The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room
Server Cam provided impeccable service.
Dinner on the Patio was superb. Took a family member there for dinner and ate on the patio overlooking the gardens. Ambience, food and service were all outstanding.
The setting was very nice and our waiter was attentive to our needs. However, we noticed that the table linens had some stains. Also, the food was well presented but not described accurately on the menu. For instance, the chicken selection was actually a salad and not a full hot chicken meal. Our meal was, unfortunately, made quite unpleasant by the presence of numerous house flies which landed on the food and had to be waved off throughout the meal.
The location and service are delightful. We had a nice private table with a lovely view.
The $15 greens were boring and bitter, not worth it. The menu relies heavily on tomatoes and cheese - I am allergic to those. The server suggested an alternative for me but I still had an allergic reaction. I have written to ask about the ingredients in the substitution (maybe I have developed a new intolerance) but they haven't yet answered my inquiry.
Excellent and classically a very beautiful setting for a substantial dining experience you will not soon forget. We have been returning 3-4 times each year and are we are never disappointed. The setting and the unparalleled beauty enhances your dining event. Kudos again.
It was a great experience. We had never been to the gardens and we're very pleased with the over all experience.
I booked the reservation on line and requested a table with a nice view of the gardens if possible and they delivered with a fabulous location. The staff was efficient and very friendly. Food was excellent and very creative in flavors and presentation. Ambience of the restaurant was very nice with an upscale country feel.
Always a lovely experience. Beautiful location, and a delicious meal.
Highs tea here is an absolute indulgence. Delicious and filling.
They threw us in a secluded section, most likely because we have kids. The service was bad, food was great though
We had a great time. Melissa, our server, was so sweet, courteous, polite, efficient and provided excellent service. We had the earliest reservation for lunch (11:00) and was able to get a table on the patio with a great view of the beautiful garden. We went for the afternoon tea which was quite tasty and filled us up. The tea was good too.
My hubby and I went to the garden for the first while vacationing in Victoria BC and decided to enjoy a meal there. It’s recommended that you have a reservation so we did. Food and service was fantastic and we enjoyed our time there.
Dinner out with friends before a Jim Cuddy show.
Food portions for the value are extremely small. We love fine dining and often treat ourselves to a night out. We'd choose the Villa Aerie to have an early dinner and then attend the gardens for an event.
A nearly perfect high tea. The sandwiches and pastries were very good, but not the best we've ever had. We would definitely go visit again.
We had high tea which was fabulous. Gorgeous view of the gardens even though we were inside. One of our party is a vegetarian and was very pleased with the vegetarian version. Our waitress was outstanding.
Truly a gem! We sat on the outside, covered terrace. This overlooked the gardens and we had a peek-a-boo view of the inlet. The dinner was outstanding, beautifully presented, and the service was impeccable. We will definitely be back!
I will start by saying I travel and dine a lot for work. However; i have to say this experience exceeded my expectations !!!!
I'll start by saying that we have had other wonderful occasions at the dining room in the past when we had the high tea. We went to the menu this time and were greatly disappointed. This was our 58th anniversary and we wanted to celebrate at Butchart Gardens where we went on our honeymoon. We made a reservation for 1:30, checked in early, were promised a view overlooking the Italian garden. I believe another couple answered to my first name (not absolutely positive of this), were seated and we waited. I finally suggested to the gal at the desk that we were snookered out of our reservation and they seated us immediately at a small table for two next to the wall in a small room where my view was one of the door and exit sign. The salmon and garnish my wife had was quite pathetic, my smoked mushroom vegetarian option not very good in my opinion. Salad was meager. At the time we made our reservation we mentioned the special nature of this event but we felt really let down on this occasion. We would still recommend the dining room to others, especially for the high tea but for us this time, we were really disappointed.
Very nice lunch. Great service! Good food. Great atmosphere.
Food mediocre. View and atmosphere A+.
Everything was perfect with this experience except there were a number of wasps circling us as we ate on the veranda. Other diners nearby left early, complaining about the wasps. We managed just fine, but it would certainly be helpful if the very experienced gardeners at Butchart strongly targeted the wasps near this dining space.
The view of the Italian garden from our table was beautiful, just wish our table for two was by the window .
The tea food was beautifully presented. Would have preferred pretty teapots and China too. We enjoyed the selections of tea sandwiches, ginger scones and lemon curd tart. The jam to go with the scones was a bit tough like it had been set in dish too long.
We were stuck in the back of a dark tea room, no ambiance there.
Beautiful setting. Great service. Delicious food and reasonably priced. We will definitely return and also have no hesitation recommending this restaurant to our friends. Thank you.
Food and the interior were great but the service could have been better. The woman who served us was ok, but we didn't feel special in any way considered the fact that it was my daughter's birthday which they were supposed to know about. She did ask us about the food a few times, but I guess they must do that. Then I brought the sparkles for my daughter's dessert and out of 2 numbers she could only light up one which was unfortunate. When we were leaving not a single person said goodbye to us. Would not dine here again myself but recommend this restaurant to others in hopes that their waiter would be a bit more personal.
Lovely birthday afternoon tea. Everything was elegant, lovely and service was very, very good.
Ambiance was just as I hoped. Summer afternoon... seated in the atrium area of the dinning room felt perfect for a summer day.
perfect Food and place. the Best restaurant in Vancouver island.
We sat on porch with an amazing view, including humming birds all around us. Great service. What an amazing start to our visit! The rest of the day was wonderful.
The Afternoon Tea was fantastic,as well as the service.
Wonderful experience family with young adults. Beautiful rooms with views of the gardens. Reservations highly recommended. We felt the prices were very reasonable for the professional service and food quality.
Beautiful garden and character home to enjoy tea. Service was
excellent. Everyone was very friendly. Great variety of Teas
and drinks to choose from. Great balance in food selection. Scones,
sandwiches and sweet item’s. All
Fantastic dinner on our last night on our trip on our cruise.
Food was quite good, however portions were small and price was high. Service was good.
You helped us celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in such a lovely manner with the chocolate plaque and all. Our family has been coming to the Gardens for 50 years and my husband and I have so many wonderful extended family memories particularly of high tea in the glass room that we knew we had to come back again as part of our celebration.
Thank you for caring about the noise level and keeping your delightful ambiance.
Lynne and Tom
We will probably remember our wonderful waiter as much or more than anything else. I got the wagyu beef but I think it was a little overcooked. Everything else on the plate and the rest of the meal were absolute delights. My friend got the smoked mushroom wrap and let me taste. It was wonderful. We had desert and tea and a wonderful time. This is a wonderful way to take a break in the middle of a beautiful day in a beautiful place.
Excellent local food, gracious service by Pascal, nice decor
The dining room was excellent. 100th anniversary tea was delicious. The tea time was so good, lots of variety of foods and was very filling. Ambiance was very inviting and relaxed. Very clean. Our waitress was excellent, very knowledgeable and our table was facing the main gardens. Absolutely stunning. Our reservation was 1145 and we sat a few minutes after. Very pleased with the dining room.
Very friendly service, price is excellent and the ambience is amazing.
Excellent food and fantastic views from the outside seating.