AURA waterfront restaurant + patio

4.4
832 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(250) 414-6739
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Takashi Ito c.c.c.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Belleville St.
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet or secure underground parking available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 832 People Are Saying
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HM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 12 year anniversary and i wasn't not disappointed. From the amazing customer service (hostess, manager and of course our waiter/server) to the chef's dishes. Our food was cooked to perfection and delicious. We were also surprised by the pre appetizer supplied compliments of the chef then for a final congratulations on our anniversary with chocolate acknowledging Happy Anniversary from the chef.
Amazing atmosphere and incredible food.
Thank you Aura. We're looking forward to returning in the Spring of 2019 once your renovations are complete.

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TS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Knowledgable server,
Very good mane dishes and salads
The desserts can be improved.

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TP
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frances and David were outstanding

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the sushi appetizer and I had the duck for dinner. Both were exceptionally delicious. The service was great throught the evening. I’ve already recommended AURA to others

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CM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey with a limited menu, but the food was excellent, wonderfull service & fantastic view.

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G
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It's on the road less traveled. On the opposite side of the bay across from The Empress Hotel. So it is much quieter than the more tourist oriented areas. Nice location next to the water but the food is just ordinary breakfast fair that could use a bit of seasoning and updating. It is might be worth going to just to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

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LS
St. Louis
59 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast was very good with a great view of the harbor.

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HK
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish handle excellent, we had oyster and soup to starter. Oyster fresh and juicy, mushroom soup nice and creamy. Main course we had duck and seafood. DUCK was very tender and vegetables are well cook. Sauce keep the whole plate well balanced. SEAFOOD also had excellent flavor, prawn did not over cook with a bit grill mark, squirt and scallop also keep whole thing very playful in your mouth. Overall, it is great place my wife and I had great time for our anniversary. Thank you Chef and all service staff. We will return soon.

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GF
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent celebrated our engagement and the staff was so welcoming, warm and felt as if they were celebrating with us. Food was terrific!

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EV
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place for dinner, great food nice staff. Beautiful view

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VH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unfailingly good food at dinner and breakfast. Asked nicely about allergies, and provided attentive service throughout. We chose to eat there for two of our three nights in Victoria. Beautiful setting too. Lovely to watch the harbour lit up in the evening.

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B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have recommended Aura many times to tourists and friends in Victoria. This time though it was a bit of a disappointment. The deep fried Sushi was different from what you had served before and not as good. The salmon was way overdone. We came there specifically for the fish and that was a disappointment
Service was very good. Your booking app is a little overboard as well. I received two telephone calls and several messages both before and after the dinner. That's too much contact.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent, with prompt service, and just attentive enough.
All of the food was excellent. The flavors really popped.
A bit pricey for portion size, but I think quality makes up for that.
Thanks for a great evening of delicious food.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food menu had unique items. Overall delicious but quite rich (too much butter on most everything). Breakfast menu has some delicious healthy options. Supper portions seem small for price.

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F
Manitoba
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Somewhat limited menu.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very pleasant on the patio, but the piped-in techno music and noise from seaplanes were annoying.

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UP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the valet who parked the car (we required special arrangements, which were handled graciously) to the hostess at the front desk. We made a reservation to treat a friend who was visiting town, and it was a beautiful day, so I inquired whether we could sit outside, which I had failed to mention when I made the reservation. The hostess replied that they had reserved both an inside and an outside table for us, so we could have our choice. Now that’s classy!

I recommend both the seacuterie (many interesting seafood bites, one of which they happily agreed to substitute for, at my request, based on my prior visit) and the sushi (delicious, but not at all like other sushi’s I’ve had). This was my third or fourth visit, and I like these items so much that I haven’t yet tried other alternatives. But I hope to in the future.

Our new goto restaurant to take visitors to!

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T
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had lunch on the patio. I asked for a view as we were with out of town guests and we were seated right in front of a huge tree. We didn’t ask to move - as the ambience outside was relaxing and sunny. The cheeses and Asian inspired appies were excellent. The fish and chips were ok but definitely not the best in town.

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NC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had asked for a special table with a water view and they reserved the best one in the place for us!! And everyone wished me happy birthday!

