Aurora

4.8
118 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 118 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Poppin21
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 would go again!

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vipCaroniC
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and absolutely loved it! The staff was great, the food was great, the ambiance was great!!! Plus they had live music! I will definitely be back!

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DougP
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good dinner we had the Bite 30 menu. The bread pudding was exceptionally good.

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vipDustinC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was awesome. Had a party of 10 people and gave a great time. I would absolutely love to come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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BruceC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Took an hour for food to arrive, Ribeye steak was tough and flavorless, no steak knives, other person had jackfruit and was dry and flavorless. Server didn’t know the menu at all and when we asked him to check on something would not come back to table. Terrible service, food and would never go back. Typical hotel high priced food which is not worth it!

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TonyB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and atmosphere. We were impressed by the delicious menu and Carmen our server was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Our first time, not impressed. The space is beautiful, but incredibly cold. I can see the potential with wanting it to be a little more elevated, but the service wasn’t great. She was incredibly sweet though. I ordered a double espresso with sugar, came without the sugar. By the time she brought it, the espresso was dead. My husband ordered a Diet Coke “with the meal” but brought it out before apps. The app came & was delicious. Our entrees came literally within 3 mins of receiving the app, so it wasn’t much of an appetizer at that point. Just needs a little work overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received prompt service. Everyone was soft spoken and knowledgeable. They were professional and provided great insight to the popular choices for my siblings. The portions were substantial and the price point was fair in comparison. I highly recommend the Pave. The chef knew I was a vegan diner among my party and certainly catered to my needs.

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! I truly appreciate your business and hope to see you soon. If there is anything at all that I can assist you with please feel free to reach out to me directly. mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel best regards, chef mike

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vipBklyn55Foodie
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best Marriott Hotel restaurants in the entire chain. Selection of dishes is fantastic....a menu usually found in higher (overpriced) restaurants. Highly recommend for breakfast and dinner. Great waitstaff and overall just a pleasurable dining experience.

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

We are honored to have hosted you and humbled by your kind words. If I can ever assist you with anything in the future please feel free to reach out to me directly. mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vippjtpa
Tampa
46 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small menu but everything was very well prepared. Unlike most restaurants, Au

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience, we certainly don't have the largest menu in town but we focus on every dish, making as much as possible from scratch in house and using the finest ingredients. Thank you for recognizing that and we appreciate your business! Please come back soon, Best Regards, Chef Mike

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Aurora was the venue for an impromptu celebration of my youngest son’s 25th birthday…the day before we decided to make the 200 mile drive and stay overnight at the Celeste hotel and thought why not eat at the hotel restaurant?

Well, let me tell you, that was an inspired decision

After being open leas than 12 months, the place still has that new feel to it; modern furnishings with a wonderful astronomy and space travel theme

The menu, crafted by a name chef is small and imaginative, based on local seasonal ingredients, acknowledging that vegetarians actually do exist

There was a 3 course prix fix promotion for the area which Aurora was participating in to our benefit

A light pasta starter followed by a steak main course and finished off with rice pudding topped with rasp-, back-, and blueberries was outstanding

Delicate accompaniments to the feature items on wonderfully plated dishes tell me this is a classy place

The birthday celebration was a great success and you should try Aurora if you’re in the area - I for one certainly was not disappointed

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thanks so much for the review! I am so pleased you enjoyed your dining experience and the décor. If you're ever in town again (or interested in a 200 mile excursion for food) I'd love the opportunity to turn your 4 star experience into a 5! mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel Best Regards, Chef Mike

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JohnB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The steak was tender and waa prepared as asked. The asparagus was grilles just right. The key lime pie was one of he best and the presentation was beautiful.

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thanks for the review! I am so pleased you enjoyed your meal. I'd love the chance to turn your 4 star experience into a 5. If I can assist in any way please reach out mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel Be on the lookout for our Magical Dining Menu that should be coming out any day and will be starting at the end of August through September. It will be a great value and excuse to come out and visit us while a portion of proceeds also go to charity. Best Regards, Chef Mike

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem very worth trying

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review! If there is anything at all that I can assist you with please feel free to reach out to me directly. mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel best regards, chef mike

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Randy
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, food, and environment were amazing. Highly recommend!

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! I agree all of the staff here is amazing, many of them being UCF and Rosen Hospitality students. We all love what we do and I am so pleased that this translated to a great experience for you. Please come back and see us soon mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel Best Regards, Chef Mike

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Eatsoutalot
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to believe that this is a restaurant in a hotel on the campus of the University of Central Florida. It’s a new spot, so the decor and overall atmosphere was terrific. Service was very very good and the food was marvelous. The chef really knows how to bring the flavor. Look forward to going back again, but it is clear that this place could probably get crowded during certain times of the year. Our server told us that it does get a little crazy during times when parents would be dropping their kids off for school. We went for a brunch, and were told that the breakfast time is pretty busy. For a while we were the only couple in the restaurant, but I suspect that this would not be the case very often. Check this one out!

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review. The restaurant certainly does have it's peak times but we can always assist you with reservations directly 689.205.0100 or through opentable and you'll never have to worry about a table. Look out for our promotions as we are currently participating in Bite30 and at the end of August we will be doing Magical Dining. Hope to see you soon, mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel Chef Mike

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lilfoodie1
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for fresh innovative food this is for you. The food was delicious and the customer service was excellent. The chef even came out to greet us after we complimented the food

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review! It was a pleasure getting to meet you and I hope to see you soon. Best Regards, Chef Mike

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal with a big party, took a little long for our main courses to come out, but they were trying!

