The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

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1686 reviews
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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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TC
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding as far as beauty of gardens
and food offerings. Could spend all day
here.

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MS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and welcoming server! The food was incredible and the view was a living work of art.

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MK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

High tea is an experience to have once if you've never tried it. Sit on the balcony if you can so that you can continue to enjoy the gardens while you eat.

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JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect
We were greeted by friendly staff
Servers were polite, even if we were in their way, coming or going
We were not rushed
Our server was excellent. Always pleasant and helpful

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KC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and friendly staff in a beautiful setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to try the Dining Room for luncheon whilst visiting the Gardens. The food, service and ambience were outstanding.

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LJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outdoor seating was a really quiet area, beautiful view. Our French-Italian waiter was a gem; even gave us historical info on France/Italy when we asked about his homeland. The food was superior, as was the tea. We had such a wonderful high tea!

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RT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I LOVE the afternoon tea at Butchart Gardens. The food is flavorful and finely made. The environment could not be more charming. A lovely way to celebrate a trip to such a special venue.

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LL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, exceptional service and great food!

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ML
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day tea!!!

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn't finish my tea because it got cold to quickly. Maybe offer warmed milk and provide a way to keep the tea warm. Besides that everything was amazing and gorgeous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my 91 year old mom here for the Mother’s Day tea. Very generous and tasty!

Great variety- mom really enjoyed it. Best value and all round experience compared to other offerings in Victoria.

Plus we spent several hours in the Gardens before and after.

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VG
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful server, Lauren, for our afternoon tea and it was wonderful after walking in the gardens for a couple hours! We had a party of five, tried different teas and enjoyed all of the goodies that came on the three tiered tower. Would definitely come back again!

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K
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant with great atmosphere and even better food. They locally source and offer unique selections. Everything we had was delicious and our server was fantastic. Would highly recommend.

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JW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are visiting the Butchart Gardens a “tea” experience at the Dining Room is an absolute must. Combine the impeccably prepared food and sweets with the views— it literally does Not get any better! We come here every time we visit the Gardens.

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w
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

I tried afternoon tea, because my friend was visiting me from states. it was good experience for the first time. Ambience was great. friendly service. But the food was not the best. Too much sugar in the sweet selection. Scone was little too crispy compare to British style. Sandwiches were okay but not amazing. I would like to try Lunch next time not Afternoon tea.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To celebrate the year I turn 80!

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MS
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my brother and I took our parents, who are 90 years old for lunch at the Dining Room. The staff were so wonderful seating us as both are in wheelchairs. lovely place to go.

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KK
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were so disappointed with our main courses. Guy’s salmon was cold and very fishy smelling. My wagyu beef sandwich was cold, along with the cold fries. Our salads were both good. I really expected something special, especially because it was pretty expensive. Our waiter was good, but really couldn’t make up for the food we ordered.
The gardens were spectacular!! And we will return to visit again.
However we will not return to the dining room, and definitely not recommend it!

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ZS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Definitely a must when visiting the gardens. Just wish more vegan options would be available.

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VF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most beautiful afternoon tea I've ever had. The setting is immaculate. The service is impeccable. The food was delicate and delicious. The tea was fine and all for a reasonable price. I was blown.

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C
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is our favorite place for afternoon tea. It's always outstanding and the setting can't be beat that's for sure. As usual, everything was excellent but I did notice something odd this time. Now why would they serve trifle as the first course? First, trifle has no business with afternoon tea and to serve it as a first course is wrong. And if you are going to add trifle to afternoon tea, at least make it the traditional way with Sherry. Keep it simple, you don't need the trifle...

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KL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea at The Dining Room made my experience at the Butchart Gardens all that more memorable and valuable. So thankful that I got to go!

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HC
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for tea. Beauty setting and great food.

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BH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had high tea last year associated with a cuise, so made a point of going back again this year when our cruise stopped in Victoria. Butchart Gardens is lovely, so what could be better than high tea overlooking part of it? The dining room is lovely; I think every table has a garden view. The variety of food on the tea tray is wonderful, and the teapot seems bottomless. We had a lovely few hours touring the gardens, then another lovely hour or so with wonderful food and service. Thanks!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tea at Butchart Garden was lovely. Delicious tea, beautiful surroundings, excellent service and for about half the price of Tea at the Empress.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing lunch and our server was absolutely delightful

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WA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for afternoon tea. It was soectacular

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My four sisters and I enjoyed the lovely afternoon tea in the Dining Room. Our table overlooked the private garden, the chefs and our server was very accomodating of our specific food requirements. What a perfect way to relax after our walk through an amazingly beautiful garden!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

3 generations family tea

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful ambiance and elegance in the the old house a fitting environment for the perfectly presented tea and service, all enhanced by the view of the gardens.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional quality and elegance, just as I remembered.

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PC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great in a great setting that was a restful break from garden touring.
I particularly appreciated the hostess who dealt with a problem in our reservation (we came the wrong day...my mistake) and still found us a great table.
Two of us had high tea and it was spectacular. Others ordered off the menu and enjoyed their meals and left-overs from our tea food.
I will always try to book a meal there when visiting Butchart.

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MD
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is truly fine dining. We had lunch but the afternoon tea also looked to be outstanding.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience doing the tea, a first for us. Everything was great and the staff amazing at their care of their guests and very knowledgeable. I would be more than happy to recommend this experience to anyone visiting the Garden. The Garden itself was so beautiful with all the Spring blooms.

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R
Portland
460 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The perfect complement to a stroll around the grounds of Butchart Gardens is having lunch in their dining room. Dining room is casual, yet elegant, nice setting to look out upon the surrou being gardens. We enjoyed high tea this day, a nice combination of hot and cold goodies enjoyed with a pot of one of their wonderful tea selections. Service is outstanding, server explained each of the offerings on the tiered tray use to serve your food. We have visited Butchart Gardens many’s times over the years, and eaten lunch or enjoyed tea on almost all visits. They never disappoint.

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MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tea on the terrace it was a bit pricey but a good value for what you get. I loved seeing the garndens and enjoying the view while we had lunch. This was the best high tea I have had, alot of variety in the sandwiches and desserts.

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RA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother and I had a lovely time. Highly recommended.

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RT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great way for my wife and I to celebrate Easter Sidney with our daughter

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b
Vancouver
60 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High Tea to celebrate Easter and the Queens birthday with my three queens my wife Terri mom Sheffield and my sister Lori. Thanks

Our server Brittany took excellent care of us - I especially enjoyed the gluten free option for high tea

Thanks again Butchart Gardens

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