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"Top 100" Outdoor Restaurant Recognition for Butchart's Dining Room Restaurant


June 23, 2015

OpenTable Announces Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Canada

June 23, 2015, Victoria, B. C. – With the summer patio season now upon us, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group, today unveiled the 2015 Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Canada. The list reflects the combined opinions of more than 275,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 1,600 restaurants in Canada.

Featuring restaurants that offer some of Canada's most stunning views and dining experiences, the complete list includes winners from picturesque regions such as Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Stanley Park, B.C., and Banff, Alta. Ontario leads all provinces with 41 winning restaurants, followed by British Columbia with 29, Alberta with 17 and Quebec with 12. The Butchart Gardens – The Dining Room Restaurant is proud to be on this rarefied list.

"The honourees on our inaugural Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining list showcase the incredible diversity of our nation's restaurants and the great patios they have to offer," said Bryan Huehn, OpenTable Country Manager for Canada. "Most Canadians can only enjoy outdoor dining for a few months out of the year, and summer is a very popular dining season for us as locals and tourists take advantage of our vibrant outdoor ambience, from the lush surroundings of Stanley Park to the charming elegance of Niagara-on-the-Lake."

"I am very proud of the whole food services team at The Gardens. We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary location with dedicated departments such as Gardening, the Gift Store, Visitor Services, and others working together at the top of their game to bring unmatched elegance to this National Historic Site setting in which The Dining Room Restaurant is situated," said Bob Parrotta, Director of Food Services at The Butchart Gardens.

The Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Canada are generated from more than 275,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews and "overall" rating were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which "great for outdoor dining" was selected as a special feature. 

The complete alphabetical list may be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/best-outdoor-dining-restaurants-in-canada/.

About The Dining Room Restaurant
The Dining Room Restaurant is located in the original Butchart family residence at The Butchart Gardens. The 120 seat restaurant which offers spectacular views of the Private Garden,  the Italian Garden, and Tod Inlet is noted for its autumn/winter High Tea and spring/summer Afternoon Tea service. Lunch and dinner service is seasonal throughout the year and traditional gourmet picnics are available during the summer on Firework Saturday and Special Event nights.

About OpenTable
OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 16 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 32,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 830 million diners around the world.

Photo 1 - The Dining Room Restaurant
Photo 2 - The Dining Room Restaurant


Bob Parrotta
Director of Food Services
The Butchart Gardens