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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.9
4.9
3032 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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Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Travis Hansen

  • 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

$45.50 per person. April 1 - May 31 11:30am to 3:00pm; Not available May 8. June 1 - September 4 11:00am to 4:00pm. September 5 - 30 11:30am to 3:00pm. Proof of vaccination is required for patrons 12 years of age and older through April 8, 2022. 24 hours' notice required for Vegan, Gluten Free or Dairy Sensitive options

English Trifle

  • Chantilly Cream, Sherry, Sponge Cake Berry Compote

    Signature House Scone

    • Seasonal Fruit Preserve, Devon-Style Cream

      Savoury Sandwiches and Delicacies

      • Cowichan Valley Chicken, Pickled Apple, Walnuts, Blue Cheese, Fig Aïoli

        • Cold Smoked Albacore Tuna, Fennel, Olive Oil, Whipped Feta

          • Farm Fresh Egg, Apricots, Sunflower Seeds, Coronation Dressing

            • Cucumber, Pickled Ginger, Dill Weed

              • Wild B.C. Salmon, Snap Peas, Lemon Aïoli

                • Creamed Leeks, Custard, Tarragon Mousse, Parmesan Reggiano, Short Crust

                  • Signature Sausage Roll, Berryman Farms Pork, Puff Pastry

                    House-Made Sweets

                    • Raspberry Pistachio Truffle

                      • Carrot Cake

                        • Baked Lemon Custard

                          • Strawberry Mousse Slice

                            • Chocolate Ganache Torte

                              Last updated: April 5, 2022

                              What 3,032 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                              4.9
                              4.9 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.7Food
                              • 4.9Service
                              • 4.9Ambience
                              • 4.5Value

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                                Regional American (Northwest)

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                              1. TH

                                TomH

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Hello. Our tea was lovely at the Butchart Gardens Tea Room. Our waiter, Jason, really went the extra mile to ensure that we enjoyed our meal.

                              2. OM

                                OpenMe

                                Atlantic Canada

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Too bad there aren't more stars to give this place! The gardens are breathtaking, the most beautiful I have ever seen, absolutely worth visiting. Our high tea was perfect, fresh sandwiches and dainties and the tea was beautifully made. Service was excellent! Overall, a 10 plus visit.

                              3. M

                                Maggie

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great experience! We booked High Tea for lunch so that we could enjoy a meal in between viewing the garden. It was delicious and we could see the flowers around the restaurant while drinking tea. Even my picky teens and senior citizens enjoyed it. Must try!

                              4. IB

                                IanB

                                Ottawa

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Afternoon Tea at Butchart Gardens was a delightful experience. After a couple of hours wandering around the beautiful grounds, relaxing in the understated splendour of the Dining Room and enjoying delicious food really made for a special day. The service was attentive and friendly, but never overbearing. The options for food suit all diets, including vegetarian, which made us happy. The presentation of the various savoury and sweet delicacies was wonderful, but the flavours and textures of each individual item far exceeded our expectations. Generous portions and availability of take-home boxes mean we have been enjoying some of the items over the 2 days since visiting. We each chose different tea options, with the heavy teapots and strainers making it feel like a truly special service. We hope to return on future visits to Victoria.

                              5. A

                                Ayaz

                                Vancouver

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great service, the food selection was nice as well. Price is steep for the food and choices offered…

                              6. AT

                                AnupT

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent experience and ambiance. Best variety flavours

                              7. c

                                cocodiva

                                Calgary

                                31 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                31 reviews

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Lovely high tea at a beautiful location in Butchart Gardens. The quality of the food exceeded our expectations. Lots of variety of savories and desserts were good too. Food is fresh, all the warm items are hot and scones are still warm. Highly recommend this.

                              8. DB

                                DixieB

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This lunch was a feast for the soul…gracious service and amazing ambiance and views. Potted begonias on window sills were my favorites.

                              9. K

                                Karolina

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 4 days ago

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Enjoyed the tea a lot, the vegetarian menu was great. Perfect service and ambience.

                              10. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I am a seasons pass holder living in Victoria and dine here several times a year. The food, the service and ambiance is consistently excellent. Compared to other tea rooms around the city, you really can’t beat the value of tea at Butchart Gardens.

                              11. JD

                                JulieD

                                Charleston

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Spectacular ambiance, delicious food and great tea. A must if you’re a foodie. Money well spent! You will not be disappointed!!!

                              12. SN

                                SharmaineN

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great way to finish your visit to the gardens. The food was delicious and the ambience cozy. Great service.

                              13. CS

                                ChristineS

                                Chicago

                                2 reviews

                                3.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall3food2service4ambience4

                                Disappointing. I visited here last year and had much better quality food and tea. On the menu clotted cream is offered but the cream served is definitely not clotted cream! The scone was hard and the bread on the sandwiches was a little dry. We did visit at the end of the day however. The tea selection has changed - and the tea served was of inferior quality. The tea was also not hot and no hot water pot was offered as in the past. I don’t understand why the tea selection has become so poor, having non-natural ingredients added to the blends definitely doesn’t enhance the teas.

                              14. M

                                Marlo

                                Seattle

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We wanted to have tea while in Victoria, we try different places each visit. We enjoyed our experience much more than going to The Empress Hotel and thought the price was much more reasonable! Thank you!

                              15. A

                                Aurora

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Everything is wonderful and everyone was very nice and helpful. Food servings are surprisingly generous and taste great. We asked for a table by the window and we got it and what a view we had!

                              16. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Seattle

                                10 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                10 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Celebrated our 25th Anniversary with High Tea, just as we did on our Honeymoon. The many years have passed, but we’re grateful that somethings remain as a constant… the elegance and amazing experience of Butchart Gardens!

