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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-8222
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“quiche” (20 reviews)
“scones” (30 reviews)
“trifle” (23 reviews)
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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 yesterday via mobile

A simply wonderful walk through the gardens to the original Butchart residence that is now a quintessential dining room with a welcoming fireplace overlooking the gorgeous landscaped gardens. The excellent menu created from 5 select dishes each served with wine to enhance the flavour. The...More

Thank Albert R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful old house, now the Dining Room. Our group of six enjoyed everything, although a couple thought it was just above average food, but I saw only empty plates. It's mostly about the special treat of Christmas Eve and the elegance of the...More

Thank Pat P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our high tea in the Dining Room. We booked our reservation online a few days in advance. Since we were coming from the States, being able to book online, and not have to make an international phone call, was extremely convenient. We were...More

Thank hallelujah81
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

22nd December 2017 went for Dinner in the dining room at Butchart Gardens before viewing the amazing Christmas lights display. Meal was served promptly and the starter was a tasty green salad followed by the main, which was nice and hot when served. The desert...More

Thank Eric Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food but a little bit pricey for a family,definitely a nice treat.We were all so happy and enjoyed ourselves.

Thank noral420
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love Christmas at Butchart Gardens, especially because having dinner in the Dining Room is such a wonderful experience. The food is absolutely delicious, the meal is impeccably served, and the ambience is simply beautiful. My dinner with two friends last Saturday night was so...More

Thank Kathryn-and-Rob
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a reservation for 4pm on a weekday during the December light show and were very pleased we did. The Holiday Tea was delicious and quite filling enough to serve as dinner as well. I'm not usually a trifle fan but the cranberry trifle...More

Thank susanpenumbra
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Very disappointed! I made a reservation a month in advance for my husband, 12 yo son and myself. I was drawn to the restaurant for the atmosphere of fine dining, elegance, roaring fires, beautiful views and Christmas decorations promised on the website. Despite our reservation,...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 15 December 2017

Made a reservation to dine here while visiting the gardens. We had great food and service, along with lovely piano music. Recommend dining here when visiting the gardens.

Thank Ruth S
Reviewed 19 November 2017

A must for special occasions. Know someone who is 80? Anyone in their 80th year is eligible for free Afternoon Tea for themselves and a companion! (You get into the Gardens free too!) Elegant presentation of delectable, better than any downtown hotel, and refined service....More

1  Thank Danda H
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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.
20 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$24 - US$40
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 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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