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CK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience! Food was amazing and delicious as always. The best view of the harbour in the city. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice to see Frances at Aura. We know her from her years at Zambri's. She is so personable and knowledgeable and Aura is lucky to have her. You may share our feedback with her.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good healthy food . Very small portion. Was perfect for us girls.

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FR
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A visual and sensory feast in Victoria's beautiful Harbour. The Seacuterie plate was gorgeously presented, as was the cheese plate. We appreciated the little attentions, such as a warm blanket, offered to us as the air became chilly. Aura is perfect for pre-show dinners and a pleasant walk from our major attractions. I will be going back many times, with friends, family and for anniversaries. Superb, well-trained and attentive staff made this a warm experience.

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g
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a relaxing meal in a lovely location. Pleasant service. Delicious food!

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J
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food - a taste sensation in every bite. Beautiful view.

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MW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very special night for both of us. Thank you for the wonderful service, fabulous food and pleasant atmosphere.

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FS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food and prompt service. Definitely an experience worth having.

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H
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aura's creative, delicious cuisine, attentive service, and gorgeous harbor view make for a first-class experience. The bruleed foie gras, watermelon salad, and duck and pork presentations were as beautiful and innovative as they were tasty. We even received our dessert, "The Bar", on a plate inscribed with chocolate to commemorate our wedding anniversary. It was truly a memorable night!

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S
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waitress was cold as ice and almost ruined the evening until the maitredee stepped in and professionally addressed the concerns.

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KD
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are visiting Victoria a couple of times a year to enjoy a "dining" experience and enjoy the city itself. This weekend we went to AURA (we found it via online reviews including Yelp) and booked via open table. The meal was wonderful. I had what was probably one of the nicest steaks that I have ever had and my partner enjoyed his duck. I had a delicious salad to start and he had a fried dish (cannot remember what it was called but he stated it was sublime)!! Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic harbor view patio restaurant with gourmet food. So relaxing to enjoy the lovely summer evening. A treat to have delicious beverage and food choices. All items on plate were described to you when they arrived. We enjoyed salad, salmon and halibut. A little disappointed in the 1/2 dozen oysters; very small and flavorless, unfortunately. Staff were attentive and so thoughtful to offer a “blanket “ as evening became a little chilly. Looking forward to a return visit.

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M
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s all about the food. Excellently prepared, the portions were just right and delicious. Quiet so you could actually hear yourself think and carry on a conversation. Recommended.

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JK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed at Inn at Laurel Point for 2 nights and ate here twice for dinner. After staying at the Fairmont hotels for most of our month long trip and eating in their restaurants, Aura beat them hands down. The presentation and taste was exceptional. What a talented chef and pastry chef, an absolute delight to have enjoyed your creativity , would highly recommend

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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great for an evening with friends. Server a bit inexperienced.

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Zurich
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Alles bestens, leider etwas kalt im Restaurant. Sehr gutes Essen

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PR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food and drinks were ok as was the service was ok. The view is the reason to go!

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SD
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time with the girlfriend. I wanted to take her somewhere nice for a change. One look at the menu online and I was sold! Great location and nice service. Would go again in a heartbeat

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G
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been here for lunch a couple of times, so decided to try it for dinner, and enjoyed it very much. However, some of the dishes were too pricey (in our view) for what they were.
We did not like the mixed green salad because it had soya sauce in the dressing; too strong in a salad. In our main dishes, there should have been more veggies to give a better balance between the meat/fish and other ingredients.
Below, we do not know what you mean by "authentic"; authentic what? And what on earth is Paleo-friendly?

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NM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family went for a special occasion and got a great table on the patio. The heater and blankets were welcome but not needed as it was a warm night. The others in our group had great meals and the wine selection was very good. I am vegan and there was no options for me but I altered the vegetarian options. It would have been nice to have more selection as there was only one choice. In retrospect I should have asked if the chef would create something for me as I read he is very accomplished. I might ask for that next time!

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F
Vancouver
35 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

As always the view was exceptional. Aura's servers are knowledgeable and attentive, as well as sensitive to our desired pacing. The wine list is thoughtful and features a fine range of British Columbia wines. The menu had a good range of creative offerings. Usually the food lives up to the rest of the experience but on this last visit it just didn't reach the expected excellence. I am sure this was just an off night in the kitchen, so this one slip won't keep me from coming back.

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