Warning:  This is not haute cuisine . . . you will leave sated and satisfied.” 

You haven’t fully experienced the region until you have dined at The Gamekeeper Restaurant.  It’s a favorite of locals and visitors alike, located between Boone and Blowing Rock, NC.  You will feel you are relaxing and getting away from the rat race. (That’s why you are here in the mountains, right?!)    The restaurant is full of mountain charm (a smattering of kitsch) and rustic elegance. The dedicated staff is here for you, friendly and efficient, caring about your dining adventure. We always strive to make your trip, anniversary, birthday, rehearsal dinner, any event more special.

Our dress code is whatever suits you but dressy casual is always a good bet. We’ve seen evening gowns, furs, knuckle dragging diamond to jorts. We feel it’s your night out and want you to wear what’s comfortable.

When making a reservation you can use the Open Table link below or call us at (828) 963-7400. Please let us know if it’s a special occasion you are celebrating or if you have any dietary restrictions. We want your dinner to be memorable.


If your party expands or dwindles, that is helpful for is to know as well. Your reservation will be confirmed after 2:00 PM the day you make it. If you are planning to have cocktails in our cozy bar or on our deck (with a fab view) let us know. We don’t want to rush you. The more we know the better we assist you. We accept walk ins, but our reservations come first…and you can request a favorite table.

The Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar is nestled between Boone, Blowing Rock and not far from Valle Crucis N.C. We are 25 minutes from Banner Elk and less than 3 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway at 3005 Shulls Mill Road.

Service Hours:
Dinner is served at 6:00. Bar opens at 5:00

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