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Rock Garden Bistro

Situated at the historic David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, RBG’s newest restaurant features a French inspired menu with a garden flair that boasts fresh, locally sourced ingredients, many picked straight from our gardens! The bistro’s outdoor patio provides an inspiring bird’s-eye view of the garden’s rejuvenated lower bowl, a perfect spot to relax.

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

  • fish plated with broccoli and microgreens
  • guests laughing and enjoying drinks on the patio of the Rock Garden Bistro
  • Sunny day on the rock garden bistro. table is filled with delicious looking food, drinks, and smiles on guests' faces
  • close up of mussels topped with microgreens
  • Hands clinking cocktail classes, with an expresso martini and lavender tom collins, in front of a rock garden backdrop

Plan Your Visit


Reserve your space through OpenTable! Walk-ins accepted based on availability.


  • Wed to Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Exceptions may apply. See full hours below.


Find the Rock Garden Bistro in the Visitor Centre at the historic Rock Garden!

1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton Ontario.

Exceptions may apply. Check back before your visit. Please note: outdoor Rock Garden hours may differ.

Today’s Hours

Seasonal Hours

  • Mon & Tues: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wed to Sun: 11 a.m. to 9 pm. (Jan 1 to Sep 3)
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sep 4 to Sep 17)
  • Wed to Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sep 18 to Dec 31)


  • Jan 1 New Year's Day: Closed
  • Nov 19 CLOSED for a private event
  • Dec 24 Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., last admission 2 p.m.
  • Dec 24 Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day: Closed
  • Dec 26 Boxing Day: Closed
  • Dec 31 New Years Eve: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Find the Rock Garden Bistro in the Visitor Centre at the historic Rock Garden!

Our lunch menu is offered daily, except during Sunday brunch hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Mussels $19
    White Wine | Bechamel | Herbs de Provence | Grilled Bread
  • Pickerel Cake $17
    Remoulade | Slaw
  • Bistro Pâté $18 (GFO)
    House-made Chicken Liver Plate | Crostini | Pickled Pearl Onions | Seasonal Compote
  • Cheese Plate $19 (GFO)
    Blue | Brie | Aged Cheddar | Crostini | Seasonal Compote | Berries
  • French Onion Soup $13
    Spanish Onions | Prosciutto | Chicken and Beef Broth | Crostini | Gruyere Cheese

Lighter Side

  • Chicken Waldorf $21 (GF, DF)
    Grapes | Apple | Fennel | Celery | Walnut | Frissee
  • Niçoise Salad $18 (VG, DF, VO)
    Green Bean | Olive | Fingerling Potato | Hen Egg
  • The Rock Salad $15 (V, GF)
    Cherry Tomato | Cucumber | Heirloom Carrot | Radish
  • Beet Gravlax Toast $20
    Cured Salmon | Whipped Ricotta | Pickled Pearl Onions | Frissee | Radish | Rock Salad
  • Frittata $16 (VG, GF)
    Red Peppers | Zucchini | Eggplant | Feta | Pesto Frissee
  • Grilled Cheese $16 (VG)
    House-made Focaccia | served with Rock Salad
  • Croque Monsieur $22
    Ham | Gruyere | Bechamel | served with Rock Salad
  • French Beef Dip $24
    Shaved Brisket | Baguette | Provolone | Sauteed Mushrooms | Jus | served with Kettle Chips


  • Steak Frites $33 (GF, DFO)
    6oz California Cut Striploin | Frites | Sauteed Mushroom | Peppercorn Sauce
  • Rainbow Trout $27 (GF)
    Pomme Anna | Roasted Broccolini | Caramelized Lemon Butter
  • Chicken Francese $28 (GF)
    Lemon | Capers | Tomato | Fingerling Potatoes | Cured Egg Yolk
  • Provencal Pappardelle $24 (VG, VO, GFO)
    Zuchinni | Eggplant | Peppers | Nicoise Olives | White Wine | Tomato Oil | Grana Padano
  • White Bean Cassoulet $21 (V, GFO)
    Portobello | Heirloom Carrot | Squash | Breadcrumbs


  • Sticky Toffee Pudding $12 (VG)
    Dulce Del Leche
  • Apple Tart $12 (VG)
    Candied Pecans
  • Lime Strudel $12 (VG)

Available Sundays and holiday Mondays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Croque Monsieur $22
    Ham | Gruyere | Bechamel | Served with Rock Salad
  • Croque Madam $24
    Ham | Gruyere | Bechamel | Fried egg | Served with Rock Salad
  • French Toast $16 (VEG)
    Challah stuffed with caramelized banana Nutella | Seasoned eggs | Whip cream | Coulis | Berries
  • Eggs Benedict $18
    Peameal | Poached eggs | English muffin | Hollandaise | Served with Rock Salad
  • Eggs Florentine $15 (VEG)
    Spinach | Poached eggs | English muffin | Hollandaise | Served with Rock Salad
  • Eggs Royale $20
    Salmon gravlax | Poached eggs | English muffin | Hollandaise | Served with Rock Salad
  • Frittata $16 (VEG, GF)
    Roasted pepper | Eggplant | Zucchini | Red onions | Gruyere | Pesto frisée
  • Rock Melt (VEG)
    House made focaccia | Cheddar | Mozzarella | Tomato jam | Served with Rock Salad
  • Rock Breakfast $17
    2 eggs | Choice of protein | Home fries | Toast
  • Coconut Pancakes $20 (V, GF)
    Vegan pancakes | Coulis | Berries | Coconut whip cream
  • Brisket Skillet $22 (GF, DF)
    Shaved Brisket | Home fries | 2 Eggs | Baked tomato | Jus
  • Yogurt Parfait $14 (VEG, GF)
    Greek yogurt | Berries | Spiced honey | Granola
  • Trail Mix Salad $17 (V, GF, DF)
    Berries | Sunflower seeds | Walnuts, | Granola | Blueberry vinaigrette
  • Breakfast Sandwich $18
    Peameal | Fried gouda | Over easy egg | Red pepper aioli | Served with Rock Salad


  • Fruit $6
  • Toasted Brioche $3
  • Home fries $4
  • Peameal Bacon $5
  • Sausage $6
  • Bacon $5

RBG Lilac Gin

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

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.

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.

Rock Garden Bistro FAQs

Where is the Rock Garden Bistro Located?

The Rock Garden Bistro is in the Rock Garden Visitor Centre, at 1185 York Boulevard, Burlington. Find the restaurant to the left upon arriving through the main doors.

Parking is available on-site (in the lot across the road), included in your visit.

Is admission required to access the Rock Garden Bistro?

Garden Admission is not required to join us for lunch at the Rock Garden Bistro. Garden Admission would be required should you wish to visit the gardens before / after your meal.

Other RBG dining locations:

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.

Rock Garden Bistro reservations line: 905-527-1158 ext. 336

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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