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Aura Restaurant Nashville
Aura Restaurant Nashville

Aura Restaurant Nashville Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://auratherestaurant.com
  • Email: Info@auratherestaurant.com
  • Phone: (615) 730-8418
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday- Saturday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Late Night Bites: 9 PM - Close, Sunday Brunch 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Mathew Igwonobe
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Whatever the occasion, AURA Restaurant warmly invites you to join us as you host your next event. Private dining areas to fit groups of 10, 40, 70+ are available.

    Networking Event
    Corporate Meetings/Dining
    Rehearsal Dinners
    Graduation Celebrations

    We offer creatively infused contemporary American cuisine, extensive wines and cocktails in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Call us today to assist in creating the occasion to be remembered!

    For Groups of 10 or more:

    Email: info@auratherestaurant.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 18th and 19th
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet available until 9pm weekdays and 10pm weekends.
A word from Aura Restaurant Nashville
Aura is a casual fine dining restaurant nestled in the heart of Nashville. We are located on Division St. in Midtown, walking distance to Music Row, Broadway, Demonbreun, and Vanderbilt.

Aura sources fresh seafood, farm to table items, and many local and specialty ingredients. A few featured items are: Peppercorn Glazed Grilled Pork Chop, Rainbow Kale Salad, Alligator Ribs, Edamame Hummus, and Ginger Chocolate Cake.

At the bar you will find hand crafted cocktails consisting of martinis, specialties, and classics, craft beer on draft, and a unique selection of boutique wine by the glass and bottle. We offer our house wine on tap from a refrigerated cask. We offer special small plates for Happy Hour and Late Night. (Check out our Facebook Page for ongoing specials.)

