Aurora

4.6
193 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Aurora at the Celeste offers modern American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced food and the inspiring culinary genius of Executive Chef Mike Trudnak. Aurora will be a glimmering spectacle within the Celeste Hotel experience. Come experience this beautiful restaurant located inside of the Celeste Hotel on campus at UCF. In turn, we know that true beauty can be found when people from all walks of life come together under one roof for a shared purpose. This is the spirit of Aurora at the Celeste. We believe wonder is created in the midst of communal experiences, particularly over a shared love for delicious food and captivating atmosphere. An immersive concept set apart from all others in Orlando, Aurora will be a restaurant experience that captures vast attention through colorful flavors, stunning ambiance, and refined service and you’re sure to have an out of this world experience.

Experiences

  • Thanksgiving Pre-Fixe Menu 11am-5pm

    $40.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Aurora will be offering a special Thanksgiving Pre-Fixe Menu that will run from 11am-5pm on Thanksgiving Day. This menu ties together our flavorful fusion cuisine with the traditional holiday elements. We will also be featuring a holiday twist on our signature Supernova! Join us by booking today!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 193 people are saying
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JacAttack
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

My husband and I went on a Wednesday to try this new restaurant and aside from a large party seated near us, it was pretty empty. The food (aside from my bland chicken) was very good. The crab cake was our favorite! Our server was not the best at her job. She left our finished drinks and appetizer plates on the table during our dining, and it took her a long time in between courses to come to our table. I was also a bit disappointed when I went up to the host stand (with our server next to her) to hear they don't do anything for special occasions as we were celebrating my husband's birthday. We didn't even end up ordering dessert because it took so long for our server to come back to our table at the end of the meal. We were just ready to go home. I would recommend this restaurant for (most of) the food, we just didn't have a great experience.

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viptaws
Orlando
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food and service were disappointing. The galaxy cocktail, specialty chocolate bomb dessert and decaf coffee were decent.
Our server was nice but gave poor wait service. Everything was served room temperature , nothing was Hot. Took forever to get a cocktail and the hotel was not busy.
Tried the steak, was mushy in texture and not appealing to look at but decent flavor and cooked proper medium rare color even thought was cold. The shrimp and grits , grits were solid clumpy and a weird tang, but shrimp were cooked perfect . Was really wanting to like this place. Not rushing back. But maybe give it a try if a foodie, as maybe we had an off night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and we was pleased

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VanetteJ
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food! Nice upscale option in east Orlando!

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vipMichellen
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aurora is AMAZING! Every course was so delicious!

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vipJoeyman
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Went on a recommendation from a friend. Free valet. Restaurant was pretty empty but had to wait for hostess to sit us. Server was prompt and courteous. Substituted an item for my daughter at no extra cost. They gave us a free glass of Prosecco (personally not a fan of Prosecco) but a nice touch. Appetizers came out in a reasonable amount of time. The hummus was very good (a little different but good nevertheless). The entrees were very good.The salmon was cooked just right. The desserts were good (especially their signature one). When they bring it to the table it's a small show. I won't ruin it by describing it lol. All in all I would definitely recommend.

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lala4201
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always great food and service!

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DickW
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Did magical dining, the appetizers seemed decent but were by far the most underwhelming part of the experience, aside from the fact that you have to valet park as the parking lot is closed due to it being on the UCF campus. The entree and desserts were phenomenal even though there seemed to be an issue getting the entrees out on time.

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Loyd1957
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant in the Celeste hotel was very good. The food and service was excellent. Magical Dining is going on now, but you can also just order off main menu. We will go back.

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Anastasia
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service beautiful place

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NoelM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. All the staff from valet, guest reception and especially food service staff provided outstanding service. Will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

They had a class reunion at the bar, so maybe that's the reason service was super slow. Friendly but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

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RobM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here for Magical Dining. Food was excellent. Travis, our server was very attentive, pleasant and made the evening very enjoyable. Will return.

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TheRev
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time at Aurora. Went there for the Magical Dining experience. First off, unlike some restaurants that participate in Magical Dining menus, the items are offered are full portions, just like if you ordered off the regular menu. Many MD-participating restaurants reduce the portion size.

Food quality was very good. Really liked the alligator empanadas, arancini for apps. The black mushroom papardelle pasts was tremendous...one of the best things I've eaten in a while. Also the bread pudding dessert was easily big enough for two people to share, and it was also very good.

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VanetteJ
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were a party of 2 ready to try the restaurant for the first time. We chose the magical dining menu as it would give us the best way to sample from all 3 categories (appetizers, entree and dessert) and we both order different things. Overall the food was outstanding, beautiful place with ample views of the patio. At one point I thought the streak was “faux meat” as i have never had one in which at medium temperature you did not need a knife to cut through, amazing! All the plates were beautifully arranged. Salmon cooked to what I ordered (well done) key lime to die for! If i am to have a constructive critique is the risotto that accompanied the salmon was a too lumpy, also the service, while great, a bit slow to start with only 2 tables occupied. Nevertheless a gem in “knight” disguise!

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RondaD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Magical Dining… food was delicious!!! Desserts were quite large… but key lime was a normal and yummy portion.

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vipBrianR
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. Both my wife and I loved every course of each of our meals. The dishes were unique in flavor and very well presented. The service was great too. Our only complaint was that the outdoor patio where we sat for dinner was extremely bright.

