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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
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2253 reviews
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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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 2253 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.3
Value
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KennaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Butchart Gardens is always a lovely setting and having a seat next to the window overlooking the gardens just adds to how special the afternoon tea experience is. Everyone is friendly and efficient and the food is perfect - right amount, great taste combinations, nicely presented.

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Nana7
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

if you wish a perfect high tea and great service, I highly recommend you try it. Been there many times and will go again.

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GEOFFREY
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely ambience and excellent food and service. White linens and real silverware makes this an afternoon tea not to be missed. Great value, and the incomparable Butchart Gardens too right outside!

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TrudyT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So nice that there were not tour buses filled to the max at the gardens and lots of room in the dining area!!

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Linda303
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Peaceful experience with distancing and other protocols in place. Most relaxed meal I have ever had here as there were fewer guests. Superb service. The afternoon tea selections were delicious and beautifully crafted. We did not feel rushed and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Oh, and the gardens are to die for as is the dining room setting. What a treat!

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EleanorV
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely tea for our friend’s birthday. Service and food was all very good and greatly enjoyed.

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RitaS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There were 5 of us and we were given the best service one had allergies one a child . Very good high tea!

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DeborahM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The cost of admission to the gardens plus tea was less than tea at the Empress and the view was a lot prettier. Tea started with a heavenly English Trifle that made my inner child jump up and go Whee! Dessert first!
The plate of assorted food did not look like a lot at first but we were not able to finish it and took some home after wards. Everything has that baked same day freshness that I find very important and they were all sinfully rich and delicious. We were offered a choice of tables with different views and physical distancing was maintained at all times. Service was very polite and attentive, Well worth the cost. We did our walking about the gardens before lunch and I am glad we did, after wards we were too full to do much walking.

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DoubleA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to the afternoon tea for many years for many different reasons - it has never been a disappointment. This time our visit was for our 52nd anniversary. Due to the Covid-19 virus we asked to be seated outside. It was truly wonderful. Great attention and service, outstanding food as always, and beautiful views. An occasion to remember as we hoped it would be, especially with respect of the staff and their attention to the issues around Covi-19. It is hard to imagine a nicer way to celebrate our anniversary.

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DavidE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have always enjoyed High Tea at Butchart. The service this past Father's Day was excellent. The tea was served piping hot (just the way my wife likes it), the sandwiches were excellent as were the sweets. We also were able to sit outside on the veranda which was a nice feature. If you are a pass holder, I think High Tea at Butchart's is the best in the area overall in terms of ambiance, price, and quality.

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JOELF
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I made reservations for two and then revised it to 4....on Open Table, but this did not get to the restaurant. Luckily they did have a table.

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YvonkaJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Such a beautiful setting! We sat in the conservatory and had beautiful views of Butchart Gardens as we sipped our tea and had our lunch. I was very happy with the vegan afternoon tea menu. Very tasty and very filling and had to ask for a doggy bag. I'm still enjoying the treats the day after my visit.

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NelsB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went there last weekend . The food was wonderful. I have been to many high tea's but this one was the nicest. The flowers and room gave you a lovely peaceful experience. I would definitely go back.

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Cindylou
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exquisite and delectable High Tea, such a lovely way to celebrate a special birthday~

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CatherineV
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had high tea. Sandwiches were OK the sweets were excellent. Did not care for the loose tea as the strainer given was not adequate. The setting is beautiful.

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DebbieI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good value. Great location. You can tour the gardens and visit the gift shop as part of your visit.

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vipZoe1
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been to the dining room at Butchart many times over the years and the service, food and ambience is always top notch. Obviously a bit different with C)VID-19 restrictions in place but nothing that really distracts from what Butchart has to offer.

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AmyV
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely. It was the perfect, authentic spot to celebrate our family milestone.

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ChristinaB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I have tea at the Butchart Gardens every 2-3 months. The food, ambience and service is good. The scone, truffle, sandwiches, quiche and sausage roll are excellent. My one comment for improvement would be the desserts. They are not that great. Often a bit dried out. The boxed truffle is not good at all. The lemon tart is good, the rest I often don’t bother eating.

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ChristineW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All the food was excellent and the staff was knowledgeable about allergy concerns.

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NancyM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For a high tea the ambience is for me high in importance. It is the perfect setting. The best in Victoria and I have been to most of them. Of course, the food is well thought out and prepared! The truffle to start was light and tasteful. The petit sandwiches Provided a nice range of style and taste. The scone, not too big. As usual, not all consumed, but then a taste to take with you. Everything was very carefully brought to us and social distancing and the server’s masked were appreciated.
Well done, Butchart’s our Central Saanich Gem!

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Our party included two young children.
they did not receive napkins or cutlery and their drinks were never served.

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LisaJ
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely time. Have been before and will go again.

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HelenM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High tea service is much better than the Empress Hotel at half the price.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Was a wonderful experience and well worth the price

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SueS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable from start to finish. the high tea was delicious and plentiful - fabulous for our anniversary.

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nickname
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!

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Arlene
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.

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Alan
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.

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kinn3
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.

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JoeF
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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GwynethA
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.

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BobbyV
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.

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BrendaB
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.

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Peteysmum
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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JanS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for High Tea. Sever knowledgeable Food marvelous

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JenniferN
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.

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AngelaS
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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PatW
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!

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