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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:
Southern, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Our summer hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 5 - 9 pm.

During the winter season, we will be open Thursday through Saturday, 5 - 9 pm. In the event of inclement weather, please give us a call before heading out.

We are also happy to open other hours for your special event.

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

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (70)
Good for Anniversaries (67)
Creative Cuisine (67)
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Worth the Drive (64)
Good for a Date (61)
Romantic (56)
Fit for Foodies (50)
Local Ingredients (42)
Scenic View (42)
Authentic (37)
Notable Wine List (35)
Cozy (33)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Fun (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Seasonal (22)
Bar Seating (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Business Meals (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Healthy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Casual (9)
Organic (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great Beer (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
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 (Naples)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Spicy, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We ordered the sampler to get an idea of what to order for dinner. We both chose the pheasant and it was absolutely perfect. Our server was quite nice and very knowledgeable. It was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. We will be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Beautiful restaurant. Great service.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The Gamekeeper blew our expectations. We celebrated our 5 year anniversary here and the food & ambiance did not disappoint. We had the oyster appetizer, emu and elk. All very, very good. Highly recommend for a special occasion meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

great restaurant, food is amazing..

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was amazing! Loved the "quirkiness" of the restaurant itself. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always a fun experience with interesting and different choices.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a great experience here. The food was excellent and so were the drinks. Really wonderful service as well! The atmosphere is cozy and really comfortable while still being special and upscale. I would highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The best restaurant I've ever eaten at... and not just the food.
The ambience, service, and food can't be matched.
It's great for special occasions. I couldn't recommend this place any higher.
I plan on returning again ASAP.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner! Atmosphere was romantic and semi formal. We appreciated the advice as to what was delicious on the menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was amazing even for the second time I've been here.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Organic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic food! Pricey but worth every penny. Great service, but not hovering. We were there for our anniversary and they made it memorable. Thanks.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We haven’t been to Gamekeeper in a long time and back then it was expensive and not very good. But, we ate there last weekend, sat at the bar, and had one of the best dinners I’ve had. I’d rate it #1 in area.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Scenic View
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Once again, the Gamekeeper never disappoints! We travel to NC mountains several times per year and the Gamekeeper is our favorite choice for a date night or special occasion. #favrestaurant

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

This one off my favorite restaurants , different kind if food. Very delicious food , great atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful evening! Five of us with each ordering something different. All loved everything they ordered. A birthday night which they recognized with a sparkly table. Delicious and fun evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The staff was excellent and fun. The food was wonderful and a refreshing change to our usual cuisine. Definitely would recommend it to everyone.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Gamekeeper has become our go-to place, whether for a date night or just to relax and enjoy a meal, the staff and food are always exceptional! The emu fan filet is fantastic, and the beer and wine selection is spot on!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Seasonal
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve had and everything was cooked to perfection. Service was good and everyone was so nice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Cozy, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We were celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary and this was the best ever! The atmosphere was very relaxing . The food was unique and delicious! We hope to visit again someday!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

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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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Loved the experience. Food was divine. Waiter should have stopped by to check on us more often, but was always friendly and courteous when he came by. Valet service was impeccable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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