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About Aura - Nita Lake Lodge

fresh. lakeside. local.

Influenced by an inspiring location, talented chefs and local produce, AURA creates a comfortable dining experience in a unique lakeside setting.
Celebrating all things BC, our west coast inspired menu features farm fresh and seasonal ingredients in our newly redesigned and contemporary space. Join us this winter and experience the transformation for yourself!


2131 Lake Placid Road
Whistler, BC V0N 1B2
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Canadian, International, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast (Monday - Saturday)
6:30 am - 11:00 am
Sunday Brunch (Sunday only)
11:00 am - 2:00 om
Dinner (daily)
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
reservations recommended

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 966-5700

Website:
http://www.nitalakelodge.com/dining/aura-restaurant-en.html

Entertainment:
Cure Lounge & Patio offers casual food and creative drinks... lakeside. Cure features local musicians playing throughout the summer on the patio, and playing fireside during the colder nights.

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking available for all restaurant patrons. Underground parking is available via the hotel front desk.

Public Transit:
Near all Creekside bus routes.

Executive Chef:
James Olberg

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Aura - Nita Lake Lodge Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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4.0

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3.8

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3.4

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (3)
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Kid-friendly (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

This was a pleasant experience, but there was some unevenness of service. The waitress was somewhat perfunctory, but was very accommodating with a special drink. The tenderloin and lamb dishes were outstanding, but the yellow tail and salmon appetizer tasted too strongly of the seaweed served with it. We would come back, hoping for something more consistent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Aura has been redecorated since we were there last year. It now a more casual, modern interior with a fun ambiance. The only misstep in the decor is the over use of cold, fluorescent-like lighting which is not a good look even at lower end restaurants. Interestingly, the lighting and energy in the fireplaces lounge area across the hall seemed like a lot of fun. Perhaps we were in the wrong spot.
We were there for a Valentine’s price fixe, which is always a dicey proposition as it puts tremendous pressure on the staff and excessive expectations on the part of the clientele. The food was tasty, a surf and turf combo with beef tenderloin and king crab legs was good. The mashed potatoes were especially good. The only disappointment from a culinary perspective was the chocolate fondue. We had a nice evening but probably not nice enough to do it again in this format.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The newly remodeled Aura sadly lacks the ambience and cozier setting from previous Aura. It has been replaced with bright lights and techno pop music. After a day of skiing, followed by lovely spa treatment at Nita Lake Spa, the last thing I wanted was to sit in a bright restaurant and listen to techno music. Although our meals were good, they were overpriced and the wines by the glass were limited. I would opt to sit in the bar where the lights are lower and the seating more inviting.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The restaurant decor is really beautiful. The service was great and food faultless. It seemed empty when we were there - I think the request for a $50 per person credit card charge for 48 hour cancellations could be a deterrent. In the 2 weeks we spent at Whistler eating out every night, this was the only restaurant to request that and due to the location in Creekside vs Whistler could turn people off.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 16, 2018

A hidden gem in Whistler. It was so nice to not feel rushed when most other restaurants in town are filled to capacity. Everything was so delicious, including the 8th Dwarf Cocktail. Our service was friendly and professional. We will certainly go there again and would not hesitate to recommend it to our guests.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

First time eating here. Our waiter was very accommodating as we ordered drinks and our food piecemeal since we weren’t in a hurry. My wife had the burrata to start which she very much enjoyed. I wasn’t starving so I skipped the appy and went straight for the main with a tasty lamb dish. My only knock against the meal was $44 for a plate with very little meat. Everything was well prepared

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food delicious and the portions were perfect. The service was good and friendly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The decoration has been changed from cozy to simple and basic which I do not like. Service is minimal like you pour your own water. There is no table cloth. Forks and knives are put on one side rather than properly put. There is no coat check but changed to hanging outside the restaurant. Food is okay but not for gourmet cooking. Price is value for money.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Horrible service, multiple requests for food ordered were disregarded. Overall lack of follow up or follow through with wait staff. Spent more time waiting for food than we did eating the food. We’re not asked for more drinks or given explanations as to why things were taking so long until waiting for dessert for 45 minutes. Some of the food was good but not worth the prices they were charging. Some of the dishes, the soup, were quite flavorful but an overall poor service and ambiance overshadowed any highlights the meal had to offer.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Beautiful view, quiet, attentive, wonderful meal, very creative without going overboard.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Waiter was quite absent during our lunch. Other wait staff seemed to pitch in here and there. A lot of them seemed to be more concerned about standing around and chatting. The gluten free pancakes were just ok. The hash had more potatos than it should have. More mushrooms, as advertised, would have been nice. The view is beautiful right beside the lake. Pretty average experience.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 28, 2017

This place is wonderful and great.
It has very beautiful view, healthy food and perfect service.
My wife and I really want to go to eat again for feeling happy.

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We had all sorts of reservation confirmation from OpenTable for Aura at the Nita Lake Lodge for a table for 4 at 1:30 pm but when we got there, no one had any record of our reservation and the Aura restaurant was not even open during the time of our reservation. So that was a complete waste of time.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Canada 150 menu was original and offered different tastes from across the country. The only disappointing serving was the pork loin wrapped in bacon and served with just 2 scallops. The pork loin was bland, with no taste other than what it got from the bacon.
Also, I thought the all inclusive meal and the wine pairings were both somewhat expensive for what was served, and would not do that again.

