The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
2453 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Northwest

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Afternoon Tea
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2453 people are saying
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Carina
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance, wonderful service, great food, best experience.

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ChristinaB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I haven’t eaten out since COVID started so this was a really nice treat. Tables were well spaced, staff were masked and I felt safe. As usual the food was great. My one wish would be to have the option of a “savoury tea” made up of 2 scones, trifle, sandwiches, quiche, sausage roll or other savouries. Other than the scone and trifle I don’t really like the sweets and always wish I could trade the sweets for a couple more mini sandwiches or other savoury items.

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MathewR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an enjoyable time for high tea. Delicious food and flavorful tea. Beautiful setting!

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MarnieD
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, lovely staff, lovely time. Perfect for a special occasion.

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GenevieveJ
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My first tea time and it was perfect! Only thing missing was the British hats.

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TaniaR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The afternoon tea is beautifully presented and equally tasty. Although the setting is a bit modified to accommodate COVID restrictions you still feel the inviting charm of the wonderful legacy that is Butchart.

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JeffG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very memorable tea time. The food was excellent and our dietary restrictions were cheerfully accomodated. We arrived two hours earlier than our reservation but they were very accommodating with the time change too. Overall great experience and look forward to coming back :)

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Breezy
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attention to detail is obvious. Staff helpful and friendly. Covid safe!
One of my favourite spots on the island and my favorite place for high tea!

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Linnea
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great and service lovely. Definitely worth it if you’re spending an afternoon at the gardens.

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DoreenB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

I have been for high tea at the gardens twice before yesterday and it was amazing. This time I was disappointed. They seem to have reduced the number of hot savoury pieces. The two provided were very good. The scone while still excellent was much smaller. The sandwiches which were excellent before were very average this time. The bread was dry. The deserts were nice but seem to have lessened in quality from my two previous visits which were a year or two ago. The service and atmosphere were excellent as usual though.

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Corina
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish. Just book and you won’t be disappointed!

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MandPS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They were so accommodating to my sons allergies. They were also very friendly with our kids and made it a pleasurable experience especially when having afternoon tea with young toddlers.

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CORINNEP
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tea at Butchart Gardens never disappoints! We always enjoy our visits.

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had in our party a celiac and she was amazed at the quality of the food for gluten free, they really made her feel she could eat what the rest of the party could eat. Would recommend afternoon tea to everyone, it was fabulous. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and service was amazing.

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sally
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The afternoon tea at Butchart Gardens is the best in all of Victoria - best price, best service, best atmosphere, and most delicious!! Highly recommended. I've tried most 'high teas' in Victoria and consider Butchart to be the best.

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AliciaP
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elizabeth, our server, was friendly and very professional.

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Suzanne
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful tea. The dining room is absolutely beautiful and our server was engaging and accommodating.
We have booked our table for Christmas 🎄

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CarolJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful tea with my dad. The service was exceptional and the food delicious. The only thing I would recommend is more variety in the 2nd tier (sweets). Regardless, the value and quality is exceptional.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We go every year this year wasn’t as good. Our server didn’t check on the hot water or cream for our tea, we had to call her three times for milk and one time for hot water. For high tea that’s the basic. Also we had a question about one item, she said the details are already on your menu.

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LovepreetM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my wife went to butchart gardens and one of her friends suggested to have the tea there at the Dining Room. Its s pre-set two course menu with options to have vegetarian and gluten free menu.
We sat in the greenhouse looking sitting area with abundant flowering plants. The view outside wasn't spectacular as it would be on the side facing the Italian gardens but it the ambience was cozy and quiet.
The tea itself was great and the food was a selection of sandwiches, sweets, quiches and parfait. All of which were delicious. The portions seemed like they won't be enough at first, but they fill you up nicely.
Overall it was an amazing and very warm experience and we are already planning to visit there during Christmas time.
Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys tea in a quiet, cozy and in a royal fashion.
Price seems a bit high but totally worth it considering the quality of food and the overall experience.

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Nana7
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

at the moment, they are only serving Tea and it was excellent. Tables, nicely set and kept apart at least 2 meters. Servers all wore masks and cleaned the table and chairs after people left. I felt very safe there.

