The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

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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
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ChristaM
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far superior to The Empress Hotel Tea and half the price!

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Jake
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent quality food and atmosphere. Staff were attentive and thorough. Food was pricey, but very delicious.

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YSCK
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I enjoyed the food very much in a beautiful restaurant.

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ChloeL
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

My mom and I were looking for having a decent lunch / afternoon tea in the garden. It was however the worst dining experience in our Vancouver trip. My mom ordered wild salmon and I had an afternoon tea set. The salmon stank, and the afternoon tea wasn’t worth the price at all. The waitress wasn’t attentive, and we told her about the fish smell. She just replied “okay” and removed all the dishes.. very disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted for tea here instead of the popular Empress Hotel and were not disappointed. The servers were knowledgeable and helpful, and the view of the gardens was spectacular.

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Bellemiche
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining in the greenhouse room was delightful!

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JackN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was exceptional. If you want a great place to have a satisfying experience this is the place.

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Judster
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful setting with great service and yummy food and tea. Life doesn’t get any better than this.

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Calfoodie
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was excellent. I had the afternoon tea. It was about average price for a tea service in the Victoria area. The tea food was average. It wasn’t my best tea experience in the Victoria area. I haven’t tried the lunch or dinner menu, I can’t comment on that. The best reason to go to Butchart is truly for the gardens, but tea is a nice way to end your visit! Make a reservation in the high season, or you won’t get in.

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OpenTable Diner
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely surroundings & service. Sandwich fillings not to my liking. Pastries good though. Tea selection very nice.

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DeboraK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have always enjoyed the High Tea at the Dining Room and the Gardens whenever I'm visiting Victoria so much so that I buy a seasons pass and I live in the Yukon! The service & food is great and to be surrounded by flowers eating outside or inside looking out the window.

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SueG
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.

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RobertK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thus us a beautiful location, with an interesting menu, very nice Canadian wines, and excellent friendly service. We were very pleased with our dinner.

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ReidH
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Gardens and tea are the jewel of this city. Reservations are a must and we even waited 20 minutes past our 3pm online reservation. It’s worth the wait.

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garden
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting overlooking the gardens. The food and wine selections was very nice. All was delicious

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vipOlbe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service.

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JenniferG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice way to see the gardens - a lovely tea, then a wander through the breathtaking gardens. Highly recommend it. Also, the price is quite good compared to other teas offered in Victoria.

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WillemB
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I wrote the review.Do not know what happened to it.
Will try to add photos.
Willem and Geraldine Bruckel.
Sidney, BC.

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IreneM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I were there for the lovely afternoon tea. It is beautifully presented and there is a lot of food. It is beautiful surroundings and excellent food for a very reasonable price.

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KarlaS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere! Wonderful view of the Gardens.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Aunts 75th birthday. Very lovely. We both have annual passes and enjoyed high tea.🥰

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vipWilliamW
Tucson
37 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought German relatives to see Butchart and enjoy boat ride, dinner and fireworks. Wow! Can’t speak more highly of the food, ambiance and excellent service. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a very special dinner experience, not to mention the boat ride, fireworks and the magnificent gardens. Not to be missed!

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vipPacman
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perfect location and view. The food was flavorful, well plated, and good portions. The staff was great, especially manager David. He was personable adding to our dining experience by sharing history of the garden and Buchart family. David's passion and attention to detail made for a most memorable dining experience. It was a perfect celebratory meal for my hubby's birthday.

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vipQuickdraw
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing experience! Icing on the cake for our special day at BUTCHART!

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ALtraveler
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had requested in my reservation a table by the window in the conservatory. That is where we were seated and I appreciated their attention to detail. It was all I expected and more. The food is exquisite, taste and presentation. It could not have been more lovely. I later saw the tea setting at the Empress Hotel and am so glad I chose Butchart Gardens.

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Mikhail
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for afternoon tea. Lovely experience and tasty food!

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ChicagotoDenver
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family going on vacation.

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CandLO
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best meals we've had with outstanding service. We sat outside overlooking the garden area and it was beautiful. Highly recommend.

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cost is well worth it, especially if you have folks with Celiac disease in your party. Our kids both have Celiac. I notified the restaurant a few days in advance, & they had their own trays with everything we ate in GF form. The food & teas were delicious & filling though light. We looked out over the Italian garden. Our server was fantastic. Overall, a memorable experience.

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PhoenixDesigner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was not as quality as I was expecting. The staff is overwhelmed and its the same old everyday for them. They do not realize we as guests are coming for a very special experience. It was very rushed. I asked for outside seating and they said first come first serve and the outside table was empty the complete time I dined inside. It is similar to dining at a amusement park not a personal experience.

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Estella
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to have afternoon tea. Staff were mostly friendly. Washroom should have a more frequent cleanup schedule. Otherwise, everything perfect.

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AaronJ
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best Afternoon tea in Victoria, highly recommended, especially if you have complementary access to the gardens.

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vipTonyaW
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our tea! Highly recommend.

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JerryM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Food was great ambiance is really worth it

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ScottT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scheduled our tea time ahead, but had to cancel due to weather and was able to easily reschedule. On our arrival, we were seated and saw a better seat. After asking, the staff was willing to move us with no problems. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable on the snacks and tea served. I was able to enjoy a beer while my wife enjoyed her tea. They even included a chocolate "Happy Anniversary" ontop of our snack tray. This tea date was everything my wife was looking forward to on our trip, and the chance to have the perfect table made it an unforgetable outing. To everyone that works and upkeeps the Butchart Gardens, thank you for a wonderful day and all your work to make our visit so perfect.

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SKKDRW
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect - service, atmosphere and food.

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SARAHA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious but having the opportunity to have high tea in such an elegant house with a beautiful view makes this high tea option stand out from others. It's a perfect end to a stroll in the gardens.

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DebDeb
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Small number of items on the menu to choose from. Had caesar salad (tasted as expected), husband had beef tenderloin which was small and a bit dry.

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Lolly
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in Victoria to have tea - hands down!

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GEOFFREY
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Seated outside on the porch on a warm summer evening. Very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly service, and delicious food. Definitely recommend it!

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