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About The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

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

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian

Hours of Operation:
NOW SERVING:
High Tea 12:00pm - 3:00pm


SEASONAL MENUS:
Lunch:
March 1 - September 30

Afternoon Tea:
April 1 - September 30

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

Christmas Tea:
December 1 - January 6

Dinner:
June 15 - September 15 &
December 1 - January 6


Cross Street:
Wallace Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(250) 652-8222

Website:
http://www.butchartgardens.com/dining/dining-room

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

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.

During the busiest holiday season dates (December 1-10 and December 16 to January 1) those arriving between 5 pm and 7 pm may have to wait 30 minutes or more to pay and park. Please plan your visit accordingly.

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

Executive Chef:
Travis Hansen

Additional:
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Worth the Drive (55)
Romantic (49)
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Afternoon Tea (48)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Quiet Conversation (42)
Good for a Date (40)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Cozy (36)
Seasonal (35)
Scenic View (34)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Great for Lunch (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Authentic (15)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Healthy (9)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Live Music (4)
Business Meals (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Waterfront (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We visited this restaurant during the Christmas light display. It was an absolutely beautiful setting. They have LIVE music via a pianist, she was fantastic. My dinner was not as tasty as I expected and it was only luke warm. The service was excellent!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

High tea was lovely and in a fantastic space. The staff was very attentive and we would definitely return again. One thing I wished that we had known was that we could have switched out a few items. Although we don't have allergies, we didn't realize that we could have said no tuna salad and have something else.

Great special occasion activity and experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

This experience provided the exact break I needed. After a walk around the gardens my meal was well up to expectations. The reception and service was outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I found the albacore tuna appy and roasted beets, totally delish! The perogies were just okay. I had recently made perogies and thought mine were better. The duck inside was too well done. Creme fraiche and garnish was refreshing.
The pavlova dessert could be less hard and chewy. I almost asked for a steak knife to cut into it. Sauce was devine!
The apple tattin crust was chewy and mushy. Sauce was way too sweet.
The amuse bouche we had the luxury of experiencing was the best!
Loved the cooked brussel sprouts accompanying the lamb. Cooked to perfection.
Service was terrific! Very attentive staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

My friend and I have a season ticket and try to make this occasion an annual event. We plan to attend in the summer for the fireworks and plan to have dinner beforehand in your beautiful dining room.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We've enjoyed high tea and dinners in the dining room on special occasions, particularly new year's eve in the dining room. Usually enjoyable despite the high prices, however this year my holiday menu entree was disappointing. The soup was excellent, but the Pacific Ling cod dish had an overriding heavy saltiness that took away my appetite for it. Belatedly, I realize it was prepared with a caper anchovy butter sauce which would explain the briny salty flavour. I only noted the issue to the courteous friendly server at the end of the meal - my fault. When I was debating between the salmon and cod entrees I wish she'd drawn my attention to the cod entree's strong salty feature.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The staff accommodated our special occasion as noted in the reservation. We stopped into the restaurant to see if we could get a drink 1.5 hours ahead of our reservation time because it was so cold outside, and they were actually able to seat us early on NYE. Service was friendly and mostly quick, views were great, and the food was delicious and well worth the expense. Overall great experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a wonderful time. The food was wonderful. I was so glad to have gotten
a reservation for New years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Superb high tea in the late afternoon and then a stroll through the gardens as the lights come on. Happy New Year!

Tags: Disabled Access, Seasonal, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a late dinner after a chilly walk in the gardens, their Christmas display was set up and beautifully done. Dinner was top quality and they did a far better meal then our actual New Years dinner event the next night.... Can't wait to go back!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great! Very festive... a must for the holidays!!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went for a early New Years dinner and to view the Christmas lights at Butchard Gardens. Everything was perfect. Meal , service , location.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a lovely tea at Butchart, and they accommodated a gluten free option with 24 hrs notice.
I would recommend splitting one tea tray of food. There’s no way one person can finish it and although they provide a to go box, it doesn’t save well.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

New Years!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

They were very accommodating to our time schedule. Our server took time to explain the delightful smaller food items on the tray. I even took my tea to go!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was my second evening meal during the very busy Christmas season in the Dining Room at Butchart Gardens. The first was with two friends a couple of weeks ago and that entire meal experience was fantastic. So, of course, I returned with my parents tonight and if possible, tonight's dining experience was as fabulous, if not, dare I say, better. Two weeks ago, I savoured every morsel of the chicken breast plate but tonight, I had to try the Beef Tenderloin with gnocchi. Incredulously, the gnocchi could be made gluten-free and those wee gnocchi were honestly the perfect pillowy compliment to an luscious sherry-cream sauce that highlighted the most flavourful and melt-in-your-mouth slices of tenderloin. My parents loved their meals (an astounding pork loin chop and also another plate of the tenderloin). Our chef's inspiration amuse-bouche was a tantalizing treat and my Mum, the only one who seemed to have room for dessert, loved her gingerbread tiramisu.

Dining in the Dining Room at Butchart Gardens is definitely a five-star experience for me and most certainly, the delicious and inventive food is the main part of that five-star rating. But what truly sets this place as my absolute favourite place to dine is the impeccable and thoughtful service in a beautiful atmosphere.

I'm always sad when the dining room closes for dinner during the off season but I eagerly anticipate the special event evenings and opening day for summer dining. My greatest compliments and gratitude to Executive Chef, Travis Hansen and his entire team...they truly make an evening super special!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a really phenomenal meal for my husband's birthday, and our waitress was spot on with every recommendation. The duck confit pieroghi was heavenly, and my husband thought his ribeye Delmonico was great, all meat, no fat, boneless, and the bearnaise sauce was lovely. For dessert I had a pomegranate meringue with pomegranate gastrique, and it was absolutely devine! This was a "close your eyes and savor every bite" meal!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

nice dining experience with family durkan ng the holidays

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had a great time! Everything you could ask for in an afternoon tea.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We attended the dining view during the Christmas festival. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the appetizers pleased the palette. The server made great recommendations that we loved. We had the luxury of sitting next to the window and our server used our camera to take a nice picture of us and the Christmas lights outside. We definitely recommend the restaurant and suggest you book a reservation.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Another great special occasion with out of town guests! Don’t know if I would make the drive without the magnificent gardens....and wish for those not able to walk the gardens that admission should be waved with a dinner reservation In the dining room for sure! Always amazing when the occasion is a walk in the gardens then a lovely dinner in the dining room...or tea! Always a thrill for me....thank you

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

You can’t best the view here! This experience was lovely — we asked for a window seat and they were able to accommodate us. Food was good and the tea was wonderful.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

A lovely garden conservatory tea room. Food was delicious. It had snowed so the view into the garden with the Christmas lights was beautiful. A wonderful Christmas experience.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

A wonderful seasonal experience when coupled with the magical Christmas lights throughout the gardens.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was excellent!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Thank you for another wonderful Christmas season special dinner!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Business Meals, Seasonal, Casual, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Live Music, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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