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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.8
4.8
3104 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

8:00 p.m.


Booked 49 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Travis Hansen

  • 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,104 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Overall

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Service

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Ambience

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Afternoon Tea

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Regional American (Northwest)

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Overall

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Food

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Service

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Ambience

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    Best Value

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  1. JC

    JohnC

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is magic. The tea service is amazing and the wait staff is very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend adding on the flight of drinks as well as dining outdoors weather permitting. It was so quite and beautiful outside. I cannot recommend the tea service enough. Would definitely go back.
  2. NR

    NicolaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our afternoon tea was delightful and our server was wonderful. Great way to make our visit to the gardens more special for my Mum's 60th.
  3. SG

    StephanieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Take the time to have tea. Make a reservation and do it. You won't regret it. You'll be sad when they are all booked up, when you arrive.
  4. JP

    JodiPS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gardens were beautiful and the Tea was fantastic! Delicious, fantastic service, great atmosphere.
  5. DC

    DennisC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Tea was served in coffee cups/mugs. Food was just ok.
  6. PF

    PeterF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleased with our visit. Waiter was excellent and helpful
  7. AC

    AllisonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Beautiful experience. One on our party had the milk free tea which was equally as wonderful. Highly recommend.
  8. CS

    CatherineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was beyond phenomenal. Atmosphere was lovely and they were able to easily accomodate my allergies. It was the perfect end to the day.
  9. MP

    MaryP

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Way better then the Empress...and that was good too,
  10. H

    Houseplant

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a perfect window view on a perfect day. The food, service and overall experience were excellent. It was my guests first time and they said it was very enjoyable
  11. S

    Sherry

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a perfect setting, great service. Beautiful place!
  12. AP

    AnneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our high tea lunch was delicious! All four courses were tasty with a variety of sandwiches and pastries offered. The presentation was elegant and the waiter was gracious and made us feel special. We were able to eat at a table outside on the patio with a view of a charming little garden.
  13. BC

    BobC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining outdoors on the porch was wonderful. Beautiful setting and a tasty meal!
  14. LM

    LindaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tea was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxing . Enjoyed the whole experience
  15. C

    Cherie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a great experience, a beautiful atmosphere, fantastic food, and tea.
  16. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful tea experience at the Dining Room at Butchart's. Best in Victoria by far.
  17. B

    Beth

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    A beautiful setting. The sandwiches, mini quiches with tarragon cream and ginger scone were delicious. I had a problem with the Earl Grey tea- it didn't taste like Earl Grey and seemed musty. My pot of tea was replaced with a different variety and it was OK but not outstanding. For a tea house, I am not impressed with the tea itself....but everything else was lovely.
  18. TA

    TrevorA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food atmosphere and beautiful views of the gardens I highly recommend it
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely tea at the dining room. View of the flowers outside, elegant room, selection of teas, and a delicious assortment of sweet and savory treats.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time having tea service. Fun experience. Lovely garden atmosphere.
  21. AB

    ArianneB

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had afternoon tea and it was really nice. The food was delicious and there was much more than we could eat in one sitting. We were able to bring home the food we didn’t eat. Impeccable servie from the staff. The view on the garden were also a highlight of the experience.
  22. S

    Slee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    They were foods that didn't seem worth $45 per person. And it was unpleasant because it seemed to separate white people from Asians.
  23. KS

    KindleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience! Meal was delicious and our server was a delight. Greatly enjoyed the afternoon tea
  24. SB

    SuzanneB

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous way to finish off our Butchart gardens visit. The service was very friendly and professionally done. The food was of high-calibre and the sandwiches lots of variety. We especially liked the choice of teas and you could have alcoholic drinks if you wanted off of their menu. We sat outside on the patio with a lovely view of the gardens. Definitely make a reservation. A must do experience ! The price point is also very very manageable
  25. TF

    TeresaF

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely setting for their afternoon tea!
  26. a

    amafoodie

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was FABULOUS and the service IMPECCABLE! What more can I say, a 5 star experience over all!
  27. B

    Bubble

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The leek tart is one of the best foods I have ever eaten - truly outstanding! Service was nice. Setting spectacular.
  28. DF

    DeniceF

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside overlooking the beautiful green lawn. Our server was very attentive. She described all the goodies on our three tiered tray. It was a relaxing, enjoyable meal. In beautiful surroundings.
  29. AB

    AndrewB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Thanks for a lovely High Tea dining experience. Great food and the BEST tea selection.
  30. L

    Likes8s

    Seattle

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Didn't realize that in addition to $47.50 high tea charge, there is an admittance charge of over $50 park fee so it ended up to be quite expensive. It was a lot of food but delicious. It was truly a great experience but we wouldn't do it again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 39th wedding anniversary. It was perfect. The venue is spectacular overlooking the gardens. The waitress was so sweet and happy to serve us. The food was scrumptious. It was the highlight of our Victoria trip.
  32. SJ

    SusanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious!! and beautiful tea service, I enjoyed it completely. I would love it though if the Devonshire "style" cream could have been the real deal. It is so very simple to make and really, it is integral to an English cream tea.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome to have high tea in such a lovely setting.
  34. B

    Bobbibc

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really enjoyable experience having high tea at Butchart Gardens!!
  35. TS

    TaraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was amazing. The high tea was delicious, and our server, Jason, was absolutely delightful. The ambiance was incredible, as well. What an absolute treat!
  36. RJ

    RafaelJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jason, our server, made our experience outstanding
  37. AC

    AliceC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Waitress didn’t introduce the tea set until we asked for it.
  38. k

    kwokang

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice and relaxing place for an afternoon tea or brunch.
  39. CA

    CaraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! A few sandwiches didn’t taste great but other than that, we loved it!
  40. GE

    GeraldE

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    High Tea of the old quality, more attention to detail than is unfortunately not common today

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 4.8 stars by 3104 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 49 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

  • 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

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Travis Hansen

  • 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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