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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

) #1 of 25 Restaurants in Central Saanich $$$$ , , Gluten Free Options
800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-8222
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“quiche” (19 reviews)
“scones” (27 reviews)
“turnover” (6 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 yesterday

White table cloths, low noise level (except for one loud talker!!),views of the gardens and lovely potted plants made for a relaxing and first class experience. Oh, did I forget to mention the food? We were there for dinner and can say it is excellent,...More

Thank txcrusr
Reviewed 3 days ago

I've had HIGH TEA at the Empress Hotel several times and have always enjoyed it. But on this visit to Victoria, when I checked the price at the Empress I was shocked to find that it is now $75 + 5% tax! I balked at...More

Thank Dale H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had tea, sandwiches & dessert at the garden restaurant. FABULOUS! Much more than I expected & delightful! The Butchart Gardens are BEAUTIFUL & if you can DO NO MISS THEM! Lovely gift shop as well. A trip worth taking.

1  Thank Joy A
Reviewed 4 days ago

Butchart Gardens has a summer admission and dining package. Utilize the package. The Dining Room Restaurant is a good fine dining locale in a beautiful setting. The service was prompt, courteous, and professional. The wait staff allows you to dine and not just eat. Allow...More

Thank HeeNalu1969
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had afternoon tea in The Dining Room. It is clearly one of the best on the island and the servers are friendly and attentive.

Thank KonajoeCalifornia
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Dining Room Restaurant overlooks the private garden and rose garden; on a warm day, the covered porch is the best place to be. Two menus are offered: the Lunch menu has some typical choices (burger, club sandwich, quiche), so we opted for afternoon tea....More

Thank Virginia_Elizabeth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made a reservation to eat lunch here while visiting the gardens. The waitress was very nice and knowledgeable about the menu. We chose lunch instead of tea thinking it would be quicker. Wrong decision. The tea would've been quicker. Food took a long time...More

1  Thank Cajunexplorers
Reviewed 1 week ago

After walking amidst the beautiful flowers in Butchart Gardens lunching in the Dining Room Restaurant is another wonderful highlight! The restaurant is absolutely lovely - sitting outside or near a window inside with the colorful flowerbeds in sight and enjoying the tasty fare - what...More

Thank Ulriketravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the afternoon tea and it is amazing. It started with a trifle and then there were scones, sandwiches including saugage on croissants, dessert cakes, and tea. All were fresh and delish and made from scratch.

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I saw the menu at this restaurant, I was unsure whether we had made the right decision. (I did not recognize the names of the entrées. LOL.) I ordered the salmon turnover, and it was beyond delicious. The entire family had the same reaction...More

Thank ajollygal
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I am attending the afternoon tea with my 2 children. Do you know if you can customize the tea trays at all? I do not eat fish, and my children will not eat egg salad. I have emailed Butchart Gardens and they haven't responded to my request. We are still going to go (my daughter is beyond excited to dress up and go to a real tea party), but I will make sure they have a small snack before if they won't eat some of the sandwiches.
20 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.
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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 23 - USD 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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, View
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.
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