If you would like to enjoy good venison, elk, bison, quail, or even kangaroo, prepared in interesting ways, try The Gamekeeper's Tavern. The fresh fish of the day could be a surprise that you don't see everywhere. There are less adventurous choices for those who don't care for wild game. The ingredients are fresh, often seasonal, and organic when practical. With a full bar, choice wine list, an unusual selection of beers and ales, you are in for a nice dinner experience. The dining room has an enjoyable ambiance, or you can dine in the bar with silent TV sports, mellow classic rock in the background, or live music some nights.
In appetizers and first courses, you have choices ranging all the way from heavy to light; try the tuna tataki or the grilled caesar salad, bacon-wrapped quail, a unique preparation of shrimp and organic grits, or a salad of fresh greens with roasted beets, goat cheese, and candied walnuts.
Matt, the owner-manager, is a congenial host; the bartenders, James, Heather, and Sarah Diana, are friendly and will remember you, besides giving great beverage service. If you eat at the bar, your food may be brought from the kitchen by cheerful Libby, who takes good care of you. The wait staff in the main dining room are all very professional without being stuffy.
If I had a complaint about the menu, it would be the same complaint I have at 99% of the restaurants I've ever visited. I know my tastes are different, but the times are changing and there are more people like me. I want my dinner plate to be full of fresh vegetables, not just garnished with a few. Depending on the dish, The Gamekeeper's Tavern may be a bit better than most when it comes to vegetable portions.
All in all I give it four stars, but my four may be most people's five. You will enjoy a great meal and have a good time, whether you're alone, with friends and family, or reserving for a large group, and you'll want to visit again.
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