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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!
Boone, NC 28607
Southern, Wild Game
Hours of Operation:
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit Camp Sky Ranch Events for a taste of what we do. http://www.campskyranchevents.com/
Email Wendy Gordon to see if your preferred date is available. She'll gladly call you back when it's convenient for you to go over the details.
You'll probably want to go ahead and set up a time to see this beautiful spot. It's truly the stuff dreams are made of.
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The Gamekeeper Ratings and Reviews
The first impression walking in was great, great amvience but with the food/ value we were disappointed. The waitress told us the venision is from Hawaii. We thought its local food they serve. We love venison but this small portion and then served with Mac and Cheese, totally disappointing. The Mac and Cheese doesnt fit to a venison filet for 47$, just not worth spending that much money. It was also very cold in the restaurant.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
Exciting menu with too many wonderful choices to choose from. We selected the emu and venison osso bucco and were not disappointed. Both were delicious choices! We ordered the poblano peppers as an appetizer, which were tasty at points but too spicy for me to really enjoy fully.
As always, this was another very enjoyable meal. I told our waiter, Noah, that the menu was
terrible-that there were too many good things on it, and that I could only have one!!!
Keep up with all the great food and ambience you provide for diners!!!!!! We are always ready
to come back to the Gamekeeper and great service!!!!!!!!!!!
It is definitely overpriced and overrated. The food was good though. Plate portions were small and inconsistent across the table. The meat was not cooked to the ordered temperature. Service was not timed correctly. Dessert was supposed to be on the house for the issues. We both ordered from the dessert menu. They only comped one of them.
What a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion! The food was scrumptous and the presentation was absolutely stunning! Husband had the venison and I had the rainbow trout. Both were some of the best meals we have ever put in our mouth. The rainbow trout melted in my mouth and the flavor was awesome! We drove across the mountain (we are from Unicoi, TN) and even though it was a rainy drive, it was beautiful driving over there and the outdoors surrounding the restaurant was perfect! Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly without being obtrusive. My husband and I will be back for special occasions as this was a delightful dining experience that we will not soon forget!
Read many reviews and posts about The Gamekeeper. I've been looking forward to this visit for a few months and can't wait to go back. From the starters to dessert, we enjoyed a wide variety of flavors from the preparation to the sauces to the sides. The service was spot on!
What an interesting place. The Gamekeeper is located on a windy road on the side of a mountain. When you walk in, it feels like a cozy lodge or B & B restaurant area. Yes, there are animal heads on the walls, but that just adds to the ambiance. If you're a vegan, this likely isn't your bag.
We had the duck and emu. It was cooked well, evoked a great feeling of Fall and was great for a cool night in the mountains. The service was good, and portions were adequate. We loved the scallop fritters at the start. We'll go back.
Our server was really sweet and enthusiastic, despite being a bit overwhelmed in her section. She handled each table carefully, attentively, and didn't rush anyone in any way. She was forthcoming with information, and quick to get answers when she wasn't sure.
The food itself was cooked very well, but was handled less so. My partner and I are both fine dining/food industry professionals, and both have dietary restrictions. We indicated as much, and were disappointed at some of what we got.
BUT AGAIN, all the food was cooked beautifully. Nothing was overcooked, it was all vibrant, everything had distinct flavors.
I took my boyfriend here for his 21st birthday and everything we had was amazing! The meat sampler appetizer is awesome and I recommend trying it out before you pick your entree! The emu is some of the best meat I've ever had. The wine was awesome, our server was very attentive and they even comped my boyfriend's desert for his birthday!
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