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
196 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (154)special occasion (137)great for outdoor dining (104)romantic (102)great for lunch (78)fit for foodies (60)great for brunch (51)good for groups (26)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (18)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (5)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were belatedly celebrating my husband's 65th, as I had a bad accident that spoiled our original plans. Butchart was a true pleasure, as was the high tea. Thank you for the lovely service and perfect setting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Garden elegance
    14lochlassVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Butchart. We dined inside amidst flowers in a room with a greenhouse feel and garden view. The salmon salad was beautifully presented and delicious. We also highly recommend adding the boat tour to make your Butchart experience complete.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tea for Two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We combined a visit to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens and Victorian high tea into one splendid affair. Before traveling to Victoria this time, I did a little more research on high tea service, as I had already had tea at The Empress. The Empress serves a nice tea and has a good view, but the price is almost double and the food/tea is not as good. When I made my reservation, I added a note that I would like a window table as this was my birthday celebration. We were seated in the conservatory with a beautiful view of the gardens. We each chose our own blend of tea (temperature and taste were perfect). The tiered sweet and savory food items were delicious and beautifully arranged and included a "Happy Birthday" note in chocolate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We made a special day out of visiting the Garden. The experience was wonderful and would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tea was perfect
    heye68
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The tea was perfect. some of the sandwich were not very suitable for my Chinese stomach. the first dessert was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Recommended
    abdance
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We took a couple of our out of country friends and had lunch here. Just the ticket!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Gluten Free Option!
    Famished
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    From the quality of food and tea, to the amount of food (enough to count as a meal), to the incredible view, it's a not to miss experience. The way they dealt with my gluten intolerance was phenomenal. All the same foods were offered, just on different breads and prepared with different flours. I was so impressed! The outdoor seating with the view of the gardens was the icing on the cake. We had initially planned to go to the Fairmont for this experience, but with the time crunch to get back to the ferry and the fact that it was double the cost, I am so happy with our decision to stay at Butchart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tops the Flowers!
    Petersburgsue
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    How we loved being in Mrs. Butchart's conservatory eating innovative cuisine, filled already to the brim with the dahlias and hydrageas. Everyone so friendly, the food so elegant, the sun through the windows evoking earlier times in the gardens. It is an island of gracious hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great venue, outstanding view
    Kenniper
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    What else would you expect from Butchart Gardens?! Nothing but the best. Great location with gorgeous views of the gardens. Outside seating was spectacular although can be a bit cool in the shade. Menu was respectable and food was tasty and well presented. Would definitely eat here again!.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our waiter, Phillip, made an already spectacular tea, memorable. What a perfect combination of respectfulness, playfulness, competence and charm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodjunkie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Lovely setting; a more traditional tea than most places. I would have liked a selection of a few teas, but they only served us one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!!
    Haru
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We enjoyed Afternoon Tea there! It was awesome!! Staffs are so kind and food is very tasty!! My mom came to Canada for sightseeing from Japan. So for us, that time is special!! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Afternoon Teas in Victoria
    spirit2001
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Beautiful view of gardens, excellent service, delicious food. Staff works hard to pamper you and cater to your needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at a special place
    Upnorth
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The Butchart Gardens were absolutely one of the most incredible places I have every been. And after spending the morning in aw of those gardens, the dinning room at the gardens was a perfect place to enjoy delicious food and wine. It was a quiet escape from the crowds at the garden. My Waldorf salad was done perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magical
    dcrdcrVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had afternoon tea in the skylit garden room. Tea was perfect. They are very accommodating with any dietary needs. Food was superb and so plentiful we had to have some wrapped to take with. They kept it in their refrigerator for us while we toured the gardens. Was a terrific value for the money also. Much less than at Empress tea room and just as lovely. We saw cuoples celebrating their anniversary there. Nice way to do that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange service
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We were seated at a lovely table overlooking the gardens, but admittedly it was probably the furthest one from the entrance. But when our waitress brought us our bill and said "this is so far from my station when you are ready to pay could you meet me half way by the kitchen door" we were simply stunned. This is not a Taco Bell, but a place that pretends to be very upscale. If a server can't even walk back to your table to pick up your payment something is dramatically wrong. The food was good. Of course it's very overpriced, but then look at where it is -- a very special place -- so no real complaint there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good feeling
    Aussievisitors
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a lovely experience with friends from Australia. Everyone enjoyed their meal, the Oculus wine, and the excellent service by the waitress. The only drawback was the wait for our reserved table. We also enjoyed the view of the flowers, the excellent background music, and the back room where we were seated.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything & More
    PacificNWer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was perfect, I let them know it was our anniversary when making the reservation and we had the best table imaginable out on the balcony with a dazzling vista of the gardens! We are foodies so have high expectations and they were all met by the refreshing menu. I even had one of the best wines in a long time and it was from the Okanagan Valley of BC. When our dessert arrived they had a big sheet of chocolate all decorated and the words Happy Anniversary in beautiful lettering added to it, a sweet touch. Loved the rose sorbet! Such a different flavor combination with the chocolate torte. We will definitely be back!Strolling the gardens before dinner and the fireworks after made for a perfect anniversary outing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Serenity
    gpoints
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Dining the way it was intended to be - great service, perfectly light fresh bites to eat, and surrounded by beauty everywhere the eye travels. The mussels and small salad were sublime
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday at Butchart!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I surprised my husband with a 65th birthday trip to Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. He has had Butchart Gardens on his bucket list for years. We visited the gardens in the morning...and then instead of high tea, we returned back to the Dining Room at Butchart Gardens for dinner. It was a wonderful evening and we were able to sit outside overlooking the lawn. There was also a concert that night which was wonderful background noise for dinner. The staff was wonderful and we had an excellent meal. It's a bit pricey but well worth it for a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    One of the best days I have spent on holiday anywhere with excellent service, food and the spectacular surroundings of Butchart Gardens. We were able to dine early in the evening to ensure one of the best tables on the terrace to enjoy a relaxed and delicious dinner incorporating fullest flavours, visually stunning courses, attentive but discreet service. We originally booked our reservation online through the website which was easy to follow and very informative. Must spend at least one full day here as a paradise of stunning views beautifully crowned with exquisite cuisine. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    JerryB
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We visited Butchart Gardens during the day and returned for our dinner reservations. Service, food and ambiance were all excellent. We would highly recommend this location for the dining experience as well as the beautiful gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special experience
    HappyCoiple
    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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.
  • Charming for Tea
    lori
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My mom and I had the afternoon tea outside. Beautiful view, fun to sit outside, lovely selection of teas and goodies. Wonderful, knowledgeable waiter who enjoyed talking with us about the teas and the gardens. We tried the rose tea and berry tea; both were delightful. A nice treat to add to your day at the garden.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
  • Charming
    phimumom
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Lovely spot for taking a break from viewing the beautiful gardens. Unchh was lovely. The afternoon tea was beautifully prepared and served. We wished we had had tea there instead of at the Empress
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • 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
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    • 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