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Aurora, Orlando, FL

Aurora

4.7
4.7
472 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (407) 207-4700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Mike Trudnak

  • Neighborhood

    Waterford Lakes

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Breakfast with Santa

    $40.00 per person

    Dec 18, 2022 only
    Breakfast with Santa at Aurora @ The Celeste Hotel Hosted in The Celestial Ballroom | Seating at 8:30am & 10:30am $40 per Adult | $20 per Child 6-12 | Children 5 and under are Free Come dine with us while we transform our Celestial Ballroom into a Holiday Celebration with a Breakfast Buffet, Meet & Greet Photo Op with Santa and some relaxed time with the family! Featuring made-to-order omelet stations, fresh fruit & parfait station as well as classic breakfast offerings with an upscale twist! For reservations please book through OpenTable or Email mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel.com for any assistance.
  • Christmas Day Brunch Buffet

    $85.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Celebrate Christmas Day with Aurora Restaurant @ The Celeste Hotel on December 25th, 2022 for an all you can eat brunch buffet with unlimited mimosas. Seating's begin @ 11:00am until 3:00pm. We will be offering a huge assortment of Chef curated displays, 40 varieties of international and domestic cheeses, artisan bread display, seafood display, breakfast station featuring made to order omelets and eggs benedict, risotto station, four carving stations including Smoked Brisket & turkey, childrens buffet, fruit display and much more. Adults $85 per person, $25 for children 12 and under and 4 and under Free. For more information or to book large parties please contact Chef Mike @ mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel.com

Offers

  • Brunch @ The Aurora

    Jan 1, 2023 only
    Join Aurora @ The Celeste for our first ever Al A Carte brunch! Discover our Modern American Fusion take on classic brunch dishes and beverage offerings. Live Entertainment with upscale food & beverage offerings, refined service and a laid back atmosphere. Our normal Lunch/Dinner menu will not be available during brunch hours (11-3). Dinner Service resumes at 5pm book on OpenTable or for inquires or large parties reach out directly to Chef Mike @ Mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel.com

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What 472 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Contemporary American

  • Orlando

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We attended thanksgiving brunch and it was amazing. Every staff member was friendly, helpful and professional. The decor and food presentation were beautiful. Everything we ate was fresh and delicious. There were so many different food choices, including plenty of stuff for picky kids. They even gave my daughter an adorable stuffed turkey plush. The cost was a bit high, but overall we had a wonderful time and will do it again next year!
  2. JE

    JaedonE

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very clean. Many options. Everything we tried was fabulous. It was also well organized.
  3. L

    Loispe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Thanksgiving Buffet at Aurora was excellent. We had a great time. Food was wonderful. Amazing variety. Pricey but we enjoyed the day!!!
  4. MW

    MdWice

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressive Thanksgiving buffet. HUGE variety of foods. Everything was delicious! Beautiful presentation. Top-Notch experience.
  5. Y

    Yumyum113

    Key West

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and selections. One of the very best holiday buffets we’ve ever had. Our server Joel made our thanksgiving all that more enjoyable.
  6. TG

    TeresaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Display of food was eye appealing and welcoming, staff was friendly and helpful. Food was well prepared and Chef Mike did a great job on displays! Rumor had it he made the display pieces himself. Will go back for breakfast with Santa and Valentines Day.
  7. DD

    DeborahD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for the Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet. The food was outstanding. I have never seen a more lavish spread. The price was so reasonable for the feast that was offered. Highly recommend this place for the quality of the food.
  8. VA

    VanessaA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent buffet for Thanksgiving!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving Day Brunch here had everything anyone could possibly want - definitely the best & most elaborate buffet we’ve ever seen, or tasted! Kudos to all involved! Chef Mike & staff outdid themselves with the quality of offerings, & the wait staff handled the large group of hungry patrons with ease & finesse. The food was delicious, and plentiful. The decorations & set-up were beautiful, & very festive. Words fail to adequately describe this amazing dining “experience” so I tried to capture a bit thru pictures. This is now our new favorite family Thanksgiving tradition!
  10. TK

    TaylorK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We went for Thanksgiving buffet. I booked 3 weeks in advance and only outside was available. Food was great! Worth the money. Only thing I would not sit outside again. For paying the same money that everyone else did that was sitting inside it felt like you were eating by a pool with no thanksgiving decor like inside tables small plastic table, also there was sugar ants real bad so you had to eat food fast or they were getting to food. The drinks weren’t being filled up very well or changed out to watery soda that melted from being outside. It was unlimited champagne but I could only get two glasses because server forgot to bring anymore and didn’t come by table enough to check. But food was wonderful and fresh. Would be back but definitely inside seating
  11. GJ

    GeorgetteJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner! The food and staff were amazing!
  12. CR

    CeliacRN

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal food! Best Thanksgiving spread we have ever had. Everyone was so nice! Great service! Chef Mike is a gem!!
  13. E

    Ello

    Orlando

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I decided to try for Thanksgiving day. I was a little put off by the price but it was way beyond my expectations. Everything was fresh, tasted homemade and the staff was on top of anything you needed. I would recommend this restaurant even if it wasn’t a holiday buffet.
  14. BD

