Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room
Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.butchartgardens.com/dining/dining-room
  • Phone: 2506528222x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Afternoon Tea: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm (served April 1 - September 30)

    High Tea: Monday -Sunday 12:00pm - 3:00pm (served October 1 - March 31)

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm (served April 1 - September 30)

    Dinner service resumes June 15 - September 15 & December 1 - January 6
  • Payment Options: Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Northwest, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Travis Hansen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: The Butchart Gardens Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/activities/calendar/

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wallace Drive
  • Public Transit: From downtown Victoria, you should take bus #30 or #31, then transfer to bus #75 (at the Royal Oak exchange) which comes right to The Gardens. For BC Transit schedules visit
    http://www.bctransit.com/regions/vic/?p=1.txt
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Dining Room Restaurant is located within The Butchart Gardens, so admission to The Gardens is required. You will be guided to your complimentary parking spot.
A word from Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room
Enjoy the stunning floral display gardens, plus the restaurant's historic surroundings and contemporary, fresh local foods. Located in the original Butchart family residence, you can experience spectacular views of the Private Garden, the Italian Garden and Tod Inlet. Indulge in Afternoon Tea in our Spring and Summer seasons, or our High Tea which offers more warm savories from October through the winter months. Lunch and dinner are served seasonally with a strong presence of local sustainable ingredients. Choose from our award winning showcase of Vancouver Island wines. Enjoy adding to your awareness and appreciation of local grapes and vintners. Please note that admission to The Butchart Gardens is required in order to access The Dining Room Restaurant. Our current admission rates are at www.butchartgardens.com
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Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (131)special occasion (117)romantic (83)great for outdoor dining (82)great for lunch (67)great for brunch (48)fit for foodies (44)good for groups (22)notable wine list (19)kid-friendly (16)neighborhood gem (13)hot spot (5)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Beautiful
    Hungry
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We've been coming here every other summer and always head for Buchart Gadens. This time we brought friends along and had a beautiful evening. Have always had wonderful meals here overlooking the lovely gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Afternoon Tea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Lovely tea and beautiful setting. Had vegetarian tea option for my friend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a wonderful time!!
    loveflowers
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant sits in the middle of the Butchart gardens and you are dining surrounded by the beautiful flowers. There were three of us and each of us enjoyed our meal. Our server was very friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend visiting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • celebrating 45
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food. Lovely surroundings. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Wish we lived closer to the Gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 38th Wedding Anniversary at an early evening dinner. It was wonderful from beginning to end! Our waitress was a consummate professional and paced our dinner in a way that gave us just the right amount time to savor the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tea time!
    Ks1995
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Waitstaff was excellent! Food was tasty and great presentation. Very accommodating for all my friends dietary needs! Would have only loved to have my own teapot and cuter teapot vs the stainless steel..!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Tea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Thank you for a lovely High Tea at your dining room. It was my mom's 80th Birthday and it was so nice that we had 'high tea for two' complimentary from the Butchart Gardens. It was a very memorable occasion for us. A cherished memory!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tea With My Granddaughter
    Nana
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    To celebrate her 8th birthday, my granddaughter said she'd like to go out for tea. Since she'd never been there before, I surprised her with a day at Butchart Gardens. Noelle loves all things "pretty," so she was delighted with our tea in what I'd call the conservatory part of the dining room - sunny, sophisticated, and surrounded by flowers. Knowing that it was her birthday celebration, the staff brought her berry trifle with a candle in it (yes, I was happy to pay extra so we could both eat trifle). How much fun was that - eating dessert first!!!! The servers were very attentive, especially to the sweet eight-year-old girl all dressed up for afternoon tea. I would highly recommend this as a wonderful treat for somebody special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PRICY BUT GOOD
    KnSBow
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    WE ENJOYED THE AMBIENCE, SERVICE WAS EXCELLANT. I OBJECT TO BEING TOLD TO WRITE A REVIEW OF A CERTAIN LENGTH. DON'T SPOIL A GOOD THING
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon Tea
    chapluvdit
