Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

4.5
1054 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Global, International
Food should move you. To socialize, to experiment, to savour, to explore.

Aura plays with fresh locally-focused ingredients through global inspiration, crafting flavours and experiences to take you further. Beyond the backdrop of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Aura is an adventure into bold tastes and beautiful platings. Follow your curiosity through a curated wine list or splash into cocktails featuring BC’s finest spirit producers. Whether an evening out, a quick bite after work, or a relaxing patio afternoon taking in the views, let Aura be your journey to something spectacular.

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea at Aura

    CA$65.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Spend a lazy weekend afternoon enjoying tea in the restaurant or on our patio. With a postcard view of the City as your backdrop, our Afternoon Tea is a creative take on the traditional. A perfect way to share and reconnect! Afternoon Tea is available on Saturdays & Sundays from 11:30am to 3:00pm. Reservations must be made at least 48-hours in advance. * The Tea Sets are $65 per guest. Price does NOT include tax or 18% auto-gratuity. Payment for the remaining amount will be taken after your dining experience *
  • Festive Brunch Menu

    CA$65.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 4 - Dec 19, 2021

    Enjoy this year's Christmas Season with us at AURA with our special pre-plated sharing brunch menu.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1054 people are saying
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LiaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

It’s been a while since I’ve dined at aura - pre-COVID, but my recent experience was so disappointing. The food was not as good as I remembered. The short rib was dry and tough. Server didn’t describe components of the features “sablefish” and “tuna.” After my partner and I informed the server of our disappointment, she seemed to avoid us.

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Anon
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Love this restaurant! I only deducted stars because our waiter became a little rushed as the night wore on. Likely not his fault! And I find the lighting a little too overall rather than focussed on each table. Again, a hard thing to get right especially if tables move around.

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PatsDeCline
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The view is exquisite, the staff pleasant and capable. The cocktails were first rate.
The food was tasty and well prepared. The menu - well- there is just not enough options. The small plate idea is nice, I like sharing a lot of small things. However, there was a total of about 15 things on the menu and at least one of them was not available. Two cocktails, a parkerhouse roll (1), a small bowl of soup and a 4 oz oiece of steelhead trout was $70.
But the thing that overshadowed the entire experience was that a person ushered to the next table was wearing such heavy perfume that we had to move. We had to move.
I and many friends of mine have had the same experience in many places. Isn't there some way that when making a reservation on line or otherwise, patrons can be asked not to wear perfumes and scents? At the very least they clash horribly with food aromas. I have been in places where as many as 3 groups of nearby diners had to move to escape an obnoxious perfume odor but not a word was said to the drenched one.

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Mane
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A beautiful place - great food - small portions - great views over the harbour

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AllyT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The small plates are excellent and give lots of choices. Great cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and friendly staff. The food tastes good and in a decent portion.

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ClaudetteD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was relaxed and the timing was excellent. I came with a friend who will surely want to experience this fine dining again.

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DeHypnotist
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, great small plates, excellent snd friendly service

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gic1234
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended for food, service, ambience, views, location

DH
DeHypnotist
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As close to a perfect dining experience as I can remember. Delightful, eclectic, creative small plates and superb staff

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GailleK
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful views, exceptional service from staff. Excellent cusine.

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KenF
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

I would not recommend. The quality and quantity of brunch was totally unacceptable.

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f00die
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, delicious food, and great service.

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BryanB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aura is a small plate menu, but it will leave you wanting more with no room to put it. Aura is quiet, fine dining, with the finest service in the city.

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HelenS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely small plates food. Beautiful flavours and perfectly cooked. Definitely recommend

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vipSunshine
Calgary
60 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We came here because we had seen a review of the pandan pancakes. Unfortunately menu is seasonal and there were no pancakes on the menu. Server was new and offered kids pancakes but then came back and said that no pancakes were available. I ordered a side over easy egg and was asked if I wanted it soft or hard? I restated I wanted it over easy and not hard boiled :(

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RonJ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Limited options on a small plates menu but each one was excellent

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BenB
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at Aura. Great cocktails, super tasty food, and fantastic views across the water.

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DavidK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service and a quiet environment

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ClaudetteD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had trouble getting my reservation right. I got a surprising unsolicited phone call offering me exactly what I wanted. Extraordinary!
Loved the soup and the tasty, delicious halibut. The small plate option was just right for my friends and me.
Our server was very patient explaining how everything was served, what every dish consisted of and the changes made since last I ate at Aura.
Finally, I don’t have to eat “pubby” food every time I go out.

