Aurora Ristorante Italiano
Aurora Ristorante Italiano

Aurora Ristorante Italiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aurora-novato.com/home.html
  • Phone: 4153828488
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00AM - 3:30PM.
    Dinner: 4:30PM - 9:30PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Scatena
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can have food made for you for any occasion.
  • Private Party Facilities: On occasion we do rent the whole restaurant out for private parties. Contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Carlo Scatena 4153828488

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bel Marin Keys
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in lot, also plenty of street parking.
A word from Aurora Ristorante Italiano
Fine Italian Authentic Homemade Food!

From the Owner, “I have been a restaurateur for 47 years. If you come to my restaurant you will get a great home cooked meal and great service by a very accommodating staff. The majority of my customers are repeat customers. Try my restaurant once and you will see why.”
Carlo
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Aurora Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (11)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (9)kid-friendly (3)romantic (3)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • consistent
    KABS
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have eaten at Aurora's many times. Food is always good as well as service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Gem
    CareyL
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Staying in Novato for 1 night and looking for a restaurant, we found Aurora Ristorante Italiano. We checked the ratings from several sources and the menu on Open Table and were happy to see that they have choices to accommodate vegetarians, gluten-free, "hearty Italian food lovers" Our experience was excellent. Every item we ordered was delicious and prepared perfectly with a beautiful presentation. The wines were fantastic and reasonably priced. And, even though the restaurant is tucked away in a semi-commercial area, there are a lot of windows and a lovely view of the hills. I highly recommend this restaurant -- and recommend that you make reservations, as the tables were completely occupied by 7:15!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Consistently very good restaurant tucked into a light industrial area. Friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Delicious
    4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We enjoy the food here and always look forward to the next time. Fresh and well prepared dishes with a good variety on the menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great over all
    KatK
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restaurant has existed here under several different owners and names for many years. It's been good, but Aurora's is much better than good. They serve wonderful food with an Italian bent and delicious wines. The wait staff is good at recommending a wine to suit your personal taste. The outdoor area is a nice option on a warm evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't let the location fool you....
    chefayer
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Not sure what your going to get... this restaurant is located in a commercial business area....But WOW what a great hidden gem...The menu is fantastic and a wonderful wine menu too... My husband had the veal scaloppini and he said it was the best he had ever had...I had the special butternut ravioli ...I could only eat half because they were so big and rich...absolutely delicious....Our waiter was fantastic and he recommended many things on the menu and picked a great wine.... He was very friendly and our whole experience was fantastic...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Italian Gem
    MarindocVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a 'hood' delight! The indoor and outdoor setting is nice, service is excellent and the selection and prices are a great plus. When hot sit in A/C comfort, outdoors for special days. Large salad portions can easily be split for 2 and offer a variety from Caesar, Hearts of Romaine, Beet and Goat cheese- all delicious! Entrees especially pasta are very ample- so plan on taking home. Calamari dore is excellent and is one of recommended dishes. We were too full for dessert. The four of us paid ~ $100 for two excellent dark Italian beers two pasta, two calamari and three salads with some to take home- a real bargain for such quality food. A must go to place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite
    Souze
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I've been to Aurora regularly over the years. The location isn't exciting but the food and service is consistently good. Their front patio is very pleasant on a warm evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Unexpected Find
    CKinMarinVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We were happily surprised by a very good dinner in an unusual location - the middle of an industrial/commercial area. Very good sauce on the Capellini al pomodoro and the Linguini con cozze e vongole was covered with seafood. We will be back to try more of the dishes.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Odd location, great option!
    NativegalVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This was my third visit to Aurora; I chose it because we were looking for something good near my neighborhood. Aurora is in a light industrial area, just a few blocks from the Marin Human Society off Bel Marin Keys. Lovely Italian food and they were very accommodating to our sharing approach. We order an appetizer, a salad (beets) and the Petrale sole Dore, all great and big portions so sharing made sense. Attentive, friendly service, good menu and wine list and less expensive than similar menus in more obvious locations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • July 4
    Rosie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was great, service was terrific, price was great. Parking was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner enjoyed by all!
    CarolinNovato
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Four different dinner entrees, four excellent ratings. The calamari was lightly coated, fresh, and tender. The veal scallopini was fork tender with an excellent light sauce. The special pasta with brandy was a perfect blend of flavors. The creme brulee was creamy with a delicate topping. From start to finish, we were all extremely satisfied with our food and the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our "go to" restaurant
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Aurora is a "find" in the Novato dining desert. Definitely worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent small restaurant
    Lanny
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    4 adults 2 young kids. Food was terrific. The location is in an unusual neighborhood, associated with small local business. Plenty of parking. A real find.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Aurora
    Barb
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was excellent, service was friendly. Servings were large - didn't plan to eat it all, but it was so good I ate every bite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, good service, moderate$
    Fixerguy
