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!
Southern, Wild Game
Hours of Operation:
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.
100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We have a private dining room that very comfortably seats 25 guests.
But we also love to cater and we have the perfect spot for larger groups. The Gk is partnering with Camp Sky Ranch Events. Together we are thrilled to offer you the perfect venue and fare to treat your guests to the ultimate modern mountain event.
Valet service on Fridays and Saturdays
Private Party Facilities:
The rustic feel of Camp Sky Ranch paired with our chefs seasonal Appalachian flavors brings class and comfort to the table. The dining hall with its stone fireplace is large yet cozy. Across the groomed pasture (perfect for a big tent) is an open air chapel set beside a babbling brook.
A valley unto itself, Camp Sky Ranch is the perfect place for your favorite people to come together and enjoy an event that will remain amongst their fondest memories.
Private Party Contact:
Wendy Gordon: (828) 963-7400x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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.
The Gamekeeper Ratings and Reviews
Just overall excellent, will defiantly r ...
Just overall excellent, will defiantly return for another special occasion.
A fabulous evening for my husband's birt ...
A fabulous evening for my husband's birthday. The staff went all out to make things special...fabulous food, great caring service, nice wine and complimentary birthday dessert. Our new favorite restaurant. We will return.
Great food, staff is outstanding, very k ...
Great food, staff is outstanding, very knowledgeable. Great place to go for date night. My wife and I will be back.
Classy. The service, food, and ambiance ...
Classy. The service, food, and ambiance were absolutely wonderful and everyone was professional. Classy in every way without being formal. One item that can make or break a dining experience for us is the background sound/volume. You provided lovely dining music at a moderate volume. We were able to have a private conversation AND enjoy the music. This is a rare and wonderful balance.
Had a wonderful experience at GameKeeper ...
Had a wonderful experience at GameKeeper. Food was delicious, beer and wine selection were excellent. Can't wait to return.
Our waitress was Capa was perfect. We w ...
Our waitress was Capa was perfect. We would definitely return.
We were celebrating our 53rd wedding ann ...
We were celebrating our 53rd wedding anniversary and have been eating at The Gamekeeper for many years. They offer a menu that you can't find elsewhere. We appreciate good food and wine, so this is the place we chose. The service and food were as expected and will return soon. -- An excellent rating is a hard one for us to give.
Awful. Absolutely awful. I've been to th ...
Awful. Absolutely awful. I've been to the gamekeeper a number of times during my years at AppState, and was dying to take my fiancé. Food was gross, service was terrible, tables were too close together and WAY too much money for what we got. Sadly, won't be going again.
The entire experience was absolutely ama ...
The entire experience was absolutely amazing. Loved everything about the food, service and ambiance!
Overpriced. Over $200 for 4 people with ...
Overpriced. Over $200 for 4 people with no alcohol and 1 appetizer and 1 dessert. The 4 entres were all equally lacking in portion and not much meat. Same vegetables on each plate and the one side was very small. Did not leave feeling fulfilled but left with a empty wallet. Great ambiance and wonderful service! Glad we tried it, but pretty disappointed.
Our annual Family Gourmet Dining Adventure
Our adult family enjoys many dining adventures together; our annual Memorial weekend exceptional dining experience at The Gamekeeper is one we always look forward to and cherish. Thank you!
Very interesting menu and super wine values
It takes some driving to reach this restaurant but worth the drive. Definitely want to return to sample more interesting game. Elk was best I had eaten. Bison steak was a step above that. Plenty more to try. Fish and beef for the not so adventurous too.
Perfect for any occasion . Food ,service ...
Perfect for any occasion . Food ,service and views are wonderful !
The Gamekeeper consistently offers great ...
The Gamekeeper consistently offers great food and service. I have never had a disappointing evening here!
Nice atmosphere, small portions overpric ...
Nice atmosphere, small portions overpriced. I would think for the price that they charge for your small portion that they should maybe include a salad with your meal and a basket of bread.
Not our first visit, nor our last. Depe ...
Not our first visit, nor our last. Dependable good food and service. Beautiful location.
My wife and I were visiting the area and ...
My wife and I were visiting the area and this restaurant had been brought to our attention by someone . Everything was perfect. Matt, the bartender, was super. We met another couple at the bar and ended up eating at the bar. Service was wonderful and the food was great. We had delicious potato soup and the Elk dinner was wonderful. It was a great evening and Matt is a wonderful host. Will definitely return if we get back to the area.
My wife and I had dinner here for my 50t ...
My wife and I had dinner here for my 50th birthday. The service and the food were superb. I highly recommend The Gamekeeper for a special event or anytime you want a high quality meal in a unique environment.
We visit The Gamekeeper every chance we get and it never disappoints. Ken and Wendy do an amazing job and each time we visit, a new special memory is made. Can't wait until next time!
The food lacked taste appeal. There wa ...
The food lacked taste appeal. There was nothing noteworthy about it and the chef used way too much pepper on the trout. We were disappointed. More needs to be done to create flavorful food.
Gorgeous setting in old home converted t ...
Gorgeous setting in old home converted to restaurant. Friendly waitstaff and great food. We had the mixed grill appetizer, salads, and main courses and, needless to say, we were filled. We took dessert with us because they sounded so yummy, and we were very glad we did! We tried 6 different types of game and enjoyed them all!
Best meal and service I have had in Nort ...
Best meal and service I have had in North Carolina
Wow! That's about the best way I know h ...
Wow! That's about the best way I know how to describe the Gamekeeper! Lots of dishes that you won't find in most restaurants; with knowledgeable and helpful staff to help select a delicious meal! Drinks, appetizers, meals, desserts...We've never been disappointed and will most certainly keep going back!
Great meal in a beautiful setting! Well ...
Great meal in a beautiful setting! Well worth the drive.
We lucked upon this spot years ago, and ...
We lucked upon this spot years ago, and since then every trip to the area HAD to include a stop. We just purchased a home in Blowing Rock, and we will soon be regulars!
Good if you like game. Expensive somewh ...
Good if you like game. Expensive somewhat. Not enough American entrees on the menu.
Great ambiance and food for a special oc ...
Great ambiance and food for a special occasion. Just right with casual elegance:) THANKS!
Gamekeeper is our favorite restaurant an ...
Gamekeeper is our favorite restaurant and has been for years. We go a few times a season. There is always a great menu and they work to make our visit pleasant.
The Gamekeeper is definitely one of the ...
The Gamekeeper is definitely one of the few fine dining restaurants in the Boone/Banner Elk area. I would recommend it's worth trying, however after two dinners there, I would rate the entrees as average and overpriced. The starters and salads are great, the wine list was reasonable. Good atmosphere and service, but overpriced.
Lots of great game meat choices, cooked ...
Lots of great game meat choices, cooked perfectly, but you HAVE to try the bread pudding!
Noah was a wonderful server. We were visitors to the area and he took the time to write us a list of cool local things to check out. The food was flawless and timely in arriving to the table.
Food and service were great!! Staff sang nice birthday song to my husband. We will definitely return.
This is our favorite restaurant in the Boone/Blowing Rock area! We choose to go there both nights when we visit because it is just that good! We don't want to go anywhere else. The food and service NEVER disappoint. We like that they know and communicate to their customers where their food comes from. You won't be disappointed if you eat there! The potatoe soup is the best I've ever had!
My wife and I spent out 10th anniversary dinner here, and it was completely worth it. We very much enjoyed the atmosphere, and the food was absolutely stellar.
Great food, great service, great view!
I had heard about the Gamekeeper and wanted to give it a try. It totally exceeded our expectations. The service was fantastic from the valet parking attendant to the hostess to the bartender to the server. The food was outstanding. The mixed grill appetizer was delicious! My trout was divine, and my husband loved his (elk?)! The caramel bourbon bread pudding was to die for. I will definitely be back!
Great For Family Gatherings
My wife and I had dinner with our youngest son and his wife before they left for 3 years in the UK. Truly a great ending to a great day. As a hunting couple my wife and I found all the game dishes to be excellent. Wine was great, service excellent and just a great all round experience. I would highly recommend the Gamekeeper
We eat here whenever we are in the area. ...
We eat here whenever we are in the area. This time, I had Emu and the wife had Elk. Both were excellent.
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