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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.8
4.8
4069 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Northwest
Enjoy the stunning floral display gardens, plus the restaurant's historic surroundings and contemporary, fresh local foods. Located in the original Butchart family residence, you can experience spectacular views of the Private Garden, the Italian Garden and Tod Inlet. Indulge in Afternoon Tea in our Spring and Summer seasons, or our High Tea which offers more warm savories from October through the winter months. Lunch and dinner are served seasonally with a strong presence of local sustainable ingredients. Choose from our award winning showcase of Vancouver Island wines. Enjoy adding to your awareness and appreciation of local grapes and vintners. Please note that admission to The Butchart Gardens is required in order to access The Dining Room Restaurant. Our current admission rates are at www.butchartgardens.com

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian
  • Hours of operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (250) 652-8222
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Travis Hansen
  • Private party contact
    groupres@butchartgardens.com: (250) 544-4478
  • Neighborhood
    Central Saanich
  • Cross street
    Wallace Drive
  • Parking details
    The Dining Room Restaurant is located within The Butchart Gardens, so admission to The Gardens is required. You will be guided to your complimentary parking spot.
  • Public 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
  • Entertainment
    The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,069 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Northwest

  • Vancouver Island

    Most Booked

4,069 Reviews
  1. AmandaC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Butchart Gardens is beautiful. We have gone many times over the years and it never disappoints. This is the first year we have done the high tea as it’s quite expensive, especially when it’s not included or discounted with entrance. The food was yummy and the service was exceptional. Wish we could have tried more than one tea. They really catered to allergies.

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  2. joank

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Butchart Gardens Tea room was a fantastic experience! Loved the professional service and delightful food. The ambience is perfect to enjoy a relaxing feast of “high tea” in a Victorian setting.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely and delightful best describe this experience. We spent a couple of hours exploring the garden and then enjoyed the beautiful tea room.

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  4. Olivia

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our High Tea was absolutely lovely. The tea was delectable, the savories and sweets were unique and delicious, the ambience was lovely (great classical music playing softly in the background!) and it was decorated for Christmas.

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  5. PatT

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience. All the food was great but I really enjoyed the tuna and salmon.

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  6. BruceGreatRetirement

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Among high teas in Victoria, BC I like this one the best. It would be even better if there were gentle, live piano in the background, and a fire in a fireplace.

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  7. JoSp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. My husband, daughter and I had high tea. Our daughter had the vegan option. Everything from our server to the food and ambience was nothing short of amazing. You dont want to miss this when in Victoria. The gardens and grounds are simply beautiful.

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  8. RyanP

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely fantastic time for my wife's birthday. Our server Isabela was so nice and friendly, the food was great, the atmosphere was so inviting and exciting.

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  9. JohnV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely afernoon, fine food, and a cordial waitress. Wonderful to relax and make your way through a lovely meal.

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  10. JLowPDX

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was delightful in every way. As a gluten free vegetarian, usually I just make do with what is served. All my dietary restrictions were beautifully accommodated and my daughter’s “regular” tea was delicious (said she).. just wonderful.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful walk around the gardens followed by a fabulous lunch. Service was fantastic, highly recommend!

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  12. GailK

    Manitoba

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice experience. Pleasant environment for high tea.

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  13. MarcA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the loveliest, extraordinary, sublime high tea I have ever had in my life. The food was superb. The view of the gardens were enchanting. A perfect way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent. The food was delicious and the ambience and view was gorgeous . Highly recommend. Best vegetarian night tea available.

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  15. DavidB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent server. We couldn't eat it all - took leftovers back to hotel & enjoyed later. Good selection of tastes and flavors.

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  16. Colibri

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Disappointing experience as the food (vegetarian afternoon tea) was not at the top of freshness - except for the small quiches. Pastry was just ok. The service felt like :" hurry up your time is over", although we arrived at 3oc' as indicated on your web site. The doggie box was negligently dropped ob the table just like 'by the way' it's there'. First time in our many times over the years at the Restaurant that our experience was negative. Because of that, I would suggest a "may be" instead of just a Yes or No recommendation. Or 'Yes but improvement needed '.

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  17. Cath

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch included a lovely selection of hot and cold sandwiches, a full pot of tea, tasty sweet treats in a sun- drenched room. Our server, Leah was so attentive and willing to chat with my elderly parents, allowing them to feel listened to. I believe the value of the high tea experience to exceed that is the Empire, both in value and ambience. I look forward to the next time I am able at attend!

