The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
1383 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

Dinner 5:00pm - 7:00pm


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

Christmas Tea:
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.

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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 https://www.butchartgardens.com/events/nightly-entertainment/
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1383 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.3
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely worth it. It’s pricey, but it comes with ambiance and good service. Wonderful view of the garden.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Alejandra are server was excellent ! She made the High Tea awesome !

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were visiting from the US and wanted to experience High Tea. Since we were visiting the Butchart Gardens we decided to have it there and it was WONDERFUL!!! Our favorite was the hot sausage roll and the very lemony lemon tart. Definitely recommended!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Being that all other places are fully booked, we were very fortunate to get a reservation here. Even though we booked for 1:15 we were fortunate to get our table moved up to 11:45am. While seating outside was a bit chilly since we were closed to the wall it was definitely not so bad. The scenery was absolutely divine and the service was very responsive and explanations were done beautifully. We stayed for high tea x3 and the creativity of the food and presentation was excellent.

Definitely will be wanting to return again next year.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Even on a grey day with a little drizzle, High Tea at Butchart Gardens transported us to a quieter, more graceful time. Classics were delicious as expected, especially the little sandwiches. Dessert items were light and delicious. More food than two could eat, so we took home a box of goodies to eat later.

The setting is lovely, the flowers exquisite, all as expected and thoroughly enjoyable. We will remember this a long time.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful gardens, great setting, they do an excellent afternoon tea

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

I very rarely post a negative review, but we felt the dining room lost focus on this particular evening. We were booked for 1930 on an evening when a mini concert was on at 2000. Although the restaurant emptied to about 3 tables as we got there, we suffered a series of miscommunications. Bread failing to arrive. Main course arriving late because "the chef is a bit frazzled". A "hold the blue cheese" request being forgotten. The remedy arriving after the rest of the course had been eaten. An offer of a free dessert commuted to no alternative compensation or even apology when we said we didn't need a dessert. All round a shame as there was some evidence of good skill and creativity if only consistency and service could be addressed.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Spectacular dinner. Everything was absolutely divine. I had the roasted chicken and my mother had the ricotta gnucci - both were excellent and beautifully presented. In particular, we thought the rose mousse with raspberry gelee dessert was to-die-for. The service was also very good - warm and attentive. We had a wonderful meal, enjoyed the gardens, and then took in some great entertainment on the stage. Perfect evening out to celebrate a birthday.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Our family of 4 went for afternoon tea in the Dining Room. We were seated inside the tearoom after a short wait. They accommodate children with a kids' menu. Tearoom service was excellent. Hostesses were okay. The sandwiches were delicious. Sweets were okay. Scones were a little dry. Overall, the beautiful garden view is worth the experience.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

A pleasant oasis within Butchart Gardens. A peaceful respite from the tourist hordes outside. Beautiful view of the gardens. Attentive service and good food.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

So delightful. I would've liked those little checkered shortbreads, but I think that's just me.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

The Dining Room for afternoon tea is perfect. How can it not be with The Butchart Garden as your setting. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The wait staff are delightful. I definitely will go again.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

A unique dining experience overlooking the gardens, set in the original Butchart residence. The tea service was authentic in every way. My pasta dish was expertly prepared.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

We ate out on the patio on a recent hot night. What a great place to eat, with the light fading on the gloriously coloured garden. The food didn’t disappoint either. Fresh and tasty food - the Wagyu beef entree being the hands down favourite among other strong dishes.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

A wonderful dinner after an afternoon in the gardens and before the evening entertainment. Fit right in to a enjoyable day at The Butchart Gardens.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Wonderful service - great food.

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2.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Lovely setting. Excellent service. Poor food over all.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This was our first visit to Buchart Gardens and the grounds are spectacular. Reservations for lunch or tea are a must during the busy season. We had afternoon tea and fully enjoyed ourselves. I wish there were more tea selections but the 8-10 types were certainly not lacking.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

For our 40 Wedding Anniversary, my husband took me to Victoria. The Butchart Gardens were a "must see". I have celiac disease and, with 24 hr. notice, I partook of a delectable and scrumptious Afternoon Tea. Every item was gluten free and delicious!!
Our lovely hostess even set the table with an edible , Happy Anniversary sign.
Even though it was August and warm, the gardens were magnificent. We were over come with all the gardens but my favorite was the Sunken Garden.
My visit and tea have been the height of my 40th celebration!! Not to mention the Lord blessing me with a wonderful husband. I would do it all again!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Vacation with friends

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The woman sitting next to us had a loud and pedantic conference call on her speaker phone.