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vipScf18
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Magical Dining dinner. Every course was delicious, but the star was definitely the Supernova. Both delicious and a fun experience.

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LynneL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and drinks were great! Higher quality food and presentation. I would appreciate better ambience (more secluded table, less noise) to make this a more enjoyable experience.

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ArmendaV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server answered all of our questions. The food & drinks were great. Will definitely visit again.

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SusanP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food that I ordered was very good, however I was most disappointed in the so-called "warm bread pudding". Firstly, it was not at all warm, and secondly, it was quite dry. All the other items were delicious and I even got to taste some of the items that were ordered by my dinner mates.

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vipKareemM
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good, the flavor of the strip steak, scallops and chicken in the pasta dish was good. The first steak we received was cold and the asparagus were charred aggressively. Additionally the pasta was a bit gummy. Overall it was a nice experience I would probably dine there again to try something different.

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JoseF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I visited this restaurant 7 times since they opened and the only issue I have is the uncomfortable chairs (the red/burgundy color chairs)

I have taken various groups, so we have always ended-up sitting in the table with these types of chairs.

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AR15
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The singer in the lobby was very good and was nice to listen to during dinner. Magical dining pricing made it a great value. Definitely would go back and also recommend to others. Thank you!

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vipCindyH
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. Lovely evening, nice view. Food excellent, our server, also excellent. We had 4:30 pm reservations for Orlando Magical Dinning.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great time at the aurora! Friends were visiting me from out of town and they loved it! Service was a little too slow for my liking but I could tell they were understaffed, so I think the waitress did a great job handling the amount of work she had on her plate (no pun intended). I do wish they would decorate the outdoor a bit more themed rather than just plane chairs and walls. Food was AMAZING! Especially the supernova dessert! But those are not things that affected our overall experience! :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. We started off with arancini and empanadas as an appetizer then moved on to a perfectly prepared strip steak and salmon. The presentation and accompaniments were an excellent match for the course and everything was cooked as specified. Don’t miss out on the chocolate supernova! Decadent fresh baked brownie with a dome, berries, and a wonderful caramel sauce. The perfect place for an elegant low key date. Service was pleasant and efficient too. We’ll be back again.

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alejandroc
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience3

decor was bad my wife immediately looked at me and said lets go somewhere else.

food was overpriced and mediocre i would have had better food at chedders and for 200 bux i would have left full and and had 4 x more drinks or gone to eddie v and spent the same and recived a whole different level of service and food.

we asked for salt it never came i ate a garnish apparently and almost died from the vinegar.

the rolls were good but one had a piece of jackfruit baked in it they said it was olives but i think i can tell the diff.

portions are small like small small

they never told us that charred chicken meant charcoal dry chicken

there were a few other things but they were so evenly spread out that me and my wife were laughing the whole time.

the waiter was nice and the manager did comp my wife a steak to make up for the chicken.

over all will never go there or reccomend it.

Aurora
Responded on September 25, 2021

Thanks for the 5 star review. Best Regards, Chef Mike

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, especially the appetizers, the gator empanada was pretty awesome.

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vipMJM20
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was such an unexpected surprise. Looking at the magical dining menu you’d never guess the amazing flavors you’d be getting.

Amazing portions, delicious food! Restaurant decor is on point.

I can’t wait to visit Aurora again! Do yourself a favor and get the Supernova dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

88th birthday

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LuisM
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Great food. Not a very extensive menu.

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BethM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the alligator empanadas & hummus appetizers. Very good. Flank steak and salmon were excellent.

We sat in a two-person booth and I didn't care for the close proximity to the people on the other side of the partition. Maybe put in plexiglass barrier.

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MLCAT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious meal, timely service, and lovely ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only problem was that there was loud live music around the corner from where we as sat and it was extremely difficult to hear each other. It was my son’s 21st birthday and I wanted to talk more. But, we had to shout to be heard. The worst part was that the live female singer was quite bad, so you couldn’t even enjoy the music if you tried. That affect the overall ambiance. But the food was excellent (although the portions were small compared to the prices but the presentation and quality were really good.

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Foodie01
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was flavorful but not worth the price. It took a long time for each course to come out, and the steak was cold. Waitresses were kind, but aloof. We would only recommend the supernova dessert to others, and that is only what we would go back for in the future. The ambiance was rather sterile and quite loud for the caliber of dining they are going for. We also kept smelling a weird burnt smell throughout the evening. The valet service was a hot mess - good thing it was complimentary with dining at the restaurant! It took three times for the valet to bring us the correct car.

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LucyL
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed excellent food and very prompt service. We were sampling the Magical Dining menu and the arancini was delicious! The salmon was just slightly dry abut a generous sized piece and the accompanying sauce and risotto were excellent. The bread pudding could have been more moist but had a delicious flavor and the ice cream was premium.

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MissLoonette57
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A little short staffed but manager came over and was helping as well. Delicious food, amazing presentation and more that adequate quantity. Beautiful dining room. Will definitely go back!

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vipTristis
Orlando
32 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It feels a bit pretentious when you walk in but the servers are super friendly and efficient. Food was all amazing, and I was surprised at the variety of flavors that they were able to pull off well. Meats were cooked exceptionally, and you can taste the char of the grill.

FAQs

Aurora is rated 4.6 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.