The Gamekeeper

4.9
2395 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
What 2395 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnnG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. This was our 5th time at GameKeeper. It did not disappoint. Will definitely be back.

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marionf
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all 10 enjoyed the experience and the food! Service was excellent the entire time! We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service.

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AnneP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. A little hard to find in the dark! We were late because we got lost but everyone there could not have been nicer. We were a little wound up from finding our way there but it didn’t take long before we were made to feel right at home. The evening was lovely and the food delicious and service outstanding!

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AmyW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gamekeeper definitely has game! Fantastic atmosphere, outstanding service and phenomenal food. The chef and staff went above and beyond to accommodate my dietary restrictions. The emu and elk were delicious and the Bison was my favorite. They have an awesome drink menu and a fabulous wine selection. This was the best meal we have had in a very long time. We will return when we go back to North Carolina for sure!

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PaulaW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JeffT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gamekeeper was fabulous. The food was inspired - we loved the mixed grill and the Osso Bucco. The wait staff are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Also, of all the restaurants we have been to recently, I was most impressed with how they have distanced everyone due to COVID. Creative and they are definitely keeping everyone safe. Couldn't give them a higher rating. We will be back!

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Frank
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Gamekeeper multiple times and will continue to come here. Totally outstanding in every area. Best restraunt in this area by far.

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AHart85
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really great experience. All of the staff were exceptionally friendly and attentive. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was very laid back.

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StephanieJ
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and services was even better.

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JacobW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and staff! Definitely will return.

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LoveBird
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very quick service, impeccable attention to every need. Considering pandemic, social distancing observed and patrons/staff safety was very obvious. The Emu was exceptional and the bourbon bread pudding was the most incredible dessert I’ve ever eaten!!!! Kudos to the Chef!!!!

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TracyM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ll be returning. What a lovely evening and the emu was fantastic!

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JB23
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Great service, and the atmosphere was a plus. Unfortunately, our appetizer was pretty poor, with the bison being well past well-done, almost completely burnt. Goat sausage was great, and wish it was offered as a separate dish. Wife got the Elk, which was great! While The Duck was average. May be worth the price if we both ordered the Elk, but it is slightly underwhelming with the dishes we chose (an app, two entrees, and a bottle of wine was 200).

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MelissaT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely little restaurant! Perfect place for a memorable evening! Definitely one to come back too!

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dmcc
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful 20th anniversary dinner at The Gamekeeper. Their service is always exemplary and the food never disappoints. This will always be one of our regular restaurants in the high country.

Thanks for another great experience guys!

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ShaneP
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect and atmosphere was great! Service was friendly and helpful with menu selections.

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JamesK
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service, and a unique menu. We really enjoyed it!

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Jhdumpling
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Scenic, friendly, delicious drinks and food, romantic setting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and as always it was AMAZING. I had Duck and it was cooked perfectly. We always enjoy Gamekeeper do all our special occasions.

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AlyssaH
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Gamekeeper doesn’t disappoint! Food and service were outstanding. The noise level in the bar area was a little higher than I had expected, but only briefly overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was an awesome dinner! The view and experience was unbelievable. The food is a bit on the expensive side considering the portion, but understandable given everything else. Overall I would give it a 5 out of 5.

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vipBillF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!! Lizzie was greaf

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Rhonda
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and a great way to try new things. Our server was awesome and offered recommendations.

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ChrisH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu great service. Cool place off the beaten path

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vipLindaH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unique menu. Incredible tenderloin-prob best I’ve ever had.

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BethG
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Restaurant!!!! We will definitely be coming back.

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vipCantStopTalkingAboutIt
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gamekeeper is a fantastic restaurant for celebrating special occasions. They do a fantastic job of making you feel like royalty.

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AnnH
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as always, was delicious! I had emu for the 1st time, and my husband had elk. Both were fabulous, but it was the bread pudding for the real win!!

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food- great atmosphere, and great service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
34 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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dwaters59
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Worth driving 3 hrs for. Perfect service. Best Duck I've ever had and I'm in the biz. Hope yo being a lot of friends here.

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GradyT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, built up by the drive up the mountain. Exquisite food and service from there

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GlendaV
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to enjoy an upscale dinner while visiting NC. The Gamekeeper was
the perfect choice.

From the moment we pulled up to the entrance we were greeted with kind,
friendly personnel. Upon entry the host performed temperature checks for
safety.

We were seated and prompted greeted by Jonathan. Jonathan was kind,
caring and efficient.

The Bleu Salad was amazing. It was obvious that only the freshest
ingredients were utilized. The glazed duck was delicious served with
mashed potatoes and vegetables.

The best meal I have ever had. Treat yourself to an exceptional dining
experience. The highest quality food accompanied by top notch
service by Jonathan.

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NCFoodie
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a gem tucked away in the mountains. If you are looking for something different and off the beaten path this is the place. The chef has assembled an interesting menu of primarily wild game and other unique meats paired with seasonal vegetables. The menu will change from time time but always offers a great variety. The bar offers unique signature cocktails. The ambiance is comfortably low key and quiet. The staff are friendly, professional and informative. Can’t wait to go back.

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Cathrynm
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Have been going for years and just love this place! If you’re in the area this is a must go to venue!

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ronm
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT atmosphere. Food and service were really exceptional. New fave spot!

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MeganS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bison was to die for!!! Would def go back and soon!

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DurhamFoodie
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the experience at the Gamekeeper was excellent. From the atmosphere, service and then the food. They added two separate tent globes to handle a table of 4 outdoors. With snow in the background, i could have easily sat out there. Great idea. Filet and Trout were the entrees. Steak perfectly cooked, the trout was the best I had. Bleu salad and the chocolate flourless torte made the whole gourmet experience well rounded. The atmosphere was homey and charming. It’s nice that it is a nice mix of people. Never stuffy, or full of themselves. Worth every penny. It may seem pricey, but worth the splurge.

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The Gamekeeper is rated 4.9 stars by 2395 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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