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Aurora, Orlando, FL

Aurora

4.5
4.5
346 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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Booked 16 times today

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

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What 346 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Orlando

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed this restaurant, which was reasonably priced and tasty. The galaxy cocktail was amazing!!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience1

    Way too noisy. They need something to absorb the sound from the ridiculously loud lobby. Maybe a wall and a door. Other than that it was great

  3. S

    Senoraista

    Orlando

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Food good not great. Very noisy. Service good. Had to send back steak grizzly and tough. Ordered tea which took 20 minutes after we finished dessert.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Disappointing. Ambiance felt like a more upscale cafeteria. Our first round of drinks arrived after the appetizers. Chicken ossobuco was bland, pork belly tasted like a bland, gristly pork chop cut into chunks. Second round of drinks never came, even after we finished our meal. Manager came over to clear a few plates, but couldn’t get away from us fast enough, offering no apology or inquiries. Server was apologetic, which was appreciated.

  5. TL

    TereL

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    The service was so poor. Our server kept forgetting about our table. THE BAR was behind orders and the drinks were so bad! The food was cold and the meat was chewy. Not a good experience.. Our Asian server was nice but she was so confused and our orders took forever to come out..

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is amazing and the staff is very friendly.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Menu was very enticing, food was well presented and tasteful.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day Brunch was great! We really enjoyed ourselves, especially the little guy. The signature drinks were all so pretty and tasted as good as they looked. We couldn’t believe there was whole roasted pork! Service was attentive and pleasant from beginning to end.

  9. JO

    JosephineO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Father's Day brunch was definitely NOT worth $50 per person.

    AuroraResponded 5 days ago

    Apologies on the misunderstanding of what you were booking & that we did not offer breakfast items on our Lunch Buffet. However when your reservation was booked on opentable it pops up a window fully explaining the lunch & menu being offered. Certainly not all events are for everyone but there was value; whole pig, pulled pork, belly, ribs, loin, ham, roast beef & about 8 other hot proteins along with individual cheese boards that would run you $25 alone at any ala carte restaurant in town.

  10. RT

    RoyalTravelers

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    We attended the Father’s Day buffet. Much of the food was cold. Some of the items were not quickly replenished. The roasted potatoes were under-seasoned. While our table server was exceptionally friendly and helpful, the gentleman who was serving the roast beef was not at all friendly and did not greet customers. After reading positive reviews of the restaurant, I found my experience to be quite disappointing.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great little restaurant! Su h great food and lovely servers to take care of us. No need to wait for a refil, before you could ask the server was back with another for us! Great variety for the Fathers Day Special Buffet and great ambiance all around! Will be back to taste their normal menu soon!

  12. T

    Theresa

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    We tried the bite30 menu. We started with the baked brie, it came out not very hot or melted. The ny strip steak was very chewy. The pineapple bread pudding was missing pineapple and overly soaked in rum. The food was just ok, not very tasty. The waiter was very nice and attentive. I would not go back anytime soon.

  13. CW

    CarolWB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    We visited for the Bite 30 promotion. The service was fantastic and far outweighed the quality of the food. One hot appetizer was delivered barely room temp. Same with the mashed purple potatoes that accompanied the NY Strip. They were almost cold and the steak was chewy and undercooked from the requested medium rare. The dining room is very modern and sterile, all hard surfaces and very noisy. This is not the place for a romantic or intimate dining experience. Bite 30 was a good deal, but I wouldn't go back and pay full price for anything we had at this time. The bar area outside of the entrance to the restaurant looked like it would be a nice place to go for a drink and listen to live music.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a phenomenal experience. The food was delicious and the service impecable!

  15. KM

    KathyM

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Bite30 menu was a good value. More choices of white wine by the glass would be better. Guitarist in the lounge area was quite good.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bite 30 menu was excellent! Everyone we interacted with from the host, server, and management were all warm and welcoming. A truly wonderful experience.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was good and service was excellent

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    All the appetizers and entrees were amazing. The server was very attentive and we did not feel rushed at all. Can’t wait to visit again.

