About Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Botanical Garden
SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT IS LOCATED IN THE SPECTACULAR VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN (A 55-ACRE TEACHING GARDEN). THE RESTAURANT WAS ORIGINALLY OPENED IN 1984 TO SERVICE THE MANY MEMBERS & GUESTS OF THE GARDEN, BUT IT SOON BECAME A POPULAR DINING ESTABLISHMENT AND HAS EVOLVED INTO A VANCOUVER LANDMARK. IT IS NOW A FAVORITE WITH LOCALS & TOURISTS ALIKE.
SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT OFFERS CONTEMPORARY COMFORT FOOD, PROFESSIONAL WARM SERVICE AND THE RIGHT MIX OF CREATIVITY AND COMMITMENT IN AN ELEGANT, RELAXED AND UNIQUE GARDEN SETTING. WE CATER TO A VARIETY OF EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR - WEDDING RECEPTIONS, ANNIVERSARIES, BIRTHDAYS, BAR/BAT MITZVAHS, FAMILY REUNIONS AND CORPORATE MEETINGS.
EXCLUSIVE RESTAURANT BOOKINGS ARE AVAILABLE AND WE CAN ACCOMODATE A VARIETY OF GROUP SIZES UP TO 200 PEOPLE.
THERE IS AMPLE FREE PARKING FOR CAR, PRIVATE COACH OR BUS. BOTH THE GARDEN AND THE RESTAURANT ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
Comfort Food, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
THE OPPORTUNITY TO STROLL IN A 55 ACRE BOTANICAL GARDEN OFFERING AMAZING FOLIAGE AND GROWTH EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR. TEST YOUR SENSE OF DIRECTION AS YOU FIND YOUR WAY THROUGH THE POPULAR "GARDEN MAZE". RELAX AND FIND YOUR CENTER IN THE MEDITATION GARDEN OR MEANDER THROUGH MEDITERRANEAN BELT. YOU'LL FIND JURASSIC SIZE PLANTS AROUND LINVINGSTONE LAKE. THE STONE GARDEN IS ONE OF VANCOUVER'S HIGHEST ELEVATIONS, OFFERING A VIEW OF THE MOUNTAINS ON A CLEAR DAY. TRULY SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE !!
WE HAVE AMPLE FREE/COMPLIMENTARY PARKING FOR 200 CARS; ALSO PRIVATE COACH AND BUS PARKING AREA..
SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT IS ON OAK STREET WHICH IS THE MAIN THROUGHFARE FOR MANY ARTERIES INTO OR OUT OF THE CITY. ON ROUTE FROM OR TO THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OR THE US BORDER. SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT IS 15 MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN AND 15 MINUTES FROM THE AIRPORT. TRANSIT BUS STOPS ARE LOCATED ONLY 2 MINUTES FROM THE ENTRANCE TO THE GARDEN.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
THERE ARE MANY SPECIAL EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THE LARGEST ONE BEING THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. RESERVE EARLY SO YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED AS THE RESTAURANT IS VERY BUSY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
WE RECOMMEND RESERVATIONS FOR ALL SPECIAL EVENT DAYS, FROM VALENTINES DAY, MOTHERS DAY, FATHERS DAY, EASTER, THANKSGIVING ETC...
THE RESTAURANT MAY BE BOOKED FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS EITHER EXCLUSIVELY OR NON-EXCLUSIVELY FOR SMALLER GROUPS, WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO HOST A PRIVATE DINNER FOR 12 OR A COCKTAIL RECEPTION FOR 250, SHAUGHNESSY RESTAURANT HAS MANY OPTIONS TO OFFER WITH AN EXQUISITE GARDEN VIEW AND FREE PARKING.
Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Botanical Garden Ratings and Reviews
I took my wife to the restaurant for her ...
I took my wife to the restaurant for her birthday lunch, the first issue we had that was that our waiter informed us that the draft beer equipment was not working. The second issue was the maintenance worker outside our window was in stalling outdoor lighting using a cordless impact driver making horrible noises. The food and restaurant was great, but we could of had a more relaxing lunch fore sure.
Had a very pleasant friend's lunch. We b ...
Had a very pleasant friend's lunch. We both had the special which was quiche and salad and it was excellent. Service was attentive and timed well. We always enjoy beautiful views of the park. Have also been here for special occasions which worked out very well.
VERY disappointed with the food. The las ...
