The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
1449 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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
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
(Until September 30)

Dinner 5:00pm - 8:00pm
(Until September 15)


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

Christmas Tea:
December 1 - January 6

Christmas Season Dinner:
December 1 - January 6 (excl. December 25)


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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 http://www.butchartgardens.com/
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1449 People Are Saying
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue! Ambiance, service and food were all outstanding. The flight was paired perfectly to our tea. Will certainly be back again.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High Tea with my wife. A great success! Excellent waitress. We'll be back.

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CM
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great opportunity to share the experience with our family - thanks to Jason - our server

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance can't be beat! We didn't feel rushed at all so the experience was very relaxing. The food was delicious and like most High Teas was a bit on the pricey side. However we left full and satisfied!

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M
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is always a treat to have afternoon tea at the Butchart Gardens' Dining Room. The scones and savouries are really delicious, the sandwiches are real tea sandwiches, the desserts are pretty and quite tasty, and the selection of teas is interesting.
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L
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful way to enjoy a meal while at Butchart Gardens. We did the high tea in October; high tea in the dining room is only available in the Fall and Winter, and made reservations. The dining room is very quaint and is in what used to be the Butchart residence. While there were a few men there, high tea is probably appreciated more by women. This was my first time to go in October, and while there were a lot of people roaming the gardens, it was nothing like the huge crowds during the summer. Lots of flowers were still out and the Fall colors were beautiful.

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BJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always look forward to our high Tea outings at Butchart Gardens. The menu changes with the seasons and always offers freshly prepared treats. A walk around the gardens finishes off a lovely afternoon.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for high tea; it was fabulous. Highly recommend!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was mediocre as well as the service. Ambiance is beautiful. Price waaaay too expensive for what you get. Better as a light bite to sit and relax and just share one tea service for two people and can order just another pot of tea.

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

even thought I got appointment before two days . I asked them to arrange good seat for us because that is my birthday and I hope the seat is closed the window. However, they arranged nothing as same as common who were just coming

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the high tea set but because the heater was broken (according the the very nice lady helped our table), the whole time spend in the dining room was uncomfortably warm and hot, which really effect our appetite........ had to wrap the foods up and finish at home. Otherwise would enjoyed better!

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The tea is a good value and the ambiance is gracious,relaxed and elegant, an unusual combination to achieve. Situated in the heart of a world class garden, this is how you should complete your tour of the grounds. Some might say that having to pay the gardens entry fee and then the cost of the tea is too much but I would argue that, in combination, this tea is less expensive and is a MUCH better value than tea at the Empress when delivering that Vancouver Island experience.

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D
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tea which included lots of cakes and savory items. Very good experience

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d
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a return visit to Butchard Gardens after 51 years - we visited the gardens on our honeymoon! Having lunch in the lovely garden room of the house made the day extra special for us - leaving us with many wonderful memories.

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MS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for British afternoon tea this is a very good place to find it.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had afternoon tea after seeing the gardens. We ate outside and were offered a blanket if we got too chilly. Everything was so lovely and the food and tea was flavorful and delicious.

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JK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea outside on the terrace with a beautiful garden view.

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came all the way from Perth Australia as this was on my Bucket List. TICK

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JF
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice romantic experience in a beautiful setting. The food is what one would expect of a British tea - finger sandwiches, sweets and of course a good choice of tea. The pace is good and the setting fantastic.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service level and distinguished atmosphere makes the Dining Room at Butchart Gardens a perfect spot to have brunch or Authentic Afternoon Tea in the most beautiful and tranquil restaurant situated in a garden setting.

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ML
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely setting & nice High Tea. Recommend & I would enjoy coming back.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We paid a visit to Butchart Gardens and had a wonderful afternoon Tea to celebrate my wife's Birthday whilst we were in Canada. What a wonderful afternoon. I cannot say enough about it except when you are at the Gardens have the Afternoon tea you will NOT be disappointed

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to have high tea at The Butchart Gardens, especially with the wine flutes!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was really nice.
I went to there for lunch.
We odered afternoon tea and pasta.
We had a good time.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my mom to Victoria for our annual mother-daughter getaway. High tea was the special occasion on the trip and it was simply excellent. Service was great, the food was splendid and the views unparalleled.

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m
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My daughter and I went for afternoon tea. The location was lovely, and the service was fine, but to be honest, I was disappointed by the food, especially the savouries. Also, we were seated next to a large party from a tour group, and it was quite noisy.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delightful tea in an absolutely beautiful setting. I would highly recommend.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect date night. A casual stroll around the gardens and then a long, delectable meal from a unique menu, with outstanding service, in a gorgeous room overlooking the Italian garden, made for a relaxed, romantic evening.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Afternoon tea was excellent. Staff was very attentive. Perfect setting.

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OT
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved dining here after taking in the gardens! The view was amazing and the food was wonderful as well! Would definitely come back!

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Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were lucky to get an outdoor table overlooking the gardens, although inside seating looked very pleasant. The food and service were excellent. The wine list included a selection of whites and reds from Okanagan region. It was an enjoyable evening!

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DB
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place to have dinner...food was amazing...actually , everything was amazing!

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had the Afternoon Tea. We were quite dissappointed at the food compare to others.

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JU
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

We absolutely loved having lunch at Butchart Gardens - seeing the gardens from our table on the veranda was a special treat and the food was remarkably good. So were the cocktails! Loved it!

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always. A bit pricy but the atmosphere is very pleasant and staff is nice. They have gluten free option for afternoon tea. Just have to notify in advance.

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The fish was horrible, the food took nearly an hour and a half to be served, such a disappointment! Never coming here again not recommending it to anyone

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

While the Butchart Gardens is a world class venue, the restaurant at the former home of Jennie Butchart is a welcoming setting with professional staff and a limited, but excellent menu. The Okanagan wines are superb and the menu selections are varied enough to suit a wide variety of tastes and all are cooked to perfection. It is always a very full house and reservations should be made well in advance. A nice cap to a visit to these beautiful gardens.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely evening overlooking the gardens at the end of a busy day. We had a chance to wander the gardens first for about an hour without the usual crowds which was very special. My only problem was with the booking. Open Table kept losing its internet server contact. So I called the restaurant directly. The hostess said there was no availability at the time we wanted despite the website saying there was. I went back on the website and the time was still available. Shouldn't have been so difficult to make a booking.

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AA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exquisite food and quite elegant! The staff is most kind and very polite. Our dinner was delightful, the experience is one we shall hold in our memory for a life time! Thank you!

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