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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

€€€€, , Vegetarian Friendly
800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-8222
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Canadian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had Tea at the Empress, which is iconic and lovely. Do it once in your life, certainly, if only to say you did. Next day, we had a full tea here, so we couldn’t help comparing the two experiences. Butchart won, handily. The food...More

Thank Rhoda B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are foodies and had one of the best meals we have ever experienced in the Fine Dining area of the Butchart Gardens.

Thank Jolyn M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While touring Burchart Gardens in April we decided to have a bite to eat. We decided on the Dining Room as we needed a respite from walking. Did we ever do the right thing! The dining room has a limited menu, depending on what is...More

Thank awlrr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and son came on a vacation trip and wanted to eat at the restaurant. The host told us there was no seating for three people and that the wait was 2 hours, not a huge deal. A foursome then approached us and I...More

1  Thank Jeremiah P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to this dining room many, many times because the food is always delicious whether it is lunch, high tea or dinner. The service is always excellent. The menu changes so that you get a variety throughout the year. The Cowichan Valley chicken...More

Thank barbe_f
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the calm, quaint atmosphere of tea in this dining room. Delicious sandwiches and sweets. Good variety of teas. Beautiful table setting with, of course, some fresh flowers on the table. Service was very good. Cost was less than at the Fairmont but an...More

Thank carol194863
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our server gave us some good advice on our tea choice, we sat at the outside balcony area and enjoyed what is a quintessential British favourite, try it, you will NOT be disappointed.Top Tip, You must book as soon as you arrive in the gardens...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What better way to compliment the most fabulous botanical garden ever than with a first class high tea in a Victorian mansion! We phoned ahead and our request for gluten free was deliciously accommodated. We were seated in a conservatory, surrounded by plants in beautiful...More

Thank Peytonsage
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made reservations for afternoon tea here and it was fabulous...one of my top five spots that I have been to around the world. I am gluten free and they were able to accommodate it. There is nothing nicer than relaxing with a friend over...More

Thank suzabella60
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always wanted to attend a tea party. Glad we got the chance to experience that at Butchart Gardens. Reservations would be nice but not necessary since we didn’t have any and we were a party of 5. We did an afternoon tea for 3 and...More

Thank Shawnee L
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Donna F
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Response from darrenesl | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Open Table allows for reservations at the main restaurant where tea is served.
14 December 2017|
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Response from Barbara C | Reviewed this property |
Business, casual should be fine, I don't think jeans and t-shirts would be appropriate, especially because of the clientele that enjoys dining there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$23 - US$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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
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
Located in the former Butchart residence, this cozy atmosphere is sure to complete your experience at The Butchart Gardens. See The Butchart Gardens' website for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended and required in many cases. Currently serving high tea in the afternoons.
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