Our team is dedicated to delivering the best service in Nashville. We invite you to come try this unforgettable experience!
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Diner Reviews
  • "The dishes were not well described and the menu was somewhat limited. The feta cheese dip was tasty. The salmon presentation was odd. The seafood pasta was almost all shrimp. The trout was good. We had had great recommendation on the food, but it was from the "winter" menu, not the "spring." It was OK, but disappointing. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant for my friends birthday dinner because I love to try new digs. However I should of payed attention to the yelp reviews which I hardly ever do. This restaurant was beyond dead. Besides another table we were the only ones in there. With that being said you would think service would be top notched, and we would get in and out of there. However, that wasn't the case. Dinner took 1.5 hrs. It took 15 minutes just for our drink orders to be taken. If you want speedy service this isn't the place. The goat cheese fondue was excellent as were the crawfish potato skins. I don't know why they call themselves fusion cuisine. Their main entree menu I could get at any number of restaurants.Not somewhere I'd make reservations again"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My husband is a hobby chef so quality food means a lot to our family & our knowledge base is broad since that is his passion. We are very particular with every aspect of our dining experience & this eatery was a give across the board. Our server was very friendly. & aware of the specifics of each item. The atmosphere was lovely & appealing. Each course was presented in great style & the flavors were unique & appetizing. At the end of our meal, the owner came to the table & we had the best visit with him, very personable . My husband & he had quiet a lot in common to discuss in the food world & even had some mutual friends in common. We could not have enough great things to say! We will be regulars:"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overpriced, stingy quantity, over-described, i. e., the description of the dish did not match what appeared on the plate."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great service. Fun modern scene. Great food. Menu on open table is not completely updated. We went for the alligator ribs and the trip Creme brûlée and they no longer were serving either of those. The crawfish potatos and goat cheese fondue were amazing though! We had a great experience here."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My husband and I went on a Monday night so there were not many people, which actually made us wonder if it was a good place to dine. We were pleasantly surprised. Our service was spot-on, and all of our dishes were very flavorful. We shared the mushroom soup, New York strip, shrimp potato custard, and braised kale. The wines did seem to be a little over-priced, but since we went during happy hour each glass was half off. When we first arrived it was still fairly bright in the restaurant, and the music was a tad loud, but as the evening went on, the lighting dimmed and the ambiance improved. We will likely dine here again."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Excellent food and great service. The restaurant is a little off the beaten path for Nashville but well worth the effort to find it. I will definitely go again if we are in the area."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went to Aura to have a celebratory dinner, and the food was fantastic. We ordered the Filet, the Macaroni and Cheese, and the edamame hummus to start. I would highly recommend the food. Absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Loud music with windows open and motocycle noise competing with the music ...very little atmosphere...very good service...food only fair...angel hair pasta ruined with excessive soy sauce... practically empty on a Friday night...There are to many great restaurants in Nashville that would adress issues like those at Aura....They will have to change or probably will not be an ongoing business."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food - the goat cheese fondue was exceptional; my steak was cooked like I like it but the quality of the meat could have been better (a little tough); my fiance's salmon had good flavor but was very very mild Service - they really need more staff, but our server (Clay) checked in often and was very attentive given how stretched he was Ambience - got a little rowdy but I can chalk that up to the bachelor/bachelorette parties happening and it being St. Patty's weekend"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We finally left after we did not see a waiter for over half an hour. He brought us drinks, took our order, and then disappeared. This is the second such event at Aura, and we do not plan to go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Aura last Friday to celebrate her getting a new job. First, the first reservation we could get was at 8:45 and when we got there the restaurant was only about 1/4 full. I ordered Grouper and when it was brought out it litterally smelled like sewage. I have never smelled food that awful. It was obviously old and spoiled. I have no idea how that it was sent out of the kitchen. Surely someone besides my wife and I can smell rotting fish... The server took it back and said I could get anything else comped sp I ordered filet, which my wife was having, and it was pretty good. we both ordered desert (only because they said anything would be comped) and when the bill was brought out it had everything execpt my filet.."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Excellent brunch with a wide variety of choices. Friendly staff and attentive servers."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "There should be at least a 30 day wait list to get in! This is my second time dining here (first time was May 2013). Food was awesome (I've enjoyed the steak wrap and salmon) and the experience has been awesomely consistent!!! Both times I have been there with 4-12 people in my group and EVERYBODY has raved about their entree. Oh yeah, the mixed drinks were great...I love the southwestern margarita..it's a HOT twist...yum! I noticed the happy hour and we will definitely be back...maybe even this week to try the filet! A shout out to our server, Amy, she rocks! Make your reservation TODAY!!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I didn't know about Aura till I find out about my perk from work and got a $50 certificate. I love food and new experiences. Im absolutely impressed by Aura! Food was excellent! My family is considering this place for a family get together in a few days. I want to thank Mark for a great experience! He is so I want from my server! he gave us great advice on the menu. We will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We really enjoyed Aura! The food was great and the atmosphere was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable, made great recommendations and helped with any question we had. The only objection is the dressing on my husband's salad was too spicy."