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“Excellent early Dinner” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $37
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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: 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.
Northern CA
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“Excellent early Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

We were visiting Buchart Gardens in the early afternoon. We stopped at the information desk and made reservations for a 5 PM dinner. We were pleasantly surprised.

We were seated on the outside porch/lanai. We had an excellent server who could answer our questions, was friendly, and superb at her job. When we ordered a seafood appetizer to share, she suggested that we add an additional scallop for our party of four at a minimal cost. The seafood appetizer was not only lovely to look at, but extremely tasty. It had sea scallops, cooked to perfection, crab cakes, and a salmon roll.

The salmon main dish was excellent. The rib eye steak (which tasted like an outstanding fillet) and shrimp was a positive take a surf and turf. After dinner, desserts and ice wines were fabulous.

Of course, the view over the rose garden was tremendous. Just when we thought that it could not get any better, we heard big band music being played at their bandstand. After dinner, we strolled over to the bandstand to listen to big band music and watch couples dance for about an hour.

We found this dinner experience to be a much better value than tea at the site or at the Empress. We will definitely return on our next visit.

  • Visited August 2012
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“A Wonderful and Relaxing Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

They serve both lunch and high tea here in the dining room which is an elegant and relaxing environment after walking through the gardens. A group of 5 of us (all adults) had a wonderful lunch here. The mushroom soup, crab cakes and smoked salmon appetizers were particularly delicious.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“The Porch with a Floral View”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

About 10 years ago I'd had a memorable meal on the porch of The Dining Room at the fabulous Butchart Gardens. So, I made a reservation for 1:30 pm stating we three wanted to sit on the lovely covered porch. We ended up waiting an hour and they proceeded to seat us inside the dining room which has no AC and was very warm. I mentioned to the hostess I'd requested the porch and she said nothing was available. I pointed out there was a table empty ready to be reset. So we waited again but were finally seated on the cooler porch for lunch.

Our server was pleasant and friends ordered wild fresh salmon and I ordered the hamburger and fries with homemade ketchup. Food was long in coming. When it did, both salmons were extremely salty. When asked how the food was, we were honest and they wanted to redo the salmon which returned as it should be. My hamburger was good, the fries unremarkable and it turned out that they'd not given me the homemade ketchup.

Would I eat there again? Probably, for two reasons: the lovely floral atmosphere outside on the porch... and to give them another chance. Among the beautiful flowers it would be hard to spoil the day.

Visited July 2012
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“Afternoon tea was enjoyable. Lunch off the regular menu was better!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

We went for afternoon tea. We had hoped for a window table since we reserved in advance, but one wasn't available. Our server was friendly. The tea sandwiches and desserts were above average. The tea selection was good. Our son ordered off the regular lunch menu and had a delicious caesar salad and amazing baked crab mac and cheese. I give the restaurant a four rating rather than a three based on his lunch. The rest of us wished we would have ordered off the regular lunch menu as well. There were several options that sounded very yummy!

If you've had afternoon or high tea somewhere before, order off the regular lunch menu. If you're looking for the experience of afternoon tea, then you'll enjoy it here.

  • Visited August 2012
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“Overpriced average food with great scenery.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

We went to this resteraunt because it was rated in the top 3 in Victoria.
The hostess at the desk was extremely rude and abrupt clearly she did not enjoy her job! It was a lovely day out had reservations and requested outdoor seeting which was clearly available. She said in a huff that she already made the seeting assignments and I said I could clearly see many open outdoor tables and we wanted one of them.! She said she would see . 15 later we were seated outside in one of the many vacant outdoor tables! She asked us if we realized that there would be son out there? Yes we were aware.
I ordered the steak and shrimp and it was average at best steak had no flavor and 4 shrimp were tiny. Mashed potatoes with veggies mixed in was the best part of meal! My sister had sturgeon it was sort of bland.
For 100$ plus gratuity no where near the value. Look for another resteraunt for better value taste and service although our waiter Brett ? Was great!

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