The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.6
1483 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Regional American (Northwest)
Top tags:
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Regional American (Northwest), Afternoon Tea, Canadian
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Hours of Operation
NOW SERVING:
Afternoon Tea 11:00pm - 4:00pm

Lunch 11:00am - 3:00pm
(Until September 30)

Dinner 5:00pm - 8:00pm
(Until September 15)


SEASONAL MENUS:
High Tea:
October 1 - November 30 & January 7 - March 31

Christmas Tea:
December 1 - January 6

Christmas Season Dinner:
December 1 - January 6 (excl. December 25)


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Phone number
(250) 652-8222
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Travis Hansen
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Wallace Drive
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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.

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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
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Entertainment
The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1483 People Are Saying
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C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

We made reservation days ahead and asked if gluten free and dairy free was an option. No reply. We called day before and left a message and no call back. We find out when we arrive that gf is an option but dairy free is not (too late to back out now). Large dusty spider web above our window where we were seated. We waited 45 minutes for our gluten free scones (mine was uncooked in the middle). Server Phyllis was OUTSTANDING, she kept us up to date and kept apologizing for the delay. Yes we were comped the third persons bill which was very kind but I just expected more. Very disappointed.

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CY
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful view, beautiful room, beautiful table, and wonderful food.

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated my parents both turning eighty and their 60th wedding anniversary.
Great tea.

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful place - tea time was so cute and just perfect for our anniversary

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KA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the second time I have enjoyed tea at Butchart Gardens Dining room and would definitely recommend to my friends and family. Excellent experience. The food and staff are outstanding!

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FZ
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I didn't care for the English Breakfast tea. I sent the pot back as I thought they had given me the wrong tea, but the new pot came back the same. Not what I was expecting it to taste like. Other than that the food was delicious.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Exellent food. Best high tea I ever had. The view outside the restaurant was stunning. The food was so delicious, especially the sausage roll. If the presenting of the food can become more colorful, it would be better. A little bit noisy at the peak time of the garden.

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JR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A perfect place to celebrate an 80th birthday! So beautiful surrounded by orchids, violets, etc. in the greenhouse-like dining room.

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RS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful setting. I went on a Saturday and the restaurant served a fixed high tea menu only, which is heavier on the savories than afternoon tea. Scones are good, but quite small, and you only get one. Nice signature teas with floral and fruit notes. Limited to one tea per person; I’m used to being able to trying more than one. Teas can be purchased in the seed and gift shop. I tried the Pacific Backyard Flight, which included a sparkling white wine, a blackberry wine, and a Pomona icewine. It was a nice indulgence.

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K
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely setting. I could have spent all day gazing at the beautiful potted plants in the sunroom. The food was flavorful and beautifully presented. Our server offered to take our picture, which turned out very well.

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H
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely 80th birthday tea with my mom! Even though it rained we had a wonderful time with great service.

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MG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Exceptional setting for High Tea with delicious food. Accommodated nut allergy. Was cold and drafty next to window but view was just perfect. Service outstanding.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The gardens were fantastic followed by a wonderful afternoon tea great way to complete the day

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TD
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very well done high tea service Very well done high tea service

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k
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

always wanted to have high tea at the gardens and it was a great experience. wonderful selection of sweet and savory bites and a great choice of teas. the road ms are simply beautiful

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LW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Enjoyed afternoon tea. Better value than some of the other tea locations.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was good taste for Japanese, too.
We were glad that we can share the one set by two.

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DS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went there for High Tea in the Dining Room and it was awesome. The service was great, the food perfect, and the ambiance spot on for high tea. Highly recommend this to anyone wanting a unique location for high tea.

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BP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance and beautiful surroundings. High tea was really good. Highly recommend

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b
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

the menu hasn't changed in a very long time. the food was very poor. Very disappointed

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ET
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

lovely place for lunch - however the tea was way overpriced -and too much bread and sugar, some healthier additions with less pretentious foods would have been better

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PP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about the Tea Room is most excellent. From the time you get there until the time you leave, you are treated like royalty, no matter who you are. They were extremely attentive about food allergies and instead of merely omitting items with potential allergy issues, they actually rrplaced them with more items I was not allergic to. The wine and tea we selected were both stellar. I will make it a point to always schedule a meal here when I am in the area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was lovely, beautifully presented.

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JR
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great place to dine whether your trip includes a trip around the Gardens or not!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Having afternoon tea on the veranda, overlooking the gardens was a very nice treat. Even though we were part of the last sitting, we never felt rushed to leave - as it was, we were the last people in the dining room that afternoon.

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CP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Afternoon tea couldn’t have been more perfect both in terms of the food and the Victorian ambience. We both pre-ordered gluten free and it was all delicious but the scone was outstanding! Tables placed in the conservatory and surrounded by potted plants and colourful gardens completed the perfection. We’ll happily return for a future special occasion.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience.....the waitress was awesome!

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

We had a reservation and did not get seated for almost 1 hour from my reservation time. This is a place that deals with a very busy schedule and this should not have happened, especially this time of year.

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I
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my parents here for afternoon tea. The place was lovely, the food was great and the service was truly excellent! We were also given a table with a window view - that also added to the wonderful experience of dining at this place. Will definitely visit again.

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EG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a special birthday to celebrate, and the Afternoon Tea was so festive and delicious!

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PP
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Berry compote should NOT be the 1st course. It can come end of meal. It is NOT a good First course. Or try to find a better 1st course.....Shrimp dip / ...crackers; Guacamole, Ahi Tuna,

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TS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Loved it. Atmosphere fancy and classical. Loved the Rose tea. Great experience.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great High Tea experience! Love the gardens and ambiance. We were so full!

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TF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Afternoon tea is all we ever attended, so I can't comment on other food

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MD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had very lovely afternoon tea. A wonderful option for afternoon tea that is maybe not quite as high priced as some other local options. It also seemed to be a tad more casual than some afternoon teas. And the experience is combined with seeing the spectacular Buchart Gardens

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KH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had afternoon tea after touring the gardens in a delightful room with rose wallpaper and beautiful Chinese-inspired chandeliers. The food was delicious; we ate it all. One of us had mint tea and one had English breakfast with milk and sugar. They were both excellent. The service was great.

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LB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were on a cruise ship and had made reservations in advance for high tea. Caught a cab to the gardens and had a wonderful experience.

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t
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You must make a reservation! We arrived on time and were seated promptly. We were given a choice of Lunch or Tea and chose Tea. Each person got to pick their own tea blend. We then were given a beautiful tiered tray of delightful tea bites. There were several sandwiches, sweets and a scone. Everything was tasty. The staff was the right combination of professional and friendly. It was a wonderful meal

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m
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It’s a nice restaurant to dine at while strolling through the Gardens

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t
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had afternoon tea at many of western Canada’s best places during this vacation, and this was by far the most scenic and authentic, and at a more reasonable price.

The gardens, the restaurant’s interior, the table setting, the food, the tea service - all blended seamlessly. Be sure to reserve ahead or you will probably not be able to experience it.

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