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Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aurarestaurant.ca
  • Phone: (250) 414-6739
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: 7am-11am, Monday -Saturday
    Lunch 11:30am-5pm Monday -Saturday
    Dinner 5pm-10pm Sunday-Saturday

    First Sunday of the Month Brunch: 10am-2pm,
    Sunday a la carte brunch, 11am-2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Takashi Ito c.c.c.
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a small private dining space for groups of up to 12 people. (Only available to those who are 19 years of age or older)
  • Private Party Contact: Kimberly Spence (250) 414-6739
  • Special Events & Promotions: For special and upcoming events please visit our website at http://aurarestaurant.ca/events for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Belleville St.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet or secure underground parking available.
A word from Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
A true gem of the Inner Harbour, AURA waterfront restaurant + patio is Victoria’s premiere dining destination for Pacific Rim inspired cuisine.

Featuring an eclectic winelist, island microbrews and handcrafted cocktails, enjoy spectacular harbour views from the dining room, bask in the glow of the under-lit Onyx bar, or relax on the waterfront patio. For larger gatherings, retreat to AURA’s private dining room, where original works of art keep you company.

AURA is placed perfectly to watch the world go by.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "I love the presentation and the taste of food plus great view of the inner harbor. The only thing I didn't like is the slow service. It took us almost 3 hours in the restaurant and took almost our whole time in there."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Who could imagine wanting desert after fabulous halibut, chicken, duck and edamame quinoa falafel! But here it comes: uncooked cheesecake, pot au creme, and Summer Trio! From white leather to Simon, the staff photographer, AURA has it all.....Ask for TABLE 92 for the ultimate view and quiet ambience, and SIMON."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We were very impressed with both the food and the service at AURA. We ate there for breakfast, lunch and dinner during our stay in Victoria, and all meals were excellent. The presentation of the food is beautiful and very well thought out, and the sauces accompanying the dinner dishes were amazing. The desserts are excellent, also. Very happy and surprised to find such a great restaurant at our hotel."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Aura is exactly what you'd expect from a top restaurant with a great menu and great service. The patio dining on a clear evening in the summer can't be beat. Food choices were select and all well prepared and beautifully presented. The waiter was knowledgable, friendly, but not intrusive. The tables are not too close as to feel you are being overheard or crowding other diners. Can't think of a reason not to come here everytime we visit Victoria. Also for gluten free diners this was heaven as it had virtually everything on the menu that could be prepared wheat-free. A diner's delight."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Des saveurs exceptionnelles, une fraicheur remarquable mais la serveuse n'est pas a la hauteur"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We were expecting a fantastic view but this was obstructed by a tree. Perhaps we were sitting in the wrong place which was right by the entrance. Maybe ask for a view table if that is what you are looking for. Food and service were fantastic. Lacked a bit of atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "All around great resto. it was a birthday lunch and we were treated very well, even after asking to change tables - twice! Food was inventive and delicious. Staff was attentive, gracious and well trained in how to serve a table. Aura is elegant yet somehow west coast casual at the same time. Other diners were also having a great time and left with smiles. Oysters were fresh and scrumptious. Also try the calamari and deep fried sushi. Yum! Everyone cleaned their plates. Service was outstanding. All our requests were met with a smile and a "sure, no problem." We were even served two complimentary drinks when the waiter could not serve two underage members of our party. All in all, a great choice. We reccommend it."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We arrived on time after it taking 2 hours to get there as we were coming by ferry. My son and his wife also traveled that long as we were meeting for Father's day. We were told by the young woman atthe door that she had called this morning to tell us they did not have a table, although we had received a note from OT that our reservation was fine. We had already left for the ferry when they called. They argued and then finally seated us near a clean up station after a wait. The food overall was all right and they did try to be gracious. It was not what I had expected after many years of using OT on the East Coast."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "...we go to Aura. Service is always excellent, and the food memorable. We started with a cheese plate, and it was possibly the best such arrangement of fruit, cheese and fine crackers I'd ever had. The staff is very friendly, and accommodated us and our 3 month old baby marvellously."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Right on the water front facing the park, allows one to see the bay and the marine traffic while dining on some great creations by the chef."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Fresh flavours. Delicious food. Lovely wine. Perfect view. Happy service. