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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, 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.
The Gamekeeper Ratings and Reviews
What a wonderful palce to have a meal. ...
What a wonderful palce to have a meal. From the unique location to the outstanding choices in wild game, this place is a real gem. The Assorted game sampler is worth the drive alone. Teriffic sauces in a French style with perfectly cooked wild game. While expensive for the area, it is not out of line for sililarly priced places in a major metropolitan area. Considering the ambiance and viewws, it is a perfect spot for special occasions. Not to be missed when visiting the Boone area.
This restaurant has been around for year ...
This restaurant has been around for years. It's up in the woods near Blowing Rock. The menu has a lot of game food, but always has a few standard dishes such as duck, trout etc. for diners who are not that adventurous in their tastes. They play wonderful Frank Sinatra etc. music and is just a picture perfect setting. Valet parking available. The road to the restaurant can be challenging in the dark, so try to eat there on the early side of the evening so you can leave before it's too dark or foggy.
My husband and I came to The Gamekeeper ...
My husband and I came to The Gamekeeper 2 years ago and had a fantastic experience. From scenery, to service, food, ambiance, everything was great and worth the money.
I made reservations 2 weeks in advance for our recent visit because we had a group of 8 and App State was playing Miami. It was a later reservation and we still had to wait for our table. Our server forgot one of our orders, so a couple shared a dinner. It took a while for a couple who brought their own wine to have it opened and glasses brought to table. We had a good time, but the service lacked. Would recommend w/caution.
We were celebrating a special event. Th ...
We were celebrating a special event. The dining experience was the worst we have ever had and we have been there several times before. My mixed drink was ok (the same drink was excellent the night before) and my husband's beer was good. I have special dietary needs that were not met. I explained to our server what they were and also my husband expressed to the server how important it was. Evidently the server did not listen or did not explain to the chef the importance of them. I feel it's the server's job to explain to the chef what the customer wants! The rare steak (ordered medium) came back med well. The flavor was good even overcooked. I expressed my concern that it wasn't cooked as ordered. The other item was cooked similar to the original one that I couldn't eat. So I left it all on the plate. I ate the meat. They did not listen. They offered us absolutely nothing for our special event except the bill. The Gamekeeper is a very expensive place to eat. We paid and left so we aren't planning on returning. There are other outstanding restaurants in the area.
A spectacular meal, starting with the ne ...
A spectacular meal, starting with the new potato soup (wonderfully flavored with bacon) and the heirloom tomato, fried green tomato, and mozzarella appetizer(drizzled with balsamic vinegar with spots of Sriracha sauce). The main course, split between us, was the grilled emu with veggies. We had an excellent bottle of wine, 1/2 price on Thursdays. The care given to the sourcing of food, the cooking and the great service (Noah) makes it one of the best restaurants we have eaten at this year.
Again, a wonderful dining experience at ...
Again, a wonderful dining experience at the Gamekeeper. I had the albacore, my wife the beef tenderloin = both entrees were very tasty, done to perfection. Service, as always was impeccable. We'll be back before we return to Florida.
We have dined here a few times now and w ...
We have dined here a few times now and we always enjoy the food. The staff is always asking how things are and attentive. Not one time have we been disappointed. The food is very tasty. This is a great place to take visitors to the high country. It's a little out of our way but worth the trip.
Reservation at 8 - we weren't seated unt ...
Reservation at 8 - we weren't seated until 9. Appetizers and dinner served at the same time. Steak and Trout were cold. Ran out of ice cream - really? So disappointed because the restaurant ambiance was very cozy.
Love coming here. When we visit Blowing ...
Love coming here. When we visit Blowing Rock several times during the year,it's our #1 spot.
Love the little bar and bartender,very friendly,intimate and he knows how to make a cocktail!
Food out of this world,mountain trout and bison. Yummy!
They were very busy ,so slow service ,but really didn't mind it.
A must to dine!
I got a call from the restaurant asking ...
I got a call from the restaurant asking us to move our time from 6:30 to 6:00 because they were so booked. I agreed to do that. When we were seated, it was by the front door/ and hostess station. There were 4 of us and we were seated at a round table for 6. I asked to be moved to a table for 4 and was told there was nothing else available. Conversation was awkward due to large table. I made my reservation several weeks ahead and requested a certain table. Will not return unless I can get a better location. Our son and his girflriend were visiting from Florida. Special occasion!
A group of friends and I have been going ...
A group of friends and I have been going to the mountains for about 8 years and we choose our weekend rental based on its proximity to the Gameskeeper. The restaurant never disappoints. Despite its name and its focus on meat dishes, the vegetarian plate is often the group's favorite. The bar, restaurant, and valet service are all professional and courteous.
A favorite of ours for years. Our bill ...
A favorite of ours for years. Our bill was pricey, however we did enjoy some wine. Food was delicious, wait staff was adorable. We stayed and had after dinner drinks...shut the place down. We will go back at Thanksgiving!
Not nearly as good as good as it used to ...
Not nearly as good as good as it used to be. We were a little disappointed in that hostess gave us a hard time when we did not want to sit right outside the kitchen door. She was very put out.
Also, the food was good but not great. I expect great when my entree is $46.
Wonderful. I tried elk for the first tim ...
Wonderful. I tried elk for the first time and loved it. We were so stuffed that we had to order a dessert to go to eat later, and even that was delicious. The service was very attentive and kind. We had Taylor, and she was just great. It's a great place for a splurge, and we will be back again next summer. The only awkward thing is that it was so quiet in there initially that it felt like the tables nearby could probably hear everything we were saying!
This was an amazing find while on vacati ...
This was an amazing find while on vacation for our anniversary. The food was incredible, particularly the emu and the elk. The service was fantastic. Order the mixed grill appetizer. We loved every bit of it. By far one of the best meals we've had. Well worth the trip and the cost. Save room for dessert!
Had a great dinner -- early seating as i ...
Had a great dinner -- early seating as it got crowded service slowed a little but not too bad. Server was helpful and made good recommendations. Have been here several times and this was one of our better dinners.
This was our first time dining at the ga ...
This was our first time dining at the gamekeeper. My wife and I have a house in West Jefferson and came out for our wedding anniversary. Food was very good and definitely different from the norm. Valets were very friendly, though I'm not sure how necessary considering the size of the lot, location, and size of the venue. Wait staff was friendly, but nothing wowed us about the experience there. I was expecting it to be a little nicer, I.e. White table cloths and more of a fine dining experience. It was a good time though and enjoyed the atmosphere. Wish there was more of a view but that is impossible to change I imagine. I did order a drink from the bar and it was made very well so that is definitely a plus. All in all, a very nice dinner and I imagine we will be back at some point.
Because we were on vacation this was the ...
Because we were on vacation this was the second time in 4 days that we had dinner here. Once again one of the best meals (Bison) I have ever had. Also, plenty of choice on the wine we enjoyed s nice full cab called "Caravan" which was recommended by the sommelier.
We went to the Gamekeeper for our annive ...
We went to the Gamekeeper for our anniversary, and we were very impressed. The vegetable plate was awesome and included local seasonal and root vegetables. The filet and the bison ribeye both were tender and juicy. The waitress was knowledgeable and sweet. It's a bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
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