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My partner and I had booked a dinner reservation at Aura before a big event the night after Valentine’s day. We arrived promptly at the time of our reservation and was sat by the hostess. The menus were cheap and covered in food particles from previous patrons and the restaurant was nearly empty. I was dressed in a gown and my partner in a feminine suit. We waited so long for service that we already had all of our drinks, apps and entrees picked out before we even received a table greet. After over 15 minutes of waiting the hostess sat a couple at the table right next to us and they were served immediately. We got up from our tables and left. Maybe we were not Welcome..."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food came very quickly-way too quickly. When we ate it the reason seemed obvious. It tasted as if it had been cooked some time before and merely kept under a warmer. There is no excuse for a restaurant to be out of all the Pinot Noirs on it's wine list on a Friday night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The dinner was very well priced for the options. My only negative comment was, as always, with my biggest food per peeve, the collard greens that came with my shrimp had WAY too much if a vinegar taste. Even just eating them as the side dish, it was overwhelming and I couldn't eat more than a few bites. I did substitute the sweet potato fries with asparagus which went immaculately with the flavor if the shrimp. My fiancé ordered the chicken angel hair and we had absolutely no complaints with his plate, it was delicious!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The restaurant was about half full and not too busy. My husband and I waited an hour and a half for our entrees due to the waiter forgetting to put our food order in. We had to ask our waiter 2-3 times for a refill on our water. Twice he dropped off food to our table that was not ours. Our table was small and dirty dishes were not cleared until the table was so cluttered, we had to stack them high and eventually put them on an empty table next to us. I tried to talk to a manager, but he was too busy talking on his cell phone on a personal call. The food was good, but the service ruined our dining experience at Aura."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Hummus was excellent. Grouper and scallops prepared correctly, but not to my simple request. Reservations are iffy at best. I had an 8:15 reservation and they tried to seat us in the lounge right next to the musicians loud speaker. Next, it was a dirty and unstable high top in the bar, finally, they put us in a nice booth in the dining room that was open the whole time? Really? I'll give it one more try when I can order off the full menu. I wouldn't recommend at this point. Music is way too loud for dinner IMO."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Found this on open table and it had decent reviews. It was valentines day so I give a bit of grace on the fact that our salad came seconds before the entree. Entrees were good not great. Couple of choices from a sparse menu. The decor and ambience were far below average for our experience in Nashville. I can't say we were excited or disappointed about Aura. All I can say is that we would not run out and recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Price to value is poor. Nothing special about this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "So when you try to glam up basic sometimes its a flop. We went for valentines dinner, menus were printed on sheets of paper with Valentines Menu at the top so I am not sure if the menu was totally different for the holiday or if this is how things are normally. The options were all strange, and minimal on the description of entree. The crawfish potato skin appetizers were great. Dinner was so so. We also ordered lobster mac & cheese for $12 for a small additional side. That was the best thing that we ate there but it tasted just like kraft shells and cheese with lobster thrown in. My husband also really liked the horseradish mashed potato's. The general impression was trying to hard. And watching the faces of other diners we were not alone"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I usually take bad reviews with a grain of salt, but this time those reviews were unfortunately correct. My husband & I had reservations for 6pm on a Friday night. When we arrived, the restaurant was still pretty empty. Within a few minutes of being seated, we had not been greeted by a server. No big deal. Maybe they were still getting into the swing of the evening. Nope. 25 ENTIRE MINUTES elapsed, and not a single server had graced us with his/her presence. I would have left sooner, but my husband wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt...to no avail. We finally just got up & left. No water, no cocktails, no how-de-do. Nothing. If I could give this restaurant zero stars, I would, because that's the amount of service we received. :("
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was respectable, although the portion seemed small for the cost of the meal. I had hoped to get our drinks sooner than 20 minutes after arriving, and our food sooner than 45 minutes, considering there were only four tables occupied with multiple servers working. The music was loud enough that I had difficulty conversing with others in my party. Decor was on its way to being upscale, but was worsened by loss of attention to smaller details (e.g. Upscale sink in the bathroom with a disposable Softsoap dispenser next to it, and paper towels on the counter with no apparent designated place). Overall, it was ok, as long as you don't mind waiting and have good company with you."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I have visited Aura several times now and this was my first time here for Brunch. Once again, the service is very good and the actual restaurant is nicely decorated, but I still stay firm in the fact that the food is really not great. I had the Spicy Chicken Waffle and the chicken was very dry as well as the waffle. My friends had the Egg White Omlette and were underwhelmed. One of my friend's ordered a speciality drink and it came so strong that she was unable to drink it as it tasted of pure alcohol. They try so hard and I know they are struggling. I do hope that they get their act together and can stay afloat, but this will be my last time here. There are too many great restaurants in Nashville with comparable prices and better food."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "First time the place was awesome. This was our second visit and management MUST have changed. First key should have been out of house wine. Second key when they came back and asked me to change my order (lack of). Then both salmon and grouper were horrible. I could have closed my eyes and both tasted the same."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We were exuberantly greeted by the hostess. The server was friendly, attentive and helpful. We ordered the blackened chicken app which was excellent. We both ordered the salmon with shrimp mashed potato and mushrooms. It took a while to come but it was worth the wait. Then it got busy and we lost our server's attention. We ordered the bread pudding which was inedible since the "sauce" that was poured on top hardened to the point that it stuck to our teeth and the plate. I was afraid I'd lose a crown (no exaggeration). The bread pudding was bland but our server was too busy to mention it. Bottom line: good experience and, because of the friendliness of the staff we dealt with and the food, we will give it another try."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food was awesome! While it is pricy, the quality ingredients and dishes they serve reflects what the price should be! The service, however, was kind of slow for an almost empty restaurant on a Friday night. Not to mention it took 3 tries for them to have a beer in stock that a friend requested. Overall, great food and place, especially if you don't mind spending around $25 a plate for dinner. You won't be disappointed with the good. I had Roasted Salmon if you want recommendations!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Oh wow...am I ever thrilled I found AURA on the Living Social website. I am from out of town, and spotted AURA on the Living Social site while looking for restaurants to try. Two of my Nashville friends (who had never heard of the place) and I had brunch there last Sunday. It was beyond amazing. I had made reservations online, but that was not necessary at all. When we arrived, there were not many people there, and I immediately hoped I hadn't made a poor restaurant selection; well...quite the contrary. We were greeted by an adorable waiter (shout out to Clay) who took great care of us. We started off with appetizers, and finished with dessert. The food was outstanding, and I had 2 different hand-crafted drinks that were to die for!!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Aura never fails to disappoint with their menu. The food is skillfully prepared, artfully presented and simply delicious. The appetizers compliment the entrees perfectly as do the wines and cocktails. The desserts are sinful. Aura is a local treasure to Nashville, one of my absolute favorites."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Nice ambience, romantic feel, candlelit and quiet. We had the crawfish potato skins, they were good, however, there was not enough sauce which make them dry. I had the seafood pasta with the potato pancake side. The pasta was well cooked, some of the seafood was a little tough. The pancakes needed some type of sauce with them. My husband had the fish with scallops and was very pleased with them. He also had a side of kale which he also enjoyed. The service was lackluster, and our waiter kept apologizing for our wait. Service was definitely inconsistent. We used a coupon for our dining which I'm glad we were as I don't think the prices warrant the service and quality of food."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "So we have been several times to Aura, usually it was empty and the food pretty average. We went this weekend and the restaurant was actually almost full, and the food we got was good! I have always wanted to like this restuarant, and finally I think I do! The filet and pork chop were great, the only complaint we had was we wish a vegetable was served with them in addition to the potatoes. They used to have wine on tap, which was really good and a neat feature for a restaurant, but our server told us they were either out or it was being discontinued, we had some trouble understanding him. Overall, I would recommend Aura, hopefully they have finally figured out how to get and keep customers coming back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Though we did not have a good experience the management responded favorably and reduced our bill. Perhaps they can turn things around."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had reservations for 2 and were seated right away. It went downhill from there. Waited 40 minutes to get a glass of wine and order appetizers. There was confusion over which server was responsible for our table. The appetizers finally arrived another 20 minutes later but were terrible. Didn't bother to order entrees. We left and went somewhere else for dinner. Will not go back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I made a reservation for Brunch on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Aura to celebrate my birthday. When we arrived there was only one other table with customers, 4 people total & they left shortly after we arrived. There appeared to be only 1 server/person working, we joked that he must have had to cook the food as well, because we arrived at 11 am & our whole dining experience took 2 hours...understandable if the restaurant was packed! Our waffles were borderline cold, my husband didn't receive part of his order when our food was first delivered & we received the wrong check when it came time to pay. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant for brunch."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This was our second time dinning here. On our original visit we ordered wine and our experience was good. This time we decided to try a few of their speciality drinks and as the title of my review states this is not their forte. This definitely has an overall rating on our dinning experience. The food was good, service was slow; and to the waitresses credit she told us up from this was her first time waiting tables - EVER. Not sure I will be back; if you choose to go I would recommend sticking with the wine selections."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Had dinner on New Years Eve. When we walked in, the hostess was very nice w/ a great personality and the lights all around the restaurant looked great. But then it went downhill. We were led right past the main dining room which was decorated for the night and into a back room, sort of like a basement. No bright lights, no New Years decor and one other table with people sitting in there. We were sat at a table with one chair, so we had to grab two chairs from another so we could all sit. Our server was clueless! It was a limited menu for the night & she just wasn't sure about it. She even disappeared for a long time. The food was good, but it couldn't save the bad service or atmosphere. Too bad, menu has potential, but I won't be back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "6 of us ate at Aura for New Year's Eve. Right when we walked in, a woman leaving told us the food had been bad ... Unfortunately, she was right. We all ordered different things off the pre fixe menu and pretty much everything was just ... bad. Very unappetizing looking (which is odd?) and not good quality, especially the steak and the desserts, which were terrible. I will say the crab pastry and our custom cocktails were good, but everything else was a mess. The dinner was $60 a person, plus expensive drinks, so we all ended up spending more than $100 each ... very, very disappointing. I don't know how their regular dinner menu is, but if the unappealing-looking food is any indication, I would never go there for dinner."
    Dined on 12/31/2013