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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.


At RBG Centre.
680 Plains Road W. Burlington.


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

Walk-ins welcome! Reservations are highly recommended for weekends, holidays, or larger groups.


905-527-1158 ext. 333

  • close up of a leafy green salad with spiralized carrots on top
  • Two chicken tacos on a square plate with a side butternut squash soup.
  • Greenhouse cafe table setup
  • tri-coloured quinoa salad with peaches. The dish is garnished with pickled chilis, pumpkin seeds, and edible flowers
  • Fish and Chips on a round plate
  • window seating along greenhouse windows


Exceptions may apply. Check back before your visit.

Today’s Hours

Seasonal Hours

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Jan 1 to Dec 31)


  • Jan 1 New Year's Day: Closed
  • Dec 24 Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dec 24 Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., last admission 2 p.m.
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day: Closed
  • Dec 26 Boxing Day: Closed
  • Dec 31 New Years Eve: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

VG = Vegetarian | V = Vegan | GF = Gluten Free | DF = Dairy Free | O = Option Available
*Please let your server know of any allergies or dietary restrictions.


Pesto Mussels $19 (DF)
Mussels | RBG Pesto | VQA White Wine | Crispy Potatoes | Pickled Chilis | Grilled Bread

Sweet Corn & Squash Fritters $14 (GF, VG)
Fritters | Chive Sour Cream | Fried Sage

Caprese Flatbread $15 (VG)
Heirloom Tomatoes | Bocconcini | RBG Pesto | Basil | Chili Oil

Chicken Tinga Tacos $16 (GF)
Braised Adobo Chicken | Pickled Cabbage | Cilantro-Lime Crema


Add Chicken $9
Add Salmon $14

Garden Salad Large $13, Small $9 (DF, GF, VG)
Greens | Cucumber | Cherry Tomato | Heirloom Carrot | White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Caesar Salad Large $14, Small $10
Romaine Lettuce | Croutons | Grana Padano | Bacon Bits | Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Quinoa Salad $16 (GF, V)
Tri-coloured Quinoa | Grilled Corn | Grilled Peach | Grilled Sweet Potato | Citrus Vin | Pickled Chili | Sunflower Seeds

Cobb Salad $20 (GF)
Greens | Chicken | Grape Tomato | Cucumber | Red Onion | Hard Boiled Egg | Bacon | Radish | Ranch


Brisket Duxelles $23
Ciabatta | Braised Brisket | Mushroom Duxelles | Provolone | Crispy Onions | Jus | Fries

Canadian Chicken Club $20 (GFO)
Grilled Chicken | Smoked Bacon | Cheddar | Leaf Lettuce | Tomato | Maple Dijon Aioli | Multigrain Bun | Fries

Roast Vegetable Wrap $18 (V)
Roasted Mushroom | Red Pepper | Zucchini | Red Onion | Arugula | Red Pepper Hummus | Roast Tomato Glaze | Fries

Chevre Frittata $14 (GF, VG)
Sundried Tomato | Goat Cheese | Chive | Roast Tomato Glaze | Arugula

Lake Erie Fish and Chips $22
Beer Battered Pickerel | Fries | Slaw | Tartar

Linguini Fresca $16 (VG)
Linguini | Zucchini Noodles | Cherry Tomatoes | RBG Pesto | Grana Padano

Honey Ginger Atlantic Salmon $26 (GFO)
OW Atlantic Salmon | Peach & Edamame Salad | Sesame Fried Cauliflower Florets | Honey Ginger Glaze

Hunter Schnitzel $25
Chicken Schnitzel | Hunter Sauce | Seasonal Potato Salad | Pickled Cabbage


Cheesecake $9 (VG)
Seasonal Toppings

Coconut Raspberry Mousse $9 (GF, VG)
Mousse | White Chocolate Shards | Toast Coconut | Raspberry

Brownie $9 (GF, V)
Vegan Brownie | Berries | Chantilly Cream


Kids Menu

French fries available in place of the vegetable sticks upon request.

Gluten-free Chicken Nuggets $10 (GF)
with Vegetable Sticks and Low-fat Ranch

Penne Pasta $10 (VG)
with Pomodoro Sauce

Grilled Cheese $10 (VG)
with Vegetable Sticks and Low-fat Ranch


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

$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

Special Feature

RBG Lilac Gin

Every spring, a heavenly fragrance drifts through Royal Botanical Gardens, marking the official start of lilac season. To extend the joy of lilac season, we’ve teamed up with Manns Distillery in Brantford, Ontario to create our very own lilac gin.

Crafted with a London Dry Gin base and fresh, hand-picked lilacs from the grounds of RBG, this gin has floral notes of lilac, lavender, and rose. Truly an exquisite combination. No artificial colours or flavours used.

750 ml bottles available for purchase from the Greenhouse Café & Rock Garden Bistro.

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?

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

Garden 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.

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.