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About The Gamekeeper

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 Ken Gordon and wife Wendy are owners who bring 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!

3005 Shull's Mill Road
Boone, NC 28607
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Wild Game, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 963-7400

Website:
http://www.gamekeeper-nc.com/

Parking Details:
Valet service

Executive Chef:
Ken Gordon

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit Camp Sky Ranch Events for a taste of what we do. http://www.campskyranchevents.com/

Email Wendy Gordon to see if your preferred date is available. She'll gladly call you back when it's convenient for you to go over the details.

You'll probably want to go ahead and set up a time to see this beautiful spot. It's truly the stuff dreams are made of.

wendy@gamekeeper-nc.com

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The Gamekeeper Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (70)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Worth the Drive (60)
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Romantic (58)
Creative Cuisine (57)
Good for a Date (53)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Local Ingredients (37)
Cozy (34)
Scenic View (34)
Notable Wine List (33)
Authentic (33)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Fun (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Seasonal (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Good for Groups (14)
Business Meals (11)
Casual (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Healthy (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Organic (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Had been anticipating a meal at the GateKeeper for several years and somehow hadn't managed it. It was even better than expected. The preparations were outstanding

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Western NC)·Dined 3 days ago

We had an exceptionally good experience. Originally it was a table for 2 but we had to change it to 6 at the last minute. We were accommodated with no issues. As always the staff was amazing and the service was impeccable. We have recommended the Gamekeeper to several of our friends whom have also visited and came back thanking us Tremendously. This is a must stop place anytime we are in the area. Thank you for a memorable experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Returned for our second visit, and appreciated the changing menu, seasonal options, knowledgeable staff and altogether culinary adventure. If you are visiting the Boone/Blowing Rock area, treat yourself to a food journey at the Gamekeeper.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

The food at the Gamekeeper is always great. Lots of dishes you won't see anywhere else. The atmosphere is laid back and our server was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. You won't want to miss this local gem.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Only my second time here but is always great on service and best of all the food is fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions from the menu. A very unique menu. The food was amazing. We will definitely be going back again. Our server gave us what felt like one on one service.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

What a cozy place to dine on a cold snowy night. My trout was excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

On this particular New Years Eve night, the dinner was pre selected for us and was an 8 course meal starting at 8:30. Presentation was lovely and foods paced so that all was complete by around 11:00. Food was truly fine dining, with caviar, emu, elk steak, duck, lobster bisque, baked Alaska. Chose this restaurant partly because live music was scheduled for NYE festivities. There was no music as we were told the band “ was a no show” due to a recent snow fall. Very disappointing. Parking is scarce and on a steep incline. I felt the house turned restaurant was quite cramped. Travel to coat rack, and bathroom shared same pathway with kitchen staff, and waitstaff, so very congested. $$$$

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Server was wonderful. Romantic. Unusual choices like Emu, Elk, Bison, Oysters & Flounder. Only one choice for vegetarian.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a great meal at The Gamekeeper.....we had been waiting to snag a reservation and we're glad it worked out. Service could have been a tad quicker at times, but the restaurant was very busy and our waitress seemed to have tables in another room, as well.....not a big deal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic experience. My GF and I will be back as soon as we can. The ambiance is phenomenal and the food is even better. Make sure you get a hand crafted cocktail from my boy at the bar!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Unique and awesome menu. Great ambiance. Best in the area.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food and great service!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We love the eclectic atmosphere and the warm attentive service. The food is wonderful. We have been many times and continue to be wowed!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Organic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We returned to the Gamekeeper one year to the date of the wedding proposal! It was delicious as always. Started with the mixed grill, our favorite. Then we had the axis deer & the bison. Both were wonderfully prepared. Mine had all kinds of root vegetables on the side. Too full for dessert. Our FAVORITE server came by to congratulate us (we were wed 2 weeks ago). Our server this evening was Noah. He was fantastic as well.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was great. Fun place to eat

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 23, 2017

There are lots of unique options for the main course. Our family of 5 tried the emu, bison, axis deer, peking duck and the vegetarian plate. The bison and duck were our favorites but all were very good. We had the cheese course and game plate for appetizers which were both outstanding. We had the chocolate cheesecake, berry granita and bread pudding for dessert. All the food was wonderful and would definitely recommend it to others.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We liked it so much we came to nights in a row. The Emu was amazing as was the Axis deer, trout and the bison. Beautiful drive, lovely ambiance and Noah was a fantastic server.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience at GameKeeper. The cocktails were delicious, the food was extraordinary, and the setting was lovely. Our waitress was a tad on the slow side, but we weren’t in a hurry anyhow. We plan to go back when the weather is warm and enjoy outside seating.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great place! Cozy spot tucked up on the mountain, food was excellent, locally-sourced and seasonal, but be ready to spend a little... Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Celebrated my husband’s birthday here. Was our first time eating here, but it was highly recommended by family. Was definitely worth it and will come again when we are in the area.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants. However on this occasion it was winter graduation so couple of very large parties made it noisier than usual. However service nor quality of food suffered and hostess moved us to a quiet seat next to fire as soon as it became available.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We requested a window table . We're given a table in the middle of a college graduation group.
Table for two by window was vacant the night until the other couple placed next to us couldn't handle the noise and they were moved to the table by the window. We should have complained earlier but that is. It our nature. I would recommend this restaurant mid week to in the summer or on the porch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was absolutely amazing! I couldnt have asked for a better dinner to start my mountain get away!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went to the Gamekeeper for the second time. This restaurant is amazing! The food is outstanding. Had the mixed grill meats as an app which featured sausage of rabbit and wild boar and grilled duck breast.... delicious!! For my main I opted for the grilled Peking duck breast over honey mashed sweet potato... soooo good!!! My friend got the grilled Bison which cut like butter. Came up from Burnsville and the drive was worth it! Must go if your in the area.Cozy & beautiful

