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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Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We are serving a set 5-course Christmas Dinner from 4pm-7:30pm. We will have gluten-free and vegetarian options available. Dinner is $99 + tax and gratuities. Admission to The Gardens is required. Reservations will go live on November 1 at 9:00am.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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KS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere in this restaurant. There are many different rooms to dine in. Food was outstanding, beautifully prepared and served. Perfect sized portions. Service was excellent

B
New England
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a wonderful holiday treat. We looked at the crowds going through the Italian garden while we had an amazing dinner. My mushroom veloute was like eating liquid velvet, my husband's beef and my pork were tender, moist and accompaniments were great. Broccolini could have been cooked a smidgen more but that's a taste thing. Gingerbread tiramisu for dessert was excellent- I hadn't been sure about espresso anglaise with it but the pastry chef was right as it was perfect. My husband said his creme brulee was one of the best he has had. Our wait person was wonderful...very knowledgeable, cheerful, but relaxed and friendly. This was a wonderful and enjoyable meal. And the Unsworth prosecco was just right too.

MS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We showed up 30 minutes late because of traffic, they were very gracious and we didn’t feel rushed at all during our dining experience. The food was delicious and service excellent!

AH
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great selection for afternoon tea and very accommodating for gluten free. Will definitely be returning to this place in the future! :)

M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good High Tea in a very beautiful setting surrounded by thousands of outdoor Christmas lights at dusk. The sight was more and more magical as dusk settled.

SF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great Holiday Tradition that we look forward to each year.

DH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved the experience - very pricey but we anticipated that going in.

AC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolute perfect ending to an afternoon/evening in the gardens. The food was beyond, the service lovely and kind, the atmosphere was holiday magic. 10/10 would recommend.

TD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Very nice place to dine during Christmas with all the beautiful lights.

A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have visited Butchart several times now for tea and have enjoyed each visit very much. The setting is lovely!

OI
Portland
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Outstanding dining experience while visiting the Gardens to view the phenomenal Christmas lights! Food was expertly prepared and exceeded expectations. Having an outstanding meal in a setting that defies description was icing on the cake. Honored our wish for a window table. Service was very nice as well. Highly recommend!

LW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Fantastic dinner and service. Just an over all wonderful evening.

SE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A lovely way to have the full experience of the Gardens.

LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I requested a gluten-free tea when I reserved and was so pleased that I was served the same selection as my friends. Every item was delicious. Thank you!

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner.

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CC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Waitress had many helpful suggestions about the menu. Our only issue was the piano music was lovely, it was quite loud which made conversation difficult. We will be back next year as it has become our annual event to kick off the season. This was our 4th year doing this and it definitely sets the mood for the season. Thank you many times over.

JK
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful treat this was since we were visiting for the Christmas lights. Although a bit pricey, everything was simply delicious! You for sure got what you paid for. Can't wait to go again.

HJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Another lovely tea experience at Butchart Gardens Dining Room! This year we decided to take tea at 3pm to line up with the sun setting to enjoy the Christmas Lights in the gardens afterwards. The ambiance of the dining room with its lovely decorations and great service made for a special outing for our family this holiday season. The food was great. My Mum especially enjoys the sandwiches, my husband the trifle. I recently had to give up wheat and had a gluten-free tea which they very careful arranged. It was quite enjoyable. Thank you Butcharts for such a lovely experience!

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Although the food was tasty and we were full when we left, the portions looked smaller
Suggestion: make the layers appear more 'decorative'. Not overloaded, just a touch. A bit of parsley, curl cut carrots, etc. Or things that are obviously only for decoration. Even paper doilies can make a plate look like there is more on it.
Provide a knife with a serated edge for sharing pieces. A larger milk container.

T
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We walked the gardens to see the Christmas lights and ended in the dining room. A special way to end a festive night

CA
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Certainly one of the best restaurants in the region. A shame that they require people to pay the garden entry fee though. We have seasons passes but it meant that our friends were unwilling to join us. Great ambiance and service. And food!

LE
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious variety of pastries, sandwiches and desserts! Loved the ambiance of the dining room and the service was excellent. Would highly recommend afternoon tea in the dining room.

AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such an amazing experience! The view was exceptional as well as the food! They were very accommodating towards dietary restrictions and made the meal I wanted without gluten or dairy! Every bite was heavenly! The waitress was very knowledgeable about all the food as well as the gardens. Great conversation!

NB
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I was very impressed with the service they provided, they were very accommodating to a couple of my requests and I’m so thankful to them all, especially our server, who helped make our visit a very wonderful and enjoyable one. It was a bucket list item for my sister who has been given a terminal diagnosis.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing holiday afternoon tea! Excellent service.

DK
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best value around Victoria. Not snobby, great food, plenty of food, great ambience. We loved it after s cold walk through the gardens. And you can get an alcoholic drink if you so desire.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an amaing experience. Would definitely recommend to a friend.

n
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fully Gluten Free menu! Would go back in a heartbeat.

g
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have enjoyed many High Teas at The Gardens. The staff are always so kind and willing. We also love the seasonal changes to both the gardens and the menu. No trip to Butcharts would be complete without the high tea.

LB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Afternoon tea at Butchart Gardens is my favourite place in Victoria. The ambiance is soothing, but elegant. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. We celebrated our birthdays and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Thank you Butchart!!

EA
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best high tea experience, being able to enjoy the food as well as the view. This is my third time and I like this fall menu the best. Much more savory. The tea selection has something for everyone and the prices are reasonable. I like it better than the high tea at the empress.

c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High tea here was simply awesome! Rain kept most away from the Gardens the day we were there. Sweet and savory delicacies made our taste buds dance happily. And, the tea was equally amazing. This is a great alternative to the Empress at half the price. The Gardens are delightful year round and should not be missed.

B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was great!

N
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed afternoon tea at Garden
And after that enjoy for walk

DG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food in an elegant setting surrounded by one of the world's most beautiful gardens. Truly an amazing experience.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience5

I took my girlfriend to Butchart for afternoon tea. I had booked online for two. I am on a budget. We both thought because there was 1 tray we were paying for only 1 serving so much to my surprise I was charged for 2! I did not clarify with the server ahead of time but neither did the server nor the website state 1 platter serves 2 people. I had been before for tea but it had been awhile. I do budget for an annual pass & do use. Now that I am off work on long term disability, I do not feel I can treat anyone again to high tea. I would advise that the website and server clarify the portions/cost.

Thank you

Shelley Sing

AS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful tranquil afternoon tea . Sandwiches and sweets were delicious. Large window to view the gardens. And A fire to take the chill off

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have enjoyed High Tea at Butchart Gardens several times and always look forward to taking my visitors there when they come.

LK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting, delicious sandwiches and sweets tastefully presented, and polite and friendly staff.

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