Dining & Catering
Dining & Catering at the Garden
Meals are not allowed to be brought into the Garden. Snacks are permitted; however, we ask guests to please eat at tables in the Children's Garden. There are a couple of reasons for this: the Garden has a contract with on-site caterer Meriwether Godsey; also there are often issues related to picnicking and trash. Read more: Garden's Guidelines for a Great Visit.
There are a number of excellent choices for your dining pleasure; please see below.
Meriwether Godsey provides all food service at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and is the exclusive on-site caterer for all events. Contact information:
Meriwether Godsey at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 262-9887, ext. 352/226
Susan V. Hicklin, General Manager
Learn more about Meriwether Godsey's partnership with the Garden and their use of local foods.
A casual self-service style cafe in the Visitors Center. Prices range $5 - $10.
Garden admission not required.
Open daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Light Fare: 10 - 11 a.m.; 3 - 4 p.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
SEE THE MENU
PLEASE NOTE: The Garden Cafe will be closed Aug. 4 - Sept. 12. There will be food service at Bloemendaal House and in the Tea House during this time; garden admission or membership is required. See details.
Restaurant dining in a beautiful setting overlooking the Garden.
Prices range $8 - 15.
Tea House lunch reservations: (804) 262-9887, x 399
Tea House special event reservations (including GardenFest): (804) 262-9887, x 329
Meriwether Godsey is the exclusive caterer for the Garden.
Visit the Catering Page for more details on menus & pricing for Facility Rental Events including weddings, corporate meetings, private events and holiday parties.
The Celebrations Package is perfect for showers, bridesmaid luncheons and day-after wedding brunches.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a certified Virginia Green Attraction.
The Perfect Choice for Groups of 15 or More
Semi-private dining includes admission, meals, taxes & gratuity
(804) 262-9887, ext. 322
During GardenFest of Lights (804) 262-9887, ext. 345 or 224
Meriwether Godsey provides
a la carte dining for all Garden special events, including Mother's Day, Father's Day , Flowers After 5 and more.
Snack and drink machines are available in the Children's Garden