  19. LH

    LauraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice dinner! Everyone at our table loved the Space-themed cocktails. They also loved their dinner choice and dessert. We will definitely be back.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and service was excellent. I ordered the salmon with risotto and asparagus and my daughter ordered the swordfish. I told the waiter that my asparagus was over cooked and had a burnt taste to it, he apologized and informed me that he was going to let the chef know. A few minutes later he brought out a plate of perfectly cooked asparagus.

  21. NM

    NiMo

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Bite30. I do not like the low partition for booths. The creole was amazing.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    My husband and I went here for our 9th wedding anniversary. Our rowdy 3yo son also came with us because we didn’t have a sitter. Everything was perfect! The hotel lobby smells amazing! The staff was friendly and very accommodating to us with a small child. We sat outside on the patio and the view was beautiful. We enjoyed the food and the colorful cocktails. Tony was our waiter. He looked extremely busy but never once made us feel like he forgot about us even though we were the only ones seated outside. We will definitely go back!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and the food was first class. I hope “locals” discover this restaurant and not just catering to hotel guests.

  24. JJ

    JaniceJ

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at Aurora. Had our 35th wedding anniversary dinner. Food was excellent and delicious, great ambience and our server was exceptional. Will definitely return.

  25. JS

    JayS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    High School Graduation Luncheon for our daughter. Food was very good, service was average, but considering they filled the dining room for lunch nearly all at the same time, primarily with families of graduates, I thought they did enough. We wouldn’t hesitate to return again. Clean, with friendly staff!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    The service wasn't good and the menu is short and expensive. We won't come back.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved the new summer menu. The combination of flavors was creative and bold, but still accessible for a picky palate. Service was spot on and the atmosphere was modern and pleasant.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was wonderful and we really loved the atmosphere outside. The patio is a really pretty place to dine. Normally we don’t like to bring kids to such a nice place but a child’s menu and high chair was made available. Our server was very nice and so was the manager that stopped by to check on us. We can’t wait to come again!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my mother here for a belated Mother’s Day lunch. It was perfect! The server Alayna was delightful, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was serene. I had the Osso bucco and my mother had the braised pork belly. Both were perfectly cool and packed with flavor. I was able to make this a special day all around!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    It was made out, by advertising, to be a more upscale restaurant than it turned out to be. It was basic service and ok food but not worth the price you pay. Goto Ravenous Oig or Rocco’s for more elite experience.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    For a Mother’s Day brunch, $75 way too expensive for a bland atmosphere. No entertainment, plus I got an outside seating. Table wasn’t decorated or anything. Planning could be better for a pricey day. Our server Fen was good.

  32. TM

    TracyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is delicious, the creativity was awesome for Mother's Day Brunch. The chocolate mousse ball was fabulous. I have never seen one like that before. The coconut s with the fruit & edible flowers inside I felt like I was on the Carribben island.

  33. JL

    JohnL

    Orlando

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We did the Mothers day brunch around mid day. We were amazed by the breadth of the brunch and the setup which took a modified area normally the walkway to the meeting rooms. There was a wide number of selections which would support any dietary needs. There were three of us and we all had something different and we found that all of the items reached the superb level of taste and presentation. We have eaten at Aurora during "normal" days and have found the food to be very good. The brunch was even better and the only comparison I could draw is against buffet lines on high end cruise ships. They outdid themselves and worth every penny of the price for the meal.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food and options were great. A little expensive in my opinion, and my 3 year old ate very little and it was $25. The mimosas could have been better, and were not coming as frequently, but overall everything was excellent and would return.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Loud as everyone was seated in an open ballroom

  36. UC

    UCFWriter

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Mother’s Day brunch. Our server was not very attentive but she was fine. For $75/per person, the service should be more on pointe. But, the food was amazing, great selection, flavors, etc. Great Mother’s Day option. Perhaps some light live music outside would be nice.

  37. DV

    DavidV

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food and very polite service. Give it a chance

  38. JC

    JeffC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    I’ve eaten here many times. lunch and dinner are the better options.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Good was good.. a little expensive for what it was.. no bread was offered while we waited for the food

  40. GK

    GailK

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    College graduation dinner - food was delicious, staff was courteous, drinks were creative and delicious - only issue was it took awhile for dinner to be served.

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

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Aurora is rated 4.5 stars by 346 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 16 times today
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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