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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
4.7
4232 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Regional American (Northwest)
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Regional American (Northwest), Afternoon Tea, Canadian
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (250) 652-8222
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party contact
    groupres@butchartgardens.com: (250) 544-4478
  • Neighbourhood
    Central Saanich
  • Cross Street
    Wallace Drive
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Entertainment
    The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,232 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Ambience

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Regional American (Northwest)

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Overall

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Food

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Service

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Ambience

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Value

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for groups

  • Vancouver Island

    Healthy

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for special occasions

  • Vancouver Island

    Most Booked

4,232 Reviews
  1. CORINNEP

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love coming here for tea. Do it at least twice a year 😃

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  2. Thelma

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful setting for any celebration or anytime treat. The high tea features beautifully presented savouries, sandwiches and desserts, plus trifle and their ab fab signature scone, accompanied by generous pots of tea, always hot thanks to the insulated pots.

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  3. DanielleA

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Allergies were easily accommodated, service and food could not be faulted. It was the kind of experience we were hoping for.

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  4. DebbieI

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambience and excellent food. 10% off if you have an annual pass.

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  5. Mariannea

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate a birthday. They gave us a beautiful table at the window. The food and tea were amazing. They were able to accommodate multiple dietary issues. Highly recommend. The gardens were beautiful.

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  6. joanh

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place with very good food. I would recomend it to anyone. The service was good and girls friendly. The kitchen was véry helpful in providing special food for one of our group who has food alergies.

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  7. FaryonC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was top rate! In my opinion, it’s best best High Tea on the island.

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  8. Cubanlil63

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best gluten free tea of any I’ve ever had! The server was lovely, checked for allergies, explained what was on the tower and made sure our teapots were filled with hot water regularly. The dining room is beautiful and quiet, which lends itself for conversation and our table had a lovely view. We had such a lovely time!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The mini sandwiches for the Gluten Free High Tea had non existent filling, which equated to a tasteless experience. Very disappointing for a $50 per person experience.

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  10. Fleur

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic high tea at the Butchart Gardens dining room. My husband can't eat gluten (celiac disease) and the chef produced a superb gluten-free tea for him. It had all the same goodies as the wheat version except for one small savory item. Unbelievably good gluten-free bread, pie crust, cakes, and puff pastry!

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  11. Jessica

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tea at the Butchart is always spectacular. They are so accommodating and the food delicious. We go for tea at least once a year and always come away as a great experience.

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  12. SharonP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely high tea. I had gluten free and my husband dairy free. It is a bit on the expensive side. I do appreciate how quiet and pretty the surroundings are. Our server Natalie was just great!

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  13. JasonW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pilar was our server. She had a great attitude and was warm and hospitable. She definitely made our experience very special by taking photos of and with us and by explaining the food and teas very well. We would very much like to return and we hope that others have a similar experience. You should give Pilar a raise and definitely share this with her and the rest of your staff! Annelise and Jason

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was such a fun and novel experience! The gluten free food was divine and I loved the tea. Highly recommend.

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  15. BrittM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was amazing and super kind. The food itself was really bland and underwhelming. The sandwiches were soggy and hardly any filling. The desserts were overall sweet and lacked flavor. I honestly was in tears when we left because I felt like I wasted over $100 for nothing. To add onto it, there was birthday part for a 3 year old sitting next to us. So what was supposed to be a romantic afternoon tea for our anniversary felt more like a kids place. It was loud and multiple times at least one kid was getting out of their seat. Overall I will never go back for high tea or take family members to it. It was horrible. Save your money and go the Fairmont instead. Again this all has to do with food and ambience. Our waiter was a gem and she was so kind. I didn’t tell her how unsatisfied we were because there was literally nothing she could have done to help.

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  16. VictoriaK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best afternoon high tea so far in Victoria! The atmosphere was beautiful, peaceful and food delicious and all servers attending to us extremely friendly.

