This has become a favourite
This has become a favourite spot for myself and friends due to the above as well as parking is not a problem.
A suggestion would be to somehow bring down the noise level.
There was no floral arrangement in the entry way as well without the Gift Shop the area is very uninviting.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my third return visit
This was my third return visit for lunch and it did not disappoint. My friend enjoyed the mussels immensely and I tried the prawn and scallop quesadilla which was a little heavy on the cheese but otherwise good. The restaurant was busy but the service was very good with plates being cleared promptly and dessert and coffe arriving quickly. Prices were reasonable. The location at Van Disen makes for a lovely walk after lunch. I will be certain to return again.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Shaughnessy is one of our
Shaughnessy is one of our favorite restaurants. The wait staff is very knowledgable and attentive. The space is beautiful and the garden views are breathtaking. Not to mention the food is excellent. We have never had a bad experience there and would definitely recommend it to others.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The hostess was very good
The hostess was very good about helping us find a table with minimum noise. The acoustics are a little loud for elderly people with hearing aids. Service staff were very plesant and professional.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special thank you to the staff
Special thank you to the staff & waiter who served us for lunch.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Nugget in the Park
Always enjoy the experience at the Shaughnessy. Food, service, ambience is always consistently great. Thank you.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our lunch very much! The restaurant was busy but the service was still pretty fast! The food was presented beautifully, We will go back!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh sunny lunch atmosphere
We went for lunch. Very relaxing, sat facing the garden, was warm and sunny perfect atmosphere for lunch date.
The food was excellent but would have preferred more choice. Possibly dinner has more choices, did not ask.
The service was excellent and attentive. Definitely would recommend and return myself. Perfect relaxing for a lunch date
especially if you include the walk in the the Van Dusen Gardens after the meal.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
The scallop and prawn quesadilla
The scallop and prawn quesadilla was outstanding and not over cooked. It was presented very well too. Service was quick and very pleasant.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall, a very pleasant experience
Overall, a very pleasant experience for my partner's birthday dinner.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tet a Ta
The food was good, service was good, the view was very nice and the atmsophere is good too. Lunch on the deck was a nice way to spend with family and friends on a Sunday.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food & excellent service
Had a weekend brunch and enjoyed our food with great gusto ! Fresh baked blueberry scones for a start & coffee. The Seared Albacore Tuna Burgers with Pomme frites were excellent , very tasty ! Food was served on time and the Staff that were on that day were all friendly and helpful. Price very reasonable , we've been here before and we'll go back again.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the first step, the service was very good from all levels of staff. The special Mother's Day menu provided a great choice of dishes to suit all tastes. Our party of three came away very satisfied with nothing but good comments about the day.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
The overall experience at the Shaughnessy Restaurant was good. Did not care for being limited to one menu though, would have liked to have had the option of ordering from restaurant menu. Not much variety on Mother's Day menu for the price. One member of our party ordered coffee but the waitress did not ask if anyone else would like coffee, would have saved her a trip for a second cup! Would come back though for the opportunity to try the regular menu, and dining out on the deck with the garden view.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I feel relaxed in the restaurant.
I feel relaxed in the restaurant. It looks beautiful and full of warmth.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely Garden Experience
I hadn't been here since the renovation. The restaurant is lovely. The food was excellent and our waiter was outstanding. Will definitely return.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
eat in the green
Really enjoyed lingering at window table beside the garden, lovely lighting enhanced by natural light, & then being able to walk through garden. Food is usually very good.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
May 2014 Dinner
We have not been here for a while.
The food is very well prepared and the steak is perfect.
The service is excellent.
We will be going back soon.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
While at Van Dusen Gardens
We make it to Van Dusen Gardens once a year for the All British Car Meet held in the gardens over the long weekend in May. While there, we make a point of having lunch with friends at Shaughnessy. The menu is always fresh and varied with something to meet every appetite and taste. We have not been disappointed. While the front host or hostess can appear a bit "stiff", we have always found the wait staff to be friendly, outgoing and accommodating. A bit pricey, but the food is worth the extra bit of green for special occasions at this remarkable venue (Van Dusen).