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Interesting food and great service. Squash soup was out of this world."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I used to live in Victoria and alwas dimmed on the other side of water. This is a terrific spot with adjacent harbour view with much less traffic .. Easy valet service, we were in a bit of a hurry and jumped directly into entree's with a couple glasses of wine. My wife's a vegetarian and she loved her dish. I had beef tenderloin which was wonderful with a contemporary twist. Very flavourful .. Rather than just a slab of steak. If your looking for something artistic in a dish, this is your Victoria spot. And I always thought there was no fine dinning in this city .."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "First time at Aura. Had heard good buzz. Wife took me there for my 64th birthday. Scallops and Deep Fried Sushi were our starters. Both very tasty. We each had the six ounce beef loin. Don't eat a lot of red meat anymore. Can't remember a better steak dinner. We shared a dessert, apple crumble with rosemary infused ice cream(!). It was unbelievably good. All told, a very creative and delicious dinner. The ambiance, otoh, was a bit more downscale than we hoped. Not shabby by any means but hardly intimate or romantic. A group of young louts at the next table drinking and cursing didn't help matters. Well, it is a hotel after all so that's the way it goes, I suppose. All things considered, we'd definitely return to Aura for a great meal."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our dinner was superb with my wife having the pork tenderloin and I the duck. First rate, cooked to perfection. Our view of Victorias outer harbour made this a very romantic dinner for us, along with the top notch service from our waiter. Highly recommend. This was my second outing to this restaurant, having eaten here with my colleagues 3 years earlier (also outstanding)"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The place was very nice and the service was good. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We were told this was a fabulous restaurant and a must when staying at the Inn. Overall we were quite disappointed and would not eat here again. The food was unseasoned (and no salt or pepper available to help), steak overcooked, trout smelled and tasted extremely fishy (making everything else on the plate taste and smell fishy). We ate our plates because we were hungry, but not because we enjoyed eating them. There was nothing on the plate that made me say "yum" or want to eat there again. We did get breakfast delivered to our rooms and it was OK, kind of hard to mess up breakfast, although they missed part of the order while still charging us. While the Inn was fabulous, the restaurant was a huge let down."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Nice location right on the water and had a great table for dinner. Service was a bit all over the place. Server did not know anything about wines and when asked she went to see a her mgr and forgot why she went and just brought the bottle even though we were still wondering if we should get it or not. Service was slow too and a bit scattered. Food was very good and quite enjoyed the dishes although too bad that most of the meals were served with mushrooms which a few of us did not really like so it limited what we could order."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I am new to Victoria and wanted a restaurant with amibiance for my Mother's birthday lunch. The location was lovely with the view of the harbour but the menu was small and although we arrived at 12:30 it only offered brunch, no dessert. Service was OK."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We were just desiring a quiet lunch together, with a view, nearby and really had a pleasant time. Staff were there but not intrusive, lunch was tasty, well priced, good service time, , table reserved by Internet. We will definitely be back ....we enjoyed ourselves. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants in Victoria. Excellent service. Interesting food, beautifully presented. I love small plates which allow us to try several dishes. Given the high standards, the price was reasonable. And for once we could hear one another because there was no loud music. And to top it off there is a million dollar view of the harbour."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I took my wife Susan out to Aura for her birthday. The staff were very attentive during our dinner and were very accommodating in setting up the table with a great view of the inner harbour. I was very pleased with all the attention and service from when I first mentioned the special dinner I had planned. The food was excellent as well. A truly satisfying experience."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Aura doles out the princess treatment Service is professional, attentive & well timed. Food is awesome & beautifully presented They make a great burnt martini Love their oyster selection It is intimate by the view tables. The patio is lovely on calm days One can walk the promenade before or after the meal to enjoy Victoria harbour"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The views were superb, but the price was too high. Ordinary breakfast fare, my fruit salad accompanying my crab cake eggs Benedict was minuscule and undeserving of the name 'salad'. Poor coffee, not worth $4 price tag. Will not be back. Wait staff slammed drawers at service counter behind us."