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Rock Garden Cafe

NOTE: The Rock Garden Café is currently CLOSED due to COVID-19. A light grab-and-go menu will be available at Rock Garden Visitor Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu will be the same as that at the Turner Pavilion Teahouse.

See the full announcement for more information regarding the re-opening.

Lunch at the Rock Garden Café

Situated at the historic David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, RBG’s newest restaurant features an eclectic menu that boasts fresh, locally sourced ingredients, many picked straight from our gardens! The café’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.


CLOSED for the season.
Re-opening for lunch May 9.


Rock Garden
1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton.


905-527-1158 ext. 336.
Reservations are recommended.

  • Salads ready to serve on counter
  • herb display at rock garden cafe
  • Outdoor Bar With Wine
  • Garden Salad Toppings


All prices subject to applicable taxes. Menu subject to change based on market conditions.

NOTE: the café is currently closed; this menu is not currently available. We are leaving it up to help you plan your future visits. Please check back before your visit for updates.


Rock Garden Mezi
Olives, pickled veg, hummus, flat bread and baguette

Roasted Tomato Gazpacho
Chilled tomato soup topped with fresh cucumber salsa. Served with grilled baguette


Spring Greens Salad
Grape tomatoes, cucumber, heirloom carrots, red onion, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette

Rock Beet Salad
Roasted beets, baby greens, crumbled goat’s cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, dressed in honey vinaigrette

Baby Kale Caesar
Baby kale, buttery croutons, grana padano, crispy pancetta, tossed in roasted garlic dressing

Falafel Salad
Baby greens, chickpeas, pickled red onion, chopped dates, falafel fritters, tossed in citrus mint dressing


Our flatbread is made in house by our talented chefs! All flatbreads served with side spring salad.

Pulled Chicken
Pulled chicken, adobo sauce, smoked cheddar, shredded lettuce, fresh pico de gallo, cilantro cream

Grilled Peach
Grilled peaches, pancetta, crumbled goat’s cheese, crushed pistachios

Roasted Vegetable
Roasted vegetable medley, pumpkin seeds, balsamic glaze


Pork Belly Tacos
Slow roasted pork belly, corn and bean salsa, cilantro cream. Served with apple and carrot coleslaw

Hoisin Rainbow Trout
Seared rainbow trout, sesame hoisin sauce, served with vegetable stir fried rice noodles


Grilled Cheese
Served with kettle chips and veggies.

Kids Pasta
Choice of tomato or cheese sauce.

Cheese Pizza
Flatbread with tomato sauce and cheese blend.

Veggies and Dip
Fresh vegetables served with creamy ranch dip.


Fresh baked daily, served with preserves. Ask your server for today’s creation.

Chef’s Feature
Ask your server for today’s featured item


Assortment of soft drinks, fruit juices, lemonade, sparkling water $3

Coffee and Tea $3

Niagara VQA wine
Ask our team about our local wine selections, all VQA
6oz glass $7.50 / 750ml bottle $33

Local Craft Beer
Ask our team about our selection of local brewed favourites
473ml can $7.50

Molson Canadian 341ml can $6

Coors Light 341ml can $6

Rood Apple Cider 473ml can $8

Corona Extra 330ml can $7.50

Heineken 330ml can $7.50

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 Café FAQs

Where is the Rock Garden Café Located?

The Rock Garden Café 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 Café Open?

The Rock Garden Café is open for lunch seasonally.

2020 Hours:

  • January 1 to May 8: CLOSED for the season
  • May 9 to October 12: Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • October 13 to December 31: Closed for the season

Is admission required to access the Rock Garden Café?

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

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.

Rock Garden Café 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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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.