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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

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Canadian, Pacific Rim, Contemporary
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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: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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
Amazing View and Amazing Food!!

We wanted to make sure we had time for Lunch. Make Reservations as soon as you enter the gardens. There were tables out on the porch but we waited for one inside. We were served by Phillip - delightful young man and we took his suggestions. Food was delicious and well presented. We were table... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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100 reviews 100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We wanted to make sure we had time for Lunch. Make Reservations as soon as you enter the gardens. There were tables out on the porch but we waited for one inside. We were served by Phillip - delightful young man and we took his suggestions. Food was delicious and well presented. We were table 15 and had a great... More 

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

They were great to get us in at the last minute. Very polite staff, the food was good - a bit more than I expected for afternoon tea.

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

After a delightful early morning visit to one of our all time favorite gardens, we had the pure pleasure of enjoying one of our best tea experiences ever. Wonderful food...both savories and sweets, and complimented by superb tea. Tea sandwiches, and cakes were all delicious and elegantly presented and served. The service was top-notch, and the atmosphere in the restaurant,... More 

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Goleta
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43 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Even with reservations waiting was part of the picture. The setting is lovely. The food was good but limited. Afternoon tea had an abundance of little sandwiches, biscuits, scones, pastries,cake and chocolates. The teas were delicious. But space was tight.

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Calgary
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66 reviews 66 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

From hot food to cold sandwiches and desserts and fresh fruit to veggies it has it all. Drinks are available as well.

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Oregon
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23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Loved afternoon tea service. A great variety of foods, all very good, and such a beautiful setting overlooking the gardens. The wait staff were very attentive. We could not eat it all, and packed up desserts to take with us.

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Vallejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Service was very helpful and timely. The food was prepared very well. Starting with a Berry Trifle, warm delicacies, to the tea sandwiches, and desserts and a scone there was plenty to accompany the great choice of teas. The setting overlooks a portion of the gardens. We also had the benefit of a strong U.S. dollar which made the costs... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

If you must waste your day at this tourist trap, be smart and take your own food. You are in a fenced garden so you must use their restaurants. Awful all around

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Vancouver Island, BC
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109 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

You can't beat the view of the gardens from the veranda of this restaurant. The rib eye burgers, mediocre at best, the fries, dried up little matchsticks which were inedible. Service moves at a snail's pace, although our server was a very nice young lady. Seating of arriving guests lackadaisical and we were told to 'hover' around someone's table on... More 

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Banff National Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I can't say enough about what a lovely experience it was to lunch on elegant food on the covered patio overlooking the Italian Garden. The food was delightfully presented and very good. My Cobb salad could have benefited from additional acidity in the dressing. Luckily another in my party had a grilled lemon I could share. The rose tea was... More 

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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 24 - 40
  • Cuisine: Canadian, Pacific Rim, 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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