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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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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • 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 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
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

A lovely tea with friendly service in a beautiful setting. I am not sure why they start with the trifle before the savoury sandwiches. The selection of savouries and cakes was good although neither my wife nor I could eat the sausage rolls. Plenty to...More

Thank MandECGreyGappers
Reviewed 14 September 2017

The service was excellent. We had a delicious lunch with cocktails after we strolled through the rose garden.

Thank bordercollies4
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Our group of ten sorority sisters from 50 years ago (!) thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea--the food, the service, the ambiance, and the price. Not only were there many more choices among the sandwiches and desserts, but the price was about half that of the...More

Thank AAUWGal
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Wow is the best word to describe such a lovely place! It is so special to have a lunch (or a afternoon tea) seated by the porch, looking throughout the gardens... the service is impeccable, the staff always willing to help with a such smile...More

Thank Camila M
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Group of 50 had a buffet lunch in the dining room at Butchart gardens. It consisted of multiple entrées, salads, and excellent deserts. The entrées and salads were in theme with the gardens. While the weather was warm outside seating in the restaurant was pleasant...More

Thank William K
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

We had reservations through Open Table. Ate lunch there. I had a fettucine with shrimp and pesto sauce, it was wonderful! Service was great, no lineups.

Thank marsha l
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Oh my goodness! Truly one of the most special teas in a lovely place. My husband and I booked our reservations months ago!

Thank TwoCairns17
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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.
19 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
US$ 23 - US$ 39
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 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
Top off your stroll through the thousands of Christmas lights with a dinner or seasonal tea in the Dining Room Restaurant. Located in the former Butchart residence, this cozy atmosphere is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. See The Butchart Gardens' website for hours and menu details. Reservations are highly recommended and required in many cases.
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