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Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens

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Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, this restaurant offers a relaxing ambiance, casual elegance, and charming garden vistas to create a modern wedding experience. Shaughnessy Restaurant is an exceptional choice for couples seeking a sophisticated alternative to more traditional wedding venues. Make your wedding dreams a reality at the Shaughnessy Restaurant in the famous 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Facilities and capacity

Shaughnessy Restaurant’s slate and wood floor reflects old-world charm and warmth. The beauty of the room, which can hold up to 200 standing guests, is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling pure drape swaths. Skylights, white gravels on the walls, and potted plants give the feeling of the lush Botanical Garden indoors. The beautiful dining room can seat up to 160 guests, and the heated covered patio offers lovely views of the garden which makes for a stunning backdrop for any wedding ceremony. The venue features plenty of space for a dance floor.

Services offered

The passionate and energetic team of Shaughnessy Restaurant will guide couples throughout the planning process to ensure a hassle-free and memorable event. Couples have the flexibility to bring in their own vendors for additional services. Complimentary provisions include the following:

  • Wedding cake table and cake knife
  • Guest book table and gift table
  • Printed menus for plated meals
  • Tented table numbers
  • Standard background house music
  • Tea light candles
  • Votives
  • Assorted plant stands


Shaughnessy is seasonal, innovative, and contemporary West coast inspired comfort food. We offer special menus for weddings, and the culinary team is happy to customize the menu to suit unique needs and requirements. The wedding packages include hors d’oeuvres, canapes, plated dinner, a half bottle of house red or white wine, a sparkling wine toast, and a one-hour open bar for cocktail hour.

Other services

Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens can be booked for wedding ceremonies and receptions, and it also offers services for other wedding-related events. Engagement parties and bridal showers can be hosted at this venue.


Shaughnessy Restaurant was named after two Vancouver landmarks -- the old golf course that sat on the VanDusen Botanical Garden site in the 1940s and '50s and the surrounding neighbourhood. Renowned interior designers, including Wade King, helped in creating its vivacious yet intimate ambiance and decor.


Shaughnessy Restaurant is minutes from downtown Vancouver. It is approximately 13 minutes away from Vancouver International Airport.

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4.2 of 5.0

Kristy Lim

Married on 08/09/2018

1.8 View more
  • Quality of service Unacceptable
  • Value Acceptable
  • Professionalism Unacceptable
  • Responsiveness Acceptable
  • Flexibility Unacceptable

I don⠹t recommend this venue!

I don’t recommend this place. Overall, their service doesn’t deserve my money. I had my wedding here recently, and there were sooo many issues. Issue with Vendor Access - My ceremony was supposed to ... Read more to start at 4:30 pm and my vendors couldnt access the venue until 3:00 pm because there were lunch customers sitting in the dining area. DJ, florist, and all my friends had to rush setting everything up wihtin 1 hour and that caused sooo much stress. The timeline doesn’t make sense to me. One hour is insane. What kind of wedding venue does this? Water leakage in our ceremony area - My wedding day was raining. Water was leaking from the roof and two of guests were affected by the rain during the ceremony. I CAN’T BELIEVE this. We complained and the owner actually said that we need to contact the City Hall because it’s their responsibility. They gave me $250 refund but that’s like nothing compared to how much I spent that evening. I spent so much on this wedding and felt like nobody from the restaurant was even trying to help or facilitate the wedding. There was a small issue with my headtable. Based on their floor chart they sent me, I was told that 8 people can fit in to the table, but learned that it’s not the case TWO DAYS BEFORE MY WEDDING. I couldn’t change my seating chart that last minute , so two people from my wedding party had to sit on the side of the headtable. I learned that TWO DAYS BEFORE. Not acceptable. Now, another issue- there were only two children in our wedding and they charged for three meals. The owner i spoke to was insisting that they are correct, but there’s no way that one of the kids would have eatened second meal on that evening. Again, they are givining me a trouble for such a small issue. They actually said “it’s only twenty one dollars” and what’s-the-big-deal attitude. You get enough stress for your wedding. You don’t need your wedding venue to give you any extra stress on top. They should work with you and help you. I strongly don’t recommend here.
Nicole Siu

Married on 03/09/2016

5.0 View more
  • Quality of service Excellent
  • Value Excellent
  • Professionalism Excellent
  • Responsiveness Excellent
  • Flexibility Excellent
Shaughnessy restaurant & Toni did a fabulous job with our wedding from start to finish. The food, service and quality were what we were hoping and more. I don't think you could ask for more from a ... Read more venue!
Jessica Collins-Lam

Married on 15/08/2015

5.0 View more
  • Quality of service Excellent
  • Value Excellent
  • Professionalism Excellent
  • Responsiveness Excellent
  • Flexibility Excellent
We held our rehearsal dinner here and were so impressed with the quality of the service and food and we felt very well taken care of. The servers were very pleasant to work with and accommodated our ... Read more requests to adjust the timing of each course to ensure we had time for speeches. We were able to have the back room of the restaurant to ourselves and it was such a beautiful space. Would highly recommend this as a great rehearsal dinner venue!
Lauren Monique

Married on 11/07/2015

4.4 View more
  • Quality of service Acceptable
  • Value Excellent
  • Professionalism Good
  • Responsiveness Excellent
  • Flexibility Excellent
I loved this venue the minute I saw it and knew it was exactly the location I wanted for our wedding. My review would not have been nearly so strong in the planning stages, but the day of the wedding ... Read more wedding everything went absolutely perfectly. I was concerned as their event manager is hardly what you would call a lover of weddings. I always felt like I was a bother when I contacted the venue, and they often didn't have precise answers for me. (Ex: I was making my own table runners, and I asked them how long their tables are... but they told me to just come in and measure them myself. Each table is the same size and they just push them together! You don't know how long your tables are?) That being said, they were very flexible. We were able to bring in our own desserts and snacks made by friends and family, we had lots of space to store our decor, and were even able to drop it off on Friday and pick it up Sunday, which was incredibly helpful. Plus, the day of, the service was impeccable. The servers were always extremely knowledgable and I didn't worry at all about how my guests were being taken care of. Plus... the place is stunning. You might be a bit stressed along the way, but in the end, the sheer beauty of the place is worth it!
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5.0 View more
  • Quality of service Excellent
  • Value Excellent
  • Professionalism Excellent
  • Responsiveness Excellent
  • Flexibility Excellent
We had our wedding reception here at Shaughnessy Restaurant. We absolutely loved it! It was summer and it was beautiful to have the view of the garden surrounding the restaurant. We had the use of the ... Read more lobby and the front and back patio where our guests could be around. The interior was exactly what we wanted too - simple, classic, clean with touches of natural elements. The staff were so accommodating and provided great suggestions during our planning of the space, timing, and meals. They provided excellent service to us and our guests. We received so many compliments on the food and drinks as well. They really helped make the night go so smoothly especially during transitional times. We really feel like they were celebrating with us as well! We were overjoyed to have celebrated our wedding at Shaughnessy Restaurant. Our guests agreed with our choice as well. I am pleased to recommend Shaughnessy Restaurant to anyone who is looking to hold an event or simply just to enjoy a great meal in a beautiful atmosphere.
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