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Reserved three weeks in advance and received one of the tables in the back for overflow, not very good! Coffee was weak and eggs Benny poached hard was undercooked, sent back, and still undercooked. Server was friendly. Missed the mark!

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Truly enjoyed the evening. Started with cocktails at CURE across the way. View is spectacular. Went to Aura for our reservation at 7:15. Both ordered on the special $39 menu - outstanding value for the price. We got to take advantage of Canada's almost 150th birthday. Short ribs were amazing, but my favorite part of my meal were the mussels served in a pot. Toby was an excellent server - great memory; very accommodating towards all of us and the patio guests. Wonderful evening. Memory of a lifetime.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great dinner, excellent food. The staff were great, we were there with our baby who was crying a bit and they moved our table to a more quiet place. Excellent time, can't wait to be back

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great Service,great food and great view! It was a wonderful way to end a nice weekend by having a delicious dinner by the lakeside. We will be back!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Spend too much time waiting for food,meals are delicious.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We love Aura, close to our place, reliably great food and a fantastic setting. Our last visit was excellent; duck for me and halibut for my wife. Both perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Like most places in Whistler, it is a struggle to keep good, well trained staff, particularly in the shoulder seasons. However, our somewhat inexperienced server made up for his lack of expertise with his warm and friendly manner and attentive but not in- your-face service. A marvelous meal and we will be back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 8, 2017

We came too early for our reservation, but it was a great dinner. The chicken with lentils, leeks, and kale was excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Went for dinner. Toby our waiter was attentive, and the sommelier was informative. Room was a bit on the dark side. We shared the beet salad, she had the mussels and me the sea bass. Food was tasty. The wine list is pricey.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 9, 2017

I really want to like Aura, and there is much to like here; however it could easily be SO much better. To begin with you get a menu that also offers you a set price for three course....only it doesn't. Almost every selection on the 'fixed price' menu has additional costs, so you end up with a calculator working out what you want to do. I am pretty sure that wasn't their aim when they set out on that idea. Keep it simple chaps!
The food is good, but you need to add a side dish... not an issue if your server pointed this out. Ours server was nice, but obviously not a professional. We never got any advice and I am always amazed that people on a commission are not more aware that they need to offer good advice. As long as you are not pushy.
All in all it is OK, but it could so easily be VERY good. it needs to cut some of the pretention, focus on the basics and sort out the calculator menu. Then I'll come back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Very nice restaurant inside Nita Lake Lodge. Only con would be that it took almost 15 minutes to get the two drinks we ordered. Other than that, it was lovely.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Worst service I've ever received.

The host said it was really busy and we would need to wait, but I told him we had a reservation.

When we got in, it was totally dead but we still waited about 10 minutes for our server to come over. Everyone working seemed stressed out and busy even though the restaurant was dead.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 13, 2017

great place in Creekside at Whistler - glad we picked it out - went for Valentine's Day - had a 3 course meal for about $65 (special deal) - handcrafted cocktails - looked to be a good wine list, although we did not partake in wine - liked the ambiance - servers were friendly - food was very very good - so we may return even when not staying in Creekside!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Fantastic food at very reasonable price for that level of quality. The restaurant had very nice atmosphere. We would definitely come back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The service was really slow on our visit a few weeks ago - yet the restaurant was pretty much empty. The dessert was the highlight of the meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Our usual favorites were full so we thought we'd give Aura a try. Immediately we knew this was not going to be a good experience. The wine took an extended amount of time to arrive and we felt abandoned as we hoped to order. After finally ordering, the items came slowly and were of such poor value it was humorous. The food wasn't too bad, but the portions were tiny. Overall, a very poor value and a disappointing dining experience.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2016

New Years. Decent food for New Year's Eve count down nothing amazing. Bar next door was good after

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Beautiful location & view, great staff, great food 😊😊

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Food was hit or miss, not outstanding. It took 2.5 hours for three courses. Do. It waste your time, money or appetite here. Very disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Nice environment and excellent service, but the food was mediocre for a relatively high end location

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Great place for our Christmas party. Nice spot for a good meal

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Our meals were very good. Unique presentation and great flavors. We dined during Cornucopia and really liked the selection available for the 3 course meal. Our server was very knowledgeable, although table service was a bit slow.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 10, 2016

We enjoyed the service. Upon entering the restaurant the atmosphere was friendly.
Our seating was excellent, and the food delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Cozy, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Excellent! We both had the Nita Lake Salad which was delicious. My husband chose the salmon while I had the sea bass and they were just amazing! Only thing we were unimpressed with were the desserts, surprisingly.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 31, 2016

The carrot soup was to die for!! My husband loved the vegetable starter, and he normally hates veggies

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 13, 2016

service at the restaurant was good and atmosphere very nice on a summers evening. The food was reasonable but, was let down by a peach dessert, where the peach was unripe and too hard to eat. Not quite a fine dining event!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Poor service- husband's drink was 40 min late. Salmon and beef were both very overcooked.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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