The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.8
2804 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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a really nice time and the food and setting was great. The only issue was there a lot of wasps out on the deck

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KarenR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third time there this year, can hardly wait to come again

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CJalexander1206
Manitoba
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We travelled from our of province for a week, so of course we had to stop off at Buchart Gardens and enjoy an afternoon tea in The Dining Room. The service was amazing, the tea was wonderful, the food was alright. We enjoyed the trifle a lot, the sandwiches were mediocre, the bread didn’t seem fresh, It was a bit dry, the combinations of fillings offered were decent but nothing incredible. We really enjoyed the quiche, sausage roll and the scones were amazing! Overall it’s a very pricy afternoon tea, I don’t feel the value for $100 for 2 is really worth it. I would say if you never experienced it before, you would have to try once but it’s not something, we would do again.

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TrishL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely table overlooking the private garden. Food was delicious with generous portions. Lots to take home. A very fun and unique experience.

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vipCreekinwa
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful inside the dining room, and the afternoon tea is everything you could possibly want. Bring your appetite, because there is a lot of delectable food!

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Jenny
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely full tea, with a view of the Gardens. Food was excellent and the service was attentive. Highly recommend it especially if you have an annual pass to the Gardens!

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AmandaM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, well spaced tables, excellent food. It didn't look like enough initially but certainly turned out to be. Only suggestion would be for a bit more savoury and a little less sweet foods.

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Gaudi
Montreal
18 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service de thé, pris sur le patio avec vue sur le jardin. Atmosphere très agréable et service exceptionnel.
Excellents thés, pâtisseries, mini quiche, roulé à la saucisse, scone, bons petits sandwichs plus traditionnels.

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NisbethA
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High Tea at the Butchart Dining Room was everything I dreamed it would be. The service was impeccable. We got there earlier than our timeslot and were accommodated and and seated. Loved the entire array of high tea sweets, sandwiches and selections of teas. The English trifle was delicious and I particularly want to say how refreshing and pure the Creme Anglais was.

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FrancineC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. The service was great, and the food plentiful. We even got to bring home some of the sweets! Would highly recommend for anyone wishing to go.

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vipregularcustomer
Los Angeles
101 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than tea at the Fairmont Empress at half the price, combined with the amazing gardens makes this a must see for anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Butchart Gardens dining room! My favourite part is that their vegan menu is just as wonderful as the rest of the menu and the vegan food is delicious. They really go the extra mile to ensure the vegan food is enjoyable which a lot of places don’t.

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glewbags
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful place to visit and have tea. But not for those who are short on cash! 36 to get into the gardens and then 42 for the tea

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JoanneR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fab. Incredible value especially compared to the Empress.

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HwaiminW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are excellent and the dining room is beautiful, will certainly come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing afternoon tea with incredible views.

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valentinaW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience4

the sandwiches tasted stale, there was more mayo stuff that product, the desserts were bland, actually very disappointed overall with the food (except the tea). was looking forward to this as last time did this in 2016. now will definitely not recommend you afternoon tea to anyone.

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ShelleyD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mother for afternoon tea/lunch in the Diningroom for her 80th B-day. I heard that Butchart gardens offered a gluten free lunch and me being Celiac I was happy to hear this. The food was fabulous and no belly ache so obviously Gluten Free ingredients were used.
Would highly recommend afternoon Tea and the walk around the gardens was beautiful

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LucyM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time celebrating my friend's birthday, great food!!

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shel2lor
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea in a great and peaceful environment

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ValerieS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea at the Butchart Gardens is always a treat. The food the service the surroundings are all wonderful. I look forward to many more visits.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the vegetarian high tea by a window overlooking the Italian garden on a rainy day. Can't say enough good things about it. Service, food, ambiance all exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Awesome tea. Highly recommend this place. Beautiful spot for tea

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vipKenS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first afternoon tea and it was lovely. We overlooked the gardens. The tea selection was abundant; I tried their black tea infused with fruit which was milder. The food was plentiful and tasty. We lived in London for 4+ years and did many British teas. This ranked with the best and the views were even better. Will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Accommodated our dietary restrictions without notice thanks

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthdaybafternoon tea experience :)

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea is delightful as everyone in. I Tories knows. The service is par excellence. They will even change your tea if you don’t like the one you chose.

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Eek123
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fell in love with Butcharts again. Tea was just an extra bonus. Loved the whole experience!

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JeninaS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely setting and service. If you get a chance to sit outside on the patio overlooking the Italian Gardens, watch out for wasps in the summer time.

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JohnJ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon Tea - tasty and classy— beautiful ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Relaxing and clean environment. Server was prepared and service fast.

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MichelleS
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like usual, the food was amazing, so filling and the atmosphere is so unique. We are already planning our next 2 tea dates!

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Prudence
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service, beautiful and peaceful venue.
The food not as good as it used to be. The Trifle and scone are lovely but The strawberry jam is too firm and sweet for a true cream tea scone and the Devonshire (style) cream leaves a lot to be desired. Even real whipped cream would be better if Devonshire is now too expensive.
The egg salad really lacked flavour but the tarragon quiche was both unusual and delicious. The ham and salmon were both lovely as well. The chicken was flavourful but too dry and needed more chicken and the cucumber sandwich should have fewer slices and be much thinner. The madeleine needed more orange as there was no flavour to it. The cassis tart filling was absolutely delicious but we had to put the white chocolate aside as it totally overpowered the beautiful cassis inside.
I still believe you do the best High Tea in Victoria and on the island and I will still return and will still recommend you to others. However; I do think my critiques are valid, especially the lack of real Devonshire and lack of strawberry taste in the jelle that is too firm and sweet.
Thankyou though for a lovely 2 hours in the afternoon. 🌻

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delightful afternoon tea. Economical compared to the option at the harbour, and just as good!

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staceyh
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy going to Butchart for the afternoon tea. I believe it is the best around . I go at least
Once a year and have been doing so for years. It’s wonderful.

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BarbaraC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet looking dining room. Wonderful service & the high tea was presented beautifully.

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Jennifer1009
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

We requested patio because we felt more comfortable dining outdoors due to covid, but they told us patio was not opened because of bees around the area. We were guided to an indoor table and within minutes, other tables were being seated outdoors. We felt pressured to dine indoors. We had young kids and made reservations 3 months in advance. Closer to our travel date, we found out outdoor dining could not be reserved. I called them days in advance and the host made a note that we would prefer outdoors. We also went right at opening to kindly explain the situation and yet the host wouldn't accommodate. I would understand if the patio was truly closed, but not sure why other groups were able to eat outdoors and we weren't? Would I eat there again? Probably not.

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Lulu
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall service was wonderful. The customers beside us were a bit loud everything else made up for it.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I’d known how lovely it was here before. Being English this was a really authentic English tea room experience for me. Starting with delicious English trifle was inspired. Every item was delicious and the whole tea was just the right size.
Can’t wait to come again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was mediocre, But! the service and ambiance was excellent.

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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room is rated 4.8 stars by 2804 OpenTable diners.

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