AURA waterfront restaurant + patio
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.
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Daily 11:30 am–5:00 pm
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great restaurant. Somewhat limited menu.
Very pleasant on the patio, but the piped-in techno music and noise from seaplanes were annoying.
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!
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.
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!
Lovely experience! Food was amazing and delicious as always. The best view of the harbour in the city. Thank you!
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.
Good healthy food . Very small portion. Was perfect for us girls.
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.
Such a relaxing meal in a lovely location. Pleasant service. Delicious food!
Wonderful food - a taste sensation in every bite. Beautiful view.
A very special night for both of us. Thank you for the wonderful service, fabulous food and pleasant atmosphere.
Amazing food and prompt service. Definitely an experience worth having.
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!
Waitress was cold as ice and almost ruined the evening until the maitredee stepped in and professionally addressed the concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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
Everything was great for an evening with friends. Server a bit inexperienced.
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Food and drinks were ok as was the service was ok. The view is the reason to go!
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
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?
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!
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.
Nicely presented but nothing outstanding, not a meal to take your family to after all day of activities.
You will leave hungry!
Food was very good. A bit pricey but good. Table service was excellent. Hostess was not so good. Booked the table the day before. Gave her my name and she immediately said "well, you just booked this today, so this is the only table I have for you..." which was around the corner and I was fine with actually, after correcting her and telling her I had booked it the the day before. Not a great way to greet any guest who is about to plonk down $350 for dinner. Not a warm or professional greeting at all. That being said 2 of the table windows sat empty for our entire meal. As for the ambience...the restaurant looks tired and a bit dirty & shabby as does the hotel entrance off the back. For the prices you are charging put some money into it. On another note...we live locally!! Have a bit of initiative and maybe realize that it's just not the "tourists" who pay your bills. This attitude may have something to do with the ownership. I am thinking the restaurant is owned separately from the Hotel.
Wonderful oysters creative way of serving them Salad very fresh and House dressing had just the right amount of spices ! Great outdoor seating
Overrated. This is a second time that I've gone to the Aura Restaurant with young friends.
Service is snobby and pretentious and not friendly and accepting of young arts people and those with disabilities.
Exceptional experience all around. Good service exceptionally fine Food lovely view Delightful ambience.
Excellent service and great food. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the beautiful view while enjoying our dinner.
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!!
Excellent recommendations from the waiter. The restaurant has both an excellent view of the Inner Harbour and superb food.
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 :)
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.