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“Delicious local food in an elegant atmosphere.”

The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens
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Price range: $25 - $41
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Reviewed August 4, 2013

The service was first-class, the food delicious and the wine list quite decent. All in all, a very enjoyable place to have a night out with friend after visiting the gardens.

Thank Doochie41
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

For a tourist attraction like Buchart Gardens and with the thousands of people going thru, they do a great job with service and food preparation

Thank Mickey S
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

My aunt and I were visiting the gardens and feeling a bit peckish we decided to drop by "the dining room" for tea before strolling the gardens.
The place was a bit busy, but even without calling ahead we only had about a 15 minute wait for a table on the veranda. The staff were all very friendly and extremely accomodating. My camera battery had died and when Imentioned it to the hostess she suggested I leave it to charge while we ate. Good thing I had my charger!!
The tea selection is small, but excellent.
The food was tasty and more than filling. Sadly the ginger scones were a bit tough, and the egg salad sandwich was a bit bland. Otherwise, the food was excellent.
We were both too full to finish all the sweets so we had them boxed to enjoy later.
Tea for 2 came to 65 CAD including tax, so overall we were pleased with the price.
We have enjoyed tea all over the world and while each tearoom has its own character this one was charming and definitely deserves a repeat visit.

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Thank MrChristopherJames
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We visited Buchart yesterday and truly enjoyed our afternoon tea in The Dining Room. The service was extremely professional-attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. We had a beautiful view of the gardens from our table and the restaurant was quiet and we were easily able to have a conversation. It was nice to be able to order from either the tea menu or the full service lunch menu as half of our group did not want tea and the other half did. Pleased everyone! Perfect ending to a beautiful visit to the gardens.

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Thank ncaldisneyfan
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

My husband and I have been to Butchart Gardens outside Victoria many times. This time, I decided we should have afternoon tea in The Dining Room. It was a great decision. We had the latest (3 p.m.) reservation time, so that we could walk through the Sunken Garden first. We didn't realize that we could reserve a table on the covered patio overlooking the Italian Garden and the Rose Garden (that's for next time!). But the inside is lovely, with big windows so you can people- or plant-watch. You have a choice of several teas (we got Teaberry and English Breakfast - both excellent). The tea tower had many savoury items and sweets. The very best were the German sausage roll with mustard, the candied ginger scone, and the incredible truffle. Everything was wonderful, and the service was outstanding. We ordered the Okanagan wine flight (3 wines) to share with our food, and they were delicious as well. The server took the time to explain everything on the tower, and to tell us about the wines (and which wine paired with which foods). When we couldn't finish our entire pot of tea, our server gave us the rest in a cup to take as we walked around the gardens. This afternoon tea was a real treat! It will be our new tradition when visiting Victoria.

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Thank ONuallin85
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