZ
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always, specially their service!! They made me feel so special on my Birthday :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

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MarioG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was very similar to others. Food was terrific AND ample - no room for dessert. Each of us had potato soup. Entrees were duck and emu. First time with emu. Very interesting flavor, cooked perfectly with nice accompanied sides. Nice table opposite fireplace on a cold night. Service is top notch from valet parking to waiters and other servers. Worth the price. A complementary birthday dessert taken home.

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gingerG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a friends birthday

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The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2334 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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