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We (2) went for a birthday celebration and had the "Afternoon Tea". It very much lived up to its "hype" and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The service was very good and the friendly staff enhanced the experience. It was expensive, but that was expected, and it was what made the uniqueness the more pleasurable. The food itself was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paying for the view...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We recently went there for an evening meal & definitely paid for the view, which as gorgeous! The food was okay, I had to send back my steak & my server wasn't super nice about it. Water & coffee wasn't refilled often & it took 45 minutes before our food came out.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch among the flowers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Charming setting, very nice food but menu choices are a bit peculuar.... aix of excellent and humdrum. Well priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful surprise
    BubeeJoy
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We recently went for dinner with my parents to the dining room at the Butchart Gardens. The meal was wonderful, the food beautifully presented, and the service was truly outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Treat at the Gardens
    oceantech
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We recently re-visited the Dining Room before a wonderful open-air concert - Pink Martini. A true special event that all married couples should do at least once a year - she's worth it you cheapskate husbands out there. Next year I hope the concert series expands even more - here are my favorite suggestions: Bruce Hornsby, Chris Botti (awesome!), Pat Metheney (if you can get him) and Bruce Cockburn - anytime.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The atmosphere was heavenly, the food was great!! Wonderful spot for a wedding, romantic dinner or just a special night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sit Back Enjoy View, Tea & Service
    Bookaholic
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It is one thing to enjoy walking through the splendid gardens. However, it is well worth sitting and savoring the view while being pampered during tea. Service is impeccable, warm and gracious. Tea was more then tiny sandwiches and limited pastries. Three tiers of foods, starting with two of each choice of sandwich: cucumber, chicken curry, egg salad, quiche, sausage bun, salmon pinwheel. Pastries, once again two of each, poppy seed cake, chocolate opera cake, raspberry & white chocolate 4 square, raspberry macarrons and house truffles. Lastly, two ginger scones with cream and jam....Be aware.... you start with wild blueberry trifle...and your choice of tea...sit back and enjoy the view... allow yourself to honestly enjoy the gardens.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chrisden
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Phillip did a wonderful job as well as his assistants. We had a wonderful experience and very reasonably priced! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Dining Experience
    IreneC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I both agree that the Afternoon Tea at The Dining Room was one of the highlights at Butchart Gardens. We made reservations a month in advance and were seated right away. The service was polite and prompt. Food and tea was amazing and delicious. Our favorites were the scones and German sausage roll. Chicken curry sandwich was pretty tasty too! Such a nice touch to an already beautiful day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy evening, an historic setting
    LandL
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Dining Room at Butchart Gardens tops off a visit to the beautful gardens. It's a quiet, elegant space in the original home of the Butchart family. The service was a good balance of attentiveness without hovering. The menu is not extensive, but nicely balanced, although not particilarly creative. Every course was beautifully presented and very tasty. This is a restaurant for a special occasion as it is somewhat pricy. However, the lovely old building with views over the gardens is worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    bzippy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were celebrating my Mother's 65th Birthday. We were seated on the veranda - gorgeous view of the Gardens and in the background there was music from the band shell. It was magical. The music was a happy accident. I would recommend you check the concert listings and book an outdoor table on band nights. Our server Elizabeth was charming and efficient. The meal was enjoyed by all. Wonderful locally sourced items from the wine, vegetables, and protein.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great afternoon tea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The afternoon tea was awesome and the service impeccable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining splendor in the gardens
    mimanpoppy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    To celebrate my birthday I spent the afternoon at Butchart Gardens. I decided to book a lunch reservation in the dining room. I was seated to a quiet table outside with a lovely view of the gardens. The service was pleasantly understated, meaning the wait person was there but she left me to enjoy the surroundings and my meal. The lunch menu, while small, had been carefully created. I enjoyed the baked chicken served atop lush fresh greens, fruit and blue cheese. It could not have been more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The tea is enough to share between two people. The best thing about having tea here is getting to sit outside with a view of the gardens.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a great seat outside on the patio on Saturday night. It was absolutely perfect, right down to the to-go mugs for our coffee so we could take them along to watch the fireworks!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Laveen
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The staff was very personable and friendly, the food was cooked perfectly and was very flavorful, the ambiance was very nice, and the view of the Italian courtyard was beautiful. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon Tea is excellent
