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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-8222
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“quiche” (18 reviews)
“scones” (15 reviews)
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Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The dining room at Butchart Gardens is, perhaps surprising for a "tourist attraction", excellent. Professional servers, linen table cloths, and a tasty well prepared upscale menu in a fine dining room make this an exceptional eating experience (particularly at dusk or in the evening). Enjoy!!...More

Thank Louis P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took my mum there during our recent visit to Butchart Garden. We had excellent service. I enjoyed my truffle quiche but the clam pasta according to my mum was a bit bland. My husband had the same and noted there were few clams in...More

Thank Pat L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We came down from our room and forgot to make reservations yet they accommodated us and we had a great view of the ocean while enjoying our delightful dinner and wine. Our server was charming too and chatted with us for a little bit and...More

Thank AndreluzG
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had already planned on going to the Butchart Gardens and we knew we wanted to experience high tea somewhere, and we had seen that this restaurant in the gardens offered that, along with a regular lunch menu. We weren't sure what to expect, but...More

Thank Michele H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for lunch with visitors to the Peninsula. We all had season's tickets to Butchart's Gardens so we didn't have to pay the $30 each for entry to the gardens. (That would have made it an expensive lunch!) The lunch menu was quite limited -...More

Thank yonze
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Afternoon Tea in The Dining Room at The Butchart Gardens was really lovely. It included a pot of tea from a choice of various teas (I chose my favorite Earl Grey, but there are about 9 or 10 options including black teas, green teas, and...More

1  Thank Lynda V
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This appears to be an excellent example of Victorian residential architecture conceived and realized at a high level; now converted to a very delightful, well-appointed and comfortable venue for dining, and staffed throughout with personnel whose mission is to serve great food, as chosen from...More

Thank Jerry H
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Friendly waiter, wonderful solarium part of the restaurant we sat in for tea. I would have preferred the plain scones rather that the ginger ones. Ask for more jam and cream also. Sandwiches were nice and just enough. Sweets always good. The Kir Royale goes...More

Thank pryan310
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We have visited the Dining Room Restaurant on several occasions for Afternoon tea and this was our second lunch experience. We were disappointed with the limited choice of dishes on the Spring menu but the food was well presented and the service was good. Main...More

Thank Jackie P
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We had the English High Tea. From the menu: "English trifle, Signature house scone, Traditional savoury sandwiches and delicacies, and Sweets." Wines also offered. All were prepared to perfection, as to fresh ingredients, great recipes, fantastic presentation, and friendly, professional service as a bonus. If...More

Thank PC K
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Where can I book
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.
Karen W
What is the dress code for dinner at the dining rom at Butchart Gardens? Thanks.
24 December 2016|
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Response from HowardAB | Reviewed this property |
I am not aware of any dress code. You may want to call them for this. Sorry.
Are the reservations the same for Afternoon Tea and Lunch? Can't find anything that seems to be for tea only. Are both in the same formal dining area?
8 July 2016|
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Response from TBGSocialMedia | Property representative |
Hello, lunch and tea are both served in the Dining Room Restaurant and you don't need to indicate which you would prefer, but it is always appreciated. Please note, we do not reserve tables on the veranda however you can... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 22 - USD 37
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
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
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.