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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

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4.9
3018 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Northwest

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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Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Afternoon Tea
    Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (250) 652-8222

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Travis Hansen

  • Private party contact

    groupres@butchartgardens.com: (250) 544-4478

  • Neighborhood

    Central Saanich

  • Cross street

    Wallace Drive

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Entertainment

    The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

$45.50 per person. April 1 - May 31 11:30am to 3:00pm; Not available May 8. June 1 - September 4 11:00am to 4:00pm. September 5 - 30 11:30am to 3:00pm. Proof of vaccination is required for patrons 12 years of age and older through April 8, 2022. 24 hours' notice required for Vegan, Gluten Free or Dairy Sensitive options

English Trifle

  • Chantilly Cream, Sherry, Sponge Cake Berry Compote

    Signature House Scone

    • Seasonal Fruit Preserve, Devon-Style Cream

      Savoury Sandwiches and Delicacies

      • Cowichan Valley Chicken, Pickled Apple, Walnuts, Blue Cheese, Fig Aïoli

        • Cold Smoked Albacore Tuna, Fennel, Olive Oil, Whipped Feta

          • Farm Fresh Egg, Apricots, Sunflower Seeds, Coronation Dressing

            • Cucumber, Pickled Ginger, Dill Weed

              • Wild B.C. Salmon, Snap Peas, Lemon Aïoli

                • Creamed Leeks, Custard, Tarragon Mousse, Parmesan Reggiano, Short Crust

                  • Signature Sausage Roll, Berryman Farms Pork, Puff Pastry

                    House-Made Sweets

                    • Raspberry Pistachio Truffle

                      • Carrot Cake

                        • Baked Lemon Custard

                          • Strawberry Mousse Slice

                            • Chocolate Ganache Torte

                              Last updated: April 5, 2022

                              What 3,018 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                              4.9
                              4.9 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.7Food
                              • 4.9Service
                              • 4.9Ambience
                              • 4.5Value

                              NoiseModerate

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                              • Vancouver / British Columbia

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                                Best Service

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                                Best Ambiance

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                                Afternoon Tea

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                                Northwest

                              • Vancouver Island

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                                Best Food

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                                Best Service

                              • Vancouver Island

                                Best Ambiance

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                                Best Value

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                                Great for Lunch

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                              1. H

                                Heather

                                London

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall3food3service3ambience2

                                Very crowded, in the area where we were seated right down the far end of the restaurant. It was difficult to have a conversation due to the noise level not helped by the crying baby seated at the table next to us.

                              2. YP

                                YvonneP

                                Vancouver

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Lovely high tea. Delicious and service was amazing!

                              3. AF

                                AndreaF

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Superb , thoroughly enjoyed high tea at the dining room

                              4. LB

                                LadyBug

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great experience! Good was excellent. Stuff was very friendly and helpful. Thank you!

                              5. M

                                Maya

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                My mom and I both eat gluten free, and usually gluten free food is crumbly. The food in the afternoon tea wasn’t crumbly at all. As well we were able to enjoy the exact same menu but as a gluten free version.

                              6. DM

                                DianeM

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                A delightful experience, with delicious food, in a beautiful setting!

                              7. EM

                                EstherM

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                Beautiful experience. Delicious food. Great service. Friendly staff. A bit over priced but still great.

                              8. SG

                                SandyG

                                Exclusive

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 3 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I brought 4 people from Philadelphia to Victoria and to high tea and they loved it!

                              9. JK

                                JohnK

                                Vancouver

                                127 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                127 reviews

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                another great high tea / lunch experience. our server Pascal too great care of us and even brought us some sunshine on this cloudy rainy day. we will be back - keep up the good work

                              10. I

                                Ideasbrewing

                                Vancouver

                                8 reviews

                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                High Tea was a great experience. The food was super fresh and delicious and the ambiance was wonderful. We enjoyed a loose tea blend with lemon, liquorice & stevia that had the perfect amount of bite while being very refreshing. I definitely would go back again.

