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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

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800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia, 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
250-652-8222
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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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Fine Dining

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  • 105
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    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Management made good our disappointment

In follow-up to my December 2014 review, we wrote a nice letter to the management of the Butchart Gardens Dining room and we had a good response from the Dining Room Manager regarding our very unpleasant experience at the restaurants Christmas dinner. There were many complaints about that... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
parkdale38
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Parksville, Canada
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  • Fine Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Parksville, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

In follow-up to my December 2014 review, we wrote a nice letter to the management of the Butchart Gardens Dining room and we had a good response from the Dining Room Manager regarding our very unpleasant experience at the restaurants Christmas dinner. There were many complaints about that Christmas meal and in good Customer Service response we were offered our... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The high tea was lovely. Better than the Empress Hotel and far cheaper. We sat in the glassed in area looking out at the rose garden. I would recommend this restaurant for those looking for a nice meal or tea after exploring the gardens.

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Petaluma, CA
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47 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Nice selection of food for lunch in the Garden. Both cold and hot choices available. Salads were very good as well as the soups.

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Calgary, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I like the variety of food at a reasonable price. It can get crowded so one has to get there ealrly. I really like the fireplace which si comforting on a rainy, cold day.

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BC
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The food was excellent, the service was superb and the timing of the meal/drinks/dessert was perfect.

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Parksville, Canada
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56 restaurant reviews
298 helpful votes 298 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It started off well. Three weeks before we phoned for reservations at the 7 p.m. sitting. We were reservation number 6 so knew we'd be seated in the main dining room near the piano stylist and the crackling fire. Having never seen the Christmas lights we were expecting the dinner would be the topping on the Figgy Pubings, so to... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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44 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We went to the dining room after touring the holiday light display. It was our anniversary and I requested a window with a view and they didn't disappoint. We overlooked the courtyard with all the beautiful lights. Our meal was wonderful. My husband had the steak and I had the chicken, both were delicious. A little pricey, but it's too... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

First week of December we decided to spend Christmas in Victoria so the first thing to plan was - where to have Christmas Dinner? There are a few places in Victoria that offer a very nice Christmas spread from about $50-$125/pp - but one of the options that popped up in my research was Butchart Gardens. Unfortunately it was sold... More 

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Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We've been for a holiday dinner for the past 3 years, enjoying ourselves immensely until last night when we were disappointed. Must say one thing: Wait staff is FABULOUS! Organized, friendly and helpful. Food was hit (scallops) and miss (rib eye steak, french onion soup) and neutral (lamb). Mushroom soup was more truffle soup as it's flavour was overwhelming. Sticky... More 

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Parksville, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

$80.00 per person was not worth $10.00 per person. This is taking advantage of people because of the season and doing a very poor job. The only word that comes to mind is gouging.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia, 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: 250-652-8222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: 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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