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“Special Evening”

The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $38
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
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.
victoria
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Special Evening”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is a unique little known gem located over looking the Italian garden portion of Butchart Gardens. In the warm months ask for a deck seating. wonderful relaxed professional friendly service, interesting food presentation. My wife and I ate a seafood appy with salad , local chicken and a tenderloin, interesting veggy combinations, all prepared to perfection.Topped with a lemon rubarb dessert. completeing the evening off in the summer months starting at 7:30 is live music with varying types being featured each evening. Last evening was a wonderful swing band and female soloist with guests invited on stage to dance the evening away ! Owe, if you happened to be there on a Saturday evening in the summer, fabulous fireworks at dark !

  • Visited August 2014
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Auckland
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cafe style”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very good,but more of acafe style,plenty to choose from.
Staff also very friendly.You should eat after looking aroud the
Gardens.

Visited July 2014
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Danville, California
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“Gorgeous Gardens, disappointing dinner”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

The dining room is a great spot, but the food did not measure up to the location. The gardens are magnificent, and the restaurant is in a corner of the Butchart's historic home. Dishes need improving.

Visited August 2014
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Thank DJ D
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Huntsville, Alabama
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“Deletable treats and tea amongst beautiful gardens”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you have the opportunity to have tea and delectable treats among beautiful flowers in the garden, all while sitting outside on their porch - why would you say no? I found this to be significantly less pretentious than the Empress and a much better value! We had their last afternoon reservation on a Saturday and found it to be quiet and relaxing. There was nothing like sitting outside, in the shade, watching all the visitors, viewing the flowers, and noshing on various treats. It was a little hot for tea but I'd still do it all over again.

  • Visited August 2014
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“A dining room in a tourist attraction?????”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

We went to the gardens and were not disappointed in any way. Lovely to breathtaking at every step. Now it is time for dinner. Well, there is a dining room. Don't expect much, but that is OK. Lovely spot, probably passable food. Boy, were we wrong!

We had 5 dishes in the course of the evening, each better than the last. Have the Scallop appetizer for sure, One of the most beautiful plates I have ever seen, and tasted even better. The potato cheddar soup was perfect, with really fine aged cheddar, and not heavy. The tuna salad was maybe the best salad mix imaginable, and the romaine salad was every bit as good. The service staff was informed, happy and eager to make evening perfect.

Very solid wine list, and beautiful desserts, too. All in all, quite a treat.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank tenmiletom
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