Aurora - Williamsburg

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Italian
Join us for 4th of July!! We will be open for lunch and dinner!! Established over a decade ago, Aurora restaurant is a landmark of the Italian cuisine in the vibrant neighborhood of Williamsburg. Aurora creates a perfect balance of tradition and innovation, with a great respect for seasonality, by combining top quality Italian imports, sustainably grown local produce and house-made specialties.  The wine program offers a list of over 150 labels, along with craft beers, signature cocktails, and a full liquor bar. The rustic and charming dining room with exposed brick walls and high ceilings, opens to an intimate, leafy garden, enclosed during the colder months, and perfect for a relaxing dinner "al fresco" during the warm season. Aurora is a great spot for a romantic date, a casual getting together with friends, or private events.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We will be open from 12pm to 10pm offering a $70 - 3 course Prix-Fixe Menu

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 550 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary.. always amazing food and service. We had gone to a different restaurant over the weekend to celebrate and it was sooo aweful we decided to do a make up celebration dinner here bc it’s one of our favorites and tried and true!

SP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place - the food, service and atmosphere are delicious, outstanding and rustic, respectively. A little piece of Italy right in Williamsburg.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super chic

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely friendly staff

R
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeatedly the best around!

TA
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The ambience is very kind...the food is also good
Only inconvenience is noise from the patio side

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Worst service ever ! Will never come back AGAIN !
Yesterday was my birthday. We were a table of 7, we are French people and most of them don’t speak English.
The waiter was so rude from the start to the end! His excuse was that we didn’t listen when he was explaining the menu VERY FAST and with NO effort to speak calm in order to understand what he said. One of friend was listening and doing the traduction! So yes it is hard to stay focused on your talking !!!
The waiter don’t pour the wine correctly 2 times! Left dishes and had another attitude with the other table !
My father told the waiter that he can change his job as he is not doing it correctly and with an attitude. He dared to ask my 60 year old dad: « what is he doing in life? ». Well he works more than you do and always with a smile and RESPECT not like you !
As you have to pay à tips when you are more than 7, YOU have to TIPS a person that did the worst service.
At the end the waiter finally excuse to my parents.
It was my birthday and I left with my family without dessert as we were not welcome from the beginning!
I came here 4 times before and have never been treated like this in any restaurant in New York !
The manager tried to take my info but I will never come back here again.
At the end the food was good !
Thank you for ruining my birthday.

H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No other restaurant in the area can compare. These guys blow the Italian Americans away as well as the other European imports. Much higher quality and value than other Italian in all of North Brooklyn. Much, much more carefully curated wine list with a significantly lower mark up on all bottles than any other restaurant in the greater area. For value it cant be beat. The pastas are delightful-authentic but never to a fault. The staff here is really helpful and hardworking group of people and I've never had a bad dish, ever. If you like medium rare go ahead and order rare because they tend to go a tiny fraction above here. The music is appropriate for the neighborhood which isn't always the case nowadays. The music is cool. So if you hate artists and use the word hipster to describe all the people you are jealous of then maybe you actually won't like the music. But it's just good rock and electronic that isn't too obtrusive or distracting. I've never heard anything bad like Mariah Carey or Ed Sheeran or Kanye or anything too loud or distracting. Never noticed anyone singing through an autotune either!

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food very good / service attitude subpar

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food, service & ambiance were nothing special. The restaurant was so noisy, there was a birthday party right behind our table, it made our experience very unpleasant. I was sorry that we chose Aurora over 2 other recommendations from a friend who lives in the area. The friends we met for brunch traveled from the Woodstock area to meet us that day & I felt badly that with all of the terrific places to eat in Brooklyn, we ended up there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and incredible service.

FF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Buena comida
Bastante lenta la atención

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AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been here several times. Food is outstanding.

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was amazing. The ambiance was relaxing. I really enjoyed this place and want to try their dinner menu! Totally recommend!

KC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was great but food not so much...way over priced.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good. Service was a miss. Sever never returned after taking our order. Even our bill was brought by someone else. (He was still working, just no longer serving us). Nobody checked after the food was run to the table (by someone else). Several customers were vaping in the restaurant, which was also turnoff. I informed them that it was our anniversary dinner in the reservation, but nobody seemed to really care. I’ve been going for around 10 years, but that was my last time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty !!! The buratta to start is lovely

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best neighborhood restaurant. Never disappoints

LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

VM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aurora has served perfect pasta dishes since the first time we came here about 10 years ago. This week was no different and their rib eye steak was perfect as well. Couldn't have had a better meal.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing staff, and delicious Italian food worthy of being called Italian. Highly recommended

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The only downside was that our order took a long time (~ 40 minutes) to arrive. If we hadn’t been in a rush, it wouldn’t have been as much a problem as the food and atmosphere were otherwise lovely!

LC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and patio setting was perfect for a summer night dinner. Our hostess was also really great

R
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just, simply, the best!

AM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and cocktails. Can't wait to return.

SJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space with delicious food and great service. Two of us had their lunch prix fixe menu which was incredibly good value with great options. Service was amazing fast and accommodating, our sever was Saul (not sure if the spelling is correct) he gave great suggestions, was checking in every time we got the next course and made sure we liked everything, also the manager with cool tattoos was very welcoming and made us feel like they are actually happy to have us. I am excited to come back and check out the dinner menu now.

PS was too busy eating the entire to take a picture :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, every time!

DS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic dinner at Aurora with outstanding food. Followed by a sunset river walk at Domino park. Forget Manhattan ... just head here instead.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat outdoors. Nice relaxed atmosphere and delicious food. Good wine list and cocktails.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Authentic Italian food with a creative flourish. The enclosed garden is gorgeous and the place to be. Nice cool low key vibe with a local crowd.

CE
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great! Food, service and ambiance are always great!

DS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love going to Aurora. It was a lovely dinner.

FS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place and service was good and friendly. Wine by the glass was a little pricey but hey the food was good.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I celebrated my 21st birthday at Aurora and it was one of my favorite brunches of all time! The restaurant is beautiful, very lush and green, it really screams Williamsburg. The appetizers were amazing, especially the burrata and prosciutto platter which tastes so authentic and fresh. Entrees were a little on the pricey side, but the portions were fair and food overall was tasty. The only reason I did not give this place 5 stars was because our service was not as attentive as expected. Coming from someone who has worked in upscale restaurants, I expect the server to provide wine pairing recommendations, bring bread to the table without the customer having to ask twice, and check up on our meal regularly. Our server seemed overloaded and the experience was not as interpersonal as we had wished. Other than a tweak in the service, I recommend Aurora and will be returning for dinner!

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Cute restaurant and nice backyard. I got the squid ink pasta with clams and it was very sandy which was extremely off putting. Service was okay, not great.

ME
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We have travelled all over the world and never have we experienced a restaurant with so much noise. It was impossible to have a conversation. If only the food and service had made up for this but unfortunately this was not the case. I would really not recommend this place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid food. Great service. Fair price.

PN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing steak I have eaten in a decade. Wine list is sublime. Burata amazing.

Romantic ambiance.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This has been a really great restaurant for years.

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, beautiful outdoor terrace, although it was hot on a summer night! The food was phenomenal.

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