Restaurant Aura
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Restaurant Aura

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://restaurantaura.com/
  • Phone: 6128210008
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Restaurant Aura
Restaurant Aura is a neighborhood Restaurant and Bar located in Calhoun Square on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown and is open until 2am. We also offer breakfast on weekends starting at 10am. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 12am $3 wines, $3.75 Rail Drinks, All tap beer. $6 Pizzas $5 Appetizers $6 Calzones & Empanadas. Also a full dinner menu.
**Come to Happy Aura where it"s Happy Hour all the time!!**
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Restaurant Aura reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Nice place for happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    Nice place for happy hour but wasn't impressed with the overall food, service, experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went into the restaurant
    Tidbit
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    I went into the restaurant while my friends waited outside until I got the table. No one came to greet me. The only person that seemed to be working was the chef. It was hard to determine who was staff & who was a friend at the bar. They were all gathered at the end of bar opposite the kitchen. Many laughs, hugs & kisses among the group but no attention paid to those with a reservation. We did not eat but had to choose a response required by this survey. We did not stay; we went to the end of the block to another eatery where we were warmly greeted by 2 hosts and received immediate seating.
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  • The food was unique and really
    peleVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    The food was unique and really good. There was a nice variety even though the menu was not huge. The avacado pasta was great. Salmon was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't even try it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    We were not greeted when we arrived, we awkwardly found a table and weren't seen by the waiter/ bartender for 10 minutes. The food was typical bar food which we weren't expecting. Sam Adam's on tap was good. Oh and the music was being played over a iphone so when whoever got a call, the music stopped. Will not be going here again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for after a movie. They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    Good for after a movie. They need a salad choice or anything fresh. Most food is fried.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrid food. It's nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    Horrid food. It's nothing but overpriced, bar food that has been described differently than what actually shows up on your plate. blech. They have a great writer for their menu, but obviously their chef can't read and only knows how to take things out of a freezer and warm them up.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food- I can't get
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    Fabulous food- I can't get past the salmon and order it every time I visit Aura which is often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Uptown Dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Fantastic food, attentive and friendly wait staff, and all-around fun place to dine!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy hour specials from 4pm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Happy hour specials from 4pm to 2am on most days of the week - excellent!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • aura - wouldn't go back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    I didn't like the food that much. The wait staff was way too casual (talking about personal things at the bar, inattentive). The music was too loud - it was hard to talk and the place wasn't even that full.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredibly Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Aura is a wonderful place to grab some dinner. My husband and I were there last Saturday night and were quite surprised how wonderful the food was! We had the shrimp pasta and the salmon, both dishes were incredibly flavorful. The shrimp pasta was very garlicky, and so good. The salmon had a nice crust on it and was served with steamed broccoli and a side of pasta with capers. The dessert we had was incredible- we had the apple crisp. It was topped with vanilla ice cream. Absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was mediocre. The restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Food was mediocre. The restaurant was freezing. Our server was intentionally innatentive. We had to flag him down and even then he tried to ignore us. I won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would not go again mostly
    RockyVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Would not go again mostly because of the atmosphere. I had the gargonzola beef tips and was very disappointed. Dry, tough beef and really no flavor to the dish. Server was quite bland and never checked backed with us on our food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice enough place. Good value.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Nice enough place. Good value. Wouldn't say that it was especially romantic or nice. Its a very small space, nothing special, but great prices with decent good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Third or fourth visit to Aura.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Third or fourth visit to Aura. Have not been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant is dark and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    The restaurant is dark and booths are tall, providing a secluded feeling space for a small to medium group of friends. I did not eat any of the food, but the menu looks great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was an "ok" experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/14/2012
    It was an "ok" experience. It's pretty laid back and chill. Cheap happy hour that goes late is a plus.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good, but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    Food was good, but not great. It wasn't bad, but I didn't see it as great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very small place. Probably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/29/2012
    Very small place. Probably better for going for drinks than food, pretty limited selection for food. It's at Calhoun Square, so a great location for
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    EBSANF
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    The bartender had to be the host/server/bartender, therefore, service was slow. The food was good, but I felt that it was overpriced for the quality and portion size.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem in Uptown!
