We celebrated my husband's birthday with dinner at Aura. It was an incredibly delicious meal, wonderful cocktails and our server was top notch. If I make it back up to Victoria, this is a place we would visit again. I had some kind of scotch/orange cocktail that I cannot get out of my head, it was so delicious!
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Most Pleasant Surprise
I have to admit, I knew nothing about this restaurant when I made a reservation. I had won a gift card and wanted to take my partner out for a meal. From walking through the door, the service was wonderful. Not just attentive, but friendly, lighthearted, knowledgeable, conversational. The food was very impressive. Nothing crazy, just delicious, well presented dishes. The restaurant is lovely and the view was so nice. I really look forward to the next time I'm lucky enough to sit down at a table at Aura.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
beautiful view of Victoria
beautiful view of Victoria Harbour and the food has added zip with interesting spices or herbs
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service were terrific.
Food and service were terrific. Wine prices were a lil aggressive but expected. Great experience.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I took our
My husband and I took our moms here for lunch. Beautiful view, very friendly, knowledgable staff, timely service, food was great. The only downfall was the dessert list. It was lacking in the "classics". But thats okay, because we didn't need dessert anyway. I will definitely come back and will definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day brunch with Mum
Up from California to spend some quality time with me mum for mother's day weekend. We have not be to the laurel point inn for brunch in several years. Surprised it had changed hands and Aura has taken over and reestablished what was once the best brunch in Victoria. Me Mum and I had a fantastic brunch the food was fresh and excellently presented and prepared. Service staff was very helpful from Management on down. Will definitely plan to try it again when my wife and return in November.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The waterfront setting, quality
The waterfront setting, quality food, and attentive service add up to a very enjoyable dining experience.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Pleasant Surprise
We enjoyed a casual dinner at Aura and were impressed with the service, the food and the scenery. The portions were the right size served hot and flavourful. The real treat of the meal was the cheese plate which I would highly recommend. It is also quiet and "out of the away" if you want a special dinner.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, amazing view! Service could have been a little bit faster but it was Father's Day brunch and fairly busy so not unexpected.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great meal at Aura in Victoria BC. We chose the tacos for a starter and they were very good. I had a steak and my husband had the duck. Both were very tasty and prepared perfect. We recommend Aura!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place to eat
We were staying at the hotel for our wedding anniversary so we had our romantic dinner here. The food and service were both really good. They were very accommodating to my dietary needs (vegan) without making me feel like I was being a pain. We enjoyed dinner so much, we came back for breakfast. Twice! The food was yummy, beautifully presented and the service was great. We'd go back for sure!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pork chop was outstanding
The pork chop was outstanding and the service very responsive.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Attentive and friendly service
This was our first visit to Aura. The food was creative with an interesting combination of flavours. The only disappointment was not having a window seat, but maybe next time.
The one stand-out memory for us was the excellent service from the team.
We shall return...
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Did not disappoint
Aura was a Fodor's pick for Victora and our experience was that it was well deserved. Great view of the bay, but what makes this place outstanding is the innovative food presentation such as the deconstructed sushi role. I can recommend the seafood liguine and the center cut pork chop. Just amazing...
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely and worth the $
Food was interesting, lovely and delicious. Service by Arin was exceptional. Sat outside on their pretty patio for a fantastic evening.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food and service
Very good food and service in a beautiful hotel. Loved being outside and would recommend giving it a try.
7/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
I picked this resturant initially for the view but would return for the food.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is fabulous,
The food here is fabulous, some of the best we had on our vacation. then patio was cool but would be great on a warm day.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, nice view of Victoria.
Good food, nice view of Victoria. Attentive service. Nice to get refund on parking from restaurant.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant offered amazing views of the Victoria harbour, attentive wait staff, and incredibly presented and tasty food. The chef's creativity and skill shone through in every dish. I especially recommend the raw tasting plate with the king clam. Everything was excellent.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pot o' Gold
Aura was a gem to find. The welcome smile at the entrance set the tone to a very satisfying dining experience. The sushi starter was an artistic and innovative treat to behold, set on a square tile, balanced on a plate underneath. I certainly enjoyed the entire meal: great and different taste sensations. I would strongly recommend the duck. Prepared to perfection! The 3 artisan cheeses as a dessert was another rare visual treat. The service, provided by Simon, was attentive, professional, and meals arrived at the right time. Overall, Aura succeeded in making our birthday celebration a memorably happy and satisfying experience.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and atmosphere
Locals forget that the hotel restaurants in town exist! This restaurant was fantastic! Great service, lovely patio and atmosphere and amazing food!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an excellent meal and worth the price. Our server, Jennifer, was excellent, and it's a beautiful setting by the harbor. We wish Aura was in SF, but when we're back in Victoria we'll go again.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Touch of Class
Aura consistently delivers. Asian fusion influenced food with locally sourced fish and vegetables, are the selling card here.
The view, particularly on the outside terrace, of the inner harbour of Victoria, on a sunny day, is stunning.
The wine list is quite substantial, with many British Columbia wines that pair nicely with the food.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had never been, but had big expectations when we first saw the restaurant. We weren't disappointed. The food was excellent, as was the service and the incredibly friendly staff. We will definitely recommend to anyone who asks and look forward to coming back.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just happened to try this out based on previous reviews. It has a great outdoor patio with great harbour views. But we had gone late evening so patio was closed. Still, the ambience is very good and their service is excellent. Food selection includes cheese platters as well.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was at our second dining experience at Aura. My wife and I agreed that Aura is a very special restaurant. On both occasions we have had truly wonderful experiences. It is, in fact, a 'gem'
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprising, clever, exceptional.
After our meal, everyone in our party of 5 ( including two little boys) commented on how everything we had involved a surprise and culinary cleverness. Among our favorites were the ash rubbed duck, the sesame donuts with Korean style pulled pork, the chilled pea soup with ham granita (exceedingly clever) and Aura's take on Campfire 'Smores. Even the kids' plate of grilled salmon and French fries was exceptional, as the fish was cooked to perfection. Oh, and the view is amazing. Highly recommended.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Good Bet
Aura continues to be a reliable restaurant for fine dining in Victoria. For a city that is not noted for fine dining, aura continues to deliver, imaginative fare at reasonable prices.
The wine list has a good selection of British Columbia wines.
The view of the harbour, sets the mood.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although it was pouring rain the night we dined here and we couldn't enjoy the spectacular view of the harbor, we still managed to have a delicious meal. Our server was attentive without being intrusive, the tables were spaced nicely apart so the noise level wasn't a problem and the ambience was somewhat romantic and subdued.
Our meal was delicious; my husband had duck and I had a lovely pasta special. The restaurant is within a hotel/ resort on the water and I noticed many tables outside, so it would have been nice to be outside if the weather cooperated!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We keep coming back
We are from Edmonton. We come to Victoria every 1-2 years for a conference. This is the 5th time I've stayed at the Laurel Point In , and a big reason is the fantastic restaraunt. Chec's newest menu is on e again fabulous! Everything is always cooked to perfection, tastes beyond expectations and presented with style. We truly love it and look forward to each visit.
I always refer friends who are travelling to Victoria. No one has ever been less than thrilled with the overall dining experience. Great job and we look forward to our next visit
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice waterfront dining
A great dining experience with an interesting menu selection for those who want to try something new and exciting.
Excellent food and service and very diligent in catering to those with food allergies.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Appetizers were amazing. Staff was very friendly but waitress did not frequent table very often.
The only real complaint I have was the steak was lacking some flavor.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM