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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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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • 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 31 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful setting! Excellent high tea. Great service! Do this (thank me later)! Be sure to reserve in advance.

Thank BigJNK
Reviewed 24 October 2017

I had Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room at the Butchart Gardens, and it was a wonderful experience all around. The dining room itself has a relaxed atmosphere with light classical music playing. Depending where one sits, views outside the windows can be of the...More

Thank srelei
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Surprisingly good - was not expecting the food to be that good! First impression when you walk in is an upscale cafeteria but it actually turned out great. Quick delicious food and local beers and wines. Had some sandwiches and beers and we were ready...More

Thank LivinGreat808
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

If you get a chance to have a high tea whilst in the gardens you definitely will enjoy the experience. The restaurant overlooks the Italian garden and has a charming old world atmosphere. We were delighted with the delicious cakes and sandwiches not to mention...More

Thank Bruce C
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We were on a tour and this restaurant was the choice for our last dinner as a group. What a choice - service was great, friendly staff and the food was more than I expected. I would recommend this restaurant to finish off a late...More

Thank Alanna52
Reviewed 26 September 2017

A lovely restaurant in a lovely setting. The rooms all allow you to enjoy beautiful views of flowers outside. The service is very professional. The food is perfect. What a treat.

Thank 100db
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Had a delicious afternoon tea in this delightful restaurant overlooking the beautiful gardens. The staff were very attentive

Thank Emma W
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We made the mistake of buying the afternoon tea for 2 people,it was too much food. What we should have done, is buy for one and pay for an extra tea.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Had afternoon tea a few days ago and it was Devine. Selection was amazing and food delicious . Well recommend!

Thank Allyson E
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Surrounded by the gorgeous gardens. Lovely place to relax. A bit of a formal atmosphere. Expensive. A salad and cup of tea was not to bad for price.

Thank Eleanor E
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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.
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.
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
USD 24 - USD 40
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
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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