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Aurora Ristorante Italiano

220 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

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Fine Italian Authentic Homemade Food!

From the Owner, “I have been a restauranteur for 47 years. If you come to my restaurant you will get a great home cooked meal and great service by a very accommodating staff. The majority of my customers are repeat customers. Try my restaurant once and you will see why.”

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Lunch Daily: 11:00AM - 3:30PM

Dinner Daily: 4:30PM - 9:30PM

Breakfast Sat & Sun: 8:00AM - 11:00AM
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Phone number
(415) 382-8488
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carlo Scatena
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Private party facilities
On occasion we do rent the whole restaurant out for private parties. Contact us for more information.
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Private party contact
Carlo Scatena: (415) 382-8488
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We can have food made for you for any occasion.
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Cross street
Bel Marin Keys
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Parking details
Plenty of parking in lot, also plenty of street parking.
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 220 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.3  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipChomp1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

The consistency of quality in both the cuisine and the staff is what draws us back

DennisS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2017

Our first time. Service professional and attentive. Food outstanding ; we will be back!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

The food I ordered was delicious. My husband found that his sole had too much lemon and we have to order another one and pay for the one he didn't like it. Usually good restaurants don't charge . The waitress was too pushy .
We like to enjoy our wine and talk and she kept pushing us to order our entree while we were having our appetizers . My husband had the carpaccio and he wasn't finished and the waitress took his plate so quickly that he wasn't able to say that he wasn't done .

maryssews (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Overall, I liked Aurora Ristorante. The service was very good - Julia friendly and attentive.
The short comings were in the food. The flavor of the lobster bisque was fine, but it was too thick. I prefer more of a creamy texture, this bordered on a thick, lumpy gravy. We opted for the creme brulee. Again, the flavor was fine, but the texture of the custard left a lot to be desired.
On a more positive note, our entrees were excellent: veal cutlet parmigiana and the salmon special. I would go back, but skip the bisque and creme brulee.

Foodies (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 2017

My husband and I enjoy this restaurant very much. It is so pleasant to eat outside on their patio and enjoy a lovely lunch. They do have seasonal wonders like their Butternut Squash Ravioli and their Penne with Scallops. Their Lobster Bisque was exceptional. Our foursome ate there on Sunday night and had a nice meal. The service was good and attentive.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

We had a great meal, good wine, pleasant atmosphere. All you could ask for.

Onolicious (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

If you live in the area this is a go to restaurant.

Marineats (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

We were seated promptly, our waiter was friendly, explained the specials well
I had prawns Dore, as good as I remembered from the last visit. The potatoes, the plated side dish, were eh.
The petrale sole special was good as was the chicken cacciatore special according to my friends
No one was hungry for dessert, so I can't comment on that
The noise level was high when we got there but better after a table of four loud talkers finished and left.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Delicious food. Specials were tasty. Every time we eat at Aurora, we are pleased. Service was attentive. Love the Petrale Sole special.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

A delicious meal, excellent service provided by a friendly staff. A leisurely dining experience with friends was what we were looking for and what we found at Aurora's. Thank you!

Bratleyj (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

We only found this gem a few weeks ago but have eaten here now 3 times! The consistency of the service (very friendly and attentive) as well as the really fantastic food has made us huge fans!

LAHS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 4, 2017

We took a friend for lunch and were greeted warmly with excellent service throughout the meal. My salad was just right in portion and delicious. My husband and friend had sandwiches which they both raved about. We will return when we are in the Novato area.

vipLadiesWhoLunch (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

In the industrial area of Novato this was a pleasant surprise - really good food and service - a lovely place to luxuriate with friends - the staff was attentive but not overbearing - definitely will return to this unassuming spot only a few minutes off the Highway 101 Freeway in Northern Marin County.

vipChomp1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

The Saltimbocca is outstanding, but we'll venture on to something different with the next visit. We have found our "go to" spot and neighborhood gem.

SusieRose (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

My two dining partners had wonderful meals....mine, it was a lunch time seafood salad special.
The seafood was hot so it did not seem like a true salad. It was not what I had heard waiter describe . The taste was odd ...salmon was spicy and very over cooked, actually all the seafood was over cooked except a few muscles which I do not think we're cooked enough. I realized that after I ate one! That night I was very ill so I think my feeling there was something odd about the dish was right on!
In hindsight I am wondering if the seafood was a special using the left overs for the week.
I have been to the restaurant ALOT so obviously like it, but I won't be ordering seafood again. Also there was a large group of people celebrating a birthday. They were overbearing they were so loud.