The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

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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
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l
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Superb, unique food and thoughtful service
Music a bit too loud.

PM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was a wonderful experience with 3 generations of Mitchell's who I might add are very fussy eaters and the food was enjoyed by all. It was a lovely treat to finish off the Christmas season.

ET
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Dining Room has a terrific ambience. The staff are very attentive and friendly, but not too much. The food is good. Portions are average. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience, especially being located at Butchart Gardens.

DB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always one of my favourite places. Seating was perfect for family visit. Music was canned and a little loud in our seating area. I prefer to be near the piano at Christmas. Will make sure I mention that next time.

MA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Butchart Gardens High Tea is in the most beautiful setting. In early January, we had high tea at 3:00 pm, which meant that we got to enjoy tea while watching the holiday lights come on as twilight approached. So relaxing, yet energizing. Highly recommend it!

LB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We’ve been to this restaurant several times and it is lovely place to visit when hosting guests from out of town. Service is prompt and friendly and it feels like a treat. The food was just a bit too salty this time though, although presented well. Also, the prices seemed a bit higher than normal.

MB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the ambiance of the dining room. Even with a large group at the next table we were able to enjoy our dinner. Each of us had a different entire and no one was disappointed. Wonderful meal and atmosphere. Server was knowledgeable about the food. Good selection of wines. Will definitely go again

L
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal, so beautifully presented. Our server was very friendly, however, she was a little scarce later in the meal for additional coffee service. Gorgeous setting with all the festive lighting and view outside the conservatory. The only negative was the noise from cutlery being dropped on the ceramic floor 4 separate times by a bus person... everyone stopped at the noise. Perhaps more training on how to deal with heavy handled knives when clearing tables? This is our 18th year of dinner as friends at the Dining Room at Christmas and we will be back next year for sure.

JB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ambiance was lovely, it was quite cozy and comfortable despite the rain outside. Our server was knowledgeable but we felt the food was overpriced especially considering you had to pay to get in which we didn’t realize. Because the rain was so bad when we went (January 2/2020), we thought w just might have dinner but found out at the entrance booth that we still had to pay for two adults even to access the restaurant.
We found the menu innovative for the Christmas season but flavours were a bit strong in some of the dishes (wagyu beef w strong salty anchovy, and Ling cod broth spicy peppery).
Additionally the road to such a well travelled place is not the best, especially trying to turn left against ferry traffic onto Keating cross road is quite tough.

BA
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, lovely for an annual birthday treat
Always end our festive season with this visit, as our bdays are 1st week in January good place to celebrate 🎉 🎉

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice supper, good food, good waiter. Really nice setting.

OT
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view of the Christmas lights and wonderful food.

TG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For New Year's Eve...it was absolutely incredible, the live piano music and the meal was exceptional, flavorful, service was on point, a perfect evening! Thank you!!!!!!

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent treat for New Years Eve after the gorgeous Gardens!

GS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Skip the after dinner esspresso, everything else I would order again!

R
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Pros:
The restaurant and, of course, the gardens are beautiful
Service was outstanding
Food presentation and selection was great
Bread was excellent

Cons:
Very expensive for what you get. With the cost of the park entrance and then the pricey choices, it ends up being a very expensive meal.
Food was mediocre. We had the lingcod, lamb, Caesar salad and creme brûlée. Lingcod was over salted and I think there was a bad mussel as I was sick for the next 24 hours. Lamb was ok, but a very small serving for the price. Creme brûlée honestly tasted like packaged vanilla pudding.
Had the prices been more reasonable, I would not have been as critical of the food.
I will never eat here again as I would rather spend money on an exceptional meal outside the park and just eat a sandwich while at the gardens. Had such high hopes as this restaurant was highly recommended by a friend.

TL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We booked for 4 pm new year eve dinner only to be told dinner did not start until 5pm. Thankfully they had a table at 5. No where did it say that only tea was served from 1-4 pm.

CJ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best gluten free high tea I’ve ever had. Other places give you a chocolate peanut butter ball and a gluten free cookie from a box (not that I’m not grateful for that, too!). BG actually duplicated all of the items in the regular tea, including pastry items like mini quiches and sausage rolls. The house is beautiful and cozy, especially at Christmastime. The tea itself didn’t quite match up to that I had at the Empress (though I paid a surcharge there), but overall everything was so lovely.

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and service were impeccable! This was our first time to have tea at Butchart Gardens, even though we only live 2 blocks away. We bought a seasons pass on our way out of the Gardens so that we can now go back on a monthly basis!!

T
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Holiday Memories

LE
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A fabulous high tea in a beautiful setting! Price is decent too. Would definitely got back soon.

JH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To make your 12 Days of Christmas tour perfect, end it at the Butchart Gardens Dining Room. The menu is perfect, the food superb, the ambiance relaxing (loved the piano), and the service is professional and friendly.

KS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, food and service. Wonderful experience!

m
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty good food overall, a bit pricey. The gardens were beautiful so the ambiance was nice.

BF
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12 days of Christmas event and we decided a Afternoon Tea

MZ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was not happy with the tea. This is the 5th time I have brought people for tea but it was not as good this time.

LT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend tea at Butchart! Everything was fabulous from start to finish,we couldn’t have been more pleased! In fact, if I lived on the island, I would get the yearly pass- can’t beat the value or the full experience- simply a beautiful place with great staff!!

MD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience for an 80th birthday. Thanks to the gardens for such a thoughtful service for Victoria's senior residents. Definitely the best value in town.

DE
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I took our daughter and son-in-law for dinner and we were all extremely impressed with both the service, the presentation, and the quality of the food. While not inexpensive, we enjoyed all the courses from the starters through to the desserts. Menu and drink selections were ample. Staff appeared well trained and knowledgeable. It is truly an excellent place to go for that special occasion.

SL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative cuisine in a lovely environment. Our server was friendly and gracious, the hostess was polite and accommodating, and the food was superb. Just make sure to order the salmon medium-rare, as they typically prepare it a bit overdone at medium (probably for food safety reasons).

SN
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Elegant setting. Very nice presentation. Good service. Great tea. Sandwiches and scones were excellent. Sweets were a overwhelmingly rich and sweet. Would have liked a few lighter desserts. We left many. Everything else was excellent.

FF
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorite places to have dinner in the Victoria area no matter the season. True fine dining. Lovely views of the gardens, elegant dining room, live piano playing softly in the background, some outdoor tables weather permitting. Quite romantic. Great place for foodies! Lots of creative and fresh dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. We enjoy wine and honestly have a hard time finding even decent wine in Canada. (Sorry.) Surprisingly, they offer do a few good local wine options! And on this most recent visit we discovered a super unique, not-too-sweet honey liqueur in their dessert menu! Staff is warm, knowledgeable and professional. Note: This isn’t the place for young children, or loud/poorly behaved children of any age, or electronics, or phones. This is not meant to be inexpensive. No giant plates of food offered. From downtown Victoria, the best plan would be to hire a taxi, a private driver, or take the tour bus. The tour bus isn’t so bad, and the last departure back to Victoria leaves at 9pm. Important: never drink and drive in BC! Plan ahead and make reservations for a wonderful day and evening at the Butchart Gardens!! We always love it!

TK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delightful dinner celebrating our 47th anniversary with dinner at the Butchart Gardens dining room. The service, ambience and food were excellent. We were quite well pleased.

R
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal in the dining room was the best either of us had ever had in Victoria, where we have lived for over 10 years.

OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended our annual visit to Butchart Gardens to see the Xmas lights and enjoy a birthday dinner in the dining room. Missed the lights due to traffic wait but that was due to us not checking website and allocating more time. Easy fix was buying our annual passes and will come back to see them. Dinner was outstanding as usual and will be back within month for “Dine around Victoria “ experience

C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely all round experience. No single aspect was outstanding but the experience is hard to match. Service is nice and efficient, not personable, a little rushed. It is nice to see the gardens but not all seats allow this. Plenty of food and variety but less food made with more attention to flavor and variety would elevate the experience. More reasonable price than Empress tea, and a bit less noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was great, in Spring it was superb! Some of the other diners were in the family restaurant mode which spoilt the overall experience of an elegant restaurant.

A few quiet phots is a lovely souvenir but getting up and about and crowding around other tables for umpteen shots was a little much.

Our waiter was wonderful.

RR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is never a time I do not tell someone visiting Victoria that the Garden Tea is the best! We look forward every a Christmas to our visit to Victoria and the Garden Tea. Thank you all for making our Holidays the very best. Rosemary

KF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Dining Room at Butchart Gardens was a wonderful experience for our visit. The service was wonderful, the setting was beautiful, and the food was good. The menu is seasonal so the food changes. Our crimini mushroom veloute soup was delicious, as was the beet and burrata salad. The Cowichan chicken dish was fine, but the walnut gruyere bread pudding was like a dry brick and not to my taste. My husband had the pork loin chop- it was a little tough but he liked it. The beef tenderloin and lamb were excellent. Overall a good dining experience.

RT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a good recommendation for anyone wanting a great meal with superior service and details to the food and drinks.
A cut above your "Casual" restaurant but worth the money.

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