                              11. AH

                                AndreaH

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful ambience & great service! Good value for delicious high tea!

                              12. DE

                                DeborahE

                                Vancouver

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Having Tea at Butchart Gardens was a wonderful treat to ourselves. Our server was very sweet and friendly. The ambiance and view were lovely. The assortment of sandwiches and pastries, along with the trifle and scone were very tasty and in some cases quite unique! I would definitely come there again. Good value for the price.

                              13. H

                                Highteaadmirer

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                The ambiance is excellent as we can enjoy the blooming lowers while we enjoy the high tea.

                              14. S

                                Soohpooh

                                Hawaii

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I used to live England and it reminds me of England. My server was great and the table was set up upon my request. Great Experience!

                              15. NC

                                NicolC

                                Vancouver

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Guaranteed great experience, amazing food, view, ambiance and service. Very professional and accommodating staff.

                              16. DF

                                DianeF

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We went for Mothers Day Afternoon Tea and everything was amazing - from the service to the location to the food and drinks. The Kir Royale was a great start! We had a celiac in our party and her menu & food looked and probably tasted EXACTLY the same as ours, which made her feel very included and was very much appreciated. She said it was better than the afternoon tea at the Ritz in London! We will totally be going back & would recommend it to anyone.

                              17. T

                                Tavia

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I took my mother to Butchart's for the mother's day tea. We were the first table in there, it was wonderful, our server was an angel, and we just had the best time. It was the perfect day ! Thank you again for the wonderful experience !

                              18. PW

                                PW75

                                Seattle

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                overall3food2service4ambience4

                                The food is mainly so-so. The lemon custard and a couple of the sandwiches were good, the tea was excellent, the rest not so much. The conservatory is lovely and our server was friendly and informative. The experience was pleasant, too bad most of the food did not match the service and the place. Butchart Gardens deserves better.

                              19. L

                                Lulu

                                Vancouver

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great as always We come often to celebrate special birthdays etc

                              20. J

                                Janist

                                Calgary

                                11 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                11 reviews

                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing!!!!! The high tea was exceptional, the room was picturesque. The food was delicious and service was spot on! It was pouring rain but the day was perfect, do not miss out on this when in Victoria.

                              21. GC

                                GordonC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                had a wonderful view back across the gardens . it was mid week early in the season so not crowded, had a wonderful day there

                              22. WM

                                WilliamM

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                My daughter, who lives in Seattle, recommended the Butchart Gardens for afternoon tea when we visited. We’re in Victoria with friends and made a reservation. Unfortunately, I screwed up the reservation, so when we arrived we were told we didn’t have a reservation, but to come back in 45 minutes, which we did. The ambiance is great, the staff friendly and helpful, and the tea treats were excellent! We’ll be back!

                              23. B

                                Bttrfly

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We had a wonderful experience at Butchart Gardens high tea. The food was wonderful, our waitress was friendly and cheerful. The view of the gardens from our table was beautiful. The chef even adjusted the servings for one in our party because of food allergies. I would highly recommend the high tea at Butchart Gardens!

                              24. RH

                                RobertaH

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                overall4food3service4ambience4

                                Too many fish-based sandwiches. Overall lovely experience and friendly service

                              25. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Vancouver

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I brought friends from Ontario with a baby. The staff were wonderful with her and provided a high chair and well thought out seating. We had High Tea. Fantastic diversity in food and tea. Would recommend and will come again.

                              26. S

                                Scottyv

                                Vancouver

                                20 reviews

                                5.0

                                20 reviews

                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                The high tea is always lovely…and a LOT of food. I do wish the restaurant would go back to offering lunch items as well.

                              27. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Vancouver

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                It was my moms birthday and both of our first times going to the dining room! We absolutely loved it. Thank you!

