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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
Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
Comfort Food, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm;
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 !!
Please see our Group Menus at shaughnessyrestaurant.com or call us at 604-261-0011
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, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, 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
We're from Vancouver and took my mom who was visiting for lunch and garden visit. Menu was very limited and food was bland and tasteless. French toast was doughy and not cooked. Five different meals ordered and none of us liked what we got. And we're not picky! Usually don't write reviews but felt like I should on this one -- a terrible lunch for $100++
Maybe caters to markets that aren't interested in flavourful food or to 'one timers' (tourists) that are not likely to return.
Service was poor - eg coffee arriving without milk then taking a very time to get it with coffee going cold by the time it arrived. But a few other service problems too.
It is beautiful setting for a lunch with good friends particularly on a beautiful sunny day. But the quality of food is dissapoi9nting. neither I nor my wife enjoyed what we ordered. Too bad. If the food was good, we would love drop by more often and invite family and friends for lunch and dinner. But not to be!
Very noisy. Lots of banging and construction. Sold out of lunch special for a 12:30 seating after the waiter had interrupted us to introduce it. Service was exceptional, but a little too hoversome. I had the crab and shrimp croissant. There were a couple of shrimp the size of my pinky nail. Won't go back.
Have had better food here, perhaps there's been a change in the kitchen....you don't put a croissant in a panini grill and squash down all the flaky layers that make a croissant what it is! Also, crab, shrimp, some strange mayonnaise sauce and mozzarella cheese are not a happy combination. And--please!--better fries. The salad was great! The house-made ice cream was great! The view was great! I'd go again because I love Van Dusen Gardens.
The ambience was good in a delightful garden setting. The service was a bit slow for a relatively quiet evening. One of the dishes: the mushroom risotto did not "cut it" but the other meals were good. The prices were reasonable.
Altogether not a bad experience but not "over the top".
The restaurant didn't have our open table reservation on their system. The waiter processed 2 out of 6 orders incorrectly and the female owner of the restaurant told one of our guests that she ordered the wrong item. No discount given for all of the mistakes. The food was bland and portion sizes unsatifying for the price. I have a membership at van Dusen garden and lunch at Truffles cafe would have been far superior. I won't return.
This was my first visit since the renovations. We had a great spot on the heated patio facing the lovely gardens. It was Mother's Day so there was a set menu. The selection was extensive and the food was tasty. The server didn't make any effort to welcome us or build rapport. He seemed...busy. Otherwise, it was a wonderful afternoon. I will attempt again.
We are there for Mother's Day. Great location but food is mediocre. Everything is overly sweet, bland, and tasteless. Cocktail is overly sweet. My clam chowder tasted like out of a can. My hot shrimp and crab croissant was flat and unappetizing. My wife's turkey pot pie looked and tasted almost the same as my chowder, sugary and bland. The bill was also expensive too.
Staff tried to be friendly and attentive but they were overwhelmed by the Mother's Day guests.
What a waste of the scenic venue in a botanical garden. I would replace the entire kitchen staff if I were the owners. There are plenty of progressive young West Coast cuisine chefs that deserve to cook at that location.
Visited for an early Mother's Day brunch and was very disappointed. Service was very slow, even just to seat us at an empty restaurant, there were at least 4-5 groups waiting. The food is very overpriced for something that even Denny's could outdo. My 1year old was asleep in a stroller and waiters continually kept knocking into it without any apologies, leading her to wake up and making our outing almost unbearable. I will probably never come back to visit here.
I didn't know they only had brunch menu on Sundays and expected the full lunch menu. The options were limited.
Value-wise, it wasn't really there. My husband had a regular salad, it was nothing fancy at all. We definitely did not expect to pay $20 for a small salad.
I had the crab and shrimp croissant, and I thought they scrimped a bit on the filling, especially charging $18 for a croissant.
This isn't like me at all to leave a not-sogood review, but we were disappointed.
This restaurant is so pretty inside! All of our food was very tasty and delivered in a timely matter by courteous , attentive staff. It's a good meeting location to connect with friends from different Lower Mainland locations such as Richmond, Burnaby, and Vancouver. We combined our lunch with a walk in the gardens, both before and after eating, which made a beautiful half-day experience!
Not sure if it was an off night and / or under staffed or not the right staff, but the food and beverages were not good.
Mixed drinks had wrong proportions which made them bitter. Ordered Kale salad, but they didn't have Kale. The salad dressing was bery heavy fish flavour. They did not charge for the salad. The sauce for the nightly special dish was super salty. Tasted like a bad pub gravy. Store bought?
The server was nice and the girl doing water and bussing the table was fast and attentive. There we ommisions in our bill that we brought to their attention so we paid for everything.
Might give the happy hour a chance or go when it is busier and possibly higher trained cooks and bar staff.
Exceeded my expectations! All servers were so attentive and friendly but also professional, one gentleman he even sang birthday song for my mom. We all enjoy food & service, we should had come earlier! Now my husband & I would like to try brunch on weekend. Thank you so much for nice dinner experience. My short rib & lemon tart was amazing!!!
It was my son's 1st birthday and we decided to come to Shaughnessy to celebrate. Like always, great service and delicious food! The waitress even lit a candle on the carrot cake that we had and that was very nice of her! We keep coming back because of the food and service. We will be back again!
Server was very professional and pleasant. It was very quiet and despite the fact that we were the only patrons left, we were not made to feel rushed to leave. Gardens were beautifully lit. Food was delicious. I had the cioppino and my friend had the mussels. Mussels were large and fresh but some were unopened. Dessert was generously sized.
We enjoyed to meal, the quiet ambiance, the service, the other patrons, our seating, the view and all other small and wonderful portions of the visit. Our favorite place to go for a quiet meal as husband and wife [of 46 years of marriage]. We have been there often over the years and always enjoyed the visit. It is a pleasure to return and enjoy our time there.
I have enjoyed this restaurant for over 25 years. Now that I no longer live in Vancouver I often meet friends for a meal there when I am in town. We wish that they still offered the crab melt which was a favourite for lunch.
The very full parking lot has been a disappointment the last few times that I have been there, even though it was not a busy time for the restaurant. Not only were all of the handicapped spots taken but it was difficult to find any free spots. Walking from the most distant corner or on street parking is quite a challenge for us "oldies".
It was our first time going to Shaughnessy Restaurant, and one of the primary reasons we chose it for Valentine's Day was their menu. However, upon being seated, we were informed they were doing a pre-fix menu- which had not been indicated at the time of our reservation, or on their website prior. While the food was good, it was not a great experience to arrive to find out the menu was different from expected. We'll likely return in the summer time to see what the real menu is like, and to see the view of the garden, but would strongly recommend to the restaurant to advertise the pre-fix menu for special occasions ON OPEN TABLE as so many other restaurants did.
While the ambiance is most welcoming and the seating comfortable, some of the food choices were not good enough. The fish tacos were expensive for the amount you get; the tortilla was dry, the snapper overcooked and it needed a sauce to bring all the ingredients together. So that was disappointing, but when we mentioned it later to our server, she gave us our dessert for free, so that was appreciated. One of us had the pasta special of the day and that was very good, so a bit hit and miss.
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