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  17. SarahBun

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed everything but the red lentil rolls were not very good. My kids especially didn’t like them and I will try and remember that they are spicy and not noted as such on the menu. But overall, we had a lovely time.

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  18. Paul

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A beautiful all seasons setting. Staff are attentive. Food served at a relaxed pace. Never a disappointment

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  19. LindaLou

    Edmonton

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely surroundings, attitude kind service and an excellent tea.

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  20. JamesF

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great. We go there every anniversary and it is always outstanding.

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  21. CarlyP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere and lovely food, server was very helpful

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic gluten-free Afternoon Tea and great service!

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  23. LyndaM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My Sister & I went to Butchart Gardens on Sunday for their High Tea.. We got there abit earlier..then our scheduled time..We asked if they could accommodate us since we were early..The Hostess said for sure there was a table that we could sit at..Our waitress came really quickly to serve us..She was very knowledgeable on their High Tea tray..very attentive service while we were there..I highly recommend the High Tea at Butchart Gardens..

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  24. PaulaM

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambience! Highly recommend this lovely high tea!

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  25. NekodaF

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely! Everything was delicious and our server was knowledgeable and attentive. We went there for our anniversary and they were so thoughtful, offered to take our picture and even included a Happy Anniversary stamped prince of chocolate to our tray! Would highly recommend!

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  26. JohnJ

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High Tea in the Gardens, a treat any time of year.

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  27. Islandmarmot

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    top tier as always, will return again. the blackberry wine was very good.

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  28. DavidM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambiance. Had the house almost to ourselves which was wonderful as we were celebrating my mom’s 85th birthday. Only reason I gave value a 3 is that having to pay $30 just to enter the gardens on top of the price of the tea is expensive. Particularly when there is not much to see in the gardens at the moment.

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  29. LyndaM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant was able to accommodate dietary requests (made ahead of time) and wheelchair accessibility for the table. Friendly, relaxing and wonderful.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the Holiday High Tea! Definitely doing it next Christmas again…think I’ll make it a tradition with my sister!

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  31. TrishT

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    After enjoying our annual delightful birthday High Tea for my grand daughter we then enjoyed a lovely walk around the beautiful grounds to try to wear off some of the delicious calorie load we consumed!

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  32. SherryJ

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has always been my favorite place to go to for high tea. Excellent variety and everything is so fresh.

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  33. RobW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Setting was very nice and service excellent but food was underwhelming for the cost.

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  34. SherylF

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The beef tenderloin was perfectly cooked but teeny tiny. The chicken breast with vegetables was cooked perfectly and delicious. The french onion soup was bland and tasteless. The burrata and beets was also bland (needs a richer tasting cheese, I think, and maybe some arugula to break up the massive amount of beets). Very expensive overall but the ambiance and service was excellent.

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  35. ColeenR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Butchart Dining Room would be a fabulous experience, even without the beautiful gardens or Christmas lights before &/or after. All BC wines!

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  36. TresaB

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fabulous. Food, tea, and ambience. We loved it.

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  37. Patti

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High tea at Butchart Gardens is a highlight during a visit to the Victoria area.

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  38. Margaret

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best restaurant in Victoria and I love going there. I am happy to take guests at any time.

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  39. Linda303

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our 21st year enjoying dinner and the Christmas lights at Butchart Gardens. The meal was beautifully presented and delicious! Kari was friendly and assisted us with the wine selections and details of the menu choices. From starter to coffee we relaxed and enjoyed the experience of dining in Jenny Butchart‘s conservatory. And then the fantastic light display…..

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  40. DoreenS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous! We had a lovely time enjoying delicious tea by the fireside. I would highly recommend coming here. The Christmas lights were spectacular as well!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room is rated 4.7 stars by 4232 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Wallace Drive
  • Neighbourhood
    Central Saanich
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Regional American (Northwest), Afternoon Tea, Canadian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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