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Rock Garden Café

Café temporarily closed

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.


Café temporarily closed.



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

Summer Menu

Please note, the Rock Garden Café will be opening soon.

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

Small Plates

Bruschetta $8 (V)
Marinated Tomato | Naan |Queso Blanco

Hummus $8 (VG/DF)
Roasted garlic hummus| toasted pita | Roasted pepper salsa

Chilled Ontario Peach and Golden Beet Gazpacho $8 (VG/DF)
Herb Gremolota | Grilled Baguette | Micro greens

Medium Plates

Watermelon and Feta Salad $14 (V/GF)
Watermelon | English Cucumber | Feta | Mint | Frisse

Mejillones Latino (Latin Mussels) $13 (DF)
East coast mussels | Marinated tomato and peppers | Paprika broth | Fresh herbs | Grilled baguette

Turkey Sliders $14
Maple Panchetta Club| BBQ Asian slaw| Orange Frisse salad

Large Plates

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Wrap $15 (VG/DF)
Grilled Garden Vegetables | Roasted Garlic Hummus| Spring greens | Balsamic | Kettle chips

Chef’s Flatbread $15
Chefs Daily Creation | Garden Salad

Duck wings $16 (GF/DF)
Frenched King Cole Duck Wings | Sweet and spicy glaze | Asian Carrot Slaw | Toasted Sesame

Rainbow Trout $17 (GF)
VQA Pan Sauce Rainbow trout | Mediterranean Quinoa Salad | VQA Pan Sauce | Micro greens

Children’s Menu

Kettle chips available in place of the vegetable sticks (upon request)

Grilled Cheese $10
Served with vegetable sticks and low-fat ranch

Mac and Cheese $10
Penne pasta with cauliflower cheese sauce

Gluten-free Chicken Nuggets $10
Served with vegetable sticks and low-fat ranch


Chef’s Sweet Scones $6
Chef’s Creation | Butter | Fruit Preserve

Tiramisu $7
Espresso soaked Lady Fingers | Mascarpone Crème | Cocoa


Coffee $3
Medium Roast | Regular or Decaffeinated

Tea $3
Orange Pekoe | English Breakfast | Earl Grey | Green | Lemon | Mint | Chamomile | Decaffeinated Black

Canned Soft Drink $3
Coke | Diet Coke | Sprite | Ginger Ale

Assorted Juices $3
Apple | Orange

6oz- $7  9oz- $11

Good Natured-  Chardonnay
Peller Estates- Pinot Grigio

Good Natured – Merlot/Gamay
Peller Estates- Cabernet Sauvignon

XOXO Botanical Wine Spritzers – $9
Strawberry Hibiscus
Peach Orange blossom
Raspberry Rhubarb

Domestic Bottle- $6
Import Bottle-$7
Craft -Tall Can- $9

V =Vegetarian, VG = Vegan, DF = Dairy Free, GF = Gluten Free

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 temporarily closed.

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.