The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
1313 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Northwest
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian
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Hours of operation
NOW SERVING:
Afternoon Tea 11:00pm - 4:00pm

Lunch 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm - 7:00pm


SEASONAL MENUS:
High Tea:
October 1 - November 30 & January 7 - March 31

Christmas Tea:
December 1 - January 6



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Phone number
(250) 652-8222
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Travis Hansen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wallace Drive
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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.

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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
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Entertainment
The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at https://www.butchartgardens.com/events/nightly-entertainment/
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1313 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Ambience was relaxing and service was excellent and attentive.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Terrific day! Butchart Gardens is beautifully run. Gardens immaculate and paths r easy to follow. Local buses take u directly to the Gardens. Perfect place for champagne and Afternoon Tea.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Lovely spot for afternoon tea. Excellent service. Tea was substantial with many different savory and sweet items - a good substitute for lunch.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Melissa was our server and she was exceptional. The Caesar salad was delicious. Both of us ordered the salmon and the salmon was fine but it came with smoked potatoes with salsa verde which were in my opinion inedible.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I enjoyed one of the best meals we have had anywhere at Butchart Gardens Dining Room. We shared an excellent salad, both had marvellous rack of lamb, and ended with sharing an excellent crème brulee. I have to add that the prices were high and the extensive local BC wine list was expensive,.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Went for afternoon tea. Nice atmosphere. Food was fine but not what we normally get for afternoon tea.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service. Our waiter was very professional and he made very good recommendations. The food exceeded our expectations.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Loved the room and the surrounding flowers. Made us feel special.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

The Dining Room has a very good ambience in the gardens. The staff were very friendly, attentive & efficient. The food was expensive for only a slightly above average meal. We liked the use of local ingredients. The wine was very expensive, the wines can be bought at a lesser price at other fine dining restaurants around Victoria. If you are not visiting the gardens, it would be too expensive to come in just for the restaurant.

My impression was that it was fleecing the tourist. We are local.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

I have dined here many times and always been satisfied but this time all three of us were disappointed! Two of our cocktails were not satisfactory we did tell our waiter and the supervisor did come to our table and apologize, offering us a free dessert but we declined so he did take the drinks off our bill. We were dissatisfied with the lack of choices on the lunch menu and I had the smoked salmon Crote it was very fishy tasting. For $22 I felt this dish was overpriced. So to answer your question would I recommend the dining room to others, I'm undecided! Our waiter was fantastic and also the hostess at the door. The ambiance was lovely and all the beautiful floral arrangements as well!

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Beautiful out door view of gardens. Lunch was pleasant and well made. Service was attentive. Desert was the bomb.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We were there for afternoon tea and the savory and sweets are well made. The sweets are very delicate and each pastry are unique in its taste. This is one of the better afternoon tea that I have in years. Definitely recommend going when you visit Butchart Garden.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We sat on the verandah with a beautiful view over the gardens. The whole menu was interesting and imaginative and it was difficult to choose one above the other. The meal, from beginning to end, was beautifully cooked and well presented. The service was excellent. We would recommend it to anyone as a delightful experience and will definitely dine there again.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We were visiting and had tea. It was very special and our waiter was very good

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Very friendly staff and lovely tea flavors paired with yummy tea sandwiches.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea at Buchert Gardens. The service was excellent and you can’t beat the view!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Emily’s graduation

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The food was really good and our server very knowledgeable. We sat outside on the veranda and have a really lovey time. We were not rushed and it was not noisy at all

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Lovely dinner with wonderful staff. The only reason I gave the food 4 stars was because there weren’t a lot of choices to my liking (they had ingredients I don’t like but I’m a boring eater!)
Had the most amazing cocktail though! (Blossom Lemonade)

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The room is lovely. The staff is very good. Our meal was good for the number of reservations they serve on a Saturday. The salad was wonderful lettuce with flower petals. I had the lamb which was excellent but the vegetables were bathed in a rather salty sauce for my taste. The presentation was very nice

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We went for the afternoon tea. Had a great waiter and the food was perfect I've been to much more expensive teas, so this was a good value for the price.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The staff were lovely. The tea was excellant. The selection of sandwiches, scone, and dessert was varied, and all of it was very very good. I especially liked the curried vegetable sandwich and the smoked salmon pinwheel. Most of all, they treated my five year old with respect, were patient with him (he was well behaved, but he is five), and made us feel very comfortable getting afternoon tea with a young one in tow. Thank you, Butchart Gardens.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Very nice experience with Tea at the restaurant. The gardens are incredible and a must see when visiting Victoria.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Wish the facilities were a bit more lavish, but you ultimately come for the garden views. The tea was superb, though the sandwiches could be better. We enjoyed the time, it just seems like this restaurant focuses on volume and not 5* quality.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

High tea in the beautiful gardens. Not to be missed.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Wedding Anniversary

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Excellent food and service, considerate staff, afternoon tea was amazing, atmosphere elegant. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

All the food was very good, but the desserts were really the highlight. Beautiful setting, great service.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Beautiful setting. Excellent food and service. Worth every penny for a wonderful experience and memory.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The food can be a bit more up scale

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Afternoon Tea experience.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Afternoon Tea and a walk around the garden made it a very special 43rd anniversary celebration for both of us. All of the food was prepared and presented beautifully. We will be back for tea again and won't wait 12 months next time.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Splendid!! Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

The food was wonderful!!! The atmosphere was really lovely. Very nice date

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

I ate afternoon tea, it was so amazing and delicious!

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Exceptional dining experience! The evening was thoroughly enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great place to dine before viewing the gardens and fireworks

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Wonderful food. Friendly staff and beautiful surroundings

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Lovely but a bit too $$
Bit noisy and people jammed in too much
You could not hear each other talking

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Beautiful setting in the original Butchart house, which is very lovely. Service and food were both excellent.

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