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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

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800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-8222
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • 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 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the high tea while touring the gardens. The warm tarts and pastries were very filling and tasty. The sandwiches were moist and fresh. The chicken salad was my favorite. The scone was my favorite course. The rose tea was delicious. I would recommend....More

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our April 1 visit was probably a few weeks early given that many of the flowers and trees were just starting to bloom. We enjoyed a light lunch at this restaurant and were surprised by the high quality of the food and service. The potato...More

Thank filmdesk
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

From the hostess greeting us to the seating at a perfectly set table to our waitress explaining the menu, enjoying the Rose Lemonade accompanied with the AAA Rib-eye burger ...... the whole experience was to make a person feel like royalty. The dining room/tea room...More

Thank IslandPrairieGirl
Reviewed 2 February 2018

This is a theme restaurant with the different room having different themes. Amazing food. It is a bit expensive, but worth a try. Take your time. If you going here you must have enough time. Its a busy place but I would recommend this place.

Thank trinabhattacharya
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

A simply wonderful walk through the gardens to the original Butchart residence that is now a quintessential dining room with a welcoming fireplace overlooking the gorgeous landscaped gardens. The excellent menu created from 5 select dishes each served with wine to enhance the flavour. The...More

Thank Albert R
Reviewed 29 December 2017

What a beautiful old house, now the Dining Room. Our group of six enjoyed everything, although a couple thought it was just above average food, but I saw only empty plates. It's mostly about the special treat of Christmas Eve and the elegance of the...More

Thank Pat P
Reviewed 23 December 2017

We loved our high tea in the Dining Room. We booked our reservation online a few days in advance. Since we were coming from the States, being able to book online, and not have to make an international phone call, was extremely convenient. We were...More

1  Thank hallelujah81
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

22nd December 2017 went for Dinner in the dining room at Butchart Gardens before viewing the amazing Christmas lights display. Meal was served promptly and the starter was a tasty green salad followed by the main, which was nice and hot when served. The desert...More

Thank Eric Y
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Great food but a little bit pricey for a family,definitely a nice treat.We were all so happy and enjoyed ourselves.

Thank noral420
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

I love Christmas at Butchart Gardens, especially because having dinner in the Dining Room is such a wonderful experience. The food is absolutely delicious, the meal is impeccably served, and the ambience is simply beautiful. My dinner with two friends last Saturday night was so...More

Thank Kathryn-and-Rob
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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.
19 June 2017|
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Response from dnadler | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can customize it, they have multiple types of sandwiches and if you don't want one kind they will give you more of the other kinds.
21 April 2017|
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Response from Cheryl M | Reviewed this property |
My husband and I booked the same day, at the Gardens. However, that wasn't at peak season. I would advise going to their website and making reservations.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$39
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
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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