VERY disappointed with the food. The last time I had your chicken & papaya salad, it was marvellous. But this time, the chicken was very dry and overcooked; the salad part so-so. My birthday friend was REALLY unhappy at only ONE green bean in her nicoise salad, but tons of sun dried tomatoes, which she hates, and which are NOT part of a classic nicoise salad (it's French, not Italian don't you know!), and their taste is so strong that it spoiled it totally for her. Sadly, the food's not consistent here; doubly sad when the setting is so spectacular. Also, I requested the patio when I made the reservation for 12:30 lunch. When we got there, the patio was not open. Why not? And then, on our way out, we found that the patio WAS open, and people were enjoying lunch there after all. ARRGGHH!
The food was good, the service staff wer ...
The food was good, the service staff were polite, probably could have been a bit more attentive (they seemed busy moving furniture around and weren't spending much time waiting on customers). Because it's in Vandusen Garden, it's nice to go for a walk around the gardens after brunch and it was a great day for that.
Always a reliable place for lunch when w ...
Always a reliable place for lunch when we visit the gardens during the All-British Meet. They were great about expanding our party from 4 to 8 people. Service was good, but not best we have had here. Food was very good as always.
Food was just okay. It was quite pricy s ...
Food was just okay. It was quite pricy so I expected better.
Menu are limited choice. Can not go too ...
Menu are limited choice. Can not go too often. Price on the high side for a place like that. Most old people go.
I had always been a Shaughnessy fan unti ...
I had always been a Shaughnessy fan until this recent visit. Both the taste and the look of the dishes were horrible, and worse yet the prices were higher than most of the other fine dinning restaurant. The new chef and the managerial team have both significant hurt this neighborhood gem. I think I will ever go back again.
Much as I would like to sing the praises ...
Much as I would like to sing the praises of this restaurant, I cannot. Although the setting is lovely and the service good and friendly, the food is mediocre at best. It is definitely not good value for money. I will now hesitate to recommend this place because of how expensive the food is for the quality one receives. Asking $18 for a badly prepared 'hot croissant' with some crab and congealed cheese on top is unacceptable, as is charging $9 for a stale piece of carrot cake. Very disappointing.
Wonderful lunch with a friend from Calga ...
Wonderful lunch with a friend from Calgary who is a garden fiend and a lover of food. Fit perfectly on both accounts. Excellent, attentive service and an outstanding view of Van Dusen from the summertime deck. Hard to beat!
What's the use of a reservation?
We had reservations at 7 p.m. We did not get seated till 7:30 p.m.
Nice room nice food service mediocre
I work in management in the business and came in on mothers day with my wife and children. I realize that it was Mother's Day but the food and service was extremely slow. The server was nice enough but two hours for two courses with children was a fail. We didn't even bother with dessert. Food was good, ambiance was nice, service lacked.
I have always enjoyed going to Shaughnes ...
I have always enjoyed going to Shaughnessy Restaurant for the location and good food. Our recent visit was for Mother's Day and while the food was fine I felt it was was overpriced and that we were the victim of Mother's Day rates.
The service was flawless , smooth and no ...
The service was flawless , smooth and non disruptive . The menu choices were balanced and offered a variety of vegetarian choices . Setting is serene and the food is tasty - We has a lovely mother's day brunch .
I took my mom and daughter here for Mother's day
I was disappointed as were my guests. For the price, the food/drinks were just okay. The french toast was skimpy on the sauces and lacking in flavour. The lobster and shrimp Benny had a good amount of seafood but the sauce had a browned butter taste (not lemony fresh hollandaise) and the potatoes were bland, the only other thing on the plate was a small slice of orange and melon. The presentation was 3 star, not 5. The choices were odd for the courses as well...like having two main breakfasts (not really courses) and only one sweet option on the first course and no sweet option on the second so it was like having dessert and then breakfast. The decaf coffee needs improvement as well - again, not the quality I'd expect for this restaurant. At $200 for the 3 of us, I was expecting a more gourmet, flavourful special meal. I won't be back and I will not be recommending this to others looking to treat their mother on Mother's Day. The only saving grace was the beautiful room and view...love being in the garden. Also, the service was good for a busy day.
At one time this was my favourite restaurant
The quality of the food is so poor that I will not be back.
Lovely setting, spacious, comfortable. Service was friendly and efficient. Food however, was mediocre. Nothing bad, but nothing to get excited about. Which is a shame, because this could be a destination restaurant. I go for the location -- somewhere enjoyable to meet up with friends -- but not for the food.
Very memorable. Great food. Great service. Noise level was good as grams hard of hearing. She especially enjoyed being sung to by the waiter "hunk of a man" she called him..ha! I was a tiny bit disappointed they were out of coconut prawns at the beginning of the dinner hour (5pm) but absolutely the best calamari(squid) I've ever had. All entrees were delisious, well presented. We will go again, for years to come. Thanks for making grams 90th special, see you soon.
We have been to the Shaughnessy Restaurant at the corner of VanDusen Gardens before. We liked it then. We found the food and service both not up to scratch this time. So I’m disappointed to report that they are inconsistent. Great venue, however.