    BrookeD

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent thanksgiving experience, we will definitely be back!
  15. JS

    JaimeS

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We came for the Thanksgiving buffet and it was amazing. The food was great and they really went above and beyond for the kids. I especially loved the charcuterie & crudités in a mason jar.
  16. M

    Mil1265

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food again. Not a bad dish. A nice place to meet with friends for a great meal. I made myself try something different and it did not disappoint. I'll be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time trying new menu with seafood. Everything was great tasty and crispy wedges. Would get again
  18. J

    Jhilde

    Orlando

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were both excellent. I had the filet and shrimp and my wife had the salmon and we both really enjoyed the super nova dessert . Laurie our server did an excellent job. There was a large gathering in the lobby area with a high noise level that carried over somewhat into the dining area. The restaurant was smaller than we expected and the layout could be better. We were seated in a booth for two and had four people in a booth literally right next to us separated by a thin partition only about shoulder high
  19. AB

    ArvinB

    Orlando

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had breakfast/ lunch after church. Great food and service!
  20. E

    Excalibur

    Cancun

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The valet was polite and helpful. We were seated promptly and outdoors as requested. The landscaping was immaculate. The space theme indoors was charming. The server was attentive and helpful. The sliders were delicious. The skirt steak and the accompanying tempura asparagus were perfect. I tried both spins on the Old Fashioned, and the one with bourbon was better than the one with rye. The 21 questions drink was okay, and the wine I got with the steak was perfect. The Dust mocktail was cool, perfect for the space theme. The flaming dessert was good, although we couldn't see the flame well in the outdoor light.
  21. M

    Mil1265

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The restaurant is part of the Celeste Hotel so it isn't very large and a bit limited on atmosphere. But the food is amazing. I had the chicken bosso occo which was great. There's a wide range of cocktails to choose from and the desert selection was great too. I had the beignets. Excellent service and excellent food. I'll be back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Wonderful dinner
  23. S

    Scott

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Went on a Saturday night and it was phenomenal! We had a 4 top and all of our meals were delicious. The head chef even came out to our tabel to talk with us afterwards. Such a nice touch. Way to go!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely going back!!! You can not for wrong choosing Aurora for a meal. The chef has created delicious dishes. Everything compliments perfectly! I can not wait to go again.
  25. WM

    WilmarieM

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! I love this restaurant, delicious food, perfectly make cocktails!!!
  26. BH

    BrendaH

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful. I had the crab cake, the truffle fries (it's enough for the table), and the pistachio creme brulee.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had outdoors seating the gardens were so manicured. It was peaceful snd when the sunset the lights made it more special. Our waitress was very attention and super friendly and even noticed when I didn’t particularly cared for my meal. I was trying something different and new trying to be adventurous it didn’t work 🙃. She offered to let me try a new entree at no additional expense. I’m nit that type I pay for what I order even if I don’t particularly care for it. She stressed it was ok they want their diners to enjoy their meals and the atmosphere. I than ordered the skirt steak. It was amazing melt in your mouth. I wish I could remember her name as she was such a delight and made our date night something to truly remember.
  28. KC

    KathieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Aurora, but won’t be our last. Had the Magical Dining Month menu—all full-size menu items and more than we could eat in many cases. Everything was excellent. We had many different items from the MDM menu, including the vegetarian options, which were really good as well. Very satisfying. Service was also excellent—Levi was attentive and engaging without being intrusive. Restaurant was fairly quiet and our table of 6 were able to easily talk during dinner. Chairs were comfortable, too.
  29. M

    Marta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were amazing. I would definitely will go back and recommended to my friends and family. The only complaint was the noise level. It was terrible. The restaurant's acoustic level was really bad. Maybe adding plants and more decorations will help with that. I would have preferred to be more cozy. Music was good.
  30. BT

    BruceT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and setting. Nice and safe location as well.
  31. N

    Nikkee

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Everyone seemed happy to work there and everyone was attentive. Loved our experience.
  32. M

    Michellen

    Orlando

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always top notch service and so delicious!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We ate off Magical Dining menu and the food was delicious! The service was amazing and fast. Definitely going back!
  34. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food and cocktails were great. Loved the crab cake sandwich.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Initiate and quiet Tuesday night for my birthday.
  36. BG

    BelindaG

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fabulous and special! The chef out does himself every time. The tastes are unique and delicious!
  37. MC

    ManojC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with very friendly service. We were there for our anniversary and enjoyed the evening. Also, the portions are very generous and we took a bunch of leftovers to enjoy the next day.
  38. V

    Veronica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Loved this restaurant and the ambiaence. Our waiter was very helpful with all of our questions and even gave some suggestions! I would definitely return back for the good food and refreshing drinks!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The magical dining menu was fantastic! Pacing was perfect and every dish was delicious and unique
  40. JD

    JeanD

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did magic dinning for first time loved it the food was amazing and the service was 100% on point we love the staff and environment was super welcoming

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Aurora is rated 4.7 stars by 472 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Aurora

4105 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Waterford Lakes

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Mike Trudnak

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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