About The Gamekeeper
Boone, NC 28607
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
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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.
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The Gamekeeper Ratings and Reviews
Our second time to Gamekeeper was once a ...
Our second time to Gamekeeper was once again outstanding. First time was Thanksgiving and this time was a late week dinner to thank a friend who helped us. It was quiet, beautiful and I finally tried the vegetarian dish....wow, so good. Our friend was very impressed and grateful for the evening. Highly recommend! PS The waiter was the same one we had for Thanksgiving and he remembered us and the wine we selected. Pretty good!
The Gamekeeper was recommended for the u ...
The Gamekeeper was recommended for the unique dishes, and that it has, however the atmosphere was tacky to say the least. They had a weird combination of "junk" as decorations from a Dracula statue to skeleton "Christmas" decor?! Anyway, tacky aside, the fireplace is nice and the wait staff were adequate, although not exceptional for the cost of the dishes. We arrived a little early and picked out a bottle of wine at the bar. When we were seated, the first thing we noticed was that "select" bottles of wine were half price! The bartender NEVER mentioned that piece of advice and ours was full price of course. We put that aside and continued. Our waiter gave us the menus and we asked if they had any off menu specials for the night. He said they did not. Later we heard another waitress telling her table about the wine special and the off menu special. Next, we ordered salads. After I ordered, he came back and I was told my choice of spinach salad was no longer available. (Our reservation was very early at 6pm and they already ran out.) We received our salads and toward the end of eating his, my husband bit into a shaving of metal. He told the waiter and he said "Oh, I'm sorry". Later he brought our main dishes. We had the Emu and the Bison Ribeye. Both were delicious, although the Emu was a little better in my opinion. It was very lean and tender, with lots of flavor. When we received our bill, my husband's salad was credited, which was nice, but we were a bit surprised there was not another word said by the waiter concerning the metal or the credit, just the initial, "Oh, I'm sorry." All things being said, I have a really hard time recommending this place due to the weird tacky atmosphere and the casual attitude of the wait staff in comparison to the very pricey meal. I would expect more for the price.
Once again the Gamekeeper did not disapp ...
Once again the Gamekeeper did not disappoint. We dined on December 30 for a continued celebration of the holidays. Ken and Wendy continue to be the "food trust" behind a great restaurant that is always special for our family.
Was irritated with the restaurant manage ...
Was irritated with the restaurant manager. She refused my BOGO coupon with use of a half price wine special they were having. She said that I could use one or the other, but no where was there a disclaimer saying that only one discount could be used.
Went the week after Christmas, to celebr ...
Went the week after Christmas, to celebrate 19th Wedding Anniversary. Reservations were made ahead of time. We were sitted right in the middle of the back dinning room. Place was packed. This dining room house about 7 tables. There was a large group that was so loud, that I could not hear my spouse talk. Was expecting a little less noise given the ratings and price. I could tell that even our waiter was a little nervous about the noise. He offered to move us to a table that became available for our dessert. We didn't move cause what's 10 more minutes?And we did get dessert free, I guess to compensate.
Food was great but could have been better.
We always enjoy this restaurant when in ...
We always enjoy this restaurant when in the Boone area for more than a decade. Consistently great food, professional, efficient service, great bar and nice wine offerings. And the veggies are very fresh and good every time.
Food was fresh and expertly crafted. Cre ...
Food was fresh and expertly crafted. Creative, honest dishes seemed ubiquitous on the appetizer, salad, and entree menus, making it hard to decide. Atmosphere was interesting and laid-back, but quiet enough to be cozy and intimate. Service was great, as were the cocktails. Highly recommend.
We had the pleasure of dining at the Gam ...
We had the pleasure of dining at the Gamekeeper on 12/23. Food was incredible! This was not our first time here. The sampler appetizer is worth every penny! Also tried the bison & the duck. Somewhere in between those my boyfriend popped the question! Erin, our sweet server , captured the "down on one knee" on video! Then we celebrated at the amazing bar & had the pleasure of meeting Wendy, the owner. To say it was a memorable evening would be quite the understatement!
