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

Facilities and capacity

Shaughnessy Restaurant鈥檚 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. In addition, the venue features plenty of space for a dance floor. While Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens can be booked for wedding ceremonies and receptions, it also offers services for engagement parties and bridal showers.

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

Cuisine

Shaughnessy creates 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鈥檕euvres, 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.

History

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.

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Historic
Restaurant

Describe the style of your venue:

Classic
Garden
Rustic

What kind of settings are available?

Covered outdoor
Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bridal suite
Catering / bar
Liability insurance

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Limited bar
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Dance floor
Furniture
Lighting
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$12,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$10,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,650

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Chairs
Tables
Linens
China
Flatware
Glassware
Parking
Bridal suite

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$65

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$65

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$65

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$22

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$7.50

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
Open bar
House beer
House wine
House liquor
Bartenders
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    Anjela B. Married on 26/05/2023
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    T'was absolutely amazing!

    We hosted a reception party to celebrate our wedding at the end of May 2023. If we could give Shaughnessy more stars we would. Everything from initial communication to day of service, was easy, smooth and an overall great experience. We had a great time including our guests and we've gotten a lot of compliments for the fantastic venue and food. Much appreciation to Carlle and the Shaughnessy team! They provide all your venue needs, minus the extra decorations, but tbh you don't need a lot decorations for a place like this. 100% recommend to anyone looking for an intimate, elegant, and giving that warm-loving vibe venue/event.
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    Leila D. Married on 07/01/2023
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    The most lovely day

    Well my wedding day was a rainy cold vancouver day, but is that a surprise? But luckily I was in the cozy comfort of the Shaughnessy restaurant!
    Food: out of this world, every single person absolutely loved it! I even had time to eat as the bride which went against what everyone had been warning me - that brides never eat on their wedding day!
    Service: speedy!! My parents especially noted that their drinks were never empty :D and the servers were on it, professional and very courteous.
    Dance floor: another slight difference with this venue is they don't have a proper dance floor, they clear tables away and let you set up a DJ or your own system. I thought they were also very fast at moving things, I didn't even notice that 3 tables were missing!! So make sure you put the young people at those tables!
    communication: only one person runs the wedding events at Shaughnessy and it is a popular and busy place! sometimes it would take a few days for her to respond via email, Yet she was professional, thorough and adaptable to my needs and questions.
    Gardens: unfortunately we were not able to use the Van Dusen gardens to our advantage, but the scenery of the gardens in the background all lit up for a January wedding still was beautiful - also parking is free and very available, there was absolutely no issues there!
    Setting up: this is the only part that was difficult for me to coordinate as you can only set up and take down on the day of the event, yet if you hire a separate vendor and/or put your family and friends to work (thanks y'all!!) the restaurant staff and management were very accommodating letting us get access asap, and come the day before to use a storage room to drop off decorations and things!

    Overall I was very satisfied with the service, venue and cost of the event. I thought the basic package of $80 a meal with table service was fair, and we didn't even go over our alcohol budge, altogether a memorable affair.
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    Catherine M. Married on 29/12/2022
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    Exceptional Wedding Reception

    Shaughnessy Restaurant, Carlle and the whole hospitality team delivered and exceptional Wedding Reception. The food and drinks were delicious. The atmosphere was supreme. The team were the best of people who engaged super well with ourselves and our guests. Shaughnessy Restaurant will forever be our favourite Restaurant in the world.
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    Mitchell H. Married on 24/09/2022
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    Professional, Friendly, and Fantastic!

    I honestly couldn't imagine a better place to have a wedding. The staff were all so amazing and professional, there was never a lull in service, and they made my husband and I feel special the entire night! The reviews for the food came in quickly and everyone was in resounding agreement that it was THE BEST wedding food they had ever had. Ever heard of bland dry chicken? Well you aren't going to find that here. They also worked with us in creating some absolutely delicious signature cocktails and went so far as to make fresh orange juice for one of the drinks without us even asking! Again, I cant recommend this place enough, and when you look at their fees you will realize that the wedding of your dreams isn't so far away! 10/10!!
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    Stephen L. Married on 25/06/2022
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    High Quality Service and Professionalism

    Even during a pandemic, the event coordinators ensured we had ample opportunity to discuss the wedding through virtual meetings and on-site appointments. They were patient and prompt in answering all of our questions throughout the planning process. The wedding reception went as smoothly as we could have hoped and all of the staff were incredibly accommodating!
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    Michael Y. Married on 12/06/2022
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    Beautiful vendue, friendliest staff

    The venue is so beautiful and with all the wood and was just the right size for our wedding of 100.
    The staff and planners were all so accommodating and their genuine joy of working with us to create our perfect wedding made the evening even more special.
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    Haley Married on 28/05/2022
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    Incredible, Amazing, Showstopping, Spectacular, Never the same

    My husband and I used Shaughnessy Restaurant for our wedding reception and it was wonderful. The staff at Shaughnessy were excellent and the service throughout the evening was seamless. Carlle, Jaqueline and the team listened to what we wanted and worked with out planners to execute the vision perfectly. They were easy to get in contact with, quick on the uptake and completely professional in every way. As far as the actual dinner, the chef worked with us to create a custom seasonal menu that was simply delicious. We got so many remarks afterwards, not just about the way everything tasted but the way it was presented - they really delivered the fine dining style we were looking for. I couldn't recommend Shaughnessy Restaurant enough, they took care of everything and we had the best night ever. Thank you so much!
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    Jacquelyn Married on 23/04/2022
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    One Stop Venue!

    When we first walked into Shaughnessy Restaurant, we knew this was going to be our venue! We wanted a venue where we could ceremony, reception & photos all together.
    We had coordinated with Jacqueline & Carlle and they were both very responsive via email and helped us navigate our wedding when the Omicron spike hit. The kitchen team was able to help accommodate our menu to help our guests with dietary restrictions. We loved the selection of food and menu options for our cocktail hour & reception. The wait staff team were also very friendly, attentive and checked in on my husband and I throughout the day to see if we needed anything.
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    Joanna B. Married on 21/04/2022
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    Beautiful venue

    Our simple intimate wedding reception was wonderful. It was perfect in every way and it was all because of the entire Shaughnessy team. Our guests enjoyed their meal. The chef really did an amazing job. Our servers were great too, especially Terry our head server. She was so nice and made sure everything was to our liking. Carlie too was great.

    I am extremely glad we hosted our wedding reception at their beautiful restaurant. It really was our first choice and I couldn't be happier when we booked Shaughnessy. Thank you again for making our wedding so special.

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