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Tapas - Aura Restaurant & Lounge, Clive, IA

Aura Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
4.6
152 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Lively & flavorful tapas along with vibrant cocktails offer a unique shared experience that challenges the traditional. At Aura, it's good vibes only! Our invigorating environment is the perfect place to gather friends & family.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 225-6005

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Neighborhood

    Urbandale

  • Cross street

    60th and University Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 152 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. CA

    CaribeAzul

    Naples

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a nice experience. They are open for lunch. Not sure why a lot of restaurants do not around here. The food was good, although the salad had too much dressing on it, however, it was tasty. Next time, we'll order the dressing on the side. We love the tapas menu because it gives you the opportunity to try several things without committing to a large plate of food you may or may not enjoy. The service was excellent, and we received a complimentary dessert as it was our anniversary. All in all, it was a positive experience. We'll be back
  2. TE

    TrudyE

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing - she was handling all the tables in the restaurant by herself and she did a wonderful job!
  3. VB

    VinnieBob

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice ambience and a very relaxing atmosphere. Acoustics are well controlled… you can hear the music, you can hear the person across from you speaking at normal levels. I had the salmon which was cooked perfectly, wife had chicken picata which she said was good but the sauce might have been a touch heavy. Happy hour drink prices are very good. We’ll be back.
  4. CB

    CharlesB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started our meal with the Korean cauliflower that everyone at the table enjoyed including my brother who doesn't normally like cauliflower. My brother and I ordered the salmon, my wife ordered the shrimp scampi, and my sister-in-law ordered the chicken rigatoni. Everyone loved their meals and drinks. My wife and I shared the delicious chocolate lava cake for dessert.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and awesome cocktails! All are so welcoming and make the evening special
  6. S

    Shan

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was okay. It wasn’t busy at all for a Saturday night.
  7. S

    Sherryl

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We very much enjoyed our evening at Aura last Friday evening. We love the atmosphere. Very upscale and modern, with a toned-down touch. Our server (Erica) was excellent and experienced. The food was exceptional and well presented. Perfect evening!
  8. S

    Shari

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted warmly when we arrived. We were lucky to get seated at a large table up front that was semi private. Waitress was great and accommodating. Everyone in our party enjoyed the tapas we choose to start with and their entrees. Ended the meal with delicious chocolate desserts.
  9. CS

    ChrisS

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was ok but a little underwhelming for the price. Food temps could have been better and the overall restaurant temperature wasn’t very comfortable.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Visited a month ago and really liked it. Today, it was unfortunately poor. 2 drinks never arrived. Server recommended we not get an appetizer other customers were complaining about. Had to ask host to go find our server twice. Food quantities were poor. Check was messed up after explaining to the server twice how we wanted it split. Too bad we took guests based on first experience. This experience may prevent both of us returning.
  11. LI

    LorryI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally enjoyed our dinner there. We ordered tapas….Korean fried cauliflower, tempura shrimp, honey garlic chicken lavash, and ginger pork potstickers. All were outstanding. Our server was super friendly, attentive, and service was fast. Will definitely be back.
  12. MR

    MelissaR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great unique food and drinks . Delicious flavors. Beautiful ambiance
  13. LE

    Love2Eat

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Over the food was very good. The tri-tip steak for the table was cooked a bit more than we would have preferred. Other appetizers were great.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and service is very good! Great menu, especially for tapas. I surely suggest checking them out!
  15. MH

    MichelleH

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3rd time in two months that we have come here, and the food is fabulous. Haven’t had all the tapas yet, but will be back to make our way through the list! Wonderful flavors and ingredients are on point!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great flavor, good ambiance-lighting nice, little noisy. Portions were very small for the price.
  17. IR

    IowaRoots

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They did a nice job. Good food good service. Will be going back.
  18. b

    brettm

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing decor and food. Top notch. Better than most Vegas and Miami restaurants.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Aura…would highly recommend!
  20. DD