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Disclaimer: We were there during off hours (Monday at 6:45 PM). So this isn't a valid testimonial for when they're busy. The Risotto Tutto Made was perfectly done and in a good portion. The Cesar salad was OK, but a little light on garlic for my taste. Service was attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    4foodVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were here two weeks ago and this time brought friends. Another delicious meal. Everything is fresh and yummy. Service is very friendly. Highly recommend going here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food here is always outstanding. I had prawns in garlic sauce, substituted pasta for the potatoes. If the weather is good the outside dining is great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 68 reviews are from the Aurora Ristorante Italiano reviews archive.
  • Consistently Good
    Girlsnightout
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    It is truly a neighborhood gem. Nice outdoor dining. Great service. Food is consistently good. Convenient parking lot. Always a treat!girls
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food and Service
    4foodVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a delicious meal. Very fresh and prepared perfectly. Don't let the business park location detour you from coming here. Come for the food and friendly service. FYI, they had a sign saying that they offer gluten free pastas and pizzas too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great italien
    momof2too
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We came with a birthday party of 10 - the food was great, from Pizza to Rib eye. The waiter seemed nervous but very sweet and willing. It has a family feel, like an italian family were the cousin helps out if they get busy! We will come again! Thank you for putting up with us!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food in Novato
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    A must-visit place to dine in Novato!!! Great food and service. While "off the beaten path", you won't regret taking the time to find it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Tucked into an industrial park neighborhood, this little place puts out a nice meal with friendly service. Will be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't order the veal
    Bear
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    2 of 3 entrees were excellent. The third (Veal scalopini) was mediocre.at best. The scary part of the experience was how fast the food came out of the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has been better
    Marin
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This was my third visit. The first two visits were great! This time not so! Our waiter left a lot to be desired. He just did not seem to care for our group...wanted to get us out quickly. He was passing out dessert menus and asking about coffee before one of our group was finished with his dinner! We needed to ask another waiter for help because we could not find our waiter to deal with us as we needed assistance. One of our fish dishes was sent back because it was RAW, the other one was perfect. The rest of the food was fine. It is sad poor service can effect experience! The bus boy was terrific keeping water glasses filled, removing dishes as needed and getting a waiter when needed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We LOVE this restaurant. The
    Peggy
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We LOVE this restaurant. The food is always excellent with generous portions. The staff is attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you! Awesome awesome Service
    Rich
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    We went for pre-Valentine dinner and had incredible service. Very friendly, incredibly attentive. The food was really good. I had the pork tenderloin, wife had saltimbocca. Delicious. Again, service was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near perfection...
    PinotNoirPleaseVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Service and food was just terrific. I tried both the salmon and chicken piccata and both were exceptionally tasty and tender. This little neighborhood gem is so consistantly good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good!
    KABS
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    We have dined at Aurora's many times, and always a good experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Aurora Ristorante Pure Italiano
    ooooThelma
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    We love Aurora and have been going there for years now. Neither the yummy meal or the excellent service is ever disappointing. If you haven't been there is is worth a visit....you may become hooked like we have!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aurora Update
    BayRuss
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Aurora presents good food with good service in an unassuming atmosphere. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Place
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Aurora has consistently great food and service! We eat here often and are never disappointed. Highly recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Tony
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We had decided to try something new, although located in a business district, the ambiance, food & service we all amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, courteous staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Friendly, courteous staff and a tasty fish special made this a great local find. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aurora a true pleasure
    NewOrleansFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    I only found Aurora becasue of Open Table. Just in town for the night and looking for something close. So glad I chose Aurora. The service was wonderful, and all of the dishes we fantastic. Especially the home made Ravioli that had some kind of Pumpkin cream sauce that was the best I have ever had. Overall, a great place to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I LOVE this restaurant and
    Peggy
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    I LOVE this restaurant and the staff: Sergio, Luis and Christian are all excellent at their jobs. The food is outstanding....this place is a gem !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We were a group of 18 and I expected to be crowded into a corner of this small restaurant. To my delight, we never felt cramped or rushed. From the delicious Italian food, to the truly outstanding, friendly and efficient accommodation by the owner and servers the Aurora Ristorante is a gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal, interesting
    Peggy
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Always a good meal, interesting specials. This restaurant is always consistently good./
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    this used to be a delightful restaurant in every way. Now that they have gotten "successful" it is so noisy you can't even talk across the table without shouting, which just adds to the unbearable din! We won't be going back, too bad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tucked away on a side street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Tucked away on a side street of a small industrial area of Novato, it would be easy to pass by this restaurant. But that would be a mistake. This place is great! We've gone there several times, and each time has been wonderful. The service is impeccable, the kitchen is great, and they can handle large groups well. We will definitely go back, but probably not as often as we would like. My only criticism is that they no longer allow dogs on the outdoor patio. Apparently they used to allow dogs to accompany their human diners, but stopped that practice. We enjoy dining with our well-behaved canine companions, and would welcome their return to this amazing restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.