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My wife and I got married at the Laurel Point hotel here last summer and I booked a dinner at the restaurant to celebrate her birthday. The views and setting during dinner were spectacular and very romantic. The food was far beyond our expectations and the service was over the top! We would highly recommend Aura restaurant for a local & memorable.dining experience."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Ate at this place a few times. The view and the restaurant is very nice and their food is improving admirably. Very much recommended."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My kids and I come to Laurel point the same time each year. Its a little holiday we look forward to. One of our favorite things is to have Sunday brunch at AURA. The food is fabulous! I dread the 363 days we have to wait to come back!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Service was not matching the standard of this restaurant, rather slow and except the welcome not always friendly. 1 person got the main course 45 minutes after everybody else despite 2 reminders. The initial bread baskets had 8 slices of bread despite we were 9... Asking for more bread resulted in the response "I have to check if we can do this". Considering groups pay a mandatory service fee of 18% I think the waitress was lucky as nobody would have tipped this high. As to the food, some dishes were good. Flavours in other dishes did not mix well and some were simply bland. Great view though!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was lovely, drink service was extremely slow. Will definitely give it another try."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Service was very good...., however we were recommended the cheese plate and told that it is the 'best' in the city and very generous for 3 people which we were. Well, not so accurate. The cheese pieces were very very small. The selection of cheese a tad pedestrian in that they are readily available at most supermarkets as opposed to coming from a cheese monger. The biscuits were great, as was the chutney. The wine was good, although perhaps a little on the high price point side. I will definitely be returning just not for the cheese plate."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Victoria for a weekend getaway and found information about Aura on Yelp so we decided to try it. We were there for Dine Around the Town and had a wonderful meal which had the choice of a wine or beer pairing. The food was great as was the service. The waiter was friendly and helpful with suggestions. I highly recommend going here."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went here for my friend's 30th Birthday dinner. Just the two of us. Wine was amazing and the food was superb. Great service! Swanky place :)"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Pros: Great dining experience Knowledgeable wait staff in regards to wine pairings Fantastic window views while a winter storm rolled in. Cons: There was no Sake to have with the Deconstructed Sushi, which was still fantastic with a glass of Gewurtztraminer."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband took me to Aura for my birthday dinner celebration. Food was delicious and well presented. Hosts were helpful and friendly. They made you feel special. At the end of the meal they brought complimentary after dinner chocolates with "Happy Birthday'' written on the chocolate - so thoughtful. I would definitely go there again and highly recommend it to others."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "It was a wonderful dinner the food and dessert were absolutely delicious and the service was informed, attentive and really friendly. I had failed to order a wine with my sea food pasta and when I changed my mind from tea to wine my serve showed up promptly with a perfect chardonnay pairing. It was a great experience from sit down to leaving. Good Job :)"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The cuisine was the best of the best. Our table of four all remarked on how good the flavours of the food were from each of the different foods we ordered. Compliments to the Chef! Our server was extremely polite and efficient. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Appy = seafood broth with a little Thai noodles was spectacular and balanced (all the ingredients mixed together). Linguine mains was cooked perfectly with a great tasting sauce (just the right amount of it) My wife had the duck for mains and she commented it was even better than a similar dish at Hawksworth... and that says something. The desserts were unique and not your ordinary desserts. The server was attentive even though he was super busy. The ambience was quiet, but the view of Victoria's harbour was AMAZING! Get a window table and book in advance because there are only 5 or 6 window tables facing the inner harbour. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Aura is outstanding in every way. The presentation of food is a feast for the eyes, and top notch for quality and taste This is our second stay at The Laurel Point and will become our special place in Victoria"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the service was superb, but we arrived at 8:45 and were rushed to order."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "As a gift for my mother for the holidays we decided to treat her to a lovely brunch so she wouldn't have to cook. Little did we know that it would be like a gift for us as well. The service was impeccable and the quality of the food was wonderful. The brunch area ambiance was beautiful and open. The selection was vast with something for everyone, including the children. In fact their selection looked like a lot of fun and very interactive. It made the experience all the more festive and memorable. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a special twist to the every day. It's well worth it."
    Dined on 12/25/2013