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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

) #1 of 24 Restaurants in Central Saanich $$$$ , , Gluten Free Options
800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-8222
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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5:00 pm - 8:00 pmAll hours
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
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Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

A taste of Vancouver meal was included in our tour of the gardens and it was just delicious. A taste of local red and white wine also came with the meal. The setting and atmosphere of the dining room was just lovely.

Thank catchfab
Reviewed September 20, 2016

During a dreadful day at the gardens (overwhelmed by far too many visitors) we were at least able to enjoy a tranquil - and very pleasant - meal on the restaurant balcony on the most lovely autumn day before returning again to the unfortunate and...More

1  Thank Iain L
Reviewed September 18, 2016

This restaurant is not opened for dinners all year around. Yet, it is among one of the best my wife and I have experienced; truly a fine dining restaurant. The menu offers a good selection and the taste and presentation is second to none. Despite...More

1  Thank HowardAB
Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

No finer setting to have lunch in on a pleasant day, service and meal selected were perfect. We are finding the Canadian wines superb😊

Thank Eddie T
Reviewed September 13, 2016

Went serval time for lunch when we visit Dutchart Gardens. I like the atmosphere and the thoughtful sevice. Sitting is comfort and romantic.

Thank Albert L
Reviewed September 12, 2016

We were served an exceptional Hight Tea. Really too much good food, we had to take away one plate of cakes to savour later on.

Thank Cliff M
Reviewed September 11, 2016

Loved the experience. My husband was able to order off of the lunch menu while I enjoyed a full afternoon tea. I planned our reservation as a rest from all the walking around. It was a perfect romantic spot that is also good for families....More

Thank Karmadoggie
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

The cafe, where we are lunch, has good food, service and seating (both indoor and outdoor). Were we allowed to bring our dogs into the patio to dine. We had a vegetable wrap and the yam feta salad -- both were very good and reasonably...More

Thank HadleyKatie
Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Summer is the best time to visit and explore the Beauty of The Butchart Gardens. It's truly breathtaking! One of the best displayed gardens Iv been to in the world. One must see! They also have Live music plays all summer. With a wide selection...More

Thank ninas992
Reviewed September 8, 2016

Our group had an enjoyable tea. Service was good and venue looking out over gardens on a rainy day was second to none.

Thank nkmunn
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June 19, 2017|
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Response from dnadler | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can customize it, they have multiple types of sandwiches and if you don't want one kind they will give you more of the other kinds.
April 20, 2017|
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Response from Cheryl M | Reviewed this property |
My husband and I booked the same day, at the Gardens. However, that wasn't at peak season. I would advise going to their website and making reservations.
Karen W
December 23, 2016|
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Response from HowardAB | Reviewed this property |
I am not aware of any dress code. You may want to call them for this. Sorry.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$24 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave, 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
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Open for High Tea only from January 7th to February 28th, 2017. Served from 12pm - 3pm. Reservations recommended. 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 during the Magic of Christmas season. 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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