Come to Gamekeeper every Xmas holiday wh ...
Come to Gamekeeper every Xmas holiday when visiting family . Nothing like this in Jax. Florida.
Always a unique menu to order from and always prepared spot on. Try to attend more often when visiting throughout the year. Service always friendly and quick. No second thoughts when recommending this dining destination !!!!!
The Gamekeeper specializes in esoteric g ...
The Gamekeeper specializes in esoteric game dishes like elk, bison, emu. The chef does a great job presenting these hearty dishes. The service was energetic and enthusiastic. Interesting cocktails from the bar. Well-matched wines carefully picked.
We had a pleasant time but we should mention we've only had one visit to The Gamekeeper. Would we go again?
There is a certain novelty about the esoteric menu but if this was just a steak and salmon restaurant, what would be my take? Nice ambiance. Nice service. Cool building (apparently part of an old Girl Scout camp. I'd play up to that in my decor personally). The Gamekeeper will have to keep its game (pun) at top level to standout among other nice restaurants in Blowing Rock and Boone. Tough competition but so far I think they're doing a good job.
It was one of the best restaurants I hav ...
It was one of the best restaurants I have be to.great atmustphier I have experience.the service was outstanding and the food was great.I would recommend this restaurant to anybody.Amber our waitresses went beyond her job to make sure our dinning experience was great.I would like to thank Ken and windy for the great experience that me and my feance had while we were there.
The restaurant had a beautiful atmospher ...
The restaurant had a beautiful atmosphere and was decorated nicely for the holidays. Our meal was delicious! We began with the fried oysters. They were flash fried and the coating on them was flavorful. I had the duck entree and my husband had the trout. Both entrees were complemented with delicious winter vegetables. My honey sweet potatoes were creamy and very tasty! Our waiter was attentive to our needs and we got our meal within a reasonable amount of time. The restaurant was fairly full, but it was quiet and we were able to carry on a conversation without raising our voices. We had a lovely meal and restaurant experience. The Gamekeeper is one of our favorite restaurants in the High Country!
We had reservations, but when we arrived ...
We had reservations, but when we arrived our table was not ready so we were asked to wait at bar. No worries, we thought we'd order a drink. It was 20 minutes before we finally were able to get eye contact from aserver and flagged him over. Table was filthy, we had to ask him to clean it. By time he returned to take our drink order our table was ready. (BTW, lovely views in spring Sumner and fall; decore was lovely and festive for this time of year, Christmas. )
At dinner, our server was very sub par for this caliber restaurant. Had to ask for bread, she was not "inviting". Made no recommendations on wines, and our cocktails were not very good.
I had pork chop that apparently comes with a serving of cold potatoes (not potato salad). Husband had elk which he said was good, not great given the price point.
This was second time we patronized this restaurant, don't plan on returning or recommending to others.
Its a very neat place a little out of th ...
Its a very neat place a little out of the way but well worth it. Interesting menu and great bar tender. The osso bucco was delicious. Not the interior I expected but well done. A great mix of fine dining a woodsy cabin with a little touristy twist. Would definitely go back!
We've been going to this restaurant for ...
We've been going to this restaurant for well over 20 years and have always enjoyed the setting and food. We took some "first timers" who enjoyed the experience. We would prefer that the furnishings go back to a more appropriate style for the décor. That said, we will return.
The Gamekeeper is meant for (a) the hung ...
The Gamekeeper is meant for (a) the hungry and (b) the adventurous. There are so many interesting menu items; you will want to try a little of everything and choose a starter, a salad, a main course, and a dessert. In particular, I can recommend the sampler appetizer (delicious game and sauces), the elk, and the rabbit. For dessert, the bread pudding is heavenly.
The drive to the restaurant is on a mountain road, so save the cocktail hour until you arrive and bring a designated driver for the return trip.
Absolutely LOVE this restaurant! My fami ...
Absolutely LOVE this restaurant! My family have been coming here for years when we go up to the mountains to pick out our Christmas tree Thanksgiving weekend. The menu is always changing and never fails to satisfy my stomach!! There is always a special kind of "game" well worth trying and the mixed game grill appetizer is shareable among my family of 7! While the prices are a bit steep, I think it is worth the money for the ambiance, location, amazing quality and creativity of the food! We recommend this place to anyone going towards Blowing Rock/Boone area!
This is an awesome place and was our 2nd ...
This is an awesome place and was our 2nd time dining here. The 2nd experience was as great as the first. The food from appetizer to dessert was amazing. Our waitress had great recommendations for what we were looking for. Everyone we came into contact with there was friendly and went out of their way to make you comfortable. If you are in the Boone area I wouldn't pass this restaurant up.
Outstanding, wildly fantastic & just pla ...
Outstanding, wildly fantastic & just plain wonderful!! After a recommendation from my hair stylist to visit this place I decided it would be an excellent place to experience with a date. The hour and a half drive up was just beautiful and upon entering The Gamekeeper with their valet service, really it is needed due to the somewhat tricky smaller parking lot when full, so that was fine. We arrived a half hour ahead of our reservations and were kindly told to just go on in and we would be seated and we were! The restaurant is charming, the staff friendly & attentive and last but certainly not least...the main event, the food!! Exquisite! I had the vegetable platter..I just ate around the whole bowl, some things I wasn't quite sure what it was but it was all delicious! I would highly recommend it! My friend got the tenderloin tips and again...just delicious. This is a great find, you won't be disappointed!!!
I went with my wife and two children the ...
I went with my wife and two children the day after thanksgiving. We were in the Boone area for the weekend and I've known about The Gamekeeper for several years and finally made my way to it.
The food was fantastic and lived up to its name of Gamekeeper. In my appetizer alone I had elk, emu, pheasant and venison. The meat was all prepared perfectly and the flavors were fantastic as well. The selection was varied enough and they made a couple of very simple pasta dishes for my kids which were not on any menu. The service was good albeit fairly slow.
The road where it's located is closed coming from one direction with a very twisting, winding, hilly dirt road detour. Come to the venue from the Boone side, if possible during the road closure
We spent Thanksgiving at the Gamekeeper. ...
We spent Thanksgiving at the Gamekeeper. What a wonderful dining experience. The food was fabulous and a great menu for the holiday. The building fit perfectly in the mountainside where it was located. We will return with more of our friends very soon.
Disappointing food for Thanksgiving. Tou ...
Disappointing food for Thanksgiving. Tough turkey, minimal aesthetic appeal for the rest of the entrees ordered. The only redeeming part of the visit was the scenery on the drive to the restaurant and the service. Maybe marginal food would have been more tolerable if the price had not been about $100 per person.
WOW, WOW, WOW! The Gamekeeper was SUCH a ...
WOW, WOW, WOW! The Gamekeeper was SUCH a treat. The food is fresh and perfect for a cold night! The service was amazing and we had a blast that whole evening. We live in Charlotte and in town for the weekend, if you're there, it is a MUST! Can't wait to go back! Get the sampler platter so that you can try a few different things. Don't let the wild game scare you, try something different, it won't disappoint!
My wife and I were vacationing in the B ...
My wife and I were vacationing in the Banner Elk area and saw advertising for this wonderful sounding place serving fresh game and fish. We gave it a go and we're delighted we did. Excellent service from Noah (complete with several calls from us for directions). The food was exquisite. We chose to split a fabulous spinach salad to begin our meal. Our two entrée choices were the Bison hanger steak and the Venison Osso Buco. The bison was grilled to perfection and the Osso Buco was tender and full of flavor!
If only we had more time to enjoy other menu options.
I highly recommend this place!
The menu was limited and offered exotic ...
The menu was limited and offered exotic dishes which I wasn't prepared for. There was only one thing on the menu I would eat. Kinda disappointed but, the food I selected was very good. The price was pretty high for the selection.
Of all the restaurants we ate at during our visit, this would be my last choice.
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