                              17. TM

                                TeaMonk

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Exquisite! The tea is good quality and considerately brewed. Sandwiches are well-balanced with the flavours not overwhelmed by the bread, each was a pleasant and unique experience. And then the scone... immensely delightful, delicious. Amazing clotted cream and jam accompanying some of the finest-baked specimen of scone I've experienced. Overall such a welcoming and luxurious-while-comforting time which anyone who appreciates high tea will enjoy to the bottom of their tea-loving heart. (Also, much better than the Empress, both in value and quality) Note: The gluten-free bread was a bit grainy but we didn't let them know we needed it until the day of so I'd be surprised if it was the freshest bread. They were very kind to accommodate us last-minute and we were lucky they had some extra gluten-free options.

                              18. SB

                                SusanB

                                Portland

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I had heard great things about Butchart's high tea and lunch, our experience matched the hype. Prompt, courteous service, beautiful surroundings, great and plentiful food. I highly recommend it to anyone who goes to Butchart.

                              19. H

                                Heather

                                London

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 16, 2022

                                overall3food3service3ambience2

                                Very crowded, in the area where we were seated right down the far end of the restaurant. It was difficult to have a conversation due to the noise level not helped by the crying baby seated at the table next to us.

                              20. YP

                                YvonneP

                                Vancouver

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 16, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Lovely high tea. Delicious and service was amazing!

                              21. AF

                                AndreaF

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Superb , thoroughly enjoyed high tea at the dining room

                              22. LB

                                LadyBug

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great experience! Good was excellent. Stuff was very friendly and helpful. Thank you!

                              23. M

                                Maya

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 15, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                My mom and I both eat gluten free, and usually gluten free food is crumbly. The food in the afternoon tea wasn’t crumbly at all. As well we were able to enjoy the exact same menu but as a gluten free version.

                              24. DM

                                DianeM

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                A delightful experience, with delicious food, in a beautiful setting!

                              25. EM

                                EstherM

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                Beautiful experience. Delicious food. Great service. Friendly staff. A bit over priced but still great.

                              26. SG

                                SandyG

                                Exclusive

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I brought 4 people from Philadelphia to Victoria and to high tea and they loved it!

                              27. JK

                                JohnK

                                Vancouver

                                128 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                128 reviews

                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                another great high tea / lunch experience. our server Pascal too great care of us and even brought us some sunshine on this cloudy rainy day. we will be back - keep up the good work

                              28. I

                                Ideasbrewing

                                Vancouver

                                8 reviews

                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                High Tea was a great experience. The food was super fresh and delicious and the ambiance was wonderful. We enjoyed a loose tea blend with lemon, liquorice & stevia that had the perfect amount of bite while being very refreshing. I definitely would go back again.

                              29. AH

                                AndreaH

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful ambience & great service! Good value for delicious high tea!

                              30. DE

                                DeborahE

                                Vancouver

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 11, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Having Tea at Butchart Gardens was a wonderful treat to ourselves. Our server was very sweet and friendly. The ambiance and view were lovely. The assortment of sandwiches and pastries, along with the trifle and scone were very tasty and in some cases quite unique! I would definitely come there again. Good value for the price.

                              31. H

                                Highteaadmirer

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                The ambiance is excellent as we can enjoy the blooming lowers while we enjoy the high tea.

                              32. S

                                Soohpooh

                                Hawaii

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I used to live England and it reminds me of England. My server was great and the table was set up upon my request. Great Experience!

                              33. NC

                                NicolC

                                Vancouver

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Guaranteed great experience, amazing food, view, ambiance and service. Very professional and accommodating staff.

                              34. DF

                                DianeF

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We went for Mothers Day Afternoon Tea and everything was amazing - from the service to the location to the food and drinks. The Kir Royale was a great start! We had a celiac in our party and her menu & food looked and probably tasted EXACTLY the same as ours, which made her feel very included and was very much appreciated. She said it was better than the afternoon tea at the Ritz in London! We will totally be going back & would recommend it to anyone.

                              35. T

                                Tavia

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I took my mother to Butchart's for the mother's day tea. We were the first table in there, it was wonderful, our server was an angel, and we just had the best time. It was the perfect day ! Thank you again for the wonderful experience !

                              36. PW

                                PW75

                                Seattle

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                overall3food2service4ambience4

                                The food is mainly so-so. The lemon custard and a couple of the sandwiches were good, the tea was excellent, the rest not so much. The conservatory is lovely and our server was friendly and informative. The experience was pleasant, too bad most of the food did not match the service and the place. Butchart Gardens deserves better.

                              37. L

                                Lulu

                                Vancouver

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great as always We come often to celebrate special birthdays etc

                              38. J

                                Janist

                                Calgary

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing!!!!! The high tea was exceptional, the room was picturesque. The food was delicious and service was spot on! It was pouring rain but the day was perfect, do not miss out on this when in Victoria.

                              39. GC

                                GordonC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                had a wonderful view back across the gardens . it was mid week early in the season so not crowded, had a wonderful day there

                              40. WM

                                WilliamM

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                My daughter, who lives in Seattle, recommended the Butchart Gardens for afternoon tea when we visited. We’re in Victoria with friends and made a reservation. Unfortunately, I screwed up the reservation, so when we arrived we were told we didn’t have a reservation, but to come back in 45 minutes, which we did. The ambiance is great, the staff friendly and helpful, and the tea treats were excellent! We’ll be back!

                              Safety precautions

                              • Cleaning & sanitising

                                • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                • Contactless payment available
                              • Screening

                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                              FAQs

                              The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room is rated 4.9 stars by 3032 OpenTable diners.

                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                              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

                              • 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

                                MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive Chef

                                Travis Hansen

                              • 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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