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Greenhouse Café

At the Greenhouse Café you’ll find fresh, seasonal ingredients on a new menu that incorporates local produce, meats and cheeses and features wines and craft brews exclusive to Ontario. At the rear of the restaurant, the Wentworth Elm Tasting Room is a cozy spot for private functions and more intimate gatherings.

As seasons change, kitchen staff work closely with RBG gardeners to incorporate home-grown ingredients into your garden-to-table culinary experience.

RBG requires all visitors aged 12 and up to prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine at Royal Botanical Gardens. Please see our FAQ for details.

Ontario’s vaccine certificate with QR Code (paper or digital) along with an official government-issued ID showing name and date of birth will be the only valid proof of vaccination accepted for entry into Royal Botanical Gardens as of January 4, 2022. Download your QR code here.

Hours

Temporarily Closed.

Location

At RBG Centre.
680 Plains Road W. Burlington.

Reservations

Please call 905-527-1158 ext. 333 to make a reservation.

Contact

905-527-1158 ext. 333

  • close up of roasted salmon on a bed of quinoa and tomatoes
  • greenhouse cafe with holiday decor
  • close up of a pumpkin coffee cake with sliced strawberries and blackberries on the plate
  • close up view of gnocchi with a christmas tree in the backgrounf
  • greenhouse cafe with red poinsettias in the window and a small christmas tree as a table centrepiece

Starters and Salads

Roast Mushroom Egg Tart $12
Ontario Free-Range Eggs | Roasted Mushroom | Caramelized Onion| Spinach

Spanish Mussels $16
Mussels | VQA White Wine Paprika Broth |  San Marzano Tomato | Sourdough Baguette*

Croquettes $12
Potato | Gouda | Sage | Crispy Breading | Cranberry Apple Chutney

Garden Salad | Large $12  Small $8
Greens | Cucumber | Cherry Tomato | Heirloom Carrot | White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Beet Carpaccio $14
Beets | Apple Butter | Arugula | Goat Cheese | Pepitas | Maple Shallot Vinaigrette

Handhelds

Served with choice of side: Hand cut fries, Garden salad, Soup of the day

Braised Beef Sandwich $18
Braised Beef | Provolone | Crispy Onion | Arugula | Horseradish Aioli | Ciabatta Bun*

Chicken Tacos $17
Ontario Free-Range Grilled Chicken | Grilled Poblano | Pickled Carrot & Cabbage Slaw | Lime Aioli

Canadian Chicken Club $18
Ontario Free-Range Grilled Chicken | Pancetta | Canadian Cheddar | Leaf Lettuce | Tomato | Maple Dijon Aioli | Cobs Multigrain Bun*

*Gluten Free Substitutions Available

Entrées

Mediterranean Vegetable Flatbread $16
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables | Goat Cheese | Pomodoro | House Made Flatbread | Arugula | Aged Balsamic

Fish and Chips $17
MSC-5 oz Beer Battered Haddock | Hand Cut Fries | Carrot & Cabbage Slaw | Tartar Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi $18
Pumpkin Gnocchi | Roasted Cremini Mushroom | Caramelized Onion | Arugula | Brown Butter Sage Sauce | Toasted Walnut

Apple Cranberry Chicken $21
Ontario Free Range Grilled Chicken | Winter Vegetable Wild Rice | Broccoli Rabe | Cranberry Apple Chutney

Atlantic Salmon $21
Atlantic Salmon | Roasted Tomato & Spinach Quinoa | Dill Chimichurri | Yucca Chips

Desserts

Pumpkin Coffee Cake $7
Pumpkin Coffee Cake | Maple Goat Cheese Crème | Crushed Pistachio | Caramel

Poached Pear $8
Cider Poached Pear | Spiced Mascarpone | Apple Butter | Black Sesame Tuille

Beverages

Coffee $3
Medium Roast | Regular or Decaffeinated

Tea $3
Orange Pekoe | English Breakfast | Earl Grey | Green | Lemon | Mint | Chamomile | Decaffeinated Black

Canned Soft Drink $3
Coke | Diet Coke | Sprite | Ginger Ale

Assorted Juices $3
Apple | Orange

Wine
6oz $7  9oz $11

Good Natured-  Chardonnay
Peller Estates- Pinot Grigio

Good Natured – Merlot/Gamay
Peller Estates- Cabernet Sauvignon

Local Craft Beer & Cider | 473mL Cans $9

Collective Arts

Audio/Visual Lager | Hazy State Session IPA | Jam up the Mash Sour | Matter of Fact Blonde | Life in the Clouds New England IPA | Ransack the Universe IPA

Great Lakes Brewery
Canuck Pale Ale | Octopus Wants to Fight IPA | Pumpkin Ale

No Boats on Sunday Cider

Premium & Import Beer | 330mL Bottles $8
Steam Whistle | Corona | Heineken

Domestic Beer | 341mL Bottles &7
Canadian | Coors Light

V =Vegetarian, VG = Vegan, DF = Dairy Free, GF = Gluten Free

Special Offers

Winter Wonders Prix Fixe Dinner

Fridays & Saturdays during Winter Wonders

November 24 to January 9

Join us for a prix fixe dinner at the Greenhouse Café before or after enjoying Winter Wonders.

