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Rock Garden Cafe

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.

COVID-19 Update: The Rock Garden Café Patio is now open daily

  • Please do not sit more than 6 people per table, and do not move tables and chairs
  • Please ensure you social distance 6 feet apart from people outside of your party
  • Rather than seated service, visitors will order at a cashier, and food will be delivered to the table

Hours

Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location

Rock Garden
1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton.

Reservations

Not currently taking reservations for the limited patio re-opening

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

Menu

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

Please note that all menu items are served in compostable packaging.

Soups & Salads

Rainbow Beet Salad
Beets, goat cheese, spring greens, pepitas, heirloom carrot, balsamic
$15

Falafel Salad
Falafel, pickled onion, marinated tomato, spring greens, lemon herb viniagrette, dill yogurt
$15

Sandwiches / Paninis

Served with your choice of Garden Salad, kettle chips or soup.

Smoked Trout Sandwich
Smoked trout, Bibb lettuce, pickled onion, lemon dill yogurt, multigrain bun
$16.50

Italian Roast Chicken Provolone
Roasted Chicken, arugula, provolone, brushetta, pesto aioli, focaccia
$16.50

Cubano Braised Pork
Braised pork, panchetta, swiss cheese, herbed dijonniase, Portuguese bun, dill pickle
$16.50

Grilled Vegetable Wrap
Grilled vegetables, roasted red pepper hummus, alfalfa sprouts, spring greens, sundried tomato tortilla
$15

Children’s Menu

Grilled Cheese
Served with potato chips
$10

Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce
$10

Desserts

Scones-Sweet
Daily Sweet Scones, jam
$6

Crazy Brownie
Rich chocolate brownie, powdered sugar
$6

Beverages

Assortment canned pops, juices, glassed bottled water, coffee and tea $3

DAVIDS tea (hot/cold) $3.50

Niagara VQA wine
House white / red (6 oz glass) $7.50
Premium white / red (6 oz glass) $9

Beer / Cider
Local Craft Beer $8.50
Local Cider $8.50

Bottled Beer
Molson Canadian $6.50
Coors Light $6.50
Heineken $8

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.