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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
250-652-8222
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Wallace Drive
Transit: 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
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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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

As a visitor from Australia, The Butchart Gardens was high on my list of places to see. So while we were there, it made good sense for us to experience afternoon tea in their Dining Room Restaurant. As reservations are recommended, we made our reservation soon after arriving at the gardens. We were glad that we did, as the Dining... More

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Best dining experience in a long time. Best creme brûlée ever, Elizabeth is an asset to the restaurant. Succulent scallops, followed by a perfectly cooked rack of lamb complemented with crisp fresh vegetables. Very good wine list and after dinner drinks.

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Just a quick little snack because we were eager to spend most of our time touring the gardens. The hot dog was huge and there were the usual condiments available. Ice cream quality compares nicely to our Texas Blue Bell ice cream.

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Lucas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This tea room is situated in a Victorian cottage in Butchart Gardens. The food was good but slightly overpriced. The chicken in my chicken salad was only average but others in the party rated theirs higher. However, the food is not the reason to dine here -- it is the experience. In Butchart Gardens the experience is wonderful.

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New Jersey
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Was Hoping for better quality and presentation for the beautiful setting and price, since this was the better eatery at the garden.

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Corpus Christi
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We were able to spend as much time at Butchart Gardens as we wanted thanks to having a rental car so this also allowed us to dine here without having made prior arrangements. The staff was very courteous in finding us a spot within 30 minutes and the table we received overlooked the gardens which was way more than we... More

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Seattle, Washington
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78 reviews 78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Had High Tea in the Dining Room at the Butchart Gardens. Although the reservation was made months prior, we were still given a table in the back of the old dining room, away from any views of the spectacular gardens or even the light. I would definitely insist on the Conservatory IF I ever decided to repeat this experience. Tea... More

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Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The entire experience; a cold evening during the holidays, wonderful food and lovely service. The lights are the show in the winter.

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San Jose CA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I wanted to have high tea in Victoria, and read the reviews of Butchart Gardens and also the Empress Hotel. We decided that Butchart Gardens made more sense because we would be there anyway and because, frankly, the reviews are better. Not to mention the fact that it costs half as much at Butchart Gardens as it... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We visited here while on our anniversary trip to BC. We sat outside on an absolutely beautiful summer day. The service and food were really good - just such a beautiful place - the restaurant served fresh british columbia salmon that was wonderful. My wife had a filet that she was quite tickled with!!

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