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Reduced Hours during Winter Wonders: RBG Centre and Hendrie Park will close at 4 p.m. during Winter Wonders (final admission 3 p.m.). Timed-tickets required to access these areas for the evening Winter Wonders experience.

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.


Rock Garden
1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton.



905-527-1158 ext. 336

  • Hands removing a toothpick from a grilled cheese sandwich plated with a salad
  • Chocolate Pot de Crème dessert, garnished with whipped cream, blackberries and a piece of chocolate
  • Hands clinking cocktail classes, with an expresso martini and lavender tom collins, in front of a rock garden backdrop
  • Rock Garden Bistro menu items: Heirloom Carrot Salad, Atlantic Salmon, Chocolate Pot de Crème, Coconut-Lime Strudel, Frittata de Terre


Exceptions may apply. Check back before your visit.

Today’s Hours

Seasonal Hours

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (May 1 to Jun 8)
  • Wed to Sun: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Mon & Tues) (Jun 9 to Sep 11)
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sep 12 to Jan 2)


  • Dec 25 Christmas Day: Closed
  • Dec 26 Boxing Day: Closed
  • Jan 1 New Year's Day: Closed


Mussels $19
White Wine | Bechamel | Herbs de Provence | Grilled Bread

Pickerel Cake $17
Remoulade | Slaw

Bistro Pâté $18
House-made Chicken Liver Plate | Crostini | Pickled Pearl Onions | Seasonal Compote

Cheese Plate $19 (VEG)
Blue | Brie | Aged Cheddar | Crostini | Seasonal Compote | Berries


French Onion Soup $13

Chicken Waldorf $21 (GF)
Grapes | Apple | Fennel | Celery | Walnut | Frissee

Niçoise Salad $18 (VEG)
Green Bean | Olive | Fingerling Potato | Hen Egg

The Rock Salad $15 (V)(GF)
Cherry Tomato | Cucumber | Heirloom Carrot | Radish

Lighter Side

Beet Gravlax Toast $20
Cured Salmon | Whipped Ricotta | Pickled Pearl Onions | Firssee | Radish | Rock Salad

Frittata $16 (VEG)(GF)
Spinach | Red Peppers | Zucchini | Eggplant | Feta | Pesto Frissee

Croque Monsieur $22
Ham | Gruyere | Bechamel | served with Rock Salad

Grilled Cheese $16 (VEG)
House-made Focaccia | served with Rock Salad

French Beef Dip $24
Shaved Brisket | Baguette | Provolone | Sauteed Mushrooms | Jus | served with Kettle Chips


Steak Frites $33 (GF)
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 (VEG)
Zuchinni | Eggplant | Peppers | Nicoise Olives | White Wine | Tomato Oil | Grana Padano

White Bean Cassoulet $21 (V)
Portobello | Heirloom Carrot | Squash | Breadcrumbs


Sticky Toffee Pudding $12 (VEG)
Dolche Del Leche

Apple Tart $12 (VEG)
Candied Pecans

Lime Strudel $12 (VEG)

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.

When is the Rock Garden Bistro Open?

Rock Garden Bistro is open daily 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Is admission required to access the Rock Garden Bistro?

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

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

*Event admission IS required to access Rock Garden Bistro during SummerTide.

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

Do I need to wear a mask?

To help keep everyone safe and healthy, all visitors over 2 years of age, as well as employees and volunteers are required to wear a mask which covers their mouth, nose and chin, while visiting all indoor spaces at Royal Botanical Gardens. As entry to Hendrie Park and Rock Garden includes moving through indoor spaces, masks will be required upon entry, though may be removed once in the outdoor garden area.

If you are visiting with an individual who cannot put on or remove a mask without help from someone else, please email in advance and we will aim to accommodate.

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. 

OpenTable Diner’s Choice 2022