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About Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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.

680 Montreal Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1Z8
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic

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: June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st

Cross Street:
Belleville St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(250) 414-6739

Website:
http://www.aurarestaurant.ca/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet or secure underground parking available.

Executive Chef:
Takashi Ito c.c.c.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For special and upcoming events please visit our website at http://aurarestaurant.ca/events for details.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.0

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

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Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
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Healthy (3)
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Disabled Access (2)
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Hot Spot (2)
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Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Casual (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Authentic (1)
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Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 31, 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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Very suitable for a business dinner.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 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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 (Yosemite)·Dined on October 22, 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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·Dined on October 17, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 2, 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!

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 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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·Dined on October 1, 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and service were fabulous. I loved the Vegetarian.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I would not recommend this restaurant, very small portions and way over seasoned. You are better off going do fishermans wharf to eat much fresher food and better portions.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Amazing as always ! One of Victoria’s best restaurants.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Fun, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our service was really great and were offered the the happy hour even though we were seated just after 5. The light meals were very delicious and just what we needed. My 10 year old granddaughter was given a complimentary birthday dessert and she was thrilled. The restaurant had a very loud group so the ambiance was ruined for us, as beautiful as the setting it.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Beautiful view. Very good food. Pleasant staff. Enjoyed our night out in Victoria.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

I happened to indicate it was our anniversary on the open table reservation and every one of the staff members greeted us with best wishes. It was a lovely experience. The oysters were amazing!

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 19, 2017

TRuly creative and magnificent food, starting with the breads and ending with dessert. SPectacular!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

very limited menu and not that appealing. Hard to find something one wanted. The staff were wonderful and upon exit when we were needing a taxi for a handicapped guests the hotel staff were great.
We will give it another chance mainly because we have been impressed in the past and the friendliness of the staff. But who ever put together the menu should rethink it.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The fried sushi appetizer was very good but the meal went down from there. Our entrée of a fish sampler was lukewarm, tasteless and very small in portion size for the price.
The ambiance is very nice overlooking the bay .

As we were staying at the hotel we did have breakfast there two mornings as it was included with our hotel package; it was quite nice both mornings and again the view from the bay is lovely.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 8, 2017

A cute little spot for dinner. Quiet, quaint, delicious food! The service was awesome and the view gorgeous!

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We had a mixed response to the meal at Aura. My halibut wrapped in banana leaves was absolutely perfect! Delicious, moist, and prepared wonderfully. I liked all that accompanied the fish; small rice cakes and asparagus were tasty. I also enjoyed the "hedgehog" ice cream that we selected for dessert. My husband felt that his duck was just so-so. He orders duck often and did not like it or the accompaniments this time.

We ate breakfast at Aura during our trip and my omelet was very nice, good potatoes with tomato and onion as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Outstanding Halibut in banana leaf with crispy coconut rice cakes. Inspired menu. Professional and courteous service. Relaxed comfortable ambiance.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Very nice overall dining experience. Expertly prepared meal, friendly and knowledgeable staff combined with a nice atmosphere . Will return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Disappointing. The service, location and view were all excellent. The flavors of the food were a major disappointment. We had the halibut and two appetizers. All dishes were presented well, but just didn't have any flavor. We had halibut two other times in the week at different restaurants that was 100% better. Plus, the halibut was served room temp/cold. The chef here needs work.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our new favorite restaurant in Victoria. The food was creative, artistic and delicious. The staff was thoughtful and attentive. Free valet parking. Nice view of the harbor. What's not to love?

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Just overpriced. Good food but nothing excellent. No wow factor so overpriced for what we got.

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Had a great experience for my father's 75th birthday. A touch disappointed in my meal's portion size, but the presentation was wonderful. My parents particularly enjoyed the Halibut and steak dinner - indicated they were perfect. Ambience and atmosphere are incredible - with beautiful views of boats and other small craft sailing through. Great for special occasions and dates and will definitely be back.

As I am a bit of a pig when it comes to portions - my dinner size was not too disconcerting. Limited opportunity to try Octopus, which was tasty. Service was impeccable, as Jennifer had great timing; never being obtrusive, without leaving us waiting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Although we (party of 4) came in during intermezzo period (2pm to 5pm) due to our time constraints, the intermezzo menu offered fabulous cuisine for afternoon bites. There are enough teasing numbers of tapas-styled dishes on the menu to makes you want to come back for course dining at night.
Scallops, always a great measure of chefs technicality, were undoubtedly cooked to perfection.
Fine dining experience in an elegant ambiance.
We will come back for dinner for sure.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy, Cozy, Scenic View, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Ate here once before years ago, most recent visit was not as memorable. I ordered the Seafood Trio which was disappointing, food arrived almost room temp. Wife got Halibut which I tasted and it was just ok.

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Food was delicious & creative. However, it was hard to get the server's attention at times. But when we did get their attention their service was top notch! Everything we had was delicious, except the eclair which was slightly disappointing as the eclair shell was quite dry. Would definitely recommend the deep fried sushi though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Tapas, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Excellent experience here. I had a strip loin that I asked be done to the chef's liking. It arrived rare, which surprised me for a strip loin. But it was quite good - way better than I would have imagined. And the entire plate was balanced and complementary.

The service was also excellent. Attentive but not overbearing.

We had a nice table along the window - very pleasant. Quiet vibe.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Aura was excellent with an allergy in our group! Very good service and helpful

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 10, 2017

I was quite surprised how great the food/ chef was. The restaurant seemed to be in the dining room of a small unremarkable looking hotel . There were beautiful harbor views as well. Come for the food!!! Unusual flavors and a great menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

All round it was a lovely lunch on a beautiful day (which helped, of course). My salad meal was lovely but I think a couple of slices of good bread would have enhanced it. The server could not suggest an alternative (not her fault, but other places give bread and butter for $4 or less, even if it is not gratis). Otherwise a fine time.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Sunday Brunch was quite disappointing. That's a regular no-thrills breakfast with added burger. Service was OK, but we had to chase someone to get teaspoon for the tee. Food quality and choice was average, ladies on the table next to us gave up explaining what Mimosa is. No buffet, while it was clearly what was expected by a lot of people, including us. No need to wait until 11AM to get what was served all morning before that.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

This was a great choice for my wife's birthday dinner. Great view, service and very interesting food selections. They even had my wife's favourite dessert - cream brulee although it was not on the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent food and service. Unusual tastes that were fabulous and expanded our repertoire. We'll be back.

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