The Experience

From casual to fine dining our culinary team offers farm to fork freshness to complement our outstanding floral displays.

The Experience

Lunch and Dinner

Our Executive Chef Travis Hansen and his culinary team strive to make your meals as outstanding as our floral displays, whether it is the Blue Poppy Restaurant or the Dining Room Restaurant in the former residence of the Butchart family.

*Admission to The Gardens is required.

See what people are saying:

"I had a cheddar potato soup for $10 and creme brulee for dessert. Both beautiful done, delicious and all in all very enjoyable." 

"You will never be disappointed eating here, their meals and high tea are the best! The original Butchart home!"

See more reviews on TripAdvisor.

"Took my mom for her birthday/mother's day --- such a lovely place to visit in Spring. We had Spring Tea -- wonderful presentation and service. Gorgeous view of the tulips in full bloom. Also ordered cocktails which were local focused and delicious!"

See more reviews on OpenTable.

Lunch and dinner
Afternoon tea
The Experience

Afternoon Tea

Step into the Dining Room restaurant located in the former residence of the Butcharts and enjoy the English tradition of Afternoon Tea, during the warmer weather, or High Tea with its hot delicacies during the cooler months. We also have a Vegetarian, a Gluten Free and a Child's version. We also have a version for Mother's Day. At any time of the year the traditional delicacies, savoury tea sandwiches and house-made sweets are marvellous as an afternoon indulgence, or as lunch.

*Admission to The Gardens is required.

Here's what people are saying about our Afternoon Tea experience:

"Tea at the Gardens was great fun! Nice room with a good view of the Gardens. More food than either of us could eat and all of it delicious."

See more reviews on TripAdvisor.

"This was the fourth afternoon tea we have enjoyed at Butchart Gardens. We also treated ourselves to the wine flight and loved all three, especially the cider. The service was, as usual impeccable. Whenever our travels bring us to this area we will always visit the gardens and always take tea in this lovely venue."

See more reviews of Open Table.

The Experience

Gourmet Picnics

Enjoy a Firework Saturday picnic on our impeccably manicured lawn in front of the Dining Room Restaurant. Our Gourmet Picnics are served al fresco with a checkered blanket, wicker basket and napkins.  Enjoy assorted charcuterie, island cheeses,  candied wild B.C. salmon, poached prawns along with assorted salads, side dishes and dessert treats. Try pairing our Gourmet Picnic with a local wine or beer for a truly unique culinary experience on our licensed lawn area. You are welcome to sit at a table, or on the residence lawn. A covered area is available in case of inclement weather or for accessibility issues.  For seasonal menu and pricing see our Dining Room section.

Gourmet picnics
Special events
The Experience

Special Events

From festive Christmas dinners to specialty Winemakers events, and from birthday parties to indoor and outdoor corporate events, our Food Services department can make for a great event.

12 month pass holders receive advance booking privilages and exclusive opportunities for some special events.