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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
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8
Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian
Hours of Operation:
January 7 - March 31: 12:00pm-3:00pm daily
April 1 - 30: 12:00pm - 3:00pm daily
May 1 - September 30: 12:00pm - 4:00pm daily
March 1 - September 30 11:30am - 3:00pm daily
June 1 - 14: 5:00pm - 7:00 pm
June 15 - September 15: 5:00pm - 8:00pm daily
December 1 - January 6: 5:00pm - 8:00 daily
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 1-10 and December 16 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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
The only downside to this dining is that you have to pay for an entrance to the Gardens. Granted they are gorgeous but sometimes you'd just like a lunch. Everything was unusually good and also creative. We went on a chilly, rainy day and the fireplaces made it all cozy and good. Definitely will be back!
The Dining Room at Butchart Garden never fails to deliver a culinary taste experience combined with knowledge and pleasant staff. This particular meal was to take advantage of Victoria's "Dine Around Town" promotion, but could just as easily have been another evening out because The Dining Room is always, consistently excellent. During this five course meal, a different chef from the team was free to experiment and put forth their best. Each was a treat to the senses of sight, taste and aroma. We will always rate The Dining Room as one of the finest restaurants in the Victoria area.
The service was 4 star. It's a real treat to have the chiefs come to the table and describe how they prepared the meal . The Dinning room experienc is always a treat , servers and all the staff add to the experience by their quality customer service and enjoyable dialogue.
Don't miss out on the tasting experience and then return in the summer etc
THE POTATO CRUST WAS LIKE SHOE LEATHER, THE RACK OF LAMB WAS PREFECT, THE GREENS TOOK FOREVER TO CHEW, THE 25 MIN. APPLE DESSERT NEEDS HELP :THE BOTTOM CRUST WAS LIKE RUBBER, APPLES A LONG WAY FROM TENDER & THE SAUCE WAS RIGHT ON. WHAT WOULD YOU CALL THIS ? SAUTE APPLES FIRST, MAKE CIRCLE WITH APPLES, COVER WITH SAUCE ON A PER-BAKED PASTRY, TOP WITH ICE CREAM .
The high tea was good and I am glad that the battenburg cake has been replaced! But, there didn't seem to be enough tea leaves in the pot. It was the very last pour which approached the colour of what the first pour should have been... Didn't mention it to the server as I kept hoping for it to infuse better. Fellow guest had the same experience. Wonder if the kitchen ran out of Earl Grey?
Booked a table for dinner on New Years Eve. We are annual pass holders so the cost of admission isn't an issue. Food was fine. Service was OK. Disappointed we were seated in the "sun room" should have requested a different table at the time of booking. Nothing wrong with the meal or even the service both were average. I had expected a little something more from them. We have in the past enjoyed Christmas time tea in the same location so expected that dinner would be even better. To be honest probably would just eat in the Blue Poppy next time as the food is just as good.
We had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner at The Dining Room. The staff couldn't do enough for us, our table was situated near a lovely fireplace, and there was live piano music being played in the background. The food and service were outstanding, and we were able to take our time to enjoy and savour. We can highly recommend this restaurant and plan to return.
On the upside, beautiful location/surroundings, excellent food. On the downside, waitress less than enthusiastic (probably exhausted), placed in a high traffic area beside the kitchen access (WAY too loud and busy). Will ask for the White Room next time. Atrium (where we were placed) is good if you like loud and busy.
Wonderful afternoon at the dining room and then skating and walking after that.
The lights really are fantastic to stroll through. It was a lovely holiday event.
It is definitely a special occasion date as it is expensive.
The service at the dining room was very good, friendly and accommodating (sometimes surprisingly rare to find these days!
Our dining experience at Butchart Gardens Dining Room was outstanding. Ambiance, hospitality, service, the meal, appetizers and desert could not have been better in any way. One of the best dining experiences I have ever had... and definitely the best from an 'all around' perspective. Walking around the gardens decorated for Xmas afterwards was the icing on the cake.
We have been coming at Christmas since our children were teenagers but now I notice it is mostly seniors who are dining. Could be it is too expensive for those with teenagers who now longer eat the kids menu? We brought our teen and preteen grandchildren but they were the only ones of that age that we noticed. Too bad.
Butchart Gardens are a fabulous destination for holiday excursions. We like to dine at "The Dining Room" to top off a day of visiting the light display and grounds. We've never had a negative experience, but this time one of our party had some very underdone potato's, making them totally inedible. It was a bit disappointing. Beautiful outing, however...
Went with my niece who is gluten and dairy intolerant - mist upsetting was the fact that I noted this on the on-line reservation and when we got there were told it wasn't possible to do anything that was dairy free. Obviously, whoever was reviewing the reservation didn't read this section - my niece was from out of town and it would have been nice to get a call or an email stating this ahead of time as she was so excited to go. The staff tried to accommodate her and we weren't charged for her afternoon tea but it was very disappointing.
Superb dining in a posh and relaxed atmosphere. We visited the Dining Room at the Gardens for the 2nd time in December. Boxing Day dinner was the same high standards we have come to expect from this first class restaurant, Our server, who has been there for 10years, provided brilliant but not intrusive service. The meal was spectacular... the food looked as delicious as it tasted. We were seating in a smaller dining area overlooking the Italian gardens... full of Christmas lights! I would recommend this restaurant to almost everyone. Prices are upscale but worth it! Not suitable for younger or small children.
our meal was a delightful experience and much appreciated. We were there on a rainy winter afternoon, and the solarium provided a warm and cosy environment. We appreciated the effort your chef took to make our meal gluten-free, and the gf pastries were indeed delicious. Less successful were the gf sandwiches, perhaps because the bread was not toasted. That might be something you could try. despite that, however, we had a fine afternoon.
We had an initial reservation for 3:00 pm because that was the only time open. I didn't realize that was for Afternoon Tea and not dinner (totally my error). When I asked to reschedule, if they had a table, the manager was very friendly and suggested 5:00 pm for dinner. It was outstanding and the food was exquisite. Top service, food and atmosphere.
We were under the impression that our reservation was for the dining room Christmas dinner menu. Your website was deceptive and we ended up with a reservation for tea in the late afternoon. It was embarrassing and not at all what we wanted. We won't be going back for dinner at Butchart Gardens although they were very accommodating in spite of Open Table's mistake. We won't be using Open Table to make reservations in the future.
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