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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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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 168
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 18
    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
I was expecting better!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Allen B
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Maryville, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Maryville, Tennessee
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168 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
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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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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14 reviews
11 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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64 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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 NEW

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 23 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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miami,fl
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

In the finest restaurant, there is usually something that could be just a little better. Not true at the Gamekeeper. At our table of six, everyone ordered something different and it was unanimous, five big ones. Elk, perfectly juicy and tender, pheasant, better than I had ever tasted. A perfect blend of seasonal veggies for those who abstain from meat.... More 

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Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We were there Friday August 14 for dinner. The food was amazing!! We liked so much that we made a reservation for next Thursday. We highly recommend this restaurant!!!

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Durham, North Carolina
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a great restaurant if you are looking for something besides the usual. Local foods including game such as elk, ostrich, buffalo and rattlesnake. Good service and nice dining experience. Have been a number of times. Nice mountain road up to the restaurant.

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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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