The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
1773 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Regional American (Northwest)
Top tags:
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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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PZ
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food In an amazing atmosphere! Good and service were impeccable! The views were out of this garden!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon tea in the dining room. Food was very good. Good variety of food for the tea. Excellent service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. Beautiful surroundings.

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PF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great waitress! The experience really made our Butchart Gardens time very memorable.

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LM
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was friendly and helpful. We were glad we had made reservation, because it was popular. Even though it was full, we didn't feel rushed and had a pleasant afternoon lunch.

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AW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Although I had made reservstions days in advance I still had to wait ten minutes for my table to be ready despite being there exactly at the agreed time. The Italian garden is one of my favourites, the window would have been nice. Same short brief menu with limited options and a kitchen unwilling to adapt nor the capability of producing the simplest salad. The tea was delightful. An expanded scotch menu would be appreciated. Beautiful facade and table settings.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome daye night!

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GB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely outdoor seating, shaded, protected from the wind 3:15-4:45. View of the rose, Italian Gardens and sea. Afternoon tea was exquisite and a delight for the taste buds.

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DT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing ambiance... treat yourself! Beautifully delicious... finished off our day ! We enjoyed a great lunch and sat outside overlooking the gardens. What a place!

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SP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

A disappointing experience as we were tucked away from the main dining area. Service was average.

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R
Seattle
65 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea to break up our experience of the wonderful gardens. This tea is much better food...and better priced, than tea at The Empress, and the dining room is very pretty.

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JW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect. We were able to get in 30 minutes early

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PK
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our time at Butchart Gardens. The Afternoon Tea experience was excellent and the gardens stunning.

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JA
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had afternoon tea. It was delicious but a bit high priced.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely experience! Enjoyed the food and service was excellent.

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful early summer evening with incredible food in a world class setting with amazing views. And the price was very reasonable.

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C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Kudos to the chef and kitchen staff, and big applaud to the servers. My husband and I had a dinner on the deck, which was one of the best dining experiences in our lives. Thank you for the great evening!

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Young and old members of our group enjoyed our tea.

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E
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely location within the beautiful gardens. We were seated in an enclosed porch area with charming trellis and flower designs on the walls and a view of the Italian garden. Our server was attentive and friendly. The food took a little longer than expected, but both our server and another person (manager?) addressed the delay and we were compensated for it. Several of us had the afternoon tea service and some ordered from the lunch menu. Everything was delicious! The tea trays were plenty to fill us up and we had leftovers. Loved the teaberry flavored tea! Overall, a wonderful experience. We didn't mind the food delay because it gave us more time to enjoy the setting and the staff were so good about addressing it with us. Definitely recommend afternoon tea here!

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DB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food & service was excellent! The setting is unparalleled. Just beautiful. My husband said he had the best caesar salad of his life. I also appreciated that our entrees came out piping hot.

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w
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We purchased the admission and dinner special. The food was fantastic (get the lemon dessert!!), and the service was excellent. A great value, the quality of the food was very high for the price.

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BR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed afternoon tea, it was a perfect setting with great service and wonderful atmosphere.

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RA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience !!! I would recommend whoever visits Victoria to enjoy the Tea at the Gardens

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal and the best part was definitely our sever!! We will be referring your establishment to friends family etc.

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PT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Truly delightful in every way!!!

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H
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was a lovely experience for me have the afternoon tea with my parents.

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GP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely memorable experience having afternoon tea for our first time. The ambience was outstanding. We were very lucky to be seated in the dining room where our window overlooked the private gardens there (the one small closed-off garden that the public isn't allowed to enter). Just divine. To go with our afternoon tea, we chose their "Backyard Flight" consisting of a cider, sparkling wine and blackberry dessert wine, which was outstanding. Our waitress was very friendly and professional and advised us to drink the cider with the savory treats, the sparkling wine with the scones and the dessert wine with the sweet treats. This was our first time visiting Butchart Gardens and this restaurant and we know we will return to both.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing staff, amazing afternoon tea selections and amazing atmosphere!

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

always a great place to take visitors for the best tea in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Go food, I think we had a newer server whom was a little off.

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KQ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! A beautiful restaurant and a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Our waiter was fantastic and we had a great time. Highly recommend!

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j
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon tea was much anticipated for our visit to the Gardens. They did not disappoint as everything was fantastic!

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

My husband and I were in Victoria for the first time and were pleased that Butchart Gardens had a restaurant on site that offered an afternoon tea overlooking the grounds. It was very good, especially the Earl Grey tea. The sandwiches were all good and they offered a variety of ingredients. Of course, the pastries were wonderful. It was also reasonably priced compared to some in town. Enjoyed it very much.

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AA
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had the afternoon tea and received very poor service. We got a table against the wall with a beam in the way of any nice view. The server was nice but there were many mistakes.. we did not receive our table settings with our food.. had to ask for the plate/cutlery/tea strainer... our food took a long to come out. We arrived at 11:30 and didn’t get out of there until 1:30 which put us behind our time for walking gardens, to top it off when the bill came there was a charge for an extra meal and lucky that I caught the mistake or we would have been charged an extra $41+ which is not a good value for the portion of food you receive. I thought for all the trouble they would have given us a discount...we came for the Butchart experience with family from another country and sadly the dining room experience disappointed! Thankfully the garden itself made up for it. Would not recommend

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tea on the veranda was a wonderful way to conclude our 52 anniversary trip.

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for a 65th birthday celebration. Food was unbelievable, Service was professional, all in all a "must come again" experience.

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JV
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The room was beautiful and filled with amazing floral arrangements. It was bright with natural light and the tables were not close together. Service and food exceptional. Our first time there, and planning to return.

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LM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fine food in an unbeatable setting. It was a high point of our day in Victoria.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Highly recommend!

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NR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance was beautiful. The food was outstanding and the service could not have been better!

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