The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Regional American (Northwest)

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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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n
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very excellent service and a very lovely day!
The food was very good and the knowledge of our server regarding the food and the mix of teas, wines and food was very much appreciated!
Looking forward to returning!

A
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

We had Hight Tea. I would recommend it but only once - for the experience. The food is not up to the standards suggested by the price. We would not go again.

A
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

High tea at the Butchart was delightful. The service with Alejandra was absolutely outstanding! She catered to our every whim. She made the experience ever so much better. The food was good, but not exceptional. The sweet course needed some work. The variety was good and the ambience was absolutely outstanding.

k
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We (2 couples) made reservations for high tea at the dining room in the gardens. As season ticket holders we didn't have to pay the admission into the gardens which can add $24 - $30 onto your meal. Overall our experience was outstanding. It was a sunny, spring day so we arrived early enough to walk through the gardens. There were flowering cherry trees, crocuses and many other floral delights, and no crowds.
In the dining room we were seated in a sunny corner with white linen tablecloths and napkins. Our server was lovely and efficient. All 4 of us had the high tea package served on a tiered tray preceded by scones with cream and jam. A choice of loose tea came in individual large chrome pots Both hot and cold delicacies and tasty desserts provided an ample meal leaving us unable to eat anything else for about 7 hours. A bonus was the 10% discount for being members!
To me, high teas in Victoria seem pricey everywhere, but this one was far less than others and totally worth it.

JF
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great service at a one-of-a-kind location!

GA
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had 4 ladies out celebrating a birthday. 2 of us had been before and loved it...the other 2 were really delighted.The setting was beautiful and the food was extremely tasty.

BV
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love having high tea in the Dining Room. The setting is phenomenal and the food is excellent.

BB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The timing of our visit for High Tea at Butchart Gardens coincided with Spring Prelude - and that made the visit a real highlight of our visit to Victoria. I would recommend this experience to others because of the wonderful ambiance in the dining room where tea is served.

P
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A simply wonderful place to have a leisurely, upscale, and delicious afternoon tea.

JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for High Tea. Sever knowledgeable Food marvelous

JN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go regularly as a group of friends (aged 20-75) for afternoon tea and it’s always a wonderful experience. Friendly, knowledgeable service, delicious food & tea, relaxing and lovely atmosphere.

AS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyable as always! We ladies always go for tea and a tour of the Spring Prelude garden every February. We are so blessed to live so close to Butchart Gardens and never get tired of visiting.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the room. Loved the view. Loved the orchids in the room. Loved the food. It’s just a special place for my daughter and I. They would have catered to my gluten request too.

PW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely Spring High Tea. The food was well presented and explained. Our server was attentive. An overall wonderful experience!

SL
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The food was OK, but very ordinary. Nice setting and atmosphere.

J
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a really fun experience and a great addition to a day at the gardens. The menu was delicious and our hostess was sweet and attentive.

LC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Very noisy, tables jammed together very closely you could hear every word spoken by those sitting next to you, tea and tower were average. Cost was $211 for two people and we did not order and “extra beverages”. I would not go there again.

PC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a delightful experience, especially when combined with the extravagance of Spring Prelude. Two of treated a 97 year-old friend to this outing and she was thrilled with every aspect of it, the beauty of the sun coming through the windows, the ritual of the High Tea itself and the tasty food, eaten at leisure.

In terms of noise, the level did rise to a somewhat awkward level while a table of twelve was near us, but they were all having fun and we enjoyed their pleasure.

DG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely way to spend an afternoon. Amazing food and tea.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Valentines Day brunch. Nice looking food selection on tea tower but lacking flavour. Pretty bland. Not worth the cost.

DL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is a special and unique experience. It is great because you can slow down and enjoy the process of high tea. We have a very nice time. Thank you

AL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went with the whole family for my wife's 50. The folks over there are pretty good at making you feel a bit special, and having the gardens around you - even in winter is a bit special!

LB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High Tea only is served during the winter. Very pleasant surrounding in a glass enclosed room with flowers! Beautiful small bites, hot and cold. Romantic atmosphere. Friendly efficient service.

MW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love coming here each year and would not miss it. Well done.

JG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very good but a bit pricey for what it is. You must factor in the entry cost to the gardens as well.

JB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Had the misfortune to attend the dine around at buchart gardens. Wow. Spent $200 on a positively mediocre experience. The salmon was nearly non-existent, the alleged confit duck was an unknown hamburger of something , the lamb was okay but the microscopic piece was hidden under cabbage, who was the brainiac that’s came up with that combination??? And the dessert so over the top sweet, as to make it pretty inedible. The tomato bisque was easily the high light of the evening. The only thing worth sampling. Did I mention everything was cold. They got the wine to the table in a hurry, but everything else took forever. And the noise levels made polite conversation impossible. Thank god McDonalds was still open so we could get hot decent food in quantity, for something less than an arm and a leg. I would like a whole bunch of my money back please. And I promise never to breach the entrance way to your “restaurant” (and in this case I use the term loosely) again, for any reason. Thanks for a brutal experience.

MP
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance and wonderful service! Very much enjoyed our dinning experience at the gardens

LA
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the best Butchart Gardens Dine Around yet!!

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the Dine Around experience in the Dining Room at Butchart. It’s such a fun and relaxed evening, with outstanding service, a delicious and inventive 5 course meal delivered and described by their wonderful chefs, all enjoyed in a gorgeous and classy atmosphere.

J
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We all agreed we will be back, our friends had no idea how wonderful it is to dine at Butcharts. Thanks to everybody who makes it such a great experience.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner- super flavours..

T
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time at the Butchart Gardens dining room and our first time with their Dine Around experience. It was extraordinary.

AA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Wonderful location even at this time of year!
The High Tea was a disappointment both in service and content. The server was lovely but unavailable. When we arrived no one was at the reception...nor was there anyone during the entire time we were there. It made for an awkward start, while we waited, uncertain what to do.
When the tea was served, no instructions were given as to how long to let it steep, nor was there any way to prevent oversteeping . The tier of food was bland in appearance....mostly brown or beige on white....no garnish. The pork croquettes were particularly unpleasant...mushy, minced interior served cold with a lingering aftertaste. Dietary restrictions were pleasantly and kindly adjusted for, however.
The location is lovely and truly pleasant this time of year. The high tea and entrance package is well priced.....but not the experience we anticipated based on another we have been to in a similar setting.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was excellent

GB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our group of six really enjoyed our evening at Butchart’s. The meal was marvellous with wine pairings and chef interaction.

BB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great experience... we loved this romantic and intimate setting, and the food and tea were amazing too!

V
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food presentation and combinations of flavours was excellent. The wine pairing was spot on and it was a nice option fo those the wanted to try some different wines from those they normally would drink.
The value for dollar spent was very good.
The only drawback was a very long hike to the Restaurant from where parking was located.

CW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our 3rd Dine Around experience at Butchart Gardens. Not as stellar as previous years. Very small portions - smoked salmon course. Duck was dry. Dessert was a bit avant-garde. Loved individual presentations by chefs.

VT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The five course meal was entertaining and delicious. The chefs were inspirational and obviously love their occupation. The restaurant was like dining in a solarium. We will return.

KP
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dine-around experience was a complete joy. The food was thoughtfully prepared and delicious. Each dish was creative and the entire meal was beautifully orchestrated. The service was outstanding, and each dish came out with one of the chefs who explained what it was and how they came up with the creation. The wine pairings were a nice addition and introduced us to a number of BC wineries.
We went with another couple this year and we all plan to go together next year.

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