$42.00 per person (+HST, Service Fee, and 18% gratuity)

Reservation times (90 min. seating): 6 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. Payment at the time of online reservation.

Learn More

Local, Sustainable

At Royal Botanical Gardens, we believe in being stewards of our environment and partners in our community. We source local products (including our own garden produce), partner with local farms and dairies as well as use eco-friendly, sustainable products throughout the facility and grounds.

We ask that you join us in our goal of preserving and enhancing the beauty of our environment by utilizing the recycle stations located throughout Royal Botanical Gardens.

Greenhouse Café FAQs

Where is the Greenhouse Café Located?

The Greenhouse Café is located in RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road W. Burlington. Find the restaurant past the gift shop, down the stairs / ramp, and to the far left.

Parking is available on-site, included in your visit.

Is admission required to access the Greenhouse Café?

General Admission is not required to join us for lunch at the Greenhouse Café, or at the Rock Garden Café. General Admission or Membership would be required should you wish to visit the gardens during your visit.

General Admission IS required to access the Turner Pavilion Teahouse in Hendrie Park.

Is there a benefit for Members?

RBG Members receive 10% off their meal at RBG’s three on-site restaurants. To qualify for a discount, please show your membership card while ordering.

Are reservations required?

Reservations are not required to eat at the restaurants, but are highly recommended, especially for weekends, holidays, or larger groups.

Please note the restaurant may not be able to accommodate larger groups that arrive without reservations.

Am I required to be vaccinated to dine at the Greenhouse Café?

RBG requires all visitors aged 12 and up to prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine at Royal Botanical Gardens .

This policy will extend to all indoor and outdoor areas of RBG CentreHendrie Park, Rock Garden, Laking Garden, and also includes public programs at the Arboretum and other RBG properties. Proof of vaccination is not required for access to the RBG Trails.

What proof of vaccination is required?

Please be prepared to present receipt of full COVID-19 vaccination, and official government-issued ID showing name and date of birth, upon entry to the Gardens, public programs, on-site restaurants, and special events.

You can download official vaccination receipts from the Government of Ontario’s vaccine booking portal or present the official immunization receipt received at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose.

If you are visiting from outside of Ontario and have proof of vaccination from another province, territory or country, it is valid if you can show you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with documentation that includes your name, date of birth, number of doses, and the name of the vaccine you received. Please visit the ontario.ca website for more information.

What if I have an approved medical exemption?

RBG will accept written medical exemptions as outlined by the Province of Ontario. Please visit ontario.ca for more information and be prepared to produce the document on arrival.

Visitors who do not present an official vaccination receipt, or accepted documentation of medical exemption, will not be allowed entry.

I am not vaccinated and I already have tickets or a reservation booked. What are my options?

If you have a reservation booked at the Greenhouse Café, please contact us at 905-527-1158 ext. 333.

If you have general admission or special event tickets, you are eligible for a refund. Please contact us at programs@rbg.ca.

Do I need to wear a mask?

In accordance with Hamilton and Halton bylaws, masks are required to enter all RBG’s indoor spaces, including washrooms, Shop at the Gardens, Mediterranean Garden, and on-site restaurants. Please wear a mask outdoors when you are unable to keep your distance from others.

Host Your Event

Whether you just need coffee and snacks, breakfast, lunch or meals for the whole day, our in-house catering team has options for your meeting or event. With delicious options, flexible menus and a focus on locally sourced ingredients, the catering team at Royal Botanical Gardens promise to make your event one to remember.

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Feast On™ Certified 

As a Feast On™ certified venue, Royal Botanical Gardens prides itself on creating cutting edge events and culinary experiences by using products that are sourced and produced locally. Supporting our local economy and Ontario’s farmers is important for us all. 

Whether we’re sourcing liquor, beer and wine for our beverage service or proteins, produce and grains for our restaurant and catering menus, Ontario offers some of the best product available world-wide.