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

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.8
4.8
4313 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 25 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 4,313 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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

    Great for brunch

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for groups

  • Vancouver Island

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Vancouver Island

    Healthy

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for special occasions

  • Vancouver Island

    Most Booked

4,313 Reviews
  1. YVRTPE88

    Vancouver

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always felt welcomed whenever we visited the dining room at the front! The afternoon tea was marvelous and the view was superb!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have done other tea room/Hight tea in the city …this one is the best and best prices a fantastic experience I recommended!!! 10\10

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  3. TinaS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect greenhouse feel with flowers all around really make this place special. Not overly fancy but a wonderful experience all around

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  4. DavidG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoroughly enjoyed high (low?) tea at Butchart Gardens this week. Discovered an unanticipated fondness for a certain tea blend, while sampling delightfully decadent finger sandwiches and an array of other delicacies served on a “Downton Abby-like” 3 tiered serving tray. The service was impeccable and the view of the garden in all its spring glory was unmatchable—(sorry Empress!) An indulgent treat, but well worth the cost!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Savory course not to my taste. Overall too many sweets, not enough food. Beautiful setting, nice presentation. Not a meal.

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  6. EricS

    Seattle

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect time everything was great Thank you so much 😊

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  7. SarahD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tea was delicious! highly recommend. Sandwiches had a great variety, the scone was just enough and the treats were all delicious. Highly recommend the rose tea.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Jason was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. And the food was delicious.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic experience. Highly recommend!!!

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  10. CarolE

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely afternoon tea at the Dining Room at Butchart Gardens... No complaints except had to wait for our table and suggest pricing could be modified for seniors .

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, our experience was wonderful. This was my first time taking someone to tea who was in a wheelchair. I did mention to the staff that getting in and out of the building and washrooms was very challenging. To accommodate those with mobility issues, automatic doors should be installed. Also the disability washroom wasn’t large enough to get a wheelchair into the stall. Some great upgrades would be appreciated to complement the other stellar experiences.

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  12. NancyK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely experience with excellent service.

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  13. Sidneyite

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Natalie was simply lovely; the food was superb & of course the ambience of the gardens. Much appreciated everything.

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  14. cmbb

    Calgary

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best value, best service and best service of all the Tea times while in Victoria

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  15. BreatheEasy

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food with wonderful views and service! Who could ask for anything more?

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Afternoon Tea experience at Butchart Gardens is fabulous! Don't miss a chance to relax, enjoy a bottle of champagne and a lovely tea in a beautiful, but very chill atmosphere! Highly recommend!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience, quality service and tasty food, everyone enjoyed themselves from my mother celebrating her 90th birthday to her great granddaughters enjoying their child’s high tea.

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  18. TreyS

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining here is a special indulgence - this was our second time to the Gardens and each time we dined in the Dining Room, no way to be disappointed. Great service, food and of course views.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mother's Day High Tea ~ very highly recommended. Food was absolutely delicious and the service was fantastic

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular Mother’s Day experience, Shane was a perfect server , warm and welcoming

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply amazing and made our day complete. The gardens along with our waiter and the restaurant were great. Thank you for everything and this was our second visit of many in the future during our travels to the area.

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  22. SophieW

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    There was some confusion regarding the service. We waited at our table for about 15 to 20 minutes to be waited on by the staff. Other than that, the waitress that did wait on us finally, was attentive and efficient. We enjoyed our tea very much.

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  23. MikeW

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been here both by myself and with a friend many times over the years. This is my favorite afternoon tea I've yet found anywhere.

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  24. PaulS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful high tea experience. Renee our server was friendly and helpful

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding afternoon tea! Loved the selection of teas and the food was delicious. Will definitively go again!

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  26. Wanderer

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful variety of sandwiches and sweets in a charming setting. Elegant but not at all stuffy. Highly recommend.

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  27. Trish

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was mediocre at best as well as the food. We finished less than half of what was served. It was meat-heavy which is unusual for high tea.

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  28. LawrenceK

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The gardens are beautiful and the dining room just adds to the experience. Best high tea I have had.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is not our first time to tea at Butchart Gardens. We keep going back as there is no other location in Victoria that has this level of quality. Always five stars!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service, food and experience. Totally exceeded expectations.

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  31. SusanF

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting in the Conservatory. Excellent service and very amenable to special requests. The sandwiches are incredibly tasty. And the ginger scones are fabulous. Endless pot of tea. Highly recommend! And don’t forget your 10% discount on yearly pass holders.

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  32. JenniferN

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience though the server wasn’t quite as friendly as we’ve had in the past but still good service and great food.

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  33. ElizabethC

    Vancouver

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was blown away by the quality of the gluten free high tea. All the items that I was offered looked nearly identical to my husband’s regular high tea, and the trifle was all around gluten free which is very inclusive. It was all delicious! I enjoyed myself so much, wandering the gardens and then relaxing with tea, I will definitely be back!

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  34. Lulu

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best ambience and value in Victoria would highly recommend

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  35. TicTak

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, tea and ambience great. But it took over 40 minutes after sitting to get our set. Seems too long for a place where there is only one menu item.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the view, the quality and value for the price was superior. If you think tea at the Empress is great, you will be blown away by the experience here! Our server Elizabeth was so lovely and knowledgeable and she elevated an already incredible experience!

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  37. Jojo

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have had the opportunity to try high tea at numerous tea houses across Victoria BC, and high tea at the Butchart Gardens is definitely my favourite. Consistently fresh, delicious, and locally sourced. The setting is fantastic and the staff are always super friendly and helpful. My favourite place to bring my out of town visitors for a truly memorable experience.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Though the gardens were stunning, I'm said to say for its price, what you are paying for is the surrounding gardens, as the culinary aspect of the experience was less impressive.

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  39. Mofoc

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully setting…. Fabulous service….great food!

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  40. RobertB

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place for tea in the Victoria area! Delicious food, great service, and beautiful views.

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FAQs

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room is rated 4.8 stars by 4313 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 25 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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