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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

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800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada (Wallace Drive)
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 http://www.bctransit.com/regions/vic/?p=1.txt
+1 250-652-8222
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Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: One of two restaurants (the Blue Poppy is the other, more casual style) in...
One of two restaurants (the Blue Poppy is the other, more casual style) in the renowned Butchart Gardens. The Dining Room Restaurant is located in the former residence of the Butchart family and is surrounded by gardens. Fresh local ingredients and local wines make for exceptional experiences. Afternoon Tea is served in the warmer months and High Tea during the rest of the year. Patio seating is available during the warmer months.Dining Room reservations can be made on The Butchart Gardens website or via OpenTable.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
great lunch

The garden dinning area is set in the garden area with windows that look out over this beauty. Charming and great food although limited menu. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for at this restaurant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Lisbon, Wi
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

The surrounding gardens make this nice. What is not so nice is the partially cooked chicken on a salad. Chicken was cooked one end of the breast and raw at the other end. The server did offer to have another chicken salad. They did not even suggest a discount! Very disappointing as this was my wifes Birthday.

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Lisbon, Wi
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14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

The garden dinning area is set in the garden area with windows that look out over this beauty. Charming and great food although limited menu. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for at this restaurant.

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Seattle, Washington
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116 reviews 116 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

We decided to enjoy the afternoon tea as part of our anniversary celebration. The 3 tiered presentation of delicacies were delicious and very filling. We enjoyed the ambiance of the dining side room that overlooked the Italian Garden and the elegance and leisureness of the presentation. It was a great introduction to afternoon tea for my husband and now he... More 

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San Jose, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Service here is excellent, and the food is very good. The downside? A very small number of menu options (my wife and I both went for the burger), and a bit over priced (at least for the lunchtime offerings). When you're in the gardens, though, it rounds out the experience. Be advised that a reservation is highly recommended, if not... More 

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Aurora, Ontario, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We both had the Chicken Cobb salad and it was really delicious. At first I thought it seemed a little skimpy but really it was quite a filling lunch. The chicken was freshly cooked and warm. The rest of the salad was so fresh. We had an amazing table overlooking the Italian garddens

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Senior Contributor
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25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

After an awe inspiring tour of the beautiful Butchart Gardens we finished our visit with a most delightful Afternoon Tea in The Dining Room Restaurant. We were welcomed warmly and shown to our table which had an incredible view of one of the garden areas. A trifle like dessert started the Tea but unlike many trifles it was delightfully light... More 

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Mercer Island, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

There were some things I loved here, the appetizers, especially the gnocchi and the bruschetta, were outstanding, the potato soup, though somewhat understated, was tasty. But the salmon was WAY overdone. Service was good. And the atmosphee / environment was really cool.

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Sequim
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is the third time we have eaten here. The last two were disappointing. Lunch today was very salty..appetizer and meal. I had a seafood turnover and my husband had the burger. He likes food on the salty side but even he thought it was a bit much.

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Central Coast, California
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31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We spent an entire day at the gardens, admiring the beauty of the spring blooms and wandering the paths. We reserved a table in the dining room to enjoy afternoon tea; we had one regular and one gluten free. Both were excellent with a nice variety of sweet and savory items. Nice big pots of tea to go with it.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Not an extensive menu, but very good food and reasonable priced. I would recommend stopping by for a short rest while in gardens and a great experience. Rounds out the visit to gardens.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
    (Wallace Drive)
  • Public Transportation: 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 http://www.bctransit.com/regions/vic/?p=1.txt
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Central Saanich
  • Phone Number: +1 250-652-8222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 41
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

Description

One of two restaurants (the Blue Poppy is the other, more casual style) in the renowned Butchart Gardens. The Dining Room Restaurant is located in the former residence of the Butchart family and is surrounded by gardens. Fresh local ingredients and local wines make for exceptional experiences. Afternoon Tea is served in the warmer months and High Tea during the rest of the year. Patio seating is available during the warmer months.Dining Room reservations can be made on The Butchart Gardens website or via OpenTable.

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