The Butchart Chronicles : January 10, 2014

Food and Drink: Winter 2014


The Dining Room
High Tea 12 am -3 pm
RSVP:  250-652-8222

(Lunch service resumes April 1st)
(Dinner service resumes June 15th)

The Blue Poppy
Closed for Spring Prelude

(Re-opens April 11th)

Coffee Shop
9 am - 4:30 pm daily

Table Setting

Did you know there are two restaurants at The Butchart Gardens? There's the acclaimed The Dining Room as well as the cafeteria style The Blue Poppy Restaurant.  Additionally we have Coffee Shop with a fireplace and the seasonal Annabelle's Café. In summer you can even get popcorn from our iconic Popcorn Cart.  The Blue Poppy Restaurant is closed during our Winter season and it is magically transformed into our stunning Spring Prelude display.  The Dining Room hosts our signature High Tea every day and during the Winter we have The Taste of Spring (pdf) - a special admission and High Tea offer.

Food and Wine

The Dining Room was recognised recently with a number of awards from Open Table*:

* As voted by more than 311,800 diners.

The Dining Room also was ranked by TripAdvisor at #1 of 29 restaurants in our area and we were honoured to receive a Certificate of Excellence for 2013.

We've also recently added an additional option to our High Tea at The Gardens - to great acclaim:  Featured Flight and Cocktails (pdf). Some of the favourite options, subject to change from time to time are:

  • Sea Cider Pommeau:  Part one of our three part flight - A sweet, Sherry style cider with rich smoky nose of apple, spices and carmelized sugar
  • Rocky Creek Blackberry:  Unoaked and busting with flavours of local blackberries
  • Limosa:  Limoncello, sparkling wine, lemonade

We use local ingredients from local farmers, fisherman, orchards and vineyards when we can. 

High Tea - battenberg cake