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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

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800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-8222
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  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • 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 2 days ago

After touring the illuminated gardens and visiting the 12 days of Christmas we had a delicious dinner in their “magical” dining room. The service was excellent and it was a magical preChristmas dining experience.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kim T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our friends treated us to dinner and it was delicious. The have a varied menu and the ambience and service are outstanding.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Millertime2013
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had dinner at the dining room for the first time in many years and were very happy we went back. Our table was along the window overlooking the Japanese Garden, the view was very nice, not too bright but lit up for the Christmas...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 865bretts
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like your food artistic and your atmosphere welcoming then spend a little more and enjoy a meal here. We came during the Christmas light festival at Butchart Gardens and reserved a window seat. High ceilings, lots of windows and plenty of space around...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank RobertMJThompson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Neither my wife or I ever had high tea so we wanted to try it. They weren't that busy since it was a Thursday in November so we got seated immediately. The atmosphere was pleasant and they had 2 Christmas cactus that were full of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank TRbeer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting the Butchart Gardens and stopped for a lovely lunch. I was tasty and within reach price wise. Nice atmosphere with clean washrooms.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed 5 November 2018

On a recent visit to Butchart Gardens 2 of us decided to treat ourselves to their advertised High Tea. What a wonderful experience! The service was attentive but not intrusive. The tea selection was just right, and the tea quality was very high. The nibbles...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Knowwhatimesayin
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Two styles of service: English Tea and a more standard lunch.I would definately make reservations. We did not, but still had a very nice lunch on the outside porch. The English Tea looked lovely. A great mix of cultures enjoying themselves and the staff was...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jamie L
Reviewed 28 October 2018

We wanted to experience High Tea while in Victoria B.C. So many of the options were very expensive and did not offer a vegetarian version. It was delicious and reasonably priced. We sat outside a had a wonderful view of the gardens. A reservation is...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank islandcrazy
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

What a treat. We spent a couple of hours walking the gardens and then had the pure pleasure of dining right in the middle of the gardens...lunch was great...service was great and the wine list very good. After lunch...we continued to enjoy the gardens...great stop...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank johnlQ571ZJ
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Yes. Open Table allows for reservations at the main restaurant where tea is served.
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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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 22 - US$ 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 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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