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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
Excellent service and view overlooking the gardens

We ate here for lunch during our visit to the gardens. We didn't have reservations but was told it could be a 20-30 minute wait. We were seated within 5 minutes on the porch overlooking the gardens. Our meals were definitely above average and the service was outstanding. While it was somewhat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We ate here for lunch during our visit to the gardens. We didn't have reservations but was told it could be a 20-30 minute wait. We were seated within 5 minutes on the porch overlooking the gardens. Our meals were definitely above average and the service was outstanding. While it was somewhat pricey, it was so worth the view and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I had only had high tea here before but we decided to visit in the late afternoon/evening so we had dinner. What a nice surprise. The food and service were excellant

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

We arrived at gardens early so by 11:30, we were ready for lunch. We looked at the menu at both the cafeteria-style restaurant and this one, and while they were both looked great...we decided on the full-service restaurant. I am so happy we did! Because we arrived early, we were able to dine outside and take advantage of the gorgeous... More 

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Calgary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Ordered the Potage, it came out luke warm at best, too salty and the seafood was overcooked. $33 too overpriced for what you get. Lamb overcooked and gamey. For the prices I was expecting more. Service could have been more warm. There was also no mention at time of booking, of having to pay the entrance fee of $33 per... More 

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Cooper City, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

After a beautiful afternoon in the gardens, we decided to sit down and relax to a nice dinner. I didn't expect much, other than a beautiful view from this restaurant, but we very quickly realized that we were in for an unexpected treat. Our waiter Phillip was wonderful at telling us about the menu, and It became clear that he... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had a "fika" here after we had walked around in the Butchart Gardens and looked at the flowers. It was such a relaxing time and I could stay for a long time, but it is so much to see and so much to do. "fika" is a swedish word and means coffee and buns or cake.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Enjoyed the selection of lunch-time foods and drinks. I felt the prices were high. Plenty of seating, and tables are cleared quickly and cleanly.

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were told that there was a variety of food available in the gardens but never expected such a wonderful place, great view of the gardens, great food, nice wine selection, could NOT have been more pleased. If your budget allows, treat yourself to dinner here!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

One works up an appetite exploring Butchart Gardens! We were a little nervous about our meal, it is so easy to "mail it in"on the food and not try, since the gardens do essentially have a captive audience. We were thrilled to see that they took their food as seriously as they did their gardens. We showed up much earlier... More 

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Washington state
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

When you tire of visiting the gardens, spend some time at the Dining Room for excellent food and service. Make sure to make a reservation prior to your visit, especially if it is spring, summer, or fall. You will enjoy the High Tea or any of the other offerings. Tea is a must! Spend some time in the Conservatory, even... More 

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Address: 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-652-8222
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Central Saanich
Average Prices: USD 23 - 38
Cuisine: Canadian, Pacific Rim, Contemporary

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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 23 - 38
  • 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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