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  18. HowardL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a lovely place for High Tea. I preferred it to High Tea at The Empress. Walking the grounds after tea made for a delightful day.

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  19. BronwynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated in the old conservatory which was delightful. They are very generous with the amount of tea but the food is deceptively filling so we weren’t able to take full advantage. Would definitely go again.

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  20. Alicia

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea at Butchart with my daughter's, international student and my husband. It was our students first high tea and she was quite impressed. My girls loved the tea and the restaurant accommodated our requests which was much appreciated. I will return.

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  21. Lina

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good experience, request a seat in the 'green room'.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Everything tasted delicious! The server was friendly and attentive.

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  23. Teatime

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Butchart has returned to its pre-Covid glory! Everything was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented and served.

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  24. AdrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely recommend having the cream tea. It was thoroughly enjoyable experience! Bouchart Gardens always seem to get the little details right and this was no different. Exactly what I expected. Much appreciated!

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  25. KatieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Renee, our server, was friendly and very knowledgeable. The food was excellent - and the tea was wonderful too. A perfect pairing w the Butchart Gardens.

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  26. VirginiaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Butchart Gardens high tea service offers a hidden gem for Victoria residents and visitors alike. My companion and I loved the food, the vegan option (be sure to order ahead), the price, and our server Pascal's kind attention to our dining experience.

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  27. JP62

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favourite places to take visitors to Vancouver Island or to celebrate a special occasion. It is expensive when you also add the cost of admission to the gardens but the quality of the experience makes it memorable. A yearly membership which pays for itself after two visits and the additional 10% discount on food and gift shop purchases helps to keep costs down.

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  28. NikyT

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our hostess asked us if we would like to wait for a table at one of the beautiful windows overlooking the garden and we said Absolutely! It made our first tea experience even more special. We enjoyed the delicious sandwiches, scones, desert and the exquisite trifle! We loved the anniversary blend of black and green teas and we even tried the wine pairing and it matched very well. We had a wonderful time and will cherish the memory always.

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  29. ShuchiJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    super duper fun and cute vibes definitely reserve beforehand! going at opening is a whole different experience and way more fresh!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Ambiance was beautiful, furniture and background music. We were seated at one of the window tables. We had a lovely view. Service was wonderful and there was lots of goodies leftover to take home.

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  31. MarilynB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    High tea was delicious and the service impeccable.

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  32. RickS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful setting and great service High Tea is not intended to be a meal but a lovely tea time on a special occasion

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  33. KHeaven

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    This was our second tea on the Island for our trip. Our first was Huntington Manner Tea House, that gets a 5/5. As we had something to compare to, this experience was just ok. The atmosphere is divine, the service was good, the options for tea was lacking and the food was far less than I expected, especially for the price. I felt the tea pots, cups and plates were dull and needed a more vintage feel. Overall, go for the experience not for the food.

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  34. THYGrace

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very nice place to visit and the varieties are good!

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  35. BlytheL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute delight! Delicious, beautifully served and charming service. Looking forward to coming again!

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  36. KathrynC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! Would highly recommend it. We ordered gluten free and it was delicious!

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  37. Sohas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They accommodated my request for a great view table. Everything was excellent, especially the service. Would love to visit again.

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  38. Bella

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Made a reservation a month ahead of time, table wasn’t ready upon arrival. We were placed at the best table with a view, which was awesome. But the service was slow. It took 35 mins to receive our tea after sitting down. The food was ok, could have had more filling in between the bread. The wine pairings were good. The ambience declined when a family with a baby was sat next to us, which is not the restaurant’s fault. But it had an effect on our experience. It seemed other tables were served much quicker than us. Maybe there was a shift change? The gardens were magnificent. Thank you for the experience. Cheers.

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  39. LornaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    You always take a chance when you order gluten free and they just don't have their gluten free game on yet. Experience was A+. GF high tea was just meh.

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  40. Foyle

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place, great experience, good people, wonderful food, tremendous history.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room is rated 4.8 stars by 4069 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Wallace Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Central Saanich
  • Hours of operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The Dining Room Restaurant is located within The Butchart Gardens, so admission to The Gardens is required. You will be guided to your complimentary parking spot.
  • Public 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
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Travis Hansen
  • Entertainment
    The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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