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Shaughnessy Restaurant
Shaughnessy Restaurant

Shaughnessy Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.SHAUGHNESSYRESTAURANT.COM
  • Phone: (604) 261-0011
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: DAVID WILLIAM GRIMSHAW
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: THE RESTAURANT MAY BE BOOKED FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS EITHER EXCLUSIVELY OR NON-EXCLUSIVELY FOR SMALLER GROUPS. PRICES VARY DEPENDING ON THE EVENT, NUMBER OF GUESTS, AND TIME OF YEAR. PLEASE INQUIRE VIA OUR WEB SITE WHICH ALSO PROVIDES A SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND MENUS.
  • Private Party Contact: TED MCLEAN (604) 261-0011
  • Entertainment: THE OPPORTUNITY TO STROLL IN A 55 ACRE BOTANICAL GARDEN OFFERING AMAZING FOLIAGE AND GROWTH EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR. TEST YOUR SENSE OF DIRECTION AS YOU FIND YOUR WAY THROUGH THE POPULAR "GARDEN MAZE". RELAX AND FIND YOUR CENTER IN THE MEDITATION GARDEN OR MEANDER THROUGH MEDITERRANEAN BELT. YOU'LL FIND JURASSIC SIZE PLANTS AROUND LINVINGSTONE LAKE. THE STONE GARDEN IS ONE OF VANCOUVER'S HIGHEST ELEVATIONS, OFFERING A VIEW OF THE MOUNTAINS ON A CLEAR DAY. TRULY SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE !!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 37TH AVENUE
  • Public Transit: SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT IS ON OAK STREET WHICH IS THE MAIN THROUGHFARE For MANY ARTERIES INTO OR OUT OF THE CITY. ON ROUTE FROM OR TO THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OR THE US BORDER. SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT IS 15 MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN AND 15 MINUTES FROM THE AIRPORT. TRANSIT BUS STOPS ARE LOCATED ONLY 2 MINUTES FROM THE ENTRANCE TO THE GARDEN.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: WE HAVE AMPLE FREE/COMPLIMENTARY PARKING FOR 200 CARS; ALSO PRIVATE COACH AND BUS PARKING AREA..
A word from Shaughnessy Restaurant
SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT IS LOCATED IN THE SPECTACULAR VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN (A 55-ACRE TEACHING GARDEN). THE RESTAURANT WAS ORIGINALLY OPENED IN 1984 TO SERVICE THE MANY MEMBERS & GUESTS OF THE GARDEN, BUT IT SOON BECAME A POPULAR DINING ESTABLISHMENT AND HAS EVOLVED INTO A VANCOUVER LANDMARK. IT IS NOW A FAVORITE WITH LOCALS & TOURISTS ALIKE. SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT OFFERS CONTEMPORARY COMFORT FOOD, PROFESSIONAL WARM SERVICE AND THE RIGHT MIX OF CREATIVITY AND COMMITMENT IN AN ELEGANT, RELAXED AND UNIQUE GARDEN SETTING. WE CATER TO A VARIETY OF EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR - WEDDING RECEPTIONS, ANNIVERSARIES, BIRTHDAYS, BAR/BAT MITZVAHS, FAMILY REUNIONS AND CORPORATE MEETINGS. EXCLUSIVE RESTAURANT BOOKINGS ARE AVAILABLE AND WE CAN ACCOMODATE A VARIETY OF GROUP SIZES UP TO 200 PEOPLE. THERE IS AMPLE FREE PARKING FOR CAR, PRIVATE COACH OR BUS. BOTH THE GARDEN AND THE RESTAURANT ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLEContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "My last dining experience at the Shaughnessy Restaurant was very disappointing. I invited a friend for lunch and requested a table outdoors. Well, on this day a wedding was booked so those who dined outside needed to finish their meals by 1:30pm, we sat down for lunch at 11:45. Food was served to us cold, bumpy floor, noisy staff, and a deadline to boot - not impressed this time."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Always enjoyable atmosphere, good food and service. We started with the shrimp and crab cakes as a tasty appetizer. One of us had the paella with lots of clams and mussels, nice and fresh. The steak was very good and enjoyed. For dessert we shared a coconut creme brûlée - yum! Thanks for an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We found the whole atmosphere to be very pleasant. Very nice setting. The food was great and we thought the menu was very good."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Service was somewhat nonexistent. There's no where to actually check-in anywhere. We stood for quite awhile, then seemed like we were a bother. Food was just meh...not horrible, but nowhere near terrific at all. We were never even asked if we wanted a second drink. The scenery was not great considering you are in a botanical garden. Definitely did not merit a special visit. Maybe if you just happen to be at the garden it would be acceptable."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Love this restaurant! I have yet to dine inside the restaurant as the 2 outside dining areas are beautifully situated with great views of the garden. The food is delicious and the service is stellar. The menu for lunch is a little pricey but is well worth it"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Been a regular customer for years. Lovely location, and beautifull restaurant. Only 5 minutes from home. Parking is so easy ! Service is always attentive. I just wish they would change the menu occasionally ! M."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food was good and the staff were very pleasant and helpful. Nice people"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "If you are used to kale being the tough waxy textured vegetable usually found at produce stores, you will be pleasantly surprised by the baby kale salad served at Shaughnessy. Combined with feta cheese and toasted chick peas, it is very tender, tasty, and not the least bit chewy. The restaurant has an arrangement with a local grower to supply the baby kale, so it it can always be fresh. Try it, you won't be disappointed. There are always very creative vegetarian options on the menu too. My wife had the kale and quinoa strudel and was very pleased. I had the paella, which was one of the best versions of this dish that I have ever had. Great food in a great setting overlooking VanDuesen gardens."