Upon recommendation of a friend who regularly visits the area, I made reservations through OpenTable for us to eat at Gamekeeper for dinner during our recent short visit to Boone. We reviewed the menu online before we went and I was sure to read as many negative reviews as possible (people seem to have such high expectations sometimes...) before going, just to see if the Gamekeeper had potential for flaw. We were pleased that our evening seemed to go the way of most reviewers' experiences here on TripAdvisor: quite positively!
The food: We ordered the Mixed Game Grill (not as much food as most said it was); the bibb lettuce salad, which was delicious and perfectly dressed with pickled onions and candied pecans; the rabbit entree, which was fantastic; and the cheese plate for dessert. The cheese plate could have used a bit of adjustment, as the fruit spread was a strange texture and the fruit on the platter was just dried cranberries, which were challenging to keep on a cracker or with a bite of the really excellent cheeses.
The drinks: We felt that the drinks were a tad overpriced, but since we dine out frequently, we know that is to be expected at a restaurant like this. I had an $8 glass of Malbec (have had better Malbecs for less $), and my husband had three Stoli and cranberry drinks, which put his individual drink tab at $22. Ouch!
The atmosphere: A few of the tables appeared to be cozy and quiet, but most of the tables were very close to other tables, and we heard the conversations of everyone seated around us. At one point, a larger party that included several young children kept allowing their kids to travel loudly back and forth across the restaurant to the bathroom. Unfortunately, we were seated right by the bathroom, so we had our peace interrupted several times before the table of loudness decided to make its exit from the restaurant. With some minor adjustments, the quiet could easily be achieved in this beautiful dining space.
The service: We had really kind, prompt, knowledgable service, which made our experience great despite the minor aforementioned things. Many thanks to our server, Noelle, and the other staff members who seemed to be working so hard, for making it an overall very nice evening for us!
We would go back to this establishment, and hope that others will continue to have the overall positive experience that we did there.
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