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LynnS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon Tea at Butchart is delicious with fresh and flavourful items. I feel that Butchart offers one of the better teas in town for a reasonable price especially considering the setting, the variety and amount of food offered.

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SheriM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My daughter and I always have a special time enjoying the tea and then the garden. Never disappointed and always enjoyable. Thank you

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Wyatt65
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, brilliant views and intoxicating smells. Well worth the visit and the price. A garden of Eden, with sausage rolls....

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Megan
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, but the service was the best part! Elizabeth was very welcoming and friendly :) we would definitely go back

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GregoryB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Butchart Gardens is an amazing place, and one that our family visits often. We have yearly passes, which is also a great deal...

The afternoon tea is a fun family experience. Excellent food and tea selection in an amazing location.

10/10 will be visiting again.

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Savvy
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice combination of food although I would like to see more warm items in winter time. $42.5/person is a bit expensive, food is delicious.

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Beat
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think Butchard gardens has the best high tea in town. Love it!

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Jiddy
Edmonton
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a birthday lunch and it was totally delightful. Sat on the terrace patio and had fresh air and views of the gardens.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Relaxing table on the veranda overlooking the Italian Gardens. Tea is only offering at the moment due to Covid 19. There was a wonderful variety of pastries, sweets and sandwiches. Beautifully presented and delicious! A very good selection of teas to choose from.

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Chris
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A perfect day, and an equally perfect setting. We, and our visiting guests, were seated at a table on the porch, looking out over the gardens. Sun was out. A peaceful experience.

Our server, Elizabeth, was engaging and welcoming. She has worked there for many years, which pretty much sums up what good employers the Butchart Gardens management must be.

High Tea is always a treat, and the goodies presented to us on 3-tiered platters were excellent.

As residents of Victoria, we were so pleased with the positive reaction of our guests to High Tea and to the Gardens.

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Megh
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous surrounding, great tea, savouries and sweets.

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the Best 60th Birthday Tea for my youngest sister ever. Joined by my sisters and Mother we all really enjoyed our experience. Food was fantastic and had lots of variety and had lots of food. Beautiful surroundings outside near the gardens added to the wonderful atmosphere. Great Dinning Room and our service was excellent. I would highly recommend the dinning experience this has added to the beautiful experience of Butcher Gardens. They met all our needs as one of us is Vegan and another Gluten Free.

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Richard
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our afternoon tea on the Dining Room terrace. The food was great and the service impeccable. The surroundings were, of course, wonderful.

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JennyS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience in a beautiful location. We were seated in the porch with a lovely view across the lawn to the water of the bay. Food was delicious, not too much and not too little.

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OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic having afternoon tea at the gardens!

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KatherineM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Such a beautiful room for afternoon tea, in a spectacular setting! Our server was wonderful — very attentive and very kind. We were also greeted with such warmth and that goes a long way in my book!
The price is about half of what you pay at The Empress but the tea itself was terrible: I suspect the tea leaves are stale because our pot of tea, which we let steep for a long time, had no flavour whatsoever.
The food was OK, not spectacular, just OK. Loved the tiny truffles in small white box. Would have preferred real Devonshire cream and a choice of jam for the scones, Smoked salmon sandwich was delicious.
Still, a lovely experience with great service and in a beautiful room.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere in a historic house set in one of the world's most beautiful gardens. We go back again and again and every time it is always wonderful and a little bit different. Splendid array of tea tray selection, all done to perfection.

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JohnS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The Afternoon Tea was very over-priced for the quality of the food and presentation. The savoury sandwiches were so full of mixed ingredients for an attempt at a 'fusion' experience but is was an over pretentious revolution in your mouth. The sweets were overly so and rather tasteless. The almond tartlet was so hard that a hammer was needed to break its biscotti texture. Kudos, however, on the sausage roll. The ambience was nice and the server was friendly and efficient. All in all, for a $90 experience for two, I'd give it a definite miss.

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Sandyb
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful as usual. By far the best tea and it will become a yearly event.

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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room is rated 4.7 stars by 2453 OpenTable diners.

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