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“Deletable treats and tea amongst beautiful gardens”

The Dining Room Restaurant - Butchart Gardens
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$38
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Huntsville, Alabama
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218 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Deletable treats and tea amongst beautiful gardens”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

If you have the opportunity to have tea and delectable treats among beautiful flowers in the garden, all while sitting outside on their porch - why would you say no? I found this to be significantly less pretentious than the Empress and a much better value! We had their last afternoon reservation on a Saturday and found it to be quiet and relaxing. There was nothing like sitting outside, in the shade, watching all the visitors, viewing the flowers, and noshing on various treats. It was a little hot for tea but I'd still do it all over again.

  • Visited August 2014
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“A dining room in a tourist attraction?????”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We went to the gardens and were not disappointed in any way. Lovely to breathtaking at every step. Now it is time for dinner. Well, there is a dining room. Don't expect much, but that is OK. Lovely spot, probably passable food. Boy, were we wrong!

We had 5 dishes in the course of the evening, each better than the last. Have the Scallop appetizer for sure, One of the most beautiful plates I have ever seen, and tasted even better. The potato cheddar soup was perfect, with really fine aged cheddar, and not heavy. The tuna salad was maybe the best salad mix imaginable, and the romaine salad was every bit as good. The service staff was informed, happy and eager to make evening perfect.

Very solid wine list, and beautiful desserts, too. All in all, quite a treat.

  • Visited July 2014
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Dripping Springs, Texas
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“GET REAL--it is not worth the wait!”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

There are far too many other places to have tea or a meal than this jam packed and over priced place! It does not hold a candle or a cup of tea to the Princess, Take the time to go to the city and avoid the mess that this place can be.

  • Visited June 2014
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Boise, Idaho
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“A must while at Butchart Gardens”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

There's nothing like sitting outside in the premier garden in Canada on the porch of the original Butchart Home enjoying a delightful and delicious dinner. The porch overlooks some of the gardens. The ambiance, service, views and cuisine were worth the price, which was far less than we expected it to be. Our dinner was a quiet oasis in the heart of the gardens.

Visited July 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Afternoon Tea-An Unforgettable Experience!”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We made reservations ahead of time and were seated in a cozy area of the room with a beautiful view of the Italian Garden. Each of the four courses were elegant and delicious! Because of food allergies, they could not accommodate two of our children with the afternoon tea, but they each enjoyed a delicious meal nonetheless.

Visited July 2014
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