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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
1202 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Regional American (Northwest)
Top tags:
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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


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

Christmas Tea:
December 1 - January 6

Dinner:
June 15 - September 15 &
December 1 - January 6


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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.

During the busiest holiday season dates (December 1-10 and December 16 to January 1) those arriving between 5 pm and 7 pm may have to wait 30 minutes or more to pay and park. Please plan your visit accordingly.
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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/activities/calendar/
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined 15 hours ago

Better than I had expected. The staff there, especially our waitress, was sweet and considerate.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I met friends from North Carolina at the Gardens and we had afternoon tea.
It was splendid! Every bit as good as the high tea I enjoyed last month in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Afternoon tea was memorable with beautiful surroundings, excellent service, and amazing fare. I was there with my husband and two adult daughters who are pastry chefs. The little lemon tart made one of them cry with joy.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful high tea experience

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Another lovely lunch experience in the dining room after strolling the gardens. The food was exquisite and the young servers delightful. It was the last day of my annual pass and I definitely will get a new one!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Beautiful location, good food and service. Great place for afternoon tea.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The Butchart Gardens afternoon tea consistently ranks in the top 10 of Victoria's afternoon tea spots. Couple the terrific food, service, location, and value and this afternoon tea is one of my favorites.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Everything about our Afternoon Tea experience was perfect. The setting was beautiful and relaxing, the food/tea was very nice, and our waitress was superb. We could tell that she was a happy employee who thoroughly enjoyed making our experience wonderful. Would definitely recommend this to others.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This was a wonderful break when visiting the gardens. My best friend and I were on a cruise and really enjoyed afternoon tea and a beautiful setting during our visit to Victoria. Would go again when I am there. LOVED IT!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This is such a wonderful place for afternoon tea- everything that is iconic about the meal is served (trifle, scones, crustless sandwiches, sausage rolls). If it works out, eating outside overlooking the gardens makes it even more special!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great experience. Beautiful setting!!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I was sad that one of my guests couldn't take part in the Afternoon Tea - she is allergic to egg whites and just about everything had egg in them (mayo) - it's a pity in this day and age that you can't offer a vegan assortment to those that would like it. Having said that my other guest enjoyed herself - just a suggestion maybe some sliced fruit to break up all that bread would be nice.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Perhaps we had anticipated this meal a little too much!

The food was poor, cold, over sauced, over priced and not as advertised.

We sent one back, one with raw chicken in the salad, and the hamburger came 25 minutes later fried to a crisp, and buried in sauce! The halibut pasta had almost no halibut!

Our waitress was outstanding, the manager was mildly “haughty” but manageable.

A bit shocking!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Service was very slow sitting outside. We waited 20 minutes to get a glass of wine! The food came about 25 minutes later. It was good but not excellent like the price and location would suggest.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

A treat while touring the Gardens. Note, entry to Gardens is required.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Took my mom and grandmother there for a late mother’s day celebration. Drove down to Butchart to enjoy the gardens in the spring time and a little treat for afternoon tea. I had the vegetarian option and I was so delighted to see all the different items they had. Great service and a great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Three generations attended for afternoon tea. It was a very special experience. The restaurant is set in a beautiful old building with lovely garden views. The food was delicious and plentiful. Everyone from children to seniors enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Enjoyed Mother's Day Tea. The service and food were fantastic. Jason our server was knowledgeable and prompt. The special menu was great. I would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I cannot begin to explain how wonderful Butchart was for us. I've been visiting since I was a little girl and was excited to bring friends to tea there for the first time. Being a holiday weekend, I knew it would be quite busy. I have a friend with extensive food allergies. We were willing to do whatever was necessary, even grab a plate of food from the Blue Poppy, so long as she could sit with us while we did tea. The executive chef called me up and said he could do much better; he made a tea menu just for her. Hours after the event, she had no adverse reactions; not even an itch, despite the variety of allergies. She had her one three tiered tray, special desserts, the works. The chef even came out to meet us. The chocolate mousse was so good it made her tear up (chocolate is hard for her to get with soy and vanilla allergies). I am so grateful for the extra effort they went to despite the holiday. Thank you so much from all of us!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I took my mother for her birthday to the Dining Room for Afternoon High Tea. We loved every bit of the Tea, from the scones to finger sandwiches to the sweets. We were able to ask for a table on the terrace and the staff were very accommodating and helpful. Thank you for making our special occasion delightful!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

spectacular ! best cowichan chicken salad ever. lovely server. room temperature water top up slow. good value. lovely setting. floral decorations divine.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Came here with my girlfriends for a relaxation weekend at the Butchart Gardens. What a wonderful experience at the gardens and a splendid afternoon tea 💕🌸🌷

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

A visit to The FAB Gardens

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Ambiance and food were great

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2.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Food was less than mediocre; the view of the flowers was gorgeous

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I visited Buchart Gardens for the first time last week and loved the tea in the afternoon sitting outside. The food, waiter, ambiance, and everything else known to man was great! I am from Savannah, GA and have been to many teas in the past.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

A delightful delicious meal with ambience galore. Our second time there. A lovely friendly place overlooking spectacular flower gardens. Fabulous and fair priced.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

one day stop at the gardens, stunning views and sat down to a variety of choices to eat, great food and fab services, very nice and delicate.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Always love having tea at The Dining Room at Butchart Gardens. We can always count on great tea selections wonderful service in a relaxed atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We love the food, the service and the view of the garden was amazing! We Celebrated our early mothers day.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

LIVE JUST MINUTES AWAY from the gardens but rarely dine in the in the restaurant. Decided to dine here for my friend's 70th birthday and it was marvellous. Since I have a yearly pass, I'll be using this as my top lunch spot for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Wonderful - we dined outside on a beautiful day with a great view of the garden - don’t pass on the dessert

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Love this place! The view is so beautiful and worth visiting. Food is so tasty and the price is reasonable! Overall, we all love it!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Lovely view overlooking the Italian garden and the cove at Tod Inlet. Very enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

As always, my BG dining room experience was a time apart and absolutely delightful. Staff were warm and gracious, lunch was delicious, and the atmosphere was like a restful oasis away from busy downtown Victoria.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a complementary afternoon tea and admission to the gardens to celebrate my 80th year. One of us was a diabetic and the server suggested substituting savoury items for the sweets, which was a perfect solution. The tea was excellent, the food delicious, the service perfect, and the view out of this world. Even at full price of $37.50 this is less than half the cost of afternoon tea at the Empress, so the price is right too.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

As always, afternoon tea at the Butchart Gardens was wonderful. Setting, service and food are all highlights.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The afternoon tea at the Butchart Gardens Dining Room is one of the best I've ever had. As for the value, it is more thank half the price of tea at the Empress and is exceptional. Service was excellent and it's the perfect complement to a day spent at the Gardens.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The service was great. The food was delicious. We enjoyed the afternoon tea immensely.
I personally would like to have a choice of sandwiches to order as I did not like the ingredients of half of the varieties offered.
The sweets were all delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Love having tea at the Butchart Gardens. Plenty of food so you won't go hungry. Great atmosphere and excellent service. A great way to end a visit to the Gardens.

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