At another nearby table parents did nothing to control their screaming children.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

The most beautiful setting with delicious food. So glad we went there during our visit to the gardens. Recommend making a reservation.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

It was my granddaughter’s first High Tea. There were 4 generations at that table that day. This was an extension of her 2nd birthday celebrations. We had a wonderful day.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Service was great,food was poor quality and very expensive, ambience perfect!
Way overpriced and extremely small portions.
Had the albacore Tina appy, garbage tuna old and below acceptable restaurant standards.
The tenderloin dinner was great meat cooked properly but sat
On some sourdough something, extremely disappointing, just ate the meat.
Our daughter loved her spaghetti and ate the whole bowl.
She is 5 and was the only member of our team that would go back.
Too bad for such a beautiful location, complete Tourist Trap!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Excellent ambience and food, but a bit pricey. Had to wait for a 5 pm table for about 15 minutes, but was eventually seated on the terrace in a very nice spot.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

It was lovely! Everything I imagined it would be and more. I loved it so much. It was delicious and beautiful and the ambiance was perfection. Definitely coming back.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Excellent afternoon tea in lovely surroundings. Attentive service.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We had afternoon tea; it was wonderful. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They offered a great vegetarian option, as well as a traditional option with salmon, chicken, and sausage. We went for our anniversary and were surprised with a thoughtful “happy anniversary” chocolate. I highly recommend afternoon tea! Be sure to make a reservation for this popluar experience, we saw many people turned away because they filled up quickly!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Beautiful grounds! Quaint room for tea! Excellent service!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Another wonderful meal in a great setting. We come for all our special occasions and are never disappointed.
Our server, Jason, was great. Professional, helpful and friendly.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Our 44th wedding anniversary was completely perfect with a dinner in a setting that could not have been duplicated anywhere else. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Loved Afternoon Tea! It's something we wanted to try on our trip to Victoria, and The Dining Room didn't didn't disappoint! Our table was near a small fenced off garden. We were able to enjoy the beautiful flowers of Butchart Garden during our tea!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Absolutely beautiful. The gardens are a little piece of heaven on earth. We enjoyed afternoon tea outside and it was perfect. If you find yourself in Victoria do yourself a favor and go to Butchart Gardens.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

we were early celebrating mom in laws birthday with High Tea. It was perfection!
A chocolate Happy Birthday was presented to her in a gorgeous and affordable High Tea.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Went for high tea and the food and service was wonderful. Being vegetarians we asked for the special menu and the selection and food was excellent. They also offered a vegan selection, which did not include any dairy. There was such a variety and the server was very knowledgeable about the food, teas, and wines. The teas were ones especially produced by the Butchart Gardens and they offered a large variety and we really liked the ones we chose. Three wines were recommended by the restaurant to go with the high tea. We order that combination of wines, as recommended by the server, and she even recommended which food should be eaten with each of the wines. By providing them as a combination there was enough wine for each part of the meal without having large glasses of each. We sat on the deck overlooking the gardens and it was a very calm quiet atmosphere we will certainly go back when next visiting the Butchart Gardens.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Book ahead for patio seating.
View of Italian gardens is amazing.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

A great additional experience to visiting Butchart Gardens!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Beautiful setting to enjoy a good meal in the gardens before the summer evening outdoor concert.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Fabulous service - waiter and manager both! They went out of their way to help me with a food issue. Elegant place and food was amazing. We particularly liked the chicken salad. Beautiful location.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We booked a table at Butcharts for late afternoon/early dinner. Online reservation allows for dietary restrictions and I asked for a vegan option. It was our 20th anniversary and I stated that on the online reservation as well, however we were not acknowledged for that even though we have had every anniversary dinner for the last 20 years there. However, they did call and tell me what their vegan option was and confirmed that it worked for me and it was delicious. My non-vegan hubby was wishing he had my meal too! All-in-all, I was very impressed that they went out of their way to create a memorable meal for me.

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