    hitea
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Booked a table of 5 at 2:45pm online. The traditional British Afternoon Tea is awesome!!! Everything looks adorable, especially a wide range of cakes and pastries. You can taste the food while enjoy a great scene. But the sweeties might be too much to be eaten at once, and you can pack it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • H4M56
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    For a special occasion, time and money well spent. Service superlative.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butchart Dining room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Unable to guarantee an outdoor table on a reservation due to priority to first come first serve when crowded at lunch time/ Afternoon tea. Did not like back room overlooking Italian garden as too easy to hear everyone else speaking, front larger room better indoors near a window but not a great view. Italian garden is the exit point for all visitors so very busy and not a romantic quiet garden view. Afternoon tea food and service great. We had dinner as well sat outdoors which was quieter later in the day 7pm when less crowded. Steak over done vegetables under done and soup microwaved too hot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Waiter was a Zombie
    Happicoastgirl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had one of the most complex tasting, yet simply and elegantly presented dinners imaginable at the Butchart Gardens Dining Room. Every morsel was truly exquisite. However, we were seated in an undesirable corner with wait staff whisking through a nearby door every minute or so. Our main complaint was the waiter, who somehow thought that unsmilingly attending our needs every 20 minutes would suffice. Water and wine glasses remained unfilled; we waited at least 15 minutes for our plates to be cleared. Nothing was done without requesting it, which, with three potential attendants (the waiter, a water person, and a bread/remove things person) seemed ludicrous. Overall, we loved the food and the potential, but not our experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Excellent food and ambience and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Outstanding experience overall. We could not have asked for a more lovely and fitting way to impress our visitors from Australia. Thank you! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Room for Improvement
    Jersey58
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We love the gardens and were looking forward top our high tea in The Dining Room. I have to say that I was disappointed. The teas are all blends - one just wants a classic tea, whether Darjeeling, Earl Gray or Green, but not these trendy mixtures. The food seemed very formulaic and lacking in taste. The only sandwich that tasted like it should was the chicken - the others had clearly been made hours ahead and tasted bland. I paid $170 for four people including tax, after paying $133 to get into the gardens. We found better value and taste at The Abkhazi Gardens high tea in Victoria's Oak Bay neighbourhood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Summer Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The menu had a good variety of choices. It would be nice to see a better representation of the many available lovely B.C. wines in the 'wine-by-the-glass' selections
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    oliver
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good experience! Beautiful garden, nice decoration, delicious food, deserve a long stay!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best high tea in Victoria
    allaboutfood
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I rate this high tea better than the Fairmont Express for value, customer service & food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon tea in the garden
    Hungrydiva
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was a great spot for proper afternoon tea. So beautiful to look out on the gardens while enjoy delicious food! Reservations are necessary. Try to sit on the porch if possible. Cheaper than other places we looked at for tea, and better food we heard from others (nothing to compare it to...)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice and overpriced
    Time4wine
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The Empress is clearly relying on its history to continue to draw people in, the tea and the food was okay, really nothing extraordinary. The location is beautiful, the bill however was $200 for 2 adults and 2 young girls, we felt like we were rushed through it and had the bill brought to us before we were done. We had a much nicer experience at the Butchart gardens tea. I do not mind paying for quality but that is not what should be expected at the Empress.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovebirds4ever
    Luvbirds4ever
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Such a wonderful afternoon tea! Everything was elegantly presented, service was delightful, and food and tea were both delicious. We had a table overlooking the gardens. Just beautiful and all tastefully and considerately done. We loved the special treatment and understated care and class in which all was presented. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were so looking forward to having a special dinner at Butchart Gardens but while we were seated quickly the over all service was very slow and the food while good was not "something special"!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tea service!
    darwin96VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Tea service was great. Ambience, service, and food were all as good as hoped.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good environment
    polo91
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food is OK but the view is very good. You can see the beautiful garden through the window.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.