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thanks so much for the great review. Apologies on the speed of your entrees but we certainly are striving to improve every day so that whether your party is 5 or 25 you receive the experience, food and service you deserve. Please come back and visit soon, Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipMary
Orlando
52 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You have to try their dessert. They Is have a brownie topped with Vanilla Ice cream sealed in a chocolate shell which they pour hot Carmel over.it is an unbelievable dessert

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

I am so Pleased you enjoyed the supernova! We have a gluten free/dairy free/vegan coconut rice pudding we make in house that might give that supernova a run for its money! Hope to see you soon Chef Mike

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DaveN
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Thursday night dinner group enjoyed a delicious meal at Aurora. The food was delicious and the presentation was 5 star. Service was very professional and attentive. It was unanimous that we will be back.

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

It was a pleasure taking care of you and your group. Please come back and see us on any night of the week and we will be ready to take care of you! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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Solvstreak
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very good, very open dining area that may need partitions between the booths. There were very few people, so this was not an issue, but I would be uncomfortable if there were people next to us. Great service as well..

We will be back.

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive review! I thank you for your feedback on the dining room layout and will pass it along to the appropriate people! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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SharaP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised to discover this hidden gem right at UCF. All of the food was outstanding, except I would not recommend the jackfruit chips. I felt that could have had less chips and more sauce and toppings.
The gin cocktail was very good, as was the duck wings. The shrimp and grits were delicious! The black garlic chicken pasta was also outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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vipCandyM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the food and service. It was just a bit too loud. So we definitely will go again just during non peak times.

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vipBrianH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Truffle fries are amazing! Would go again just for these. New York Strip was okay — nothing special but not bad. Veggies that accompanied it were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit to Aurora was for Orlando’s Bite30. It was an absolutely heavenly experience and the Aurora is a galaxy-themed restaurant where they have done an amazing job with the decor. The service was exceptional. The food was outstanding. I highly recommend this lovely restaurant to make an impression for a first date, for a family meal, or even for a business meeting. My compliments to the team in charge; you have done an excellent job because the Aurora is truly where the sky is the limit.

Aurora
Responded on July 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review. I am so please you enjoyed yourself and were able to take advantage of Bite30! Hope to see you again soon, Chef Mike

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KristenM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food great service.
I think the atmosphere would be better if it didn’t feel like we were in a hotel lobby for a nice meal.

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TeddySnowcrop
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere. Fresh, new setting. Menu filled with new and interesting items. Great service.

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vipDiner
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined early to avoid the crowds! Service was impeccable, allowing just enough time between courses. We ordered for the Bite 30 menu and everything was well prepared and delicious. Enough leftovers for lunch the next day. We will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening! The atmosphere was lovely, the food was amazing, and the service was excellent. The fried Risotto balls were rich and delicious, the alligator empanadas were tasty and unusual. The crab cake with a side salad was perfect for dinner after all of those appetizers. To top it all off, we had the Super Nova and bread pudding desserts.
This is a great new place. Try it- you will enjoy it.

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Cgd7
Orlando
42 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time here. The food was delicious and the presentation was lovely. The restaurant was very busy and the service was still attentive and not rushed. I really appreciated the attention to details like the balsamic pearls on my salad. The black garlic pasta, the sliders, and heirloom salad were fantastic. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband to dinner for his Birthday at Aurora for the first time and can not complain about anything.
The food and the service were both great

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lala4201
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service taking care of our large party. Amazing food!

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vipOtownGator
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bite 30 menu excursion purely due to restaurant’s name being the same as our daughter. Pleasant surprise and certainly worthy of consideration if you’re near UCF. No shortcomings noted for a good restaurant in a hotel.

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Happyhusband
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is Orlando’s best kept secret. On par with the upscale dining found on restaurant row. We ate outside and the decor was beautiful as long as you don’t mind the kids at the hotel pool. The food was delicious and the staff was attentive but but not bothersome. My only gripe if there was one is the drinks. Although their specialty drinks were tasty they were small in serving size. I will be back and would recommend to anyone looking for a break from the monotony of I drive dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Great food and ambiance. Very enjoyable evening, we will be back!!

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KristineF
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the brunch here at Auroa and can't wait to try other meals!

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vipZebraProcess
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and very friendly staff. The food was good and was served quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly I cannot say enough great things about the Aurora, chef Mike Trudek, and the entire hospitality staff. Each time we visit, the service is so friendly and accommodating and the food is delicious. Chef Mike is always serving up something new. I especially have enjoyed the appetizers - arancini, gator empanadas, and sliders are all things I love to order. The new pasta dish with chicken, mushrooms, and black garlic is really savory and comforting while still feeling well-balanced. The cocktails are all delicious. The desserts are fantastic as well. I love to eat here when I want to relax and indulge.

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vipMontomar
San Antonio
90 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Aurora. The food was great. Katie was absolutely amazing and took excellent care of us. The entire staff was very attentive and helpful. Check it out. Everything we tried was delicious.

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Aurora is rated 4.8 stars by 118 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.