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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

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800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada (Wallace Drive)
+1 250-652-8222
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17:00 - 20:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Tea was lovely from the very minute we were seated. Loved that we were in an atrium of sorts. Tiers full of finger sandwiches, scones and sweets. Perfection.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Holiday Season is not quite over until the Butchart Gardens shuts down it's extravagant Christmas display. Following an after dark tour of the Gardens, singing a verse of the Twelve Days of Christmas at each appropriate display, and after a spin on the Rose Carousel, we tucked ourselves in from the cold at The Dining Room. The hostess relieved... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh. My. Goodness. We began our Christmas lights adventure by arriving mid-afternoon for tea. It was a great tea with several creatively different elements that are not on the menu at other times of the year. Our service was excellent and the ambience just right. We were asked about food allergies and graciously offered an unexpected substitution. My only suggestion... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Victoria around Christmas time go to Buchart Gardens to see the amazing lights, then have dinner in the dining room ,we had steaks & the meal was excellent , best Christmas Eve in a long time. Make sure to make a reservation early because they fill up fast. I did mine in October & I would... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My party of eight from the UK and Australia were so looking forward to their special Christmas dinner (on Christmas day) and were prepared to pay the large price tag for the pleasure of having the work done for them. Unfortunately we were left feeling ripped off. There was little or no ambiance in our dark corner and mediocre service.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here after viewing the holiday lights and what a special evening it was! The gardens are beautiful, but dinner made the evening extra special. The dining room is beautiful and was tastefully decorated for the holidays, and the pianist played lovely music. Service was friendly and the food outstanding. The onion soup was great, the lamb chops... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

kids friendly! accessible for people to dine during a day visit in the garden. food is good.... recommended!

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food, ambiance and service are excellent. It is a bonus finding such a restaurant inside the gardens.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved our food, especially the Christmas pudding dessert. Lovely Victorian dining room. Reservations recommended.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner for 8 at The Dining Room was a fantastic experience. The food was excellent albeit a bit pricey. The 12oz Rib Eye was tender as butter and cooked perfectly (the best steak I've eaten in Victoria). The Mushroom Bisque delicious, the Pork Chop excellent and tender and the Gnocchi tasty and flavorful. A great evening with very good service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 23 - US$ 38
Cuisine
Canadian, Contemporary
Meals
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, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 20:00
Monday
17:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 20:00
Thursday
17:00 - 20:00
Friday
17:00 - 20:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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