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The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC
The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room, Brentwood Bay, BC

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

4.7
4.7
4255 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Northwest
Enjoy the stunning floral display gardens, plus the restaurant's historic surroundings and contemporary, fresh local foods. Located in the original Butchart family residence, you can experience spectacular views of the Private Garden, the Italian Garden and Tod Inlet. Indulge in Afternoon Tea in our Spring and Summer seasons, or our High Tea which offers more warm savories from October through the winter months. Lunch and dinner are served seasonally with a strong presence of local sustainable ingredients. Choose from our award winning showcase of Vancouver Island wines. Enjoy adding to your awareness and appreciation of local grapes and vintners. Please note that admission to The Butchart Gardens is required in order to access The Dining Room Restaurant. Our current admission rates are at www.butchartgardens.com

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian
  • Hours of operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (250) 652-8222
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party contact
    groupres@butchartgardens.com: (250) 544-4478
  • Neighborhood
    Central Saanich
  • Cross street
    Wallace Drive
  • Parking details
    The Dining Room Restaurant is located within The Butchart Gardens, so admission to The Gardens is required. You will be guided to your complimentary parking spot.
  • Public transit
    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
  • Entertainment
    The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,255 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Ambiance

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Northwest

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Overall

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Food

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Service

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Ambiance

  • Vancouver Island

    Best Value

  • Vancouver Island

    Healthy

  • Vancouver Island

    Good for special occasions

  • Vancouver Island

    Most Booked

4,255 Reviews
  1. DennisA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The trifle was wonderful, the sandwiches good, the pastries although beautiful looking weren’t flavourful. Lovely server, lovely table.

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  2. NWWestie

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a delicious and memorable vegan afternoon tea. Everything was excellent- the food, tea, drinks, service and atmosphere. I highly recommend this special place it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

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  3. cheese4life

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was tasty, dining rooms were lovely. Would have been nice to be served in a finer China. Katia was a wonderful server. Patient and understanding with great recommendations.

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  4. HeatherW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    One of my guests had a citrus sensitivity. They tried hard to find something for her buthad very little. She was hungry afterwards. They were nice but wish they’d told us they weren’t going to charge for the full price of a tea(which was good of them, but during the tea I kept thinking I was going to pay $53 for a few bites of food for my guest.) Seated in a dark overflow room next to the kitchen. One wilted alstroemeria bloom in a small vase, no other flowers ; kind of a let down. Nice servers but all around disappointing experience.

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  5. JessicaN

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Butchart Gardens "The Dining Room" is a beautiful setting for high tea with friendly, professional service and delicious food! I went with my husband and son and we all had a fabulous experience. I loved that they have a gluten free high tea and a kids menu that allowed my son to enjoy a similar set-up as the adults. He couldn't stop raving about the lentil roll, cucumber sandwich, mini quiche and the desserts. The candied ginger scones with cream and jam were also a highlight. I highly recommend adding high tea at The Dining Room to your visit The Butchart Gardens. Make a reservation and request a window seat to look out onto the gardens.

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  6. Liezah

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was very excited about going to Butchart's Afternoon High Tea and it did not disappoint! The covered sunroom they had sat us in was so beautifully decorated. The ambiance was great. Very calming. The teas came piping hot and perfectly brewed. The food itself was amazing and elegantly curated. I loved how each sandwich was unique in terms of the flavor story. And each sandwich complimented the teas perfectly. I loved their pork roll and chicken salad sandwich The cakes were amazing! (The only thing that a bit too much for us was the chocolate torre. It was very dense and intensely chocolate! I recommend eating it in small bites and sipping tea in between). Overall, the experience was more than I expected. We loved it! We'll definitely go back again when we revisit Victoria.

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  7. VasiliosS

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service. Waitress was really nice and polite. We had to wait for our table for a while even though we had a reservation. Not happy about that. Everything else was great.

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  8. KenR

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tea and food was delicious. The service was exceptional. The gardens were stunning.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love eating here. The staff and food are amazing every time.

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  10. OnDaGo

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time at high tea. Our waitress was incredibly knowledgeable and very attentive. We had a perfect view of the gardens too. It was a magical day.

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  11. JessS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend! The food, tea & service was incredible and the ambience is incomparable

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  12. SusanB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We found our tea to be a relaxing, delightful and unhurried end to our garden tour. It’s always been a wonderful addition to our time at the gardens.

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  13. AllisonO

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably not for you if you don't like sweets but overall lovely experience.

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  14. JaneH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delightful experience. Would have enjoyed the ante room more than the large room but not able to book a specific table.

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  15. Tricia

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service with the servers explaining the menu and checking up on me during my time there. The food was delicious and the ambience was great.

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  16. PaulK

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Could not ask for a better experience. The service was excellent as well as the food. And how can you beat the views. We had on person who was gluten free (celiac) and they were able to partake of their special gluten free menu. Frankly, when we tasted the menu it was hard to tell the difference. It is always a wonderful experience having tea at Butchart Gardens. I will be going again and give it my highest recommendation.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was very accommodating to my dietary needs. They really made sure to not contaminate my desserts with any allergens.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing!!! The dining room was beautiful, high tea and the staff were incredible! We will definitely be back!!