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This was my first time trying The Gamekeeper. Excellent food, atmosphere and wine selection. They have an excellent selection of wild game meats that are prepared to perfection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had 6 in our party and all our meals were excellent. Erin was our server and was terrific. Great atmosphere too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This restaurant is my absolute favorite. Consistently delicious. I am so happy that I can now Uber to the restaurant. The mixed game grill appetizer was mouth watering. All the meats on the plate were cooked to perfection. My elk shank osso bucco was over the top and my friend's bison was exceptional. The restaurant has such a special ambiance, as well. Cozy fireplace and great lighting! Very romantic.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The first impression walking in was great, great amvience but with the food/ value we were disappointed. The waitress told us the venision is from Hawaii. We thought its local food they serve. We love venison but this small portion and then served with Mac and Cheese, totally disappointing. The Mac and Cheese doesnt fit to a venison filet for 47$, just not worth spending that much money. It was also very cold in the restaurant.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This place is fantastic, beautiful setting, vale parking,awesome food and the wait staff is incredible. Took my fiance here for her birthday and turned out to be the best meal we have ever had. Due to the quiet dinning setting, the waitress leaned over while dropping off desert and sang my girl a quiet personal happy birthday song (not your typical happy birthday), which I could barely hear if at all, but it brought her to tears, and she hardly ever cries. This is why im rolling with 5 stars. The service is impeccable. P.S. I highly reccomend the bison or the elk, absolutely superb.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Truly a unique dining expérience. Would love to come back. Especially when leaves are turning.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We are huge fans of the Gamekeeper and have been going there for years. This is the first time we have ever been disappointed. The valet was 'mandatory' - if you self park, you now need to go across the street (although there is enough space, as the restaurant is no bigger than before). The valet also managed to bring us someone else's car, which is pretty bad... Food is normally outstanding, but was not this time: meat was lower quality that usual, and not as well prepared. Bread was not good. When you are paying $50 per entree that is simply not good enough. It was such a departure from the normal high quality we even asked if they had changed chef, which were assured they had not. Overall a very disappointing experience. I don't know if we will go back...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner. Soup, salad, dessert, and cocktails were excellent. The main entree was okay but not great, but it's turkey which I consider hit or miss. I think the price $85 was too high. The bar area was very cool. Overall a B+.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 24, 2017

What an amazing meal! Our server was so sweet and personable and the food was out of this world. We would highly recommend The Gamekeeper!

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My husband and I just celebrated our first Thanksgiving in The High Country together. Our server, Kylie, was professional, very attentive and knowledgeable—top notch. Our food was fresh, flavorful and absolutely delicious. The portions were plentiful and we managed to devour every single bite! We found the atmosphere inviting; casual and relaxing with warm lighting and soft background music. Overall, we had an amazing experience and are looking forward to dining here again very soon! Thank you for making our holiday dinner so memorable!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Have been eating here for years, usually 1-3x/year and I drive an hour to get there. Unique foods and farm to table for most (?all). The menu is a limited one, changes periodically based on availability, and is a little more so during their Thanksgiving serving but I can certainly understand that. They really need to change the music, however - Beachboy tunes? Really? How about Spencer Lewis or other chill instrumental music - something a little more sophisticated perhaps. Certainly not a deal breaker. Entrees are very good, though it helps to be slightly adventurous (Elk, Ostrich, Bison) though they usually have beef and a fish too.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Service was excellent and the ambiance was very good. Food was good but not up to what was expected for the hefty price. On balance the value was not there!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food and service were incredible. We had Thanksgiving here. Best turkey I think I've had (sorry, Mom...)

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We ate at The Gamekeeper for the first time on Thanksgiving Day. While this is, of course, a busy day, the food and service were outstanding. It was the best Thanksgiving meal I have ever had. Our server, Laura, was phenomenal. It was more food than we could possibly eat. My husband ordered Buffalo Trace, a Kentucky bourbon whiskey. The drinks he received did not taste at all like this brand. That was our only disappointment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

this was a fixed four course thanksgiving dinner with four entree choices. all courses were excellent and service was good. reasonable wine list. perfect ambiance for thanksgiving

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