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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12 Reviews for Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens
Kara Mcclure · Married on 06 of September of 2019
Shaughnessy Restaurant was the perfect venue for our ceremony and reception! The wedding and events manager Carlle had excellent communication throughout the entire planning process with us! She made all our requests possible at the venue! The food was Amazing, we had guests calling and texting us days after the wedding to rave about the food again! The space is adjacent to VanDusen Gardens so there are plenty of spots to take awesome photos!Sent on 09/09/2019
Kristy Lim · Married on 08 of September of 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,
Stacy · Married on 17 of August of 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 of July of 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!
Jamie Park · Married on 07 of July of 2019
Beautiful Venue for our special day
We had our wedding reception here after having a ceremony at Vandusen Garden. Everyone loved the food, especially the appetizers during the cocktail reception. Carrle was very accommodating and responsive in helping us plan our reception. During the reception, one of the mangers at the restaurant (i forgot his name!), was kind enough to suggest perhaps we should stop serving shots and close the bar earlier in order to keep our costs down and to ensure everyone drinks responsibly. We really appreciated it as the bill would have been quite high if we didn't stop. I'd highly recommend this place!Sent on 16/07/2019
Shaughnessy Restaurant at Vandusen Botanical Gardens's reply:Jamie,
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