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Aurora Ristorante Italiano

4.3
220 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

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About

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.”

Carlo
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
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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Catering
We can have food made for you for any occasion.
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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 220 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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 .

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2017

Great professional service. Clean with cloth table linens and cloth napkins. There were fresh flowers on the table and my delivery of additional flowers was well coordinated and accepted. Fresh made pasta not sure if in house for the paperdel but the knochi was worth the travel but it self. Well done can't wait to go back next week

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2017

We are outside on a lovely warm night. Calamari Dore was wonderful and the server was friendly and efficient. Prices are very good here as well. Enjoyed it a lot and will be back!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Always good food service was off a little tonight. Seafood in pasta dishes always great

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2017

The Calamari Fritti was perfectly cooked, and very good. The rest of the meal was just average. Not much taste. The veggies were good, but boring scalloped potatoes. Not sure if it was an off night, but I won't go back for a while.
Service was spotty. Table for 6, two arrived early and were served water. Rest of party had to ask individually for water. Other drinks did not come without a couple of reminders.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2017

I always enjoy lunch @Aurora Ristorante. Calamari fritti perfectly battered and fried. Special today - grilled salmon on caesar salad was delish... I asked for salmon cooked "pink" - medium rare and the chef prepared it perfectly. Service was inattentive for a slow afternoon...however, I'll be back.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2017

We had the Saltimbocca which was absolutely fantastic. It is a "go to" place for us now.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food. Outdoor area is nice. Inside can be crowded and noisy at times.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

The kitchen was pressed by large parties on this visit and the cuisine was a star short, but the atmosphere was fun, celebrating Mom on the eve of Mothers Day.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

ALWAYS a good meal/atmosphere. Julia was a great waitress & Ishmaiel is always a delight. They were both attentive as well.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2017

We had a most enjoyable evening and meal! We'll be back! The zabaglione was eccelente!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

Great food friendly people. Small but low noise. Very cozy and clean. Great service. Took neighbors, they also enjoyed their dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2017

The cuisine rivals any other restaurant in the city. The service is outstanding. It is truly a gem for those reasons. The building that the restaurant occupies is what detracts from the experience. A wood door and some window treatments might solve the problem.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

The food and service were excellent; nice, pleasant people operate the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Good food and attentive service. Hard to decide what you we wanted off the menu, so each person in our party of 4 picked something different and shared. All the dishes were done very well--
++ on the ribeye, cooked perfectly.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Delicious entrees...great specials! Fabulous desserts at an reasonable price! Comfortable seating and not so Lou's that you can't have a conversation!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Excellent food!! Poor ambiance- it's in need of an update, but again, the food is really tasty.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2017

Great food. Special was delicious. Service was excellent. One of my favorite places

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Service was completely inadequate. We were not approached by any waiter for 15 minutes until I asked for one. Waiter did not know how to use a corkscrew and couldn't understand what a carafe was for the red wine we brought but offered an "ice bucket." We hoped for good food per the great reviews so wanted to overlook the inattentive service. Unfortunately every course was so disappointing! The Ceasar salad was worse than would be found in an airport and the pasta was just plain and nothing special. No one seemed to be in charge of what we hoped would be the same restaurant we had read about- casual but with good service and great food. Perhaps this was just a bad night but unfortunately there was no part of our experience that could be described as good. We won't be back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

My wife & I had an excellent Italian home cooked meal. We started with an eggplant appetizer with green salad & gorgonzola. When the dish arrived our eyes popped wide open because of the large serving size. Then, the rich, flavorful and creamy lobster soup came and by then we knew the rest of our meal will be fantastic. The buttered Petrol and Clam & Mussel Pasta filled us up with such delicious flavors we could not stretch our belly's to make room for dessert. I jokingly asked my wife whether we should do jumping jacks to bring the food down so we could eat some more. We highly recommend this restaurant! We love it so much as we left the restaurant we were already talking about going back and inviting our families to come join us! Gratzie per I'ottimo pasto👍

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The Calamari appetizer and both pasta entrees were wonderful. We will return soon.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Great food in a mostly industrial are of town. Excellent service. Table cloths on tables and nice environment (you can talk and hear each other).

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Overall the dining experience was good. The Caesar salad was disappointing, however, dry lettuce with no flavor or dressing. Had to use the oil for the bread on the salad. All the entrees were very tasty & the service outstanding. Wouldn't rush back but would consider a second 'try'.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2017

We enjoyed our meal. The food was very good and the portion sizes were very good.

Will go back again.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Great food and service. Really like the pasta. We'll go there again.
Lunch is great too.
sit outside in nice weather. taken several clietns there. Everyone likes the place.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Excellent food, menu, and service. I intend to return.

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