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paulp
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The concierge was excellent, our wait person was very helpful and well versed with the wine list which is unfortunately dominated with BC selections. The view of the harbour is outstanding. We enjoyed the evening very much.

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BillA
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Terrific food, terrific atmosphere, terrific service.

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Canadians
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had several meals while staying in the hotel, my husband has mobility issues but the staff were most helpful, and accommodating. The food was delicious and of the view from our table was beautiful and very interesting with all the harbour activity.
The atmosphere was very airy with lots of space so essential at the moment.

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BonnieH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My latest excursion to Aura was largely to enjoy their small plates menu with a bit of a Thanksgiving Twist. I have to say I was disappointed in the Turkey plate. It was smoked and I would have absolutely preferred a few slices of fresh turkey with stuffing and gravy (not to mention ).... another small plate of either mashed potatoes or sweet potato mash........ One of my friends ordered the smoked duck and although the server, David was so kind to offer to cut up the portion to bite size pieces, she was disappointed again that there was not a fresh duck portion on the menu. Not everyone loves smoked meats. Recommended to friends with reservations.

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KevinA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic romantic, delicious dinner. Aura never disappoints.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous food, cocktails, view and service.........................

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb.... and Robin and David are Masters of their craft as service professionals. Truly outstanding. Thanks to the entire team at Aura!

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gr8fuldiner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch at Aura is wonderful. The view is outstanding as is the food. None of our servings are hearty but they ARE delicious and beautifully presented. The wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. All in all it was a very pleasant Sunday afternoon.

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BevW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most attentive staff! We were first greeted at the door to the hotel and then accompanied to the restaurant. The maitre d then greeted us, called me by name, and showed us to our table. He introduced us to our waitress and left us in good hands.

Food is all small plates. We each ordered two plates, which gave us a chance to enjoy a couple of different things. A bit different, but fun. All delicious. We will definitely be back!

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Hudson
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

You let me make a reservation and the restaurant was closed!

After a 1/2 hour walk to get there you put us in a very bad spot. We had to find another place to go at 7:30 at night. And places had already been reserved.

We were not very happy! To say the least!

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hudson, I am so sorry. We are currently closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and must have made an error when adjusting the availability in the room as one table was accepting reservations. This has been resolved however this doesn't help you. Please contact us so that we can make this up to you.

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CherylH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the small plate concept so you can share and try a number of different dishes. All that we tried were beautifully presented and delicious. The wine list is varied for both bottles and glasses, so everyone should be able to find something that appeals to them. The Zentini, their house cocktail is refreshing and delicious. The views are lovely and the space is quiet allowing you to have a conversation with your dinner companions. The only things we weren't impressed with was the Ice Cream "cake", while it was delicious, the ice cream at the centre was so hard when it was first brought to the table that it was almost impossible to break a piece off with the fork provided. A great experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

My only complaint was the rather limited breakfast menu and the restriction of 11:30am to access the brunch menu.

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FarmHouseGuy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Aura offers some great flavours and a creative menu of various small plates. With some minor tweaking, it could go from just above average to excellent. Diners who enjoy wine that pairs with their food would be wise to order a few items at a time, to avoid having short ribs and flat iron steak served alongside tuna while you’re still drinking sparkling wine. Our server left us to top up/pour our own wine despite not being terribly busy. Would expect a little more from borderline fine dining experience. Generally really decent, but I wouldn’t rush back…

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jgriel01
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Nice place good food viré exceptionnel à place to eat

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
37 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great surroundings and views into the Inner Harbour. Very professional service from a good menu. Highly recommend Aura at The Laurel Point Inn!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was absolutely engaging! We truly enjoyed it all. Great job!

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Panda
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outstanding host to greet you; affable server; great food; great location and view of the Inner Harbour. My only issue with the evening was that they brought our food out too swiftly. As it was not a busy evening in the restaurant, their pacing was unexpected and made me wonder how they could possibly have made such a perfect risotto inside ten minutes. On the whole, a great evening and I would recommend Aura highly to others.

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JeffM
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sunday brunch, had small plates, the salmon benny was great.

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FilipK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

By far best culinary experience we had in Victoria!

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Tamara
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Amazing service and tasty plates - shared 4 plates between the 2 of us . The short ribs and seafood risotto were delicious .

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Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio is rated 4.5 stars by 1054 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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