                              28. AA

                                AnnaA

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 2, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We had a one year old having his first tea and our waiter was fabulous and so careful to make our experience the best. Baby did great and we loved his tea party servings

                              29. C

                                Charby

                                Vancouver

                                10 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                10 reviews

                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                overall4food3service3ambience4

                                Nice lunch spot. Food could use an upgrade and very few tea selections. Empress is much better.

                              30. A

                                Annalovesroses

                                Vancouver

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                If you are a "foodie" you will appreciate the skill and flavour that goes into the Afternoon Tea. If you aren't you will just notice how delectable every single bite is! The Tea selection is unique; I had the rose tea, it was divine! Staff are very knowledgeable & attentive, the setting perfect. Highly recommend!

                              31. CS

                                ChristineS

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Our server was amazing. The special little extras to celebrate the birthday was a very nice touch.

                              32. SS

                                SharonS

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Elegant. Delicious. Beautiful. Make a reservation.

                              33. JD

                                JohnD

                                St. Louis

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                Very enjoyable hi tea but when my wife and I booked the reservation They were Advertising on their website that they were serving lunch at this time. We were a bit surprised when we got there and we found out they were only serving high tea.

                              34. DO

                                DanitaO

                                Edmonton

                                4 reviews

                                3.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                overall3food4service2ambience5

                                It was nice. However, our server Elizabeth was a little abrupt. She asked if we had any food allergies, I responded by telling her that I had dairy sensitivities. She then said I don't think we can accommodate you, we need 24hrs in advance. When I reserved online there was no indication of that at all, in fact it indicated that there were dairy free and vegan options available. Nothing about a 24hr notice required. Oh well maybe she was having a bad day. We tipped her well anyway.

                              35. NK

                                NancyK

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                A beautiful setting and friendly servers provided a pleasant experience for our group. We could say goodbye to one friend, exchange memories and easily carry on conversations in the tranquil dining room. Thank you.

                              36. A

                                Andrew

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Nice visit, well worth it for a special occasion, friendly staff

                              37. LS

                                LisaS

                                Anchorage

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Visiting Buchart Gardens was a primary purpose of our trip to Victoria. We were going to do the Empress tea, but after reading reviews we opted for the tea at Buchart Gardens and were not disappointed. We booked online and the earliest available time was at 2:45, but they were able to get us in earlier. The food was great, and there was a lot of it- we pretty much skipped dinner. We each ordered a kir royale to accompany the tea. We sat in the sunroom, surrounded by orchids and other plants, sunlight streaming through the windows and a view of the flowers outside. I wasn’t crazy about the tea I selected, but that was a matter of personal taste. Perfect way to end a trip to the gardens!

                              38. MB

                                MrsBeebo

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 27, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Afternoon tea - A Perfect way to celebrate! And the view was spectacular!

                              39. HS

                                HenriS

                                Calgary

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 26, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We had an amazing view of the garden and bay. Was an amazing experience. The food was perfect! The quiche were a little piece of heaven as well as the sausage rolls. A must do!

                              40. CH

                                CarrieH

                                Vancouver

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                overall3food2service4ambience5

                                Beautiful venue but to be honest the food was disappointing. The sandwiches looked sloppy and I was expecting more scones and fewer desserts which were overly sweet. Would have liked more of a balance between the sweet and savoury. The teas however were beautiful.

                              Safety precautions

                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                • Contactless payment available
                              • Screening

                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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                              The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room is rated 4.9 stars by 3018 OpenTable diners.

                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                              Booked 38 times today
                              Google Map for The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

                              800 Benvenuto Ave Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                Wallace Drive

                              • Neighborhood

                                Central Saanich

                              • Hours of operation

                                Afternoon Tea
                                Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm

                              • Cuisines

                                Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian

                              • Dining style

                                Fine Dining

                              • Dress code

                                Casual Dress

                              • 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.

                              • 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

                              • Payment options

                                MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive chef

                                Travis Hansen

                              • Entertainment

                                The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/

                              • Additional

                                Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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