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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:
Lunch 11:30am - 3:00pm
Afternoon Tea 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm - 8:00pm
May 1 - September 30
October 1 - November 30 & January 7 - March 31
December 1 - January 6
March 1 - September 30
June 15 - September 15 &
December 1 - January 6
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
Reservations for afternoon tea, stayed for a great experience.
I had mentioned to a friend that I had looked into doing afternoon tea at a well known place in downtown Victoria, B.C. My friend had mentioned/recommended Butchart Gardens. I was able to make a reservation online. Although the reservation doesn't specify "afternoon tea" or "lunch" you decide that when you sit down for your meal.
Afternoon tea is a special fixed menu. The restaurant makes special accommodations (as best as possible) for those with dietary concerns. We also did the wine flight. It was a great experience. The food was fantastic. Great wine, wonderful tea (which we bought in the gift store before left). The service was great. If you are looking for a place to eat/for afternoon tea I highly recommend Butchart Gardens. I look forward to going back.
With a reservation made weeks in advance, waited over 10 min before sat for tea with my daughter and 3 granddaughters ages 8, 8 and 10. We were seatedd in back corner near kitchen door feeling like the children were a surprise and care taken to seat us away from others. Childrens tea menu was inviting yet felt children not especially welcomed. Apple juice was their choice but could have been served in the teacup already on table rather than a glass to maintain the tea experience we came for. Tea menu for adults and children was lovely.
My wife and I were treating our 18 year-old granddaughter (Victoria) to a special
tea in the afternoon at Butchart Gardens and it was exquisite, unique and a fabulous
experience for all of us. The tea, sandwiches, desserts were original and served with
elegance and taste! We ate outside so the surrounding sights and smells were
without compare. It was relaxing, rewarding and a great memory!
Reservations for tea at Butchart Gardens is a good idea. We had reservations but still had a short wait. The food was excellent. Our server did a good job explaining the food. She was attentive to our needs - water and tea were kept full. The food presentation was typical tea fare and so was the food, except for the savories. The savories were warm and quite tasty. The food was excellent and there was plenty of it. It was all I and and my companions could hold. We will be back.
This is a unique review for a unique place. The beauty of the Butchart Gardens is really unsurpassed. The various rooms in the Dining Room restaurant are all lovely and have fantastic views. There is some outdoor dining as well. We were there for afternoon tea, so the menu was set. The tea was great, and the food was delicious also. The service was spectacular - everything was explained to us and the service was fantastic. It's a unique experience, but it's also priced that way. All the afternoon tea options around Victoria, BC are expensive (the tea service at the Fairmont Empress is roughly twice the price) and this one, while overpriced for what you get, is generally in line with what you'll pay elsewhere. What you get here, however, is the beautiful grounds and gardens, and the fantastic service. If you're going to the Butchart Gardens it's a great add-on to a beautiful day.
Stunning environment, gorgeous flowers in my side room, charming server. I did not know I was to use the tea strainer so I had a lot of tea leaves in my cup. I was given a fresh cup to try again. I liked the scone best! The music was soft and perfectly lovely in the background. I spent a most pleasant hour there.
High tea was disappointing compared to my last visit on Mother's Day! Overpriced for a few small sandwiches with little filling, no interesting warm items..desserts small and tasteless whole thing far to expensive for what you get! Won't return for tea for sure...though love the gardens themselves!
Our visit was due to my birth year corresponding with a Butchart Garden celebration year. It was very special for us as it is the year of our diamond wedding. We were extremely pleased with the ambience, the food and the service. We intend to persuade members of our family to visit for high tea when they are here for our celebration at the end of July.
We enjoyed a lovely early dinner on the patio, before proceeding to the Summer Concert. Our table overlooked the beautiful flowers and grounds, weather was perfect. They split our salad for us, and then we both enjoyed the LingCod entree. All the dishes came embellished with a hint of flowers, alluding to the special setting. It was a wonderful way to end an afternoon at the gardens. Highly recommend the restaurant and its attentive service.
My bucket list is a book called The Great Tea Rooms of America. I've been to many of the destinations including Butchart both 10 years ago and again last week! Butchart had remained number 1 on my personal list since my first visit. It is still a unique experience....we were seated at an outside table ovrelooking the georgeous rose gardens and our service was good! However, the quality of the tea sandwiches has fallen. They are tasty but 95% bread with only a thin layer of tuna, egg salad etc. Seems like they have cut this way back and they are definitely compromising on the quality of the eating experience with this choice. Bring it back Butchart!
Our Afternoon Tea at Butchart Garden was one of the Highlights of our trip to the Pacific Northwest to celebrate my daughter receiving her Doctoral Degree. The food, the ambiance, and the service made us feel like two little girls playing dress-up. We kept expecting Alice in Wonderland to pop out at any moment.
Thank you for a very memorable experience.
The Dining Room at Butchart Gardens is spectacular! It's a bit pricey, but the quality of the food and service merits the cost. This was our top dining experience and a perfect top off to a wonderful visit to Victoria. Get a late reservation on Saturday evening in the summer months so that you finish just before the fireworks display at the gardens.
The food was good and for the most part the service was good as well. The servers were are friendly and helpful. My only complaint was that in the evening, I had not yet finished with my appetizer and the server brought the main dish and set it on the table, leaving me to exchange the dishes when I was finished with my appetizer. I felt better service would have taken the main dish back to the kitchen and kept an eye on my table to see when I finished with the first course, and then come and picked up that platter and at that point bring out the main dish which would have still been warming while waiting. Also at High Tea I had to request a second set of silverware after having to ask the waiter to remove the first dish because the meat items were still on the plate I did not want to mix them the sweets. These are simply the finer points of good service that I expect from such an establishment as Butchart Gardens.
We had a lovely tea and lunch experience. The tea sandwiches were fresh even at the end of the tea service . My husband had the salmon turnover which was both aesthetically pleasing and delicious. And, they sat us at a beautiful table overlooking the gardens. Top notch. Would recommend!
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