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“Pleasant Surprise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-8222
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $41
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
San Jose, California
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“Pleasant Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

My wife and I were visiting Victoria for a couple of days and we decided to sqeeze-in a city tour as well as Butchart Gardens. Our tour to Butchart Gardens lasted until 8:30 pm we decided to eat at one of the on-site restaurants called "The Dinning Room". Much to our surprise we were introduced to one of the best dinning experience of my entire life. We ordered a local wine which was a Pinot Grigio from Mission Hill winery on Vancouver Island. We split a ceasar salad. I had local wild coho salmon and my wife had grilled pork chop. Both dishes were very tasty and supplemented with delicious side dishes. Of course, the location with the view of the gardens is beyond comparison. To make the experience even more special the service was top notch.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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maryland
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“A sweet memory”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This was a delightful meal in a beautiful space. Something we will always remember. The presentation was lovely, the service was impeccable, and the food was delicious.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Elkton, Maryland
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“An elegant setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I had afternoon tea in the dining room. The setting is quite lovely with a view of the gardens. Our server was lovely. I was not as thrilled with the food offerings at the tea. The scone was suppose to be warm, but it was not.
If you have specific food needs they are more than willing to try to accommodate those needs.

Visited May 2013
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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“Afternoon Tea for ME!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Recommend reservations on a sunny day. $30pp for 'tea' is a lot less expensive than at the Empress and every bit as good. A great 'event' for my wife.

Visited May 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“The Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Food was fine, it is the experience of the gardens you go for. Service is slow but the tea is still worth attending.

Visited April 2013
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