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Review of The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens

The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$37
Cuisines: Canadian, Contemporary
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Good for: View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Wallace Drive
Transit: 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
Description: 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.
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“best of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

Best dining experience in a long time. Best creme brûlée ever, Elizabeth is an asset to the restaurant. Succulent scallops, followed by a perfectly cooked rack of lamb complemented with crisp fresh vegetables. Very good wine list and after dinner drinks.

Visited July 2014
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Lucas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Good Meal - Great Dining Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

This tea room is situated in a Victorian cottage in Butchart Gardens. The food was good but slightly overpriced. The chicken in my chicken salad was only average but others in the party rated theirs higher. However, the food is not the reason to dine here -- it is the experience. In Butchart Gardens the experience is wonderful.

Visited June 2014
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New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Was hoping For better.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

Was Hoping for better quality and presentation for the beautiful setting and price, since this was the better eatery at the garden.

Visited June 2014
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Corpus Christi
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

We were able to spend as much time at Butchart Gardens as we wanted thanks to having a rental car so this also allowed us to dine here without having made prior arrangements. The staff was very courteous in finding us a spot within 30 minutes and the table we received overlooked the gardens which was way more than we expected. The service was great as was the food. The potato soup was delicious as was the lavender cake and their coffee was good too! This was an unplanned meal that turned out to be really memorable.

  • Visited June 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Gotta do it once...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

Had High Tea in the Dining Room at the Butchart Gardens. Although the reservation was made months prior, we were still given a table in the back of the old dining room, away from any views of the spectacular gardens or even the light. I would definitely insist on the Conservatory IF I ever decided to repeat this experience.
Tea begins with a berry trifle, which tends to fill up more people, although called a "palate cleanser".
A three tiered tray follows with tea sandwiches such as a smoked salmon pinwheel, cucumber and cream cheese, egg salad, a German hotdog and mustard, a mini quiche, and many lovely desserts.
Of course, you have your pick of many teas, which are served in silver pots and beautiful tea cups.
Glad we had this experience but at $40 pp including tax and tip, would not tend to repeat this dining adventure.

Visited June 2014
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