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We shared the Greek tomato salad (a somewhat different presentation, with a couple of small slabs of feta on top) then went on to the pasta of the day (okay, but it should have been hotter) and the vegetable strudel (quite good, and considerably hotter than my pasta). We would have enjoyed a couple more of the tiny buns but none were offered and we didn't bother to ask. Service was otherwise fine, and the south patio was a very pleasant place to enjoy a glimpse of the garden on a warm evening."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My guest from Massachusetts, USA was pleased with the décor and ambiance at the restaurant. The view and mild temperature were ideal for a great outdoor dining. Both the meals and service were excellent. We plan to come back on our next trip to BC"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Having lunch at Shaughnessy is like a vacation. The garden is absolutely beautiful in the summer. The restaurant is open to allow fresh air and the view is fantastic."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This restaurant is consistently very good with great service and great ambience. Always enjoy a meal here."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Service was a little slow, but the server was friendly when she came around. Food was tasty although they could have been a little more generous with the portion size."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Shaughnessy Restaurant has a lovely location in Van Dusen Gardens. While I did have a different menu choice on this occasion, perhaps because it was a combination of lunch and brunch, my main comment would have to be that the menu doesn't change very much and I would like to see more gluten-free and vegetarian options."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "As I have only just 'refound' this place after absense of at least 10 years, I cannot guess at how the evening, etc. times would be like. Three of us were there for Sunday brunch/lunch and were seated at one of the side window seats and were so impressed with the table, the view, and the service although there were setting up for a big group about to come in so it was a bit busy with that activity. The food was excellent, beautiful presentation and well priced. I would definitely come back for lunch again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "nice setting in Garden. Good place to eat while visiting the garden. would not make a special trip just for the restaurant. not sure why there needs to be a minimum number of words.. but there you go."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Not the cheapest place, but the food is very good and it is quiet for dinner during the week. The lunch menu is more reasonable and it is always busy at lunchtime."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Three of us (two locals and an out-of town guest had three of the fish offerings. They were all really good. Been many times to the Shaughnessy and we had one of the best meals ever and, of course, the view is almost as good!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The concierge was rude - we were made to feel extremely unwelcome the first few minutes at the restaurant - in the way that he spoke to us, his body language and how he seated us by throwing the menus on the table. Our waiter again was very professional and friendly. We will not visit again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Everything was perfect ! Thankyou very much. We were celebrating my son's wedding and presented their wedding gift to them. They loved in and the Shaunessy Restaurant helped !!!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I had a great time with my family. Food and service were great. I wouldn't complain; except the Host, he had no smile and not friendly and I don't think he should be the person for this position. Anyway, HOST was not professional at all"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Over the years, I have dined at Shaughnessy almost monthly! I find it consistently good, very friendly, and even able to accommodate special requests. This visit, my sister from Sydney was spending her last evening with us before her return to Australia. We walked in the garden, ate good food (especially the lemon tart), and had a wonderful time to talk. Thank you for helping us soften her leaving! Irene"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Shaughnessy is a wonderful spot for a relaxing dinner in a garden setting. We sat on the patio which let's you only see a small portion of the expansive VanDusen gardens, the only drawback of the patio) but overall the classic tea room ambient is very beautiful. Service was impeccable and very prompt but never pushy. The food was excellent although the wine list is a bit compact. We will surely return"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Shaughnessy's is an excellent choice to celebrate a special occasion, be with friends or family. The ambience is outstanding, both inside and out, the location in the garden's makes this a must visit location if you live in Vancouver or are visiting. The menu includes a variety of seafood and other dishes to satisfy most individual tastes. We were impressed having booked our reservation through Open Table that they had read the note indicating that my friends