    Lees13
    Dined on 2/27/2012
    Would definitely go again, They have great happy hour specials!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good food
    Jrudnits
    Dined on 2/27/2012
    When I arrived, never having been here before, I thought I was entering the neighborhood bar. It is truly small, just a single row of booths in the back of the bar. With people squeezing in and out behind us to get to the bar, the ambiance was much more for the younger set. But once the food came, all was forgiven. Three of us shared a single salad which was delicious! The pasta dishes and the salmon were wonderful. And when we ordered dessert, we were amazed by the size of the empanadas (really, guys, you could have told us we could have split an order). Although slightly overdone, still delicious. So, don't go for the ambiance, go for the wonderful food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We tried three menu items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/26/2012
    We tried three menu items and were very impressed with the presentation and wonderful flavors! Great prices! We will go back to Aura!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Confusing atmosphere and poor food
    Jera0005
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    We were a bit confused by this place. They try to portray an upscale look for the dinning, but then also have a bar that has several tv's showing games. The space is so small that it is hard to accomplish both scenes well. The booth that we were in was terrible...it faced the wall and the sides of it were so tall you couldn't even look around...felt trapped. The food wasn't good either, extremely salty (chicken Gorgonzola) and the pizza was soggy. Service was poor as well. We had to ask the girl seating people to find the waiter so we could get our check. I think this place would be good for sitting at the bar and enjoying their generous happy hour drinks and apps.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The beef tips were not good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    The beef tips were not good. Tough and tasted somewhat gamey.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant/bar is quite
    MplsJen
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    The restaurant/bar is quite small so you are crowded at small tables with limited room for food, drinks, etc. My table was literally right inside from the exterior door so my back was freezing all night from people entering/exiting. Food was good. Service was a little slow but our server was fantastic!
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  • We were dining with friends
    PatV
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    We were dining with friends and the evening was great. The food was very good and the staff friendly and attentive. We have been here several times and have found it to be a consistently good choice for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our server was great. Aura
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Our server was great. Aura is a very small restaurant, but it was completely packed and I'm pretty sure he was the only server working. He didn't miss a beat, was patient and very kind. The food was great as always.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We found the food mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    We found the food mediocre at best. Very dissapointing evening. Would not recommend this to friends and will not return.
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  • They had salmon and it was
    Anne
    Dined on 2/5/2012
    They had salmon and it was great, along with very flavorful noodles and vegetables. The server was very attentive. My date enjoyed his meal as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mostly Topless Brtender does shots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    the female bartender was showing almost all of her top half observed a waiter, the same half naked bartender and a guest all do a shot together (not cool), people at the bar had had too much and it was only about 9:00, the place is too small to get away from it food was good and our server did a good job
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very limited menu. Crustini
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Very limited menu. Crustini was good, pene pasta with beef and mushrooms was just so,so. Flavor was good but the beef was precooked, was reheated. Pesto pasta with shrimp was not very good. Shrimps were too small and under cooked. Pesto too strong. Tomato soup and garden salad were both good.
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  • It was our third visit and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    It was our third visit and am sorry to say it has gone down hill. We had the Brie and apples which was very nice. Then we had pizza and squash soup, which were not up to par.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was very small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    The restaurant was very small and had an odd layout. Service was a bit slow and it appeared that there was only one server for the entire bar/restautant (on a Saturday evening). The poor lone server was also the bartender. The food was so-so at best. Positives included good drink specials, great location and very reasonable prices.
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  • Really good, really long happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    Really good, really long happy hour (4-close). Very affordable for Uptown. Great use of Chevre and Gorgonzola throughout the menu, if you're a cheese buff like me.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service! Strange
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Great food and service! Strange vibe though, tough to explain. Just go see it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took my boyfriend there for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/9/2012
    Took my boyfriend there for his birthday on a Monday night. Small place, on a busy day it might be crowded and noisy, but on a Monday night it was perfect. Its a little too dark, but it was also kind of romantic. The service was great despite having one person acting as bartender/waiter/ busboy/host. We never waited long for anything.I had the house salad and the salmon dish. Incredible food. I would recommend both. The salmon came with some pasta, and vegetables. All three items had very different and interesting (in a very good way!) flavors. Boyfriend had a burger (go figure!) and he must have liked it because it didn't last long. Overall an awesome experience. One complaint from my boyfriend; his drinks were made too weak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's a bar with good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    It is a nice bar, but the dining space is really small. The food and service was decent, I enjoyed myself. Aura seems to be more bar then restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is just a small bar with
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2012
    This is just a small bar with a kithchen that serves mediocre food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • some of the best service we've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    some of the best service we've had anywhere in years.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet