The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
1506 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:
Seasonal Afternoon Tea 11:00pm - 4:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm - 8:00pm

SEASONAL MENUS:
Lunch:
March 1 - September 30

Summer Dinner:
June 1 - September 15
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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 1506 People Are Saying
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JB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family's experience on Christmas Eve was excellent and met all of our expectations. I would do this again. And definitely pass the good word along to friends.

The light display through the gardens made our experiene all the more magical.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!

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LM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Butchard dining room is especially nice at Christmas with all the decorations. But summer is lovely too, lunch on the deck or tea in the afternoon. Food is fantastic. Servers are friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable.

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MW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for another wonderful Christmas season special dinner!!

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MF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, as I've come to expect. Service was excellent, wine selection interesting, and both our wines were fabulous. A lovely, memorable dinner!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy it the afternoon is great option, when visiting the gardens. The service was great and very friendly staff.

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S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea - good value for the quantity. We found it very convenient to make a reservation between 2 & 4 pm. Parking was a breeze and eliminated the insane line up for park entry during Christmas lights season.

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CP
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Xmas at Butchart is always a treat & The Dining Rm is also a family tradition- never a let-down!

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SS
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Butchart at Christmas is simply amazing. Taking the time for dinner at the dining room after admiring the lights, riding the carousel, and going for a skate makes for a truly fantastic experience. The dining room offers exceptional service, creative menu, and sophisticated ambiance. Try for a table by the fireplace for extra coziness.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about the tea. The food was really good, the room is lovely and there were festive touches everywhere. Of course being able to enjoy theChristmas lights coming on in the garden at the end of the tea was lovely too. We always used to go to the Empress but with all the changes there we don't enjoy going there anymore. The Butchart Garden tea was well worth the price as well.

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful afternoon Christmas tea -- lovely table setting, delicious goodies and wonderful ambience.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved both times we have been there for Afternoon Tea. We recommend over the Empress all the time.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Strange to be told eating English Triffle at the beginning of the meal is the English way. Never heard that, not even from many English friends! Nevermind, it was delicious. The egg salad, tuna salad and chicken salad sandwiches were disappointing for such a special menu. Superior staff, always so very kind and patient!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed taking an out of town friend for tea. It wasn’t crowded and we were able to eat at a leisurely pace for a nice change. With snow on the ground, it was truly a winter wonderland to behold outside.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The french glass doors in the dining room, next to the entrance where a table is placed should have heavy drapery, in the winter, to minimize the cold through the glass.

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FO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the place and the food. If have young children (who are very active or noisy) I will not recommend this place. It is family friendly but better with children 8 and older. Very quiet.
I love the food, and the view. We found the price a bit pricey for the amount of food we had but still I will recommend this place 100 percent over The Empress Hotel tea. We went to the Empress a day before we went to the Gardens. The Hotel is beautiful but the area for tea is tiny and offers pretty much the same the Gardens offer at an exorbitant price of $75 per person. We only pay around $35 per adult and around $25 for children at the Butcher Gardens and we have afterwards a great beautiful place to walk around and to enjoy ourselves.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This evening met all my expectations. The lights were outstanding the food and service were excellent. I would recommend this place to all.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Danielle was our server and was very attentive. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and tailoring things to our dietary needs. The ling cod was prepared to perfection! Great ambiance, food, and service!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great atmosphere. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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MW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food lovely atmosphere our favourite place to go

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love traveling to Victoria at Christmas and Dinner at Buchart is the icing on the evening.

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C
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I never get disappointed thanks to chef Travis Hansen who is a magician in the kitchen. He also has a great team in the kitchen. Friendly professional service in the dinning room. A must visit...

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Old style gentility and service with wonderful menu choices that were delicious! The mushroom bisque was superb!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to visit. I love the views of the gardens and the atmosphere of afternoon tea!

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NW
Portland
30 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great flavors

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Serving size were great. Ambiance, evening, with holiday lights all around is breath taking. My only critique is that i wish they would use fancy tea dishes instead of plain white. Would just make the experience perfect!

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely! Enjoyed the Christmas festivities and a quiet family dinner

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s
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was a very nice evening and certainly met our expectations

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TA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

While the food was nicely prepared, we found it to be somewhat overpriced, considering you also have to pay to get into the Garden.

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MC
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our local favorites. We come here often and especially enjoy it during the Christmas season.

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CB
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! This was one of our best dining experiences...and we eat out (upscale) quite a bit. Nearly everything on the menu is, or can be made, gluten free. I thought this would be a good meal to cheat on, and it was. The perogie pasta was perfect and the French onion soup was delicious. We split a salmon entree, and the salmon was done to perfection.. moist and tender. The veggies were also delicious. The gardens were lit for the holidays, and we were seated by a window to enjoy the view. Just two or three tables away was the fireplace with a modest fire, not too hot for anyone. Quiet conversation surrounding us, the service was impeccable, warm and caring. And the wine was very good too. Thank you Buchart Gardens, for a most enjoyable evening

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The appetizers and main courses my friend and I had were wonderful. My Manhattan was unusual as it seems cinnamon was the spice of the day and put into the drink. Unfortunately I think the bartender believed cinnamon was wonderful in more than a Manhattan. My hot buttered rum also had cinnamon and a cinnamon stick in the drink. I realize the bar might not consider someone who ordered a Manhattan might also order hot buttered rum thus the cinnamon in both drinks. The rum drink was over seasoned with the spice making it unpleasant to drink. I ordered the eggnog tart for dessert. Unfortunately it too was not a hit. I could faintly tell eggnog was used more because of the subtle taste of nutmeg. The dessert was not tasty and I would not recommend ordering it.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place but very expensive. Too expensive. Rib eye was good but not much with it , just a big piece of meat with an egg on top. Vegetables would be nice especially for the cost of the meal. Lovely dessert of apple tart.

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D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Although the food was tasty, two of us felt our meals were not warm enough. Mine had a sauce for the meat, and it would definitely have tasted better hot rather than lukewarm. The waitress was very late coming back to check on us, so it was too late to send it back to get heated up.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful night travelling through the twelve days of Christmas in the gardens and then a lovely ending to the evening with a truly delicious dinner. Service was genuine and attentive. Food was spectacular. Special memories

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L
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Butchart Gardens at this time of the year for the past 15 years. We have never been disappointed with either the food, the service or the amazing views out over the holiday lighted gardens. Friday night was no exception. From the moment we stepped inside the original Butchart home foyer the mood was set with tasteful piano music and a blazing fireplace. We were seated at the windows facing the lawns, Italian and French gardens, all festive with lights and decorations. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and obviously loved her work... she has been serving at the gardens for 15 years. Our meal was perfectly prepared and presented. Each of us had a different entree... salmon, beef tenderloin and the pork chop. While ordering our entrees, we were informed of a delicious apple tart dessert which takes an hour to prepare and bake which we ordered in time to enjoy with a generous serving of vanilla bean ice cream. A festive evening with 1st class dining, service, atmosphere and company. See you next year!! Merry Christmas!!

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas tea was very enjoyable!

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CC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 5

I made a poor food choice.

Very pricey, especially after garden entrance fee.

Worth it for the unique Christmas garden experience

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DM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our meals. Very tasty and well presented.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner during the Christmas Season is a tradition I do with my daughter , in a beautiful calm festive atmosphere, where we can have quality time with expectational food and service.
Very special for the two of us!!

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