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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

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Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada (Wallace Drive)
+1 250-652-8222
17:00 - 20:00
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Victoria, Canada
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have not been to the Dining Room at the Gardens, you are truly in for a treat!! The menu utilizes as much locally produced fare as possible for a wonderful dining experience and service that is truly world-class. The portion sizes are just right, the wine pairings perfect and the ambiance is top-notch!!

Thank RonCawthra
Victoria, British Columbia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was amazing, even the Executive Chef Travis was out explaining our delicious courses and asking if we enjoyed each dish. Phyllis was our main server, she was terrific along with the rest of the staff. The menu was fun and most important super delicious. Wine and beer pairings from BC were perfect. We enjoyed the evening with friends,... More 

Thank Irishgirl56
Victoria, Canada
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74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Without a doubt, dinner here is always exceptional. Food, service, table setting, atmosphere, and ambiance, is guaranteed to be a 5-Star experience. We were here for the Christmas season experience with my parents and it was such a special evening. We booked again for Christmas Day Dinner and it was such an incredible experience. Tonight we were treated to the... More 

Thank Kathryn-and-Rob
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is great but you may want to reserve. It is cozy and well staffed. The food (burger) is great! We love to have the hot chocolate! It is always pleasant to sit and chat after a walk through the gardens.

Thank TravelSpirit19
London, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Anything you need at this place you get what ever you need. Lots of views to see and educational place as well. Great food and drinks. Recommend this to anyone to go and visit

Thank rottielover33
Ottawa, Canada
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48 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Cafeteria style restaurant with a good variety of food, wine and beer, children sized meals. Relaxed atmosphere so good for kids.

Thank susanjpitt
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We used a large part of our Butchart Gardens tour time to enjoy the most fabulous tea here. It was totally worth it! I had inquired prior to our visit by email regarding their vegetarian tea. A time was reserved for us based on our tour arrival time, and it worked out perfectly. The staff here goes above and beyond... More 

Thank Elizabeth W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Here is a place with an amazing setting that doesn't just rest on it's looks. The kitchen performs at the same high level. The food is carefully and skillfully prepared and every detail is looked after. Delicious, local and in-house preparation of the menu is key. Wine flights that accompany are a lovely addition if you are wondering "what pairs... More 

Thank Wendy H
Johannesburg, South Africa
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259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This is a great way to begin or end a trip to the Butchart Gardens. The restaurant has a nice ambiance and the food is solid. The service can be slow, particularly in the summer, where they are simply overwhelmed.

Thank TravelOften1968
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$37
Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
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
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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