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  19. RobertB

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Although I am not exactly the target audience for an English Tea room, I have to say that Butchart far exceeded any expectations! Although we have been to the Gardens many times over the last 4 decades, this is the first time that my wife suggested that we take “High Tea” before our stroll through the amazing gardens… And of course it proved to be a wonderful idea as I relished every bite and sip (we also had the 3-glass “taster” which paired with the food nicely)… I will absolutely be taking tea on our next visit!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent !! We had a wonderful tea party :) The rain didn’t even bother us because we had a cup of delicious hot tea

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  21. Shob

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We came here for High Tea and were seated in the solarium area, which offered a delightful ambiance, especially on the rainy day. While the savory options were delicious, the desserts fell a bit short. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time overall and enjoyed most of the food. We'll definitely be returning for another visit.

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  22. HarveyH

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A true gem that shouldn’t be missed when visiting the Garden. Make your reservations as early as possible.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was hosting two friends from Australia and we all absolutely loved the afternoon tea experience. Booking was straight forward and when I needed to adjust our reservation so to our plans the staff was friendly and accommodating. We sat in the sunroom and it was chilly outside, but the sun streaming in during our team was amazing. Our stroll around the grounds was relaxing and beautiful. My only suggestion was if someone was coming in for the tea, offer a package deal so entry was not the full price. Still a five star experience and one I would recommend to to others

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  24. LynneW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a delightful place to have High Tea with girlfriends. Exceptional service, great ambiance, tasty treats.

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  25. PaternaD

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best high tea in Victoria without paying a fortune. And the Butchart Gardens are the best attraction in Victoria, so a win win

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  26. CORINNEP

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love coming here for tea. Do it at least twice a year 😃

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  27. Thelma

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful setting for any celebration or anytime treat. The high tea features beautifully presented savouries, sandwiches and desserts, plus trifle and their ab fab signature scone, accompanied by generous pots of tea, always hot thanks to the insulated pots.

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  28. DanielleA

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Allergies were easily accommodated, service and food could not be faulted. It was the kind of experience we were hoping for.

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  29. DebbieI

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambience and excellent food. 10% off if you have an annual pass.

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  30. Mariannea

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate a birthday. They gave us a beautiful table at the window. The food and tea were amazing. They were able to accommodate multiple dietary issues. Highly recommend. The gardens were beautiful.

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  31. joanh

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place with very good food. I would recomend it to anyone. The service was good and girls friendly. The kitchen was véry helpful in providing special food for one of our group who has food alergies.

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  32. FaryonC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was top rate! In my opinion, it’s best best High Tea on the island.

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  33. Cubanlil63

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best gluten free tea of any I’ve ever had! The server was lovely, checked for allergies, explained what was on the tower and made sure our teapots were filled with hot water regularly. The dining room is beautiful and quiet, which lends itself for conversation and our table had a lovely view. We had such a lovely time!

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  34. Fleur

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic high tea at the Butchart Gardens dining room. My husband can't eat gluten (celiac disease) and the chef produced a superb gluten-free tea for him. It had all the same goodies as the wheat version except for one small savory item. Unbelievably good gluten-free bread, pie crust, cakes, and puff pastry!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The mini sandwiches for the Gluten Free High Tea had non existent filling, which equated to a tasteless experience. Very disappointing for a $50 per person experience.

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  36. Jessica

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tea at the Butchart is always spectacular. They are so accommodating and the food delicious. We go for tea at least once a year and always come away as a great experience.

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  37. SharonP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely high tea. I had gluten free and my husband dairy free. It is a bit on the expensive side. I do appreciate how quiet and pretty the surroundings are. Our server Natalie was just great!

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  38. JasonW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pilar was our server. She had a great attitude and was warm and hospitable. She definitely made our experience very special by taking photos of and with us and by explaining the food and teas very well. We would very much like to return and we hope that others have a similar experience. You should give Pilar a raise and definitely share this with her and the rest of your staff! Annelise and Jason

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was such a fun and novel experience! The gluten free food was divine and I loved the tea. Highly recommend.

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  40. BrittM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was amazing and super kind. The food itself was really bland and underwhelming. The sandwiches were soggy and hardly any filling. The desserts were overall sweet and lacked flavor. I honestly was in tears when we left because I felt like I wasted over $100 for nothing. To add onto it, there was birthday part for a 3 year old sitting next to us. So what was supposed to be a romantic afternoon tea for our anniversary felt more like a kids place. It was loud and multiple times at least one kid was getting out of their seat. Overall I will never go back for high tea or take family members to it. It was horrible. Save your money and go the Fairmont instead. Again this all has to do with food and ambience. Our waiter was a gem and she was so kind. I didn’t tell her how unsatisfied we were because there was literally nothing she could have done to help.

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FAQs

The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room is rated 4.7 stars by 4255 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 47 times today
Google Map for The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room

800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Wallace Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Central Saanich
  • Hours of operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, Afternoon Tea, Canadian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The Dining Room Restaurant is located within The Butchart Gardens, so admission to The Gardens is required. You will be guided to your complimentary parking spot.
  • Public transit
    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
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    The Butchart Gardens Summer Entertainment Calendar can be found at http://www.butchartgardens.com/
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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