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Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens

Vancouver, British Columbia View map
4.8 out of 5 rating 36 reviews
15 to 175 Guests

About

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.

Highlights

Availability

Type

Historic, restaurant

Style

Classic, garden, rustic

Event Services

Bridal suite, catering / bar, liability insurance

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$12,000

Plated Service (per head)

$65

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

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 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 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 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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    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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    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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    Megan S. Married on 02/04/2022
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    Even better than we imagined.

    The Shaughnessy Restaurant was the PERFECT venue for our all-in-one wedding location. They were incredibly attentive, helpful, honest, kind, considerate to our needs and budget and the service was absolutely flawless. The staff on the day was so first class. The food, spectacular. I literally wouldn't have changed a thing.
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    Sam T. Married on 18/09/2021
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    A dream come true

    Jacqueline and the team at Shaughnessy truly made our dreams come true for our September 2021 wedding. Jacqueline was always responsive and open to questions as we navigated changing restrictions. We so appreciate their attention to detail and flexibility. The day of experience was magical - the backdrop of VanDusen gardens, beauty of the venue and the exceptional service of the staff really was the cherry on top of an incredible day. For approximately 50 guests, Shaughnessy restaurant was the PERFECT venue for us to have an intimate and romantic ceremony and reception. Guests are still raving about the food from both cocktail hour and dinner!
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    Alison Married on 28/11/2020
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    The perfect setting for our wedding celebration

    We loved having our wedding celebration at Shaughnessy Restaurant. It was the perfect place to bring our garden party vision to life.

    The food, service, and planning in the lead up was all fantastic, and people had a wonderful time. The restaurant was also great at working with our planner, and they made the experience really seamless.
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    Allison M. Married on 26/09/2020
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    Amazing experience!

    Our September 26 wedding at Shaughnessy was absolutely perfect!

    Carlle, The Events & Weddings Manager, was so wonderful to work with throughout the entire planning process. She was highly communicative, willing to chat anytime, and ensured that all of our questions were answered and our needs were met. We were faced with a few curveballs through the planning process, and Carlle worked patiently with us every time a new covid restriction came out to pivot our plans and ensure we could still have our special day. We are so, so happy we decided to move forward with an intimate event and are so grateful for her support in making it happen.

    The setting itself is so beautiful - the covered patio is the perfect ceremony venue with the garden as the backdrop. The space feels warm, intimate, and is really such a naturally beautiful setting that doesn't require a ton of decor.

    On the day of the wedding, the staff were incredible. They were so friendly, accommodating, and really went above and beyond to make sure everything went perfectly. The venue was set up beautifully, the food was absolutely delicious, and the service was amazing.

    I would highly recommend Shaunessy as a venue for both ceremony and reception - we are so happy we chose them for our wedding and we are so grateful for everything they did to make our day perfect!
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    Carolyn K. Married on 09/11/2019
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    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!

    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.

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Deals

Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens 1
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Book a wedding in January or February 2023 and receive the following discounts*:

Friday or Sunday evenings - $6500 minimum spend on food and beverage, before tax/gratuity/fees. Normal rates for a Friday/Sunday are $10,000 or more. That's almost a $4000 saving.

Saturdays - $8000 minimum spend on food and beverage, before tax/gratuity/fees. Normal rates for a Saturday are $12,000 or more. That's at least a $4000 saving.

*For weddings of 50 guests and over, choose us as your wedding venue for a Saturday in January or February, and receive a discounted minimum F&B charge. Offer for exclusive events only. You will also receive a discounted ceremony fee should you choose to hold your ceremony with us on our outdoor covered patio or in our foyer.

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