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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.


Temporarily Closed
Effective March 29, 2021


Rock Garden
1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton.

Walk-Up Service

General Admission / Membership Applies.
No reservations required.


905-527-1158 ext. 336

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

Grab-and-Go Winter Menu

All prices subject to applicable taxes. Menu subject to change based on market conditions.
All wine is served in a compostable take away cup with lid. Beer and cider served in its original bottle or can.


Assorted Warm Danishes – $6.00

Assorted Made-In-House Donuts – $3.00

Assorted Sweet Scones – $6.00


Assorted Savory Scones – $6.00

Soup of the Day (Gf/Veg) – $8.00


Assorted canned pops, juices, and glassed bottled water $3.00 each

Coffee / Tea / Hot Chocolate –  $3.50

Hot Chocolate / Coffee with Baileys –  $7.50

Beer & Wine available – prices vary

Summer Menu

Sample menu for our regular season (check back in the spring!)
All prices subject to applicable taxes. Menu subject to change based on market conditions.

Soups & Salads

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children’s Menu

Grilled Cheese
Served with potato chips

Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce


Daily Sweet Scones, jam

Crazy Brownie
Rich chocolate brownie, powdered sugar


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.