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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2432 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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LovepreetM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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CatherineB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a great outing and I keep having wonderful experiences. Absolutely recommend it for any occasion.

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BradleyC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a wonderful elegant afternoon high tea experience that we'd repeat in a heartbeat.

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PatY
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect setting to celebrate family birthdays. The food is beautifully presented and delicious. The staff is attentive and friendly.

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ghk100
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Although expensive, the Tea at Butchart Gardens is a special treat. We had a wonderful seat on the patio overlooking the gardens and took our time enjoying all the courses and the tea. We never felt rushed. Modelled after the English afternoon teas, there were several small sandwiches and desserts. We took the leftovers home and had enough for supper as well. Service was impeccable and the decor beautiful, inside and out!

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MariaW
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed it despite the air quality. We will keep coming back. Bachelor Button tea is a favorite.

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vipSueS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful setting. Tea was good, a bit of a shame you only get one scone per person though. Most high teas do two and in England they replenish them as many times as you like. Service was very prompt and polite

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MoDo
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit this serene space once a week. Living and gardening on Pender Island for 27 years, we downsized, moving into a comfortable condo in Sidney. Flowers are my joy and so we bought seasons passes immediately. Fortunately for us, we enjoyed the superb High Tea before the Washington, USA wild fires smoked us all out.
Jenny Butchart built a grand home and fabulous garden for all of us to enjoy.
Sitting on her veranda, enjoying our feast, we had yet another lovely view from a different angle and great experience. Covid measures were in place and astutely followed.

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MarcM
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fraîcheur des aliments, dosage équilibré entre le salé et le sucré et site exceptionnel: ce sont les trois ingrédients du succès du Service à Thé du Restaurant principal des Butchard's Gardens. C'est un rendez-vous à ne manquer et à inscrire dans votre agenda de visites à Victoria !

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AlRu
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived early for our reservation.
Seated with a great view.
Great menu with choices explained.
Service fast and friendly
Great value for money
Will definitely try again

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DavidC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visitor to Victoria should enjoy the beauty and serenity of The Butchart Gardens!

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Jane
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience5

I found that paying $42.00 per person was terrible value for the money I paid for two people. I expected to have at least my own $42.00 worth of food. I am not a big eater but it was the worst TEA I have ever been to As a tradition we try different venues each year and this was the most expensive and worst tea ever. The value was extremely POOR. The both of us were extremely disappointed. Butchart Garden should be ashamed of serving such a tiny amount for the price.
I will tell everyone NOT to go to the tea and word of mouth & Facebook will be my biggest form of advertisement.
Getting my money back would be very much appreciated.

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Finefood
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A Birthday celebration.
Everything was great except there were too many sweets and not enough savouries

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MarilynC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was everything we had hoped for! I can’t wait to go again.

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AshleeM76
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter loved it and wants to come back for her 8th Birthday

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DonM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lucky to get a table outside and got to smell the flowers while enjoy the food and service.

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Teacup
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best location for afternoon tea, on the deck outside. Great service and food. Maybe could have had more tea options? But great overall

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SUPper
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful high tea experience. The beautiful tiers of treats filled us up with some to spare.

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Patience
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a wonderful Afternoon Tea. We sat outside, it was a lovely, calm experience, with an incredible view of the gardens. We had excellent service from the moment we arrived for our reservation, through to paying the bill. I would highly recommend this experience.

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JeffZ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a awesome experience. Recommend it it anyone .

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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room is rated 4.7 stars by 2432 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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