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 - 8:00pm;
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/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, 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
Food was very good, one of the best quic ...
Food was very good, one of the best quiche I have ever had. Service was excellent and I requested patio seating via Open Table and they had a great table on the patio ready for us. We stayed for 2 hours and never felt rushed. An excellent place to have lunch and catch up with friends.
We had not been to Shaughnessy Restauran ...
We had not been to Shaughnessy Restaurant for some time, and decided to check out the new patio. Unfortunately the view of the garden from our shaded table was blocked by a wooden lattice. While we enjoyed the beautifully served Greek tomato salad, our main courses were not that great. My husband's Thai curry rice bowl was quite small and almost devoid of flavour, and my coconut curry mussels (a small serving in a very large pot) could have used a little more curry. Still, it's a lovely spot and worth another visit, maybe at lunch when the western exposure would be less of a problem.
Not notable for the food but decent. Not ...
Not notable for the food but decent. Nothing to write home about except the view. Great venue for weddings, receptions and parties but just that. It was average on the food presentation. Good service. Just middle of the road. Location comes with a great view and convenient next to the gardens.
I think part of the reason why the food was just 'meh was the fact that most of the people in the restaurant were older and I think the food just aims to be pleasant. Not exceptional or amazing. It was just there. Nothing bad against the restaurant but it just seemed under seasoned and the overall staff seemed just as mellow as the location. It wasn't as memorable as eating at the gardens cafe Truffles.
The setting is beautiful, and the additi ...
The setting is beautiful, and the addition of the new outdoor dinning is a bonus. But, your menu is basically the same, boring one you have had for awhile. We each ordered the Charcuterie Board. We did enjoy it but, for $18.00, the baguette wasn't even fresh and toasted, it was out of a package! Also, your coffee isn't the best. I take my coffee black but always order a latte or cappuccino when I am there because I don't care for your coffee, and I do like a coffee after my meal. I know that I must be in a minority because you are always full but I think a revamped, up-to-date menu would be a great improvement. I go with friends, who although feel the same about the menu and the coffee, go for the ambience.
This was the first time we have dined on ...
This was the first time we have dined on the patio. It was lovely. We shared the charcuterie board, I had the seafood quesadilla and my son had the fish and chips. The food was very good. We are looking forward to coming back to try other menu items.
The Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen G ...
The Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Gardens is my favourite place to meet friends for lunch. The view of the gardens and the mountains in the distance, as well as my favourite crab croissant make this a very special place. My friend enjoyed the chicken, papaya and jicama salad. These two favourites should never be removed from the menu!
The two people I booked for this lunch c ...
The two people I booked for this lunch commented that the food was "terrible" and the service was not much better. I have received the same comment from another group I had booked there and been told they "never" want to go there again.
The overall impression of the Shaughness ...
The overall impression of the Shaughnessy Restaurant is nice and relaxing for lunch or brunch. I have brought friends/relatives from out of town to this restaurant. They appreciated the environment and then we could go for a walk at Van Dusen Garden after lunch.
The only drawback is there is not too many choices on the menu.
My friend and I get together several tim ...
My friend and I get together several times a year for good conversation with good food. We find Shaughnessys a great place for both. It's very comfortable, spacious and the waitstaff are helpful and prompt with suggestions, food, and the bill, so we are never left waiting for them to come. It is always a pleasant experience.
I had to wait a long time before a serve ...
I had to wait a long time before a server came and gave us the menu while two other tables got water and menu even though they came later than us. Then, I had to ask for the bread while apparently there were bread baskets at every other tables. Didn't even come to ask us how the foods were. Terrible experience. Will never recommend to others.
This used to be a favourite restaurant o ...
This used to be a favourite restaurant of mine but I haven't been for lunch in a couple of years. I enthusiastically recommended the seafood quesadilla. What an embarrassment. At $19 I should not have had to open it up to see if there was actually any seafood in it. The dessert at $9, a creme brulee was so so and we were surprised to see a dessert served in a mason jar. Not very elegant for a restaurant of this type. If it hadn't been for our waiter the whole lunch would have been a washout. We were treating our Spanish teacher to lunch and when the waiter approached our table he greeted us in Spanish and continued to serve us in flawless Spanish. He deserved a big tip and got one, despite the mediocre food. We were well looked after by all the service staff who were unobtrusive but attentive and very professional.
Exterior did not impress with knee high ...
Exterior did not impress with knee high grass and weeds covering the small flower beds. The food was mediocre, the service average, no ambience, and price too high for the meal. This used to be a favorite stop when visiting Vancouver but no more. Would NOT recommend this restaurant.
The staff were very pleasant but there w ...
The staff were very pleasant but there was a mixup with the ordered food more so with my guests plate but with both having to be sent back to the kitchen for the small change. Even then my guest did not receive what she had requested until a second request and received the addition freshly cooked and enjoyed.
The food as always was very good. The st ...
The food as always was very good. The steak was cooked to the desired doneness. The pork chop was moist and tasty. The carrot cake and flourless chocolate cake were excellent. Nice weather with some windows opened.
Sam, described the special of the evening. He was friendly and courteous. Would recommend and go back again.
Quiet dinner spot
Have been here before and have always had a good dining experience. The food was very good, as was the service, and in the summer or during the Festival of Lights at Christmas, the view is wonderful. It's away from the downtown masses so you'll likely find that the ambience is intimate and less noisy than other places. Will definitely revisit soon.
I have eaten here many times before but ...
I have eaten here many times before but this was the first time our meals were not hot. All three of us our food was warm. I have never been there on a Saturday before and it was busy so perhaps the meals were made in advance. I will try it again hoping this was a one of.
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.
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.
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