About Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens
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.
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:
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.
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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14 Reviews for Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens
Carolyn Klein · Married on 09/11/2019
Best wedding venue for amazing food and beautiful atmosphere!
Carlle and the team at Shaughnessy nailed our wedding vision - amazing food, cozy atmosphere, and an intimate setting! We are so incredibly happy with our decision to get married there and would recommend it to anyone - it is such a hidden gem and much more cost affordable without losing anything on quality than many expensive Vancouver venues!Sent on 03/12/2019
We were able to get married outside on their covered and heated patio in November in the rain - it was incredibly beautiful, cozy, dry (not a single person got wet/no drainage issues whatsoever, and most of all warm! I was completely comfortable and warm in my wedding dress! We loved being able to have an outdoor ceremony in the middle of fall :) The food was incredibly good, and we got rave reviews about the food all night long! All the servers and bartenders were incredibly friendly and thoughtful throughout the night as well.
Carlle was incredibly great to work with, and very prompt and thoughtful with her communication and was very accommodating to my and my husband's wishes. We look forward to coming back to Shaughnessy for many years to come and it will always have a fond place in our hearts.
Kristy Lim · Married on 08/09/2018
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.Sent on 29/09/2018
Issue with Vendor Access - My ceremony was supposed 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.
Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens's reply:Hi Kristy,
Dani Yu · Married on 14/09/2019
Venue of a Bride's Dreams
The restaurant itself is already gorgeous with a garden view and rustic-ish looking decor, we chose this venue in a heartbeat. Our coordinator was very easy to work with and responsive. The food was amazing that all the guests couldn't stop complimenting about it. Choosing this venue is one of the best choices I've made for my wedding.Sent on 22/01/2020
Stacy · Married on 17/08/2019
I'll start by saying the actual wedding night staff were phenomenal. They were professional but fun and did a fantastic job. The food was also great the night of.Sent on 31/08/2019
Planning the wedding at the restaurant was another story unfortunately. The coordinator was very inflexible and tried to charge us an extra $200 administration fee that we did not agree to on our original contract. She slipped it onto our final invoice without saying anything and hoped we wouldn't notice. We asked her to remove it which she did, and then she put it back on the bill we paid the night of the wedding, again hoping we wouldn't notice. Unfortunately food tastings are also not free even if you've booked your wedding, but the food is delicious. There were many other small inconveniences we experienced while working with the coordinator which were very frustrating and make me hesitant to recommend the venue.
Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens's reply:We are thrilled to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your wedding day with us, Stacy. That's truly what matters most to us! The wedding coordinator had a lovely time helping you plan many parts of your wedding, with much email communication, phone calls, and in person meetings.
William Heng · Married on 28/07/2019
This venue already looks beautiful naturally as I did not want to get married on a golf course. The staff at Shaughnessy Restaurant were very professional and the food/drink quality was superb. It is right outside VanDusen as well so very easy to take some beautiful pictures. Only 2 things, we had confirmed 93 guests but only 85 or so showed up - we still got charged for the food/drinks for the empty seats. For pictures we were not allowed on the VanDusen side.Sent on 15/08/2019
Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens's reply:William, we are so happy to hear of how much you loved our venue and the experience at your wedding. Thank you so much for choosing us for such a special day!
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