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The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

) #1 of 25 Restaurants in Central Saanich $$$$ , , Gluten Free Options
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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
800 Benvenuto Ave, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, wonderful views if you are sitting on the terrace. The salads were excellent and so was the service. I would go back anytime. Make sure you reserve and hope for a place on the terrace. I have to say that the inside rooms...More

Thank demo51
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nestled among the famous Butchart Gardens is the original home, now part restaurant which serves a simple and delicious lunch menu and even better proper British tea.

Thank 1jet11
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a lovely early dinner on the patio, before proceeding to the Summer Concert. Our table overlooked the beautiful flowers and grounds, weather was perfect. They split our salad for us, and then we both enjoyed the LingCod entree. All the dishes came embellished...More

Thank AMC450
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had tea. The food was awesome. The service was amazing. The view just doesn't get any better than this.

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Put a first class restaurant in the middle of the most beautiful gardens you'll ever see. Yep, that's the Dinning Room at Butchart Gardens. Service, Wine and Meal suburb. Expensive and so worth every penny. What a special night it was celebrating my Birthday.

Thank Annette M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was just before three and I could have caught my bus but I opted to visit the Dining Room. What an excellent choice! It was luxury, class and style for only $18. I enjoyed a vegetable soup and cider that were excellent. Service with...More

Thank DoloresJacoby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to visit Victoria BC for our 50th Anniversary. Little did we know that we would arrive on the day Canada was celebrating it's 150th Anniversary. Congrats Canada! One of our favorite places to visit in Victoria is Butchart Gardens. We've been here a...More

Thank manlyfood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on Saturday night on the last weekend in June with a large group of seven. We had a table in the original family dining room, and initially noticed the amazing flower arrangements surrounding us. Rated as one of the top 100 restaurants (outdoor)...More

Thank mcclungp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I enjoyed a three course meal at the gardens. We split the cauliflower Camembert bisque to start with, then he had the black rice 'falafal' and I had the ricotta gnudi. I was happy to find more than one vegetarian item to...More

Thank Jenny_from_PA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to try afternoon tea based on Tripadvisor reviews, but did not make a booking meaning that we had about 1/2 hour wait. Considering it was a sunday and the gardens were so busy we thought that was pretty reasonable. The dining room in...More

Thank ozteddy
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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.
Karen W
23 December 2016|
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Response from HowardAB | Reviewed this property |
I am not aware of any dress code. You may want to call them for this. Sorry.
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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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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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