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Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Botanical Garden

3.2
1278 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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About

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 ACCESSIBLE
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(604) 261-0011
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Sloan
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Private party facilities
THE RESTAURANT MAY BE BOOKED FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS EITHER EXCLUSIVELY OR NON-EXCLUSIVELY FOR SMALLER GROUPS, WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO HOST A PRIVATE DINNER FOR 12 OR A COCKTAIL RECEPTION FOR 250, SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT HAS MANY OPTIONS TO OFFER WITH AN EXQUISITE GARDEN VIEW AND FREE PARKING.
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Private party contact
TONI HULSCH: (604) 261-0011
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Catering
Please see our Group Menus at shaughnessyrestaurant.com or call us at 604-261-0011
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
37TH AVENUE
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Parking details
WE HAVE AMPLE FREE/COMPLIMENTARY PARKING FOR 200 CARS; ALSO PRIVATE COACH AND BUS PARKING AREA..
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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.
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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 !!
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Special events & promotions
THERE ARE MANY SPECIAL EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THE LARGEST ONE BEING THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. RESERVE EARLY SO YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED AS THE RESTAURANT IS VERY BUSY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
WE RECOMMEND RESERVATIONS FOR ALL SPECIAL EVENT DAYS, FROM VALENTINES DAY, MOTHERS DAY, FATHERS DAY, EASTER, THANKSGIVING ETC...
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.2  based on recent ratings
3.5
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3.2
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4.1
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3.2
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jacmac (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Fast service, decent but not remarkable food, not a varied menu but we enjoyed what we had. Odd square table with 4 fold outs to make it round was uneven, so my plate rocked throughout the meal. Chowder was more potatoes than seafood, stroganoff more noodles than sauce, lamb and calamari were good and desserts were good but again not exceptionally notable. Service staff were very attentive and courteous. Paying more for the location than the food itself I think.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
1.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

we booked restaurant for christmas dinner
we were told to book extra people just in case
we were told that we would not have to pay for these places in case people dont show up
we had sixteen people but were charged for 28 people
after speaking with the manager, told that this was policy
so because we did not have the name of the person who took the booking, the manager refused to give us a refund
so only sixteen dinners were served but charged for 28
so if you like being cheated, please go to this restaurant
otherwise much better choices in vancouver, a great city for restaurants with many other choices

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

This restaurant has the potential to be so much more. We were a group of three friends meeting for lunch to catch up with each other. I enjoyed the ambience and quiet atmosphere conducive to chatting - the pleasant background music was at a volume that made chatting easy. We asked to move to another booth because our original booth was blasting heat out of the seat and we were graciously accommodated. Parking is free (which is worthy of mention considering this is Vancouver) with easy restaurant access!

Where this restaurant well short was regarding the service. We had to ask for coffee and water refills and the waiter took two plates away while our friends was still eating and then returned and took her plate and she had to inform him she was still eating the sandwich! Something I didn't expect from this caliber of restaurant - we weren't at Denny's.

Our meals were just average. Both my friends enjoyed theirs but I ordered the quinoa salad which was sorely lacking - presentation was awful - a few mixed greens tossed on the plate with a bit of quinoa scattered throughout. Really disappointing considering the price point.

It's in a lovely setting and has an old-school vibe which I enjoyed immensely but service definitely needs some attention.

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NJxx (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

My family wanted to take me out for a Birthday Brunch and thought Shaughnessy Restaurant would be a treat for me. Unfortunately I felt so bad at their discomfort as our service was poor, the waiter who took our order was either hung over or clearly did not wish to be there. We repeatedly requested various needs example: a soup spoon for the soup and our second tea ordered but missed just to name a couple, which is fine it happens but the last straw was when we wanted to pack remaining food home which included hashbrowns (which were delicious) but when we got back our packages most of the food that was on our plates was not included (less hashbrowns/part of a sandwhich - usually when someone asks to pack something home it includes all that is on the plate or at least it should be clarified) I am disappointed this happened for this occasion.

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Wolf (Vancouver)
1.0  Dined on October 30, 2017

Very very slow service and was sitting for two hours when my niece had homework to do so we had to rush eat and leave and the food was cold to our table so not happy that night

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Localgal (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2017

Although the food and service was very good and it’s a beautiful spot, we found the price point a bit high for what we got.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

special thanks to the waitress helping us, so sorry to forget ask her name, she is sweet, beautiful, soft, attentive, patient
make me very comfortable , absolutely will come back, I was at brunch time,

thanks

Josephine

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, view, food and service. I would have given a 5 however 3 items were incorrect in our order 2 of which were forgotten. Our waiter was very attentive and personable which is a big part of a dining experience.

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Lizzyfizzy (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

The service was a little slow at times but generally a pleasant lunch with friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

The server was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. One concern, however, was that bread rolls were not provided with the clam chowder soup, and when requested took a little time to arrive, by which time the soup was cold. I realize that the delay was caused by the need to bake fresh rolls which is understandable, but I wonder whether the need for freshly baked rolls could be better anticipated. In compensation for the cold soup, an additional cup of hot soup was provided.

The creme brulee infused with rose and geranium was excellent - probably the best that I have ever tasted!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent service. Very pleasant outlook. The food was good and the room was quiet enough for conversation.

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Jane (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

We had requested easy access to a table as one of our friends had limited mobility. They seated us close to the entrance with room for keeping a walker close by. This was very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

We had a lovely table overlooking the garden. The food was delicious, I had the prawn and crab croissant and would recommend it. Good service which was not intrusive.

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janeshaw (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2017

I often go to Shaunessey restaurant with various friends all of whom share my fondness for this place. The combination of excellent food, superb service, beautiful setting and outlook, gracious and comfortable seating, and remarkable acoustics that make hearing all the conversation even at a table of eight in the middle of a busy dining room possible is a winning formula. For birthdays, out of town visitors, team day lunches, too-lazy-to-cook Thanksgivings, in fact any reason at all, definitely my go-to place.

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KlareM (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 9, 2017

Wonderful service! We had the best Thanksgiving turkey experience, It was delicious! My family and I cannot wait to come back! Keep up the excellent work.

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Deborah55 (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

Would be nice to have some more original greens on your salads instead of the same mix that is everywhere and use more of the ingredients on the menu instead of a whisper of a promise of what is promised.

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vipYummy (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

We had stopped going to Shaughnessy Restaurant after years of the same old limited menu and a very unfriendly host/maitre'D. But we decided to give it a try again for lunch earlier this week, and again for dinner tonight as we enjoyed the lunch. The management seems to have changed and it is a much friendlier and more welcoming place now. We've always liked the setting in the garden and the patio has been converted to a covered space for weddings, receptions, group events. The lunch menu is more extensive than before. The salads were very good. For our dinner tonight, the soup of day was very good, the Sablefish special very nicely presented and tasty, the mussels delicious and very plump, and the quinoa salad excellent. It had just the right amount of dressing. The restaurant was very quiet so the noise level was wonderfully peaceful. There was a group dinner going on on the covered patio but we didn't hear them. Parking is plentiful and easy. I would definitely recommend lunch or dinner here. If you had stopped coming because of the same reasons we hadn't been in years, then it's time for you to give this restaurant another chance. We will be back and will bring friends.

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tyjue (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

As always, good food and good service! Fabulous outdoor surroundings.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on September 18, 2017

I ordered coffee and meal, no one checked to refill coffee and need to wait, this time was so different with other time I've been visited before.

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Karen (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

All in all a good experience however the quesadilla left a lot to be desired. It should be gooey with cheese in the middle and it wasn't. It was actually very dry and didn't hold together well. Would not order it again

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