Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

4.4
786 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
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.
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Special events & promotions
For special and upcoming events please visit our website at http://aurarestaurant.ca/events for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 786 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service and great food. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the beautiful view while enjoying our dinner.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wow!! Aura is fabulous and one of the best dinners we've ever had and we live in a foodie city (Portland, Oregon). Inventive chef and great presentation...attentive but not overbearing service. Gorgeous setting with the harbor and patio. I had the halibut and my daughter had the fried sushi and a salad. Outstanding on both!! Would love to come back next time we visit Victoria!!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Excellent recommendations from the waiter. The restaurant has both an excellent view of the Inner Harbour and superb food.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Staff was friendly and knowledgeable in food and wine served. Reservation process smooth and accommodating. Noise level was elevated from close proximity to other guests and no music- or at least wasn’t loud enough to add to a better ambiance. Food was phenomenal :)

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Our dinner at Aura was one of the highlights of our trip to Victoria. The ingredients were fresh, excellently prepared and delicious! I had never enjoyed oysters; the local oysters were delicious. The chocolate dessert paired with the port was divine.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

First time in this restaurant. Good presentation. Everything we ordered was so good and different. The waiter was very friendly and efficient. Can’t wait to go back to try other dishes on the manu .

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food was cooked perfectly but served cold. When that was pointed out to the staff there was not a lot of concern. Disappointed

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

We celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary on the patio. Excellent food and excellent, personal, service. Aura is our favourite patio restaurant and we’ll be back .

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

A pleasant meal in a a nice dining room with fabulous view.
The salmon was delicious and nicely presented, the halibut was over cooked.
The Bar dessert was heavenly!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food, service and ambiance were all fantastic. Kate (our server) made the experience that much more special. Only complaint, Mocktails were not mixed properly (all the sugar was on the bottom). Overall, excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day brunch was a success! The food was amazing and the service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great food and wonderful service. We loved the entire experience.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The food was great as always. We are always amazed at the chef’s creations. The maitre d, Robin, is extremely knowledgeable about wines and food pairings and always a pleasure to talk with. We’ve been coming here a few years now.
The one thing that is lacking is the service. While not in a hurry it was very slow. In fact, recently we were there for happy hour and again, the service was slow. We only ordered oysters and it took a long time to get them. It wasn’t terribly busy either.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

My steak was grisly and not cooked to order. Appetizers were great. Venue and atmosphere or in synk with its high price. The food wasn’t. Management very responsibly refunded my entrée

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Excellent service and ambiance. Food was outstanding. We had a great time.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Outstanding view, staff and presentation. Close to everything in Victoria.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Delicious food at a reasonable price. The patio has a lovely view. The staff is attentive and professional.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was amazing with a very distinct Asian influence. We would definitely dine there again soon!

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The food was good but food took so long to arrive, despite the restaurant being pretty empty. 45 minutes to appetizer and an hour and a half to main course.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We would like to thank all the wonderful and friendly staff who made our anniversary evening so very special. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed.
The kind attention that we received from all the staff, made us feel very special.
Our table overlooking the waterfront made for an unforgettable evening.
Our dinner was delicious and we very much appreciated the surprise brioches with a special entree.
And last but not least, we were surprised by a specially made "Happy Anniversary" chocolate slab, which was placed on the plate with our tasty dessert.
A warm thank you also to our kind Mexican waiter who served us like we were the King and Queen!
After this lovely evening, we will make a point to come back sooner, and not wait another year.
Looking forward very much to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Ate at the AURA for our anniversary. Our waitress was Jennifer who was very efficient and took care to explain and answer all of our question. She was very attentive without being intrusive. We enjoyed our meal and visit and will surely return.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Friends get together. Great manager. Waitress could have been more welcoming.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Never had a less than fabulous meal here--very consistent and the service is special.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We had a fabulous breakfast at AURA. Our food was quick, hot and very flavourful. Our server Kate was very friendly, curtious and very attentive. It is obvious that this restaurant invests time in training their staff. View of the harbour was beautiful. Can't wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Overall, It was a good evening.

The Service was exceptional....very detail oriented, observant and responsive.

Food selection was good, though some additional local product would be appreciated, particularly fresh pacific Salmon.

Food preparation was very creative and the presentation was incredible and intriguing.....flavors were good to very good, but not extraordinary related to the value.....in the end, the presentation outperformed the flavors..

I would definitely recommend this establishment for a sophisticated palate or persons looking for a different somewhat exciting dining experience.

I will return to see what changes or surprises the seasons bring

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Small space , limited menu but we took seafood choice,which was excellent, taste and presentation were refined. A nice view of the innee harbour as well. A great night!

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We looked at reviews to try to choose a special restaurant for our last night in Victoria. Unfortunately, we were disappointed by virtually every item that we ordered. The flavors were not cohesive, and the dishes seemed to be creative for creativity's sake, and not well thought it. Overall, disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

innovative & delectable cuisine , excellent service , beautiful room

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Our family recently had brunch at the Aura restaurant. It was extremely comfortable , had a gorgeous view of the harbour and with excellent service. The food was delicious and our various needs were catered to perfectly. In our party we had someone who was vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free. We will be back and tell our friends.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

This was a great meal. It was also one of the best value meals we have ever had, given the quality of the food we were served; the Seacuterie dish in particular was superb. The dining area was pleasant, with super views over to the legislature as the sun began to set. In summer, the patio area will be a delightful place to eat. But the star of the show was the food; just great.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was one of the most memorable meals we've ever had but not for good reasons. The steak with vegetable ash was dry, and well ashy tasting. I had to have another glass of wine to wash the gritty ash taste away. The 'bouilabaise' came nicely presented in a shallow helmet bowl with no broth. The server then poured the lukewarm sauce from a small decanter around the edges of the mound of shellfish. The 'sauce' only covered half the bowl, was tasteless and did nothing to compliment lovely local shellfish. I'm still not sure what the sauce was, in fact.

The chef is clearly over reaching and does not have the fundamentals down to support his or her creativity. He or she totally over works the food, forcing his or her imprint on it rather than letting the essence of the ingredients through.

Nice dining room and view. I'd recommend it for cocktails and wine.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My omelete was very good, potatoes slightly under cooked, juice had so much pulp I was chewing instead of drinking. My husband's fritatta was so dry and bland. The view was very nice and the service was great.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

From best to worst. Was here last year and was really good. This year it’s terrible. No good appetizers- they used to have foie gras. Duck entree was at least half the size it was last year with no breast meat. Wine list is very poor. Sad to see.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The sommelier was very knowledgeable and friendly.
The service was exceptional.
The food presentation was top notch!
I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant, we went for a friends birthday and they do a wonderful dessert tray on request. When you book your reservation mention that you have a birthday and they will prep this beautiful tray of cakes and tasters that is well worth the price.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Took in the Sunday brunch. Staff were excellent and varied menu was much appreciated.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Went here largely because it was close to our hotel, and was very pleasantly surprised. Service was prompt and friendly without being intrusive. We were given a table at the window with a lovely harbour view. The seafood charcuterie was inventive and nicely presented, as were the mains. Definitely a recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food was amazing, creative and delicious. Service was well informed and pleasant. My only criticism is our table of 3 celebrating a birthday was seated next to a large, noisy party of 10 or more. Fortunately the restaurant wasn’t busy and they accommodated our request to move to a quieter area.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Nice quiet harbor view setting, but limited menu selection!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

good food, good service, beef a little overcook, wine taste good and reasonable price, dessert good as well.

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