had train reservations and we were pressed for time. They paid special attention to keeping our service onetime and we did not feel rushed. Simply outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Superb dining experience here @ Shaughnessy Restaurant...from the attentive wait staff to the savory entrees. The lamb shank was succulent and melted off the bone...lovely fresh sides as well. The New England chowder was meh...barely tasted any clams in the soup. The Ahi Tuna was a tad bit overcooked...would have been perfect with less of a sear....the bed of soba noodles was fantabulous and perfectly seasoned. Will definitely return to this phenomenally tasty gem~"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I had dinner with two other friends as a going away for one of them. I had a hard time choosing my dinner but settled on the paella. It was very tasty and a generous portion. I tried the steelhead previously and thoroughly enjoyed that as well. The server gave me a good recommendation on a glass of wine and we had a table with a partial view of the gardens. The server also split our bill when asked, with no problem. All in all a great time."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We booked here as a treat before my parents returned to the UK. We went for the brunch menu and were not disappointed. The food was served in a timely manner, well presented and very tasty. Our server was attentive, and seemed knowledgeable of the menu. The restaurant had a light-friendly and casual atmosphere, and seemed to cater for all types, from single people, to couples, and groups, to families. The food was fairly priced, and the house wine only a little higher than average in price, but good quality. The location is pretty good too considering it is at the Van Dusen Gradens"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We took several family members to the Shaughnessy Restaurant to celebrate our daughter's university graduation. The restaurant had a lovely elegant, casual ambiance for this special occasion. The food was delicious and the service attentive."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was interesting and well served, but our experienced was marred by the extreme and unnecessary rudeness of the maitre d' to a Van Dusen gardener who had helped us find the entrance. In fact we almost walked out at that point. There are no signs in the Garden to indicate the entrance to the restaurant from the Garden, nor is there a sign stating there is no access. It is astonishing in this day and age that see such actions in a restaurant."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is a hidden gem. So romantic. We were married there and it provided the most spectacular atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We had a nice lunch while at a car show at VanDusen gardens recently. This is an annual event for us and look forward to a relaxing lunch during a busy day. I had the ahi tuna burger and my wife had chicken breast panini. Both were very good and service was efficient and friendly. Prices are a bit high, but given lack of other choices and fact that food is always good, it helps make our annual visit complete. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We live in Chilliwack. In our reservation request we asked for a table for three, with a view - we were coming with a friend to have lunch and see the All British Car Show. Our friend is elderly and phoned us just as we were about to leave home. She advised us she did feel too good, so would prefer to stay at home. We sent a quick e-mail to the restaurant to advise our 12:30 booking would now only be for two. When we arrived and apologies for the late change in number, the Maitre D said no worry and showed us to a window table with a great view out onto the gardens. The meal was excellent with a nice choice to be had from the brunch menu. All-in-all a pleasant experience, followed by the afternoon in the lovely gardens amongst the cars."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "If you are looking for a lovely garden setting for lunch, consider the Shaughnessy Restaurant. The food is very good as is the service, and if you have time, you can visit the lovely gardens after lunch. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The shrimp cake salad and the halibut was outstanding. Great taste, great presentation. We wanted sherry and they had a great selection. We were very happy. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • " I need friends here often for lunch because the quality of food is reliable service is excellent and it is a nice quiet place to dine."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I took my friend here for a special birthday lunch. We had a lovely table on the patio with a beautiful view of the gardens. The food was excellent and our service was outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "A perfect backdrop for Mother's Day. Flowers, lots of natural light, great food and service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My sister and I enjoyed taking our mom out for brunch. the food was excellent and we were well looked after by our waiter."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Servers were pleasant and plentiful but some diners at our table waited over five minutes for their meals after the others had been served. Their meals grew cold while they politely waited. Spoiled an otherwise delightful experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We celebrated Mothers Day with a window seat facing the gardens and a nice meal. We were all happy with the service. would come again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014