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot to have lunch and then stroll in the Van Dusen Gardens. Out of town visitors loved it. Not kid friendly though. No kids menu available and no change table to be found. Chef was apparently disgruntled at being asked to split adult portions for small children... he eventually did, but apparently under duress! Worth the negotiation though, food and setting were delightful.
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came for a belated Mother's Day brunch and enjoyed the garden views along with excellent service from our waiter that afternoon. The food was delicious and I would recommended this to family and friends. I look forward to returning very soon!
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great lunch!
My favourite spot for meeting friends , never rushed, always given great food with friendly service!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday Lunch/Visit to VanDusen
Twenty years ago I had been a volunteer guide at VanDusen Botanical Garden for about 6 years, so I was a frequent lunchtime visitor to Shaughnessy (previously called Sprinklers). I have not been back since 2001, when I had lunch there with my Mom, who has since passed away. I was celebrating my birthday on May 25th, so I told my husband that I would like to have lunch at Shaughnessy, then walk around the 85 acre garden with our cameras. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, but the treat began with our excellent lunch! So many wonderful memories came rushing back as my husband & I enjoyed a leisurely lunch accompanied by a fine BC wine (Burrowing Owl).
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I enjoyed our selves good food well wourth another visit
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will be back!
This is my second time here and I will continue to come back! The menu hasn't changed since last year, but they are so good at making what is on the menu that I cannot complain. The food is tasty (although my pork chop could have been juicer, it was slightly dry/tough), sauces and their flavours are done nicely, and we all loved their herb and parmesan pomme frites! They are so good, which we could have had more! The service was also great. Bread was refilled when asked, server gave us the right amount of "breathing space" to enjoy our food. I hate pushy waiters, so he was fantastic. The atmosphere was relaxing and the restaurant was nice and quiet, though I should note it wasn't busy so that would explain some of the great service/food.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The seafood chowder was phenomenal.
The seafood chowder was phenomenal. Three out of the four people at the table had it and we all agreed is was fabulous.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to eat!
Was a great place to eat! Service was great, food was outstanding, and location of the restaurant was beautiful. We went for Father's Day and were very pleased! Will definitely visit again!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quality food in the Garden
It was a quiet Thursday evening for our Anniversary, so all patrons were seated in the comfortable covered patio that looks out onto Vandusen Gardens. We both chose seafood. My ample serving of mussels starter were succulent in a delicate leek broth. My grilled halibut served on a tomato based warm vegetable salsa was perfectly cooked - no dryness, even at the outside, and was simply seasoned just enough to enhance the flavour. My partner had the simply seasoned and perfectly cooked steelhead complimented by grilled cauliflower & set on a spiced corm pancake. We expected to pay a bit of a location premium, and did, but fortunately the service and the food quality was not neglected! A lovely evening!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my faves
I worked near by for many years as was a frequent lunch guest at Shaughnessey's because it was consistently good. Great food in a lovely location with nice attentive service. Now that I am retired I continue to visit because it is such a nice place to lunch with friends. I highly recommend it to others.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was meeting up with friends after a few months and using the OT good for brunch spots, decided to explore somewhere I've never been. Great location at Van Dusen Botanical Garden. Seafood chowder was amazing and the Niçoise salad was fresh, crisp and very tasty. Service was attentive with perfect timing with coffee refills and quality checks. Surprised it wasn't busier - but then that makes it a more favourable place for me. We were sitting in conservatory with beautiful views of the garden. Stunning setting and we enjoyed a nice 2 hours walk through the botanical gardens afterwards which was awesome!!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch on patio
we have been for brunch several times. the patio in the summer is wonderful. Service is excellent. Food is standard brunch fare so go for the atmosphere and service. Have not been for dinner but based on brunch would like to.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience-quick and quality
The lunch on patio was great, food is very good, service is quick and high quality. It was a bit crowded lunch time, a bit noisy (we were with business partners and had some hard time to hear each other). The garden views are lovely. Will come back.
The only feedback for improvement I have is regarding how we were greeted. We were standing there for about 5 min without attention, as the person was on the phone for phone reservations. It would be nicer if he interrupted the call for a second to say hi to us and to apologize for the wait. It was awkward standing there with our out of town business partners and listening to the phone conversation of the front line personnel. Other that we had great meal, service and time.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu has just enough choices. We both had the crab croissant and really enjoyed it. Our server was attentive but not intrusive and brought out a plate with cookies and a candle on it for Mom's birthday as we didn't order dessert. Nice touch!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Central, cool, green with a nice menu and ambience . Brings the outside in. Easy parking!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The garden was fantastic as we could enjoy it from the patio dining. Presentation was excellent and the server was doing her duties well. We had ordered soup as opening which was excellent. My son was kind of disappointed since the crab croisant was too greasy, caused by the amount of cheese and croisant is usually a bit buttery anyway.My salad was good except for the prawns which were over cooked, they were dry and the meat was sticking to the shell. Seafood should not be cooked too long anyway, they do tend to get hard or chewy. I certainly hope there would be an improvement in preparing the food since the restaurant is well known and had been in business for many years. Keep the good work.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
After a walk in the gardens,
After a walk in the gardens, we chose to sit outside, the sunny day and the surroundings added to the pleasure of our meal. Two of us had the Chicken Pot Pie which was straight from the oven and delicious. The service was great too.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always treated like royalty. Great service and food. The view and ambience of the garden is also great.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cousins met for lunch after 45 years and this was the perfect setting.
Food and service were wonderful and our table overlooking the fountain, lovely and comfortable.
We finished up our lunch with photos in the garden by the lilies. All in all a perfect setting and meal to reunite with family or start any relationship.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Place for Brunch!
Loved the warm, sweet atmosphere right away. Our waiter was very nice, smiling and attentive.
Food was lovely my Father had a Chicken Panini and my Mother the Beef Burger and both were ample sized and they loved it! I had the Tuscan salad and they kindly removed the cheese as per my request. Prices were decent for the amount of food and the amazing blue berry scones that were served on the house. I wish they had more vegan/veggie options but I did love my salad. The real win however was the best Americano I had in my life and I drink a lot of coffee! I would happily go back just for that alone!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Shaughnessy is an easy destination for us with great parking and a beautiful garden setting.
we had a great time catching up with friends, had good wine, good food. I usually have lunch there but dinner is just great. We will go again & I have recommended it to other friends.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service is usually excellent
The service is usually excellent and even though there was a wedding going on, in the adjoining room, while we dined the service was good. It is nice to look out at the garden. The calamari appetizer was hot and crispy and a generous portion. The beef tenderloin and Asian noodle main course were also very good. The mango and strawberry crisp was disappointing; not very crisp. The coconut creme brulee was nice but not outstanding.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I had the Tuscan salad... It was excellent! The food was great... The ambiance perfect... The service was excellent. Wonderful lunch all around! I definetly recommend!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the stunning view and spaciousness of the Shauhnessy Restaurant. It is an inviting space where staff offer a comfortable experience beginning with complimentary scones and coffee that follows quickly while I can decide my menu choice. There are many brunch selections if eggs and savoury delights are what you fancy. It is a challenging menu if you want to make healthy heart choices or have food challenges (no multi grain alternatives; no fruit alternatives to citrus allergies for french toast and no offer to double up other fruit). Food was beautifully presented in a timely way and we were well looked after. It's worth a return for a different meal to enjoy this rare setting in one of the most stunning Vancouver locations.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Get place for brunch...
A good menu selection and great food. The restaurant was very accommodating when we had to delay our reservation. Our server was most pleasant and service was prompt. The atmosphere is bright and pleasant. Highly recommend it.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ideal combination of great food, perfect service, outstanding ambiance in the VanDusen Botanical Garden
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were greeted warmly and had a nice table. Food was great and so was the service.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had never been here before although driven past it a million times... Lovely restaurant in beautiful park setting. Very nice decor and service was really quite unbelievable. Not too much attention, but I was never wanting for anything. Food was delicious, hot and very fresh. I will return here - I went for lunch, but would like to try at dinner next time as I imagine it would be a really great setting. Chicken pot pie would be perfect for those cold, rainy days - also really enjoyed the chicken ciabatta sandwich !
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot for a ladies luncheon
Always great food and ambience....never feel rushed!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my young son on a date, the service staff catered to him beautiflly.
Called him sir, and treated him like a guest. Food was lovely.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Super all Around
The service we get here is the very best in town. We are weekly diners because we like it so much and we have come to
know all the wonderful servers very well and management.
Everyone is just super.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM