About The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room
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
Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian
Hours of Operation:
April 1 - 30: 12:00pm - 3:00pm daily
May 1 - Sept 30: 12:00pm - 4:30pm daily
October 1 - 15: 12:00 - 3:00pm daily
12:00pm - 3:00pm daily (served December 1 - December 22 and December 28 - March 31)
11:30am - 3:00pm daily (served April 1 - September 30)
5:00pm - 8:00pm daily (served June 15 - September 15 & December 1 - January 6)
Christmas Day High Tea 1:00pm - 2:30pm; Christmas Dinner 4:00pm - 7:30pm
Please note The Dining Room will be closed October 15 - November 30 2016
CAN$31 to CAN$50
The Butchart Gardens Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/activities/calendar/
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.
During the busiest holiday season dates (December 18 to January 1) those arriving between 5 pm and 7 pm may have to wait 30 minutes or more to pay and park. Please plan your visit accordingly.
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
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
A great value relative to the famous tea ...
A great value relative to the famous tea at the Empress in Victoria: more food, higher quality this year (the Empress has been better in previous years, took a dip this year), more casual ambiance, half the cost, and the best setting of any restaurant I know. Walking through the gardens before and after tea is the perfect accompaniment to an elegant meal.
The pasta dish was wonderful; I have had ...
The pasta dish was wonderful; I have had it three times this past summer and my only observation is that it MUST be served with a spoon...pretty difficult to eat linguine without a spoon for "swirling" the pasta! On each occasion, I had to request a spoon.
Had the High Tea and it was lovely! Defi ...
Had the High Tea and it was lovely! Definitely exceeded my expectations. I've never had High Tea before but we were told by locals Butschart had the best.
Would definitely try to eat outside on the porch as the dining room although very beautiful seemed noisy and a totally different "vibe."
The gardens were very well maintained an ...
The gardens were very well maintained and a pleasure to walk. This was then topped off with an afternoon tea which was comprised of various savory tea sandwiches, sweet delights, and wonderful scones with Devonshire Cream and strawberry preserves. Highly recommend.
Delicious afternoon tea enjoyed by all. ...
Delicious afternoon tea enjoyed by all. I was particularly impressed by the fact my gluten free option was the same menu! Amazing. Elsewhere the GFO was sparse and nothing like what others were eating. While you do have to pay to get into Butchart Gardens on top of paying for the tea, the Gardens are spectacular. And you could pay about the same in total but just get the Afternoon Tea and maybe it wouldn't be as enjoyable!
We were on vacation and we knew that the ...
We were on vacation and we knew that the spot to be is in the Gardens. We could have gone to Empress but my wife insists the Butchart Gardens for afternoon tea . It was great, cheaper, more room and better. thank You
We dined outside and were offered a choi ...
We dined outside and were offered a choice of tables. We had a corner table near the door to the house and noticed that some diners on the west side struggled with the sun, but our spot was perfect. The cheese plate was great. Service was attentive. The waiter made sure our outside table was adjusted not to rock on uneven pavement, and when a couple of bugs fell in my wine the waiter brought a new glass. Dining on site provides the opportunity to wander nearly deserted grounds at dusk which is an incomparable experience. We visited in September under clear skies and a half moon. Unforgettable.
Beautiful setting. Not cheap but good v ...
Beautiful setting. Not cheap but good value for overall quality. Excellent friendly service. Though lovely afternoon tea being served, party members could also order from lunch menu. Delicious food. Wine list. But we were quite happy with the on-tap offering by carafe. Be sure to make reservations.
We were completely impressed with the hi ...
We were completely impressed with the high tea experience at the Butchard Gardens. My aunt has travelled the world and been wined and dined by the best and she stated that she has never
felt as special as she did the day that we had tea. She even had tea in London, England and said that it couldn't compare to this. A special place.
Having been to afternoon tea several tim ...
Having been to afternoon tea several times at Butchart Gardens, were very disappointed with the service this last trip. The server was inattentive and was obviously trying to serve as many tables as possible . We felt rushed and not given the attention we had received on previous afternoon tea visits.
We so enjoyed our dining experience at T ...
We so enjoyed our dining experience at The Butchart Gardens- The Dining Room😊 The food was delicious & the presentation was so appealing! The flowers were absolutely beautiful, that surrounded us at our table. Our waitress was very delightful & took fabulous care of us😊
The view and location was amazing. The ...
The view and location was amazing. The appetizers and potato with leek soup were incredibly delicious. But the entrees were terrible. The salmon "hot pocket" was disgusting. Mushy and tasteless. We had to send it back. This was a one-time visit for us because we were on vacation in the Pacific Northwest.
The setting is so beautiful and elegant ...
The setting is so beautiful and elegant yet friendly that it is truly a pleasure and a special feeling just to experience dining here. The food is always delicious, interesting, perfectly prepared and presented with gracious and helpful service.
Reserved a verandah table days in advanc ...
Reserved a verandah table days in advance, only to not have that fulfilled on arrival and was seated inside. Although the food was very good, service could have been better, as more emphasis was put on clearing and setting tables, versus serving seated guests. This has happened on the past two occasions.
Very beautiful setting all around. Reque ...
Very beautiful setting all around. Request to sit outside is the only way to go. Pretty quiet and definitely serene. Good service and reasonable prices. Only complaint pertains to the payment method. If paying by card, they stand in front of you while you assign of a value for the tip. It was a little awkward for me. Also, there is no 18% option on the machine, just 15 and 20. I went with 20, but felt there should have been an option for 18.
We enjoyed a good food and nice service! ...
We enjoyed a good food and nice service! Our seats were facing to the court garden which was full of flowers. I would like to have seats outside next time. (It was full this time). But, basically, from the any seats, you can enjoy beautiful garden flowers! I will definitely go back!
Bucket list high tea at Butchart gardens ...
Bucket list high tea at Butchart gardens was a pleasure. We were celebrating a birthday. Looking out on the garden while having tea is lovely. The ambiance is beautiful and the service outstanding. If you figure garden entrance fee (25usd) plus tea (25usd) is still less than a day skiing or similar day outing with entertainment, it is well worth it. My only complaints were that there was no lemon curd and the earl grey was overly mild.
Couldn't decide between Afternoon Tea or ...
Couldn't decide between Afternoon Tea or Lunch, when making the reservation. I really appreciated the option of deciding which to order once I was seated and reviewed both menus - rather than having to specify when making the reservation. The tea selection and presentation was outstanding. I was seated in the garden room - near a window. The setting and ambiance was divine! It was a bright sunny day, unseasonably warm in the Gardens. The flowers were all in bloom and my table allowed me to look out on a fountain, gazebo setting, complete with white picket fence. Tea service was a bit slow - which I appreciated (rather than feeling rushed). The berry trifle was a perfect refreshing start to the service, followed by the traditional tiered sandwiches, sweets, and scone. Highly recommended, if you are visiting the Butchart Gardens!
This was a lovely way to celebrate our a ...
This was a lovely way to celebrate our anniversary. The food was delicious and artistically plated. We were seated on the terrace which gave us a nice view of the gardens. Dinner was pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
We had a wonderful time. Your afternoon ...
We had a wonderful time. Your afternoon tea was much better food and price wise then some other more expensive hotel that I could mention, and your staff was not condescending to us either as was the other Hotel staff. We also enjoyed the fact that you did not have a dress code, and that we were allowed to wear our nice shorts and tank tops on such a hot day.
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