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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

) #1 of 25 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 good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
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Reviewed April 1, 2017

We've done it before and had to repeat - that good. We had high tea with all the sandwiches and wonderful tea. Sat looking out at the rose garden and had a wonderful time. Reserve in advance for a bit of advantage in the queue...More

Thank O2730CLdaniels
Reviewed March 30, 2017

The menu was not particularly unusual but the food was excellent in execution. The entrance/lunch special was a good deal. ON a cold and rainy day, all the fireplaces were going so it was very cozy. We were sorry when lunch was over and we...More

Thank lpsh
Reviewed March 25, 2017 via mobile

A lovely place to experience afternoon tea! Delicious dining in an elegant setting! Completed the garden experience!

Thank Melissa W
Reviewed March 7, 2017

If you have not been to the Dining Room at the Gardens, you are truly in for a treat!! The menu utilizes as much locally produced fare as possible for a wonderful dining experience and service that is truly world-class. The portion sizes are just...More

Thank RonCawthra
Reviewed March 4, 2017

The service was amazing, even the Executive Chef Travis was out explaining our delicious courses and asking if we enjoyed each dish. Phyllis was our main server, she was terrific along with the rest of the staff. The menu was fun and most important super...More

Thank Irishgirl56
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

Without a doubt, dinner here is always exceptional. Food, service, table setting, atmosphere, and ambiance, is guaranteed to be a 5-Star experience. We were here for the Christmas season experience with my parents and it was such a special evening. We booked again for Christmas...More

Thank Kathryn-and-Rob
Reviewed February 23, 2017

The restaurant is great but you may want to reserve. It is cozy and well staffed. The food (burger) is great! We love to have the hot chocolate! It is always pleasant to sit and chat after a walk through the gardens.

Thank TravelSpirit19
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Anything you need at this place you get what ever you need. Lots of views to see and educational place as well. Great food and drinks. Recommend this to anyone to go and visit

Thank rottielover33
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Cafeteria style restaurant with a good variety of food, wine and beer, children sized meals. Relaxed atmosphere so good for kids.

Thank susanjpitt
Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

We used a large part of our Butchart Gardens tour time to enjoy the most fabulous tea here. It was totally worth it! I had inquired prior to our visit by email regarding their vegetarian tea. A time was reserved for us based on our...More

Thank Elizabeth W
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I am attending the afternoon tea with my 2 children. Do you know if you can customize the tea trays at all? I do not eat fish, and my children will not eat egg salad. I have emailed Butchart Gardens and they haven't responded to my request. We are still going to go (my daughter is beyond excited to dress up and go to a real tea party), but I will make sure they have a small snack before if they won't eat some of the sandwiches.
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.
Where can I book
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
What is the dress code for dinner at the dining rom at Butchart Gardens? Thanks.
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
$23 - $38
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, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
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
  • E-mail
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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