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Gamekeeper Restaurant

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3005 Shulls Mill Rd, Boone, NC 28607-9525 (100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee)
828-963-7400
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 170
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of the best in the High Country

The Gamekeeper is one of those wonderful restaurants in the NC High Country that if you have not been there, you must go. The atmosphere is elegant but funky, the wait staff is wonderful and the food is divine.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Edward N
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Salisbury, North Carolina, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Salisbury, North Carolina, United States
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Gamekeeper is one of those wonderful restaurants in the NC High Country that if you have not been there, you must go. The atmosphere is elegant but funky, the wait staff is wonderful and the food is divine.

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite restaurants up here. The setting is magnificent, high up the mountain towards Blowing Rock. Reservations are necessary and outdoor dining is available. The restaurant has a lot of wild game dishes, but also always has dishes like fish or duck on the menu for people who don't like Buffalo Hanger Steak, etc. (which is... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you have NEVER eaten Elk, Bison, Pheasant.. ? Then this is a great opportunity for you to try all of them. IF you have eaten these dishes at a fine dinning place you might be a little disappointed. Not overall but, in the dish itself. Certainly if you keep an open mind it is possible to share and sample... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I found this place on Tripadvisor and expected the high prices but also expected much better food for those prices. I had the Bunny Bites appetizer which was very good then had the Mixed Grill (because I wanted to sample a variety of game meats). The Ostrich was excellent, the Bison and Elk sausage was okay but the duck was... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Celebrating an anniversary, we selected this highly-rated restaurant based on TripAdvisor feedback and comments from friends. Plus they allowed us to take our dog and be seated outside. Everything started fine - we were seated at 7p in a corner on the deck. Beautiful 72 degree evening. After taking our order, the waiter offered to bring some wine samples. These... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Gamekeeper is tucked away through winding roads between Boone and Moses Cone Memorial Park. We went here for our anniversary dinner and it was amazing. Game sampler for appetizer is a must, 4 different meats (elk, boar, duck and bison) enough for 2-4. We split a salad and entree, portions were large and they were kind enough to let us... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

My wife and I celebrated our Anniversary with an outstanding dining experience at Gamekeeper. We started off with an appetizer of Pheasant, Elk, Bison and Ostrich. It was fantastic. We then had the breaded salad, it had grilled shrimp an array of fresh vegetables....the dressing was incredible. For the entrée we had the Elk, with bleu cheese macaroni. The Elk... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The Gamekeeper enjoys a great reputation, but in my opinion fell far short when we visited. I had Duck and the preparation was poor and the size of the portion was very small especially when considering the price. The sauce on the Duck was supposed to be Cherry, but tasted more like a nondescriminate BBQ sauce. On the other hand... More 

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Scotland Neck, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Loved the variety of food. My 12 year old daughter loved the Elk, rabbit and pheasant. I had the Bison that was delicious and my brother had the lamb. It was all great and the deserts were incredibly large and quite tasty. Atmosphere was awesome. Loved this place and will visit again if we return to the mountains.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

So many fabulous reviews on this place that we were very excited about going. The drive there is beautiful, and upon arrival, the restaurant itself is so gorgeous. Beautiful views and friendly, professional staff. We were fortunate enough to sit on the deck and watch the sunset while having drinks and cocktails. So relaxing and nice. The food was disappointing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3005 Shulls Mill Rd, Boone, NC 28607-9525
    (100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: 828-963-7400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 50

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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