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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:
Christmas Tea 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm - 8:00pm

SEASONAL MENUS:
Afternoon Tea:
April 1 - September 30

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

Christmas Tea:
December 1 - January 6

Lunch:
March 1 - September 30

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

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

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4.8

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4.2

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Scenic View (51)
Afternoon Tea (50)
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Romantic (47)
Worth the Drive (46)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Good for a Date (40)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Great for Lunch (32)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Cozy (25)
Sunday Lunch (24)
Local Ingredients (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Seasonal (18)
Casual (15)
Afternoon Coffee (12)
Authentic (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Healthy (12)
Fun (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
People Watching (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

It was a very nice evening and certainly met our expectations

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Christmas tea was very enjoyable!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I made a poor food choice.

Very pricey, especially after garden entrance fee.

Worth it for the unique Christmas garden experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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!!

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Romantic
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

We had a really nice evening at butcher's! Walking around the gardens at Christmas is very special and it's super fun to go for a skate on the outdoor rink.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The side view was unimpressive. The bread was burned. You need more of a Christmas lights display in the areas outside your windows.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great rack of lamb. Best I have ever had, and I eat lamb often when I dine out. Beef tenderloin also excellent. Eggnog tart for dessert -- not so special. Pass on that one.
Not cheap eats but I would dine there again--for sure!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Beautiful afternoon tea in the gorgeous Butchart Gardens. Visiting Victoria from the US. We had the seasonal high tea and then were able to enjoy the incredible Christmas lights display at the gardens! A must see!!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Three out of our party of five had the same entree -- beef tenderloin with gnocchi and butternut squash. Presentation was a messy pile of odd-looking stuff in a dark sauce that had an unpleasant taste, perhaps burnt garlic? Or maybe it was the "sherry cream" that made it unappealing. For two of us, the meat had tough, unchewable parts. None of us enjoyed the combination of flavours or the tough strips of some kind of dried vegetable that topped the mixed-up pile of food. The other two diners in our party had salmon and found it rather dry.
The soups we had as appetizers were excellent. This is a very pricey restaurant, and the food just does not meet expectations. They're trying to be too artsy instead of serving tasty food.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Whenever we visit Victoria, a visit to the Butchart Gardens dining room is a priority! We love the atmosphere and the beauty of the surroundings, both inside as well as outside. The service is wonderful and personal, and the food is outstanding. A definite 10 out of 10!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I took my 9 yr old granddaughter and my daughter in law from Vancouver. It was a very positive experience We would definitely do it again

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The afternoon tea was delightful and the service was excellent.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a great food experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The dinner was great. Too bad we were so cold and wet from the pouring down rains in the garden.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent service. My husbands dinner was not hot. He didn’t want to send it back and wait. We reserved a month ahead and were seated on the porch area which wasn’t as nice as the interior rooms. I was disappointed and would ask for something different next time.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Having an excellent restaurant within a beautiful garden atmosphere is amazing. I love bringing family and friends to Butchart as it never disappoints.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went for High Tea and it was fabulous. There were multiple items each on a three tiered serving dish and a variety of teas to choose from. Overall, a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I brought my parents because my mom loves the idea of having tea like the English do and Butchart Gardens did not disappoint. The atmosphere, food, and service was perfect! Also, finding a restaurant that provides a complete menu for gluten intolerant people is not something found very often, but with the proper notice Butchart Gardens does just that and we were all thrilled!!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Seasonal, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Afternoon Tea
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

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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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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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