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Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

4.4
756 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Waterfront
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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
Monday - Sunday:
Breakfast: 7am-11am, Lunch: 11:30am-5pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm

First Sunday of the Month Brunch Buffet from 11am-2pm
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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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Mom to our fantastic brunch.

Let Chef Ito & his team look after all the delicious details! There’s even a special something for Mom & a just for kids buffet! Join us from 11am – 2pm in AURA and our spectacular Terrace Ballroom.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 756 People Are Saying
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service
4.4
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I been there many times it a sure thing for a good evening

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

All around great experience!! Will be back for sure, thanks so much.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place for a couple to have dinner. Amazing food

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Beautiful ambiance, Seacuterie platter outstanding. Professional and flawless service. Great wine list. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place to bring your partner. Awesome service.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Professional, knowledgeable, attentive and warm staff.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

It was the first night of "Dine Around...", The food was amazing and the service was very personable.
We enjoyed our night very much.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Always perfect, keep up the great work.
Wonderful mature hip ombience.

Darrell

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

great food and atmosphere, however our server really made our experience. Amazing service and friendly. unfortunately didn't get her name. Truly enjoyed our anniversary dinner. We will definitely return when in victoria.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Staff were great, the seat was nice and we had a view outside to the water. The kimchi sauce under my pheasant lacked flavour and the bird itself wasn’t special. It was all well cooked but not a mind blowing dish.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Lovely dinner with great wait staff.

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1.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The food seriously disappointing. Too many flavours competing. Simplify the tastes.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food. knowledgeable waitress. superb service

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We were married at Laurel Point in 2016 and have been back own a few special dates since. Never ever disappointed!

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

The atmosphere was the best part of the evening. You can't beat the view of the inner harbor. The decor was modern yet has a warm feel. The service was very good. Dinner was good, but can't rate it as great which is a bit disappointing considering the price point of the meals. I would however go back.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

The ambiance was amazing. Service was incredible. And, food was delicious. This spot is a hidden gem for intimate dining.

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1.0Dined on November 12, 2017

Unacceptable! Website stated that Sundays are days that a brunch buffet is served! Its only served every first sunday of thr month. Had brunch from the menu, very over-priced and the bacin was burnt! AVOID!

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3.0Dined on October 30, 2017

I had been here before and it was the best meal I've had in Victoria, but the restaurant must have changed hands since then. Instead of the simple and spectacular seafood dishes they used to offer (like trout or salmon with crispy skin) the menu was filled with fussy dishes that were hard to understand and looked interesting but are not something I'd come back for. The view here is one of the best in the city, simply stunning.

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Very suitable for a business dinner.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

The service was excellent. Staff paid particular attention to our dietary requests going the extra mile to ensure if everything met our needs. This was a great experience with a big thanks to all the staff

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The seafood trio dish contained 2 scallops, 2 pieces of shrimp and 2 pieces of octopus.
The accompanying vegetables were not well cooked. The shrimp were two small pieces that were overcooked. It was the size of shrimp you may expect to see in a shrimp salad at low end restaurant. The food was served with some portions at room temperature and some cold. the sauce adding nothing. I wish they would focus more on the quality of the food then an artistic presentation. Without question it was the worst meal I had in Victoria. The initial appetizer gift from the kitchen tasted like hot sauce on paper. It was an extremely disappointing night. You are paying for the view eat somewhere else and take a walk around the harbor...better value.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

What a wonderful place! Our first time dining at Aura, and it was well worth a visit. Each plate was delightful and unexpected! Service was lovely, menu items were explained while they were being served, and every item was delicious. Cocktails were tasty and inventive.
Our only regret was the early sunset meant less time to enjoy the gorgeous view at dinner- what a beautiful setting! Would love to visit for a sunny Sunday Brunch.
Looking forward to our return. Many thanks.

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3.0Dined on October 14, 2017

The decor and the restaurant overall felt pretty dated, although the views of the water are nice. The restaurant is located in a hotel in the harbor. The food is what in my house is deemed “tweezer food” (meaning some of the food is probably plated using tweezers). The food overall was serviceable— nothing really knocked our socks off though. I had the house salad and the halibut in banana leaf w coconut rice cakes. My husband had the “seacuterie” and the pork 2 ways. Everything was pretty good. Definitely imaginative — just not crazy delicious. The service was amiable, although our waiter forgot to bring bread to the table until asked. Overall, we both wish we had tried a different place for our one night in Victoria.

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2017

I really wanted to love this place. The food was creative and tasted great, but the menu was a bit hard to decipher. I ordered a tomato soup with grilled cheese, and got a bowl of soup with a small piece of cheese on top. I guess the cheese was grilled but I was expecting a sandwich. I love trying new foods but this menu made me feel ignorant, which immediately put me off. It just wasn't the enjoyable meal I hoped for. Disappointing.

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3.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Service and ambiance was good. My wife’s risotto was undercooked, very crunchy, but there was good flavor, and not a lot of selection on the menu.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2017

Fine dining at its best. Creative quisine. Stunning views. Excellent staff. Our server, Colleen was superb. She was a true professionsl and shared excellent tips for our stay in Victoria.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2017

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Aura last weekend. Maitre d' Robin and our server Colleen were most welcoming and provided top-notch service throughout the meal. I had noted our anniversary when I made the Open Table reservation and at the end of our meal we were surprised with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate and accompanied by two exquisite chocolate candies and a flower on the plate. A really special finishing touch to a wonderful evening!

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2.0Dined on October 1, 2017

I was their for the sunday buffet brunch. Although it was very expensive (most expensive in Victoria), food was just ok. Not much in the way of selection either. I will definitely not be going back.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Very good, innovative menu. Delicious food served in a modern atmosphere with very appealing view(s). We had dinner and lunch there, would definitely return when in Victoria. It was a little too cold to enjoy the patio while we were there, but it looked like another thing we'd like to try.

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