The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
1949 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
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MR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was the best meal we have had in a long time. Best there on Vancouver Island. The ceaser salad was delicious, the tomato soup was the best tomoto soup I've ever had hands down. I'm craving it now. We had the Waygu Beef over gnocci and a pea sauce. I was about to lick the plate clean. We also had the creme brule which was very good as well. I wish we lived closer to go again.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is very tasty and the view is very good! Just if u are scard of bees don’t sit outside.... there’s a lot of bees want to eat our berry jam hahah

TW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second time enjoying afternoon tea and it was just as lovely as the first. Such a special treat!
Thank you again ❤️

WA
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday which was on the booking, but there was no acknowledgement from the restaurant

BA
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal with very friendly staff in a fabulous setting.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server Cam provided impeccable service.

Z
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner on the Patio was superb. Took a family member there for dinner and ate on the patio overlooking the gardens. Ambience, food and service were all outstanding.

RH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

The setting was very nice and our waiter was attentive to our needs. However, we noticed that the table linens had some stains. Also, the food was well presented but not described accurately on the menu. For instance, the chicken selection was actually a salad and not a full hot chicken meal. Our meal was, unfortunately, made quite unpleasant by the presence of numerous house flies which landed on the food and had to be waved off throughout the meal.

KG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The location and service are delightful. We had a nice private table with a lovely view.

The $15 greens were boring and bitter, not worth it. The menu relies heavily on tomatoes and cheese - I am allergic to those. The server suggested an alternative for me but I still had an allergic reaction. I have written to ask about the ingredients in the substitution (maybe I have developed a new intolerance) but they haven't yet answered my inquiry.

JP
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent and classically a very beautiful setting for a substantial dining experience you will not soon forget. We have been returning 3-4 times each year and are we are never disappointed. The setting and the unparalleled beauty enhances your dining event. Kudos again.

BW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great experience. We had never been to the gardens and we're very pleased with the over all experience.

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

I booked the reservation on line and requested a table with a nice view of the gardens if possible and they delivered with a fabulous location. The staff was efficient and very friendly. Food was excellent and very creative in flavors and presentation. Ambience of the restaurant was very nice with an upscale country feel.

A
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a lovely experience. Beautiful location, and a delicious meal.

MH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Highs tea here is an absolute indulgence. Delicious and filling.

KA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

They threw us in a secluded section, most likely because we have kids. The service was bad, food was great though

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time. Melissa, our server, was so sweet, courteous, polite, efficient and provided excellent service. We had the earliest reservation for lunch (11:00) and was able to get a table on the patio with a great view of the beautiful garden. We went for the afternoon tea which was quite tasty and filled us up. The tea was good too.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My hubby and I went to the garden for the first while vacationing in Victoria BC and decided to enjoy a meal there. It’s recommended that you have a reservation so we did. Food and service was fantastic and we enjoyed our time there.

PC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner out with friends before a Jim Cuddy show.

LW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food portions for the value are extremely small. We love fine dining and often treat ourselves to a night out. We'd choose the Villa Aerie to have an early dinner and then attend the gardens for an event.

RF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A nearly perfect high tea. The sandwiches and pastries were very good, but not the best we've ever had. We would definitely go visit again.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had high tea which was fabulous. Gorgeous view of the gardens even though we were inside. One of our party is a vegetarian and was very pleased with the vegetarian version. Our waitress was outstanding.

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Too many bugs and bees outside. You can’t enjoy your food. We want to change to inside they told us already prepare for dinner time. Should talk to manager then move to inside.

LS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly a gem! We sat on the outside, covered terrace. This overlooked the gardens and we had a peek-a-boo view of the inlet. The dinner was outstanding, beautifully presented, and the service was impeccable. We will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding !
I will start by saying I travel and dine a lot for work. However; i have to say this experience exceeded my expectations !!!!

M
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I'll start by saying that we have had other wonderful occasions at the dining room in the past when we had the high tea. We went to the menu this time and were greatly disappointed. This was our 58th anniversary and we wanted to celebrate at Butchart Gardens where we went on our honeymoon. We made a reservation for 1:30, checked in early, were promised a view overlooking the Italian garden. I believe another couple answered to my first name (not absolutely positive of this), were seated and we waited. I finally suggested to the gal at the desk that we were snookered out of our reservation and they seated us immediately at a small table for two next to the wall in a small room where my view was one of the door and exit sign. The salmon and garnish my wife had was quite pathetic, my smoked mushroom vegetarian option not very good in my opinion. Salad was meager. At the time we made our reservation we mentioned the special nature of this event but we felt really let down on this occasion. We would still recommend the dining room to others, especially for the high tea but for us this time, we were really disappointed.

RY
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice lunch. Great service! Good food. Great atmosphere.

w
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Food mediocre. View and atmosphere A+.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect with this experience except there were a number of wasps circling us as we ate on the veranda. Other diners nearby left early, complaining about the wasps. We managed just fine, but it would certainly be helpful if the very experienced gardeners at Butchart strongly targeted the wasps near this dining space.

SD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The view of the Italian garden from our table was beautiful, just wish our table for two was by the window .
The tea food was beautifully presented. Would have preferred pretty teapots and China too. We enjoyed the selections of tea sandwiches, ginger scones and lemon curd tart. The jam to go with the scones was a bit tough like it had been set in dish too long.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

We were stuck in the back of a dark tea room, no ambiance there.

SH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful setting. Great service. Delicious food and reasonably priced. We will definitely return and also have no hesitation recommending this restaurant to our friends. Thank you.

MD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food and the interior were great but the service could have been better. The woman who served us was ok, but we didn't feel special in any way considered the fact that it was my daughter's birthday which they were supposed to know about. She did ask us about the food a few times, but I guess they must do that. Then I brought the sparkles for my daughter's dessert and out of 2 numbers she could only light up one which was unfortunate. When we were leaving not a single person said goodbye to us. Would not dine here again myself but recommend this restaurant to others in hopes that their waiter would be a bit more personal.

CL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely birthday afternoon tea. Everything was elegant, lovely and service was very, very good.
Ambiance was just as I hoped. Summer afternoon... seated in the atrium area of the dinning room felt perfect for a summer day.

L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

perfect Food and place. the Best restaurant in Vancouver island.

RT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We sat on porch with an amazing view, including humming birds all around us. Great service. What an amazing start to our visit! The rest of the day was wonderful.

AL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Afternoon Tea was fantastic,as well as the service.

TE
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience family with young adults. Beautiful rooms with views of the gardens. Reservations highly recommended. We felt the prices were very reasonable for the professional service and food quality.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful garden and character home to enjoy tea. Service was
excellent. Everyone was very friendly. Great variety of Teas
and drinks to choose from. Great balance in food selection. Scones,
sandwiches and sweet item’s. All
very good.

VD
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic dinner on our last night on our trip on our cruise.

N
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was quite good, however portions were small and price was high. Service was good.

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