Well, not so good
I was disappointed greatly - such a great location but a mediocre restaurant - it seems to have gone down the hill
Great lunch spot tucked away
Lovely ambiance, great attentive service. Food is generally very good. I had the steelhead wild salmon burger and the piece of salmon was much smaller than the bun. The bun was soggy with the sauce and the salmon ended up falling out so I ate it with my knife and fork instead. Everything else that I have had on previous occasions has been very good.
Dinner in the garden
The setting is superb; the ambience perfect and the quality of the food excellent. The professionalism around the wine and food service is fine but nothing special.
Nice variety for vegetarians as well as ...
Nice variety for vegetarians as well as cranavor
I brought my daughter for her birthday lunch and both of us enjoyed it immensely! Thank you so much!!
A great place to meet friends!
Over the years, I have met friends and family here. The restaurant is busy, but never feels overcrowded. The food is good and the place is great to stay a bit after the meal to visit a bit longer.
A hidden and forgotten gem. Exceptional ...
A hidden and forgotten gem. Exceptional food and service quality and a beautiful serene view of the garden.
Club sandwich is not a clubhouse sandwich
The restaurant is ok. The service was very good. I was disappointed with the "Chicken Club" menu item. I was looking forward to a typical clubhouse sandwich ... three pieces of bread with meat, tomatoes and lettuce. I received chicken, tomatoes and lettuce between two small pieces of Focaccia. The order was served with a cute metal "shopping cart" containing some French fries. I assume the main clientele is an older crowd that just want "a bite", hence the serving/portion size.
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch last Sat ...
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch last Saturday. The maitre d’ suggested we wait a few minutes for a window table which afforded a view of the garden. Service was prompt and our water/coffee refilled often. Additionally, we were able to have a good, long chinwag without feeling we should leave, great for longtime friends who seldom see each other.
Attentive staff. Straightforward menu wi ...
Attentive staff. Straightforward menu with good food. Love being in the VanDusen Botanical Gardens! Accessible entry, dining area, and toilets.
Exceptional place for lunch
This restaurant is a great place to have lunch with your girlfriends. Service is great and friendly. Very attentive staff.
Delightful lunch with special friends
Enjoyed a delightful brunch at Shaughnessy Restaurant in VanDusen Gardens. Laurel alerted us that our order would be delayed because a large order was placed just before our order. She brought us a 2nd basket of tasty blueberry scones. Laurel was very friendly and had another server deliver our lunches all together. One suggestion is not clearing anyone's plate until all at the table have finished the meal. This is server etiquette and we would prefer this courtesy. Great birthday lunch and very relaxed atmosphere.
Great location by Van Dousen Gardens
Somewhat limited menu in the evening but well prepared food in quiet and pleasant surroundings. Average prices for Vancouver with wine by the caraffe ,bottle or glass. Busy at lunch times, but our recent visit in the evening had only 4 tables occupied. Great outside environment in the summer months.
Birthday Lunch for the Boss
We've been here many times and always appreciate the attention to detail. Our server was Marino and he was top notch acknowledging our time constraint to return to the office. Please convey our sincere thanks to him. He remember the occasion and even had us sing happy birthday.
Exceptional as always
I took my staff who assisted me with a conference for lunch at this restaurant and each of them enjoyed their food. Some special omissions from some of the dishes ordered were well accommodated. The people I took were going to take their family and friends here again. They also enjoyed the scenery of the gardens. The serving staff were also very friendly and helpful. I usually use this restaurant for business lunches since it is the closest fine dining restaurant from work and I will continue to do so.
Great meal, terrific service
We ordered from the Dine Out Vancouver menu. All of the dishes were delicious especially the leg of lamb and penne pasta. Our server was very helpful, attentive without being obtrusive. It was a special occasion made all the more terrific by an excellent meal.
very average food for a very high price
very average food for a very high price
Dine out offering
This was the first time we had gone to Shaughnessy for dinner. We have often gone to Van Dusen gardens but never thought to have dinner there. The restaurant was busy and we had a feeling that there were many repeat customers there. On a summer evening, the view of the garden would be a nice addition to the surroundings. The food choices for dine out were excellent and the food was very well presented and portion size was excellent. The service was excellent from keeping our water classes filled to bringing the meal. I think because it was dine out the meal felt a bit rushed. We will be back to test out this theory.
We had a lovely dinner at Shaughnessy!
Shaughnessy was lovely and romantic. The food was delicious, particularly the mushroom and corn chowder! The food is a bit pricey outside of Dine Out but it was a very enjoyable experience overall.
Always excellent food, good value, and attentive service.
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