    DDV2011

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, wine and service! Love the atmosphere and decor too. We will back for date night, girls night, anytime.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    First visit. Never knew this place existed. Good food (albeit all options we had were a bit salty) and nice atmosphere. Cozy and clean. Server was a bit discombobulated. Obviously, a place where regulars hang out, which is validation for consistency and quality. Bartenders were efficient and knowledgeable. Add it to the list of "return again".
  22. EB

    EngineerBob

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Would have given 5 stars were it not for their failed reservation system. Had a confirmed reservation for two at 7:30 pm. Arrived at 7:25 pm to check in and was told their tables are full and it may be a 20 minute wait... I'm sorry, what!? Thankfully it was more like an 8 minute wait, but ridiculous if they are taking reservations and don't enforce them. Tapas and cocktails were very well made, but pricey. Server was friendly and helpful.
  23. A

    Aura

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went there for our anniversary and had a delicious meal. I would recommend this place.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic! Consistently on point!
  25. JL

    JustinaL

    Lake of the Ozarks

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening! Our server was great!
  26. N

    Nick

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    No big complaints but I think that the food is ok but to costly for what it is. I wasn’t blown away with my steak. I could have grilled the same at home for cheaper and probably better. The Tapas were better than the entrees by far. Cocktails were good and priced reasonably. I think it’s a status type of place where people attend to feel high end. I don’t think it meets high end like they’re trying to be, just my opinion. I probably wouldn’t return for dinner but maybe for drinks.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening, the food and specialty drinks were all exceptional.
  28. RS

    RandyS

    Des Moines

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, great atmosphere, excellent food and variety of choices.
  29. N

    Norton94

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here, and I'm already excited to go back to share with friends
  30. LK

    LoriK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed Aura! The atmosphere was inviting and the food was good. I enjoyed that they had so many tapas to choose from that were unique. I didn't give 5 stars because there were certain things that were just not memorable for me. I had the salmon, which while good, was not something I would crave or desire to go back again for. It lacked enough of the glaze to complement it. My husband had the filet mignon. Cooked wonderfully. Small portion of potatoes for the price though and could have used some finesse on the presentation. We actually enjoyed the tapas slightly more than our entrees. Again, delicious food, good service and atmosphere. Just not overly memorable that would make us want to go back again or something I would crave.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menue and excellent food and service!!!
  32. L

    Lovetodine

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the environment. Drinks a fabulous and service is great.
  33. SH

    ScottH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food, great atmosphere, and we had great service
  34. RS

    RandyS

    Des Moines

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit to this establishment. Food was unbelievably great, décor splendid, and service very good. Will definitely dine here again….soon!
  35. AE

    AnnaE

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food with great service! We will definitely be back!
  36. D

    Donna

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    We had a reservation for 5, however our waitress had a big table behind us as well. We were able to order drinks and appetizers, but after we drank the drinks and ate all the appetizers we sat for at least 45 minutes completely unattended! We understand that our waitress was attending to the table behind us, but she either should have stopped by and took a quick drink order or sent someone else over. We had literally been in the restaurant for 2 hours before we ordered dinner! By this point it wasn’t very busy, so the food came out pretty fast and it was delicious, but the lack of service probably prompts us to not come back. Like I said, we understood she wasn’t just standing around doing nothing as we think she was handling bill issues, but an apology goes along way and not having drinks in front of us definitely wasn’t good service.
  37. C

    Courtney

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience1
    Service and drinks were great. Food is not. Very bland, very very small portions even for Tapas. We had the short rib ravioli, the Iowa Lavash, the Pot Stickers and fries.. We didn't order anymore after that because it was clear the food wasn't going to get any more flavorful. Our waitress was great and the drinks were good. Not a place we'd return to though for the value.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had the Chef’s table for my sister’s birthday and was a great area, private and fun for a small celebration!
  39. s

    scott

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Kitchen had problems. Waited an hour for our food, while other seated after us ate and paid their bill. Food was still great..
  40. L

    Lovetodine

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the environment! New favorite place.

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Aura Restaurant & Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 225-6005.

Aura Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 152 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    60th and University Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Urbandale

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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