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“A dinner salvaged” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gamekeeper Restaurant

Gamekeeper Restaurant
3005 Shulls Mill Rd, Boone, NC 28607-9525
828-963-7400
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Ranked #7 of 127 Restaurants in Boone
Price range: $50 - $50
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 100 yards up Shulls Mill Rd from the entrance to Yonahlossee
Arlington, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A dinner salvaged”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We'd dressed up as much as we could, as we didn't realize we'd still be traveling on New Year's Eve, and we'd just been seated at a table in the furthest reaches of the restaurant after a brief wait at the bar. Approximately three seconds later, we realized we'd be suffering the whole meal -- a large and boisterous group was seated immediately behind us. The owner (?) discretely offered to move us to another room, and we reveled in the glorious silence at our new table. Thus ensconced, we proceeded to enjoy each and every wild and crazy course of the set menu -- a salad that included chestnut mousse, duck antipasti, oysters and tea gelatin (with collards!), and a wonderfully tender buffalo....as well as lots of things we could not identify. The one downside was our dessert being served with red velvet ice cream that had mostly all melted -- we'd forgotten it was supposed to be ice cream, so we didn't say anything, but we were reminded when the table across from ours was served an intact dish with a nice round scoop of ice cream. At a place where the meat is the focus, that wasn't a huge sin -- just a surprise and slight let-down. My petite sirah was not as good as the one I'd had the night before at Bistro Roca, so I ordered the pinot noir for my second glass. Otherwise, we had great service and a great meal, thanks to being moved away from the loud table!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Very dissapointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

My family has been to the gamekeeper several times and this one shall be our last. It was very overpriced to say the least. My dad ordered the squash soup which was decent but not worth $11.00 we both ordered the elk which was 40$ and we were both dissapointed. It was 4 thin strips and a bunch of cauliflower garnished around that just did not blend well at all. The elk was bland and not tender whatsoever which it should be( I've had it numerous times in the past at other restaurants cheaper and much much better) and we were starving after thankgod for the bread. My mom had turkey which tasted poor too and was 28$. Overall we were very very dissapointed and will not be back again. The bill was $145.00 with out tip and thats with two drinks three entrees and one soup. We left almost sickened.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Blowing Rock, NC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Don't be Afraid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This restaurant has an unusual array of options in food choices. They serve meats from buffalo to ostrich to salmon. Everything is uniquely prepared and DELICIOUS!!! Most (if not all) of their foods are organic and local. I have not been afraid to try anything on their menu...it has all been awesome! A MUST TRY!!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Definitely a keeper”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

One of my very favorites. The food is out of this world, the service is impeccable, the ambiance is ideal for any occasion. The ostrich is my favorite and is outstanding. Excellent wine selection. Absolute perfection.

Visited October 2012
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“great date night.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We have been here a few times and have alway had a great meal. The appetizer combo is fabulous. always prepared to perfection. We treat this as our date night.

Visited May 2012
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