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. With an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced
food and the inspiring culinary genius of Chef Mike Trudnak, Aurora will be a glimmering spectacle within the Celeste Hotel experience.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Wanted to try a new restaurant and this one popped up on my app. Great food, wonderful drinks and fantastic service. Will come back and try the rest of the menus
We are so glad you found us and came in! Thanks for the business and we look forward to next time. Chef Mike
Wow let me say it again wow! The food was amazing service was amazing! Emma our waitress was so amazing and sweet then the manager Heather was checking on us and making conversation then to top it off the chief mike came out to give us some samples of other foods he has made. This place is amazing and can’t wait to go back again
It was a pleasure getting to meet you both last night! Thanks for your kind words, I'm glad our staff gave you such great service, and we can't wait to see you again soon. Best Regards, Chef Mike
Great food, great service. A bit pricey but a hotel restaurant typically is. Overall, very good experience.
I'm glad you enjoyed the food, service and had a good experience! Next time your in the area check out our happy hour, 7 days a week from 4-6pm. it has 6 of our full sized appetizers at $6, $2 off of house wine and $5well drinks see you next time! Chef Mike
ATTENTION FOODIES!!! I was blown away by this hidden gem. Because it’s tucked inside the Celestial Hotel on the UCF campus, it was a bit hard to find, but once we did, parking and entry was super simple. As we walked to the restaurant we walked through the most fabulous lobby with an abundant amount of seating surrounding their bar. Once in the restaurant, we were greeted with ice cold water and a basket of super warm bread and house-made butter. Amazing! We actually asked for a portion of the butter to go. As it was lunchtime, we ordered the grilled chicken sandwich and the house burger. I can’t even fairly describe how perfect the combination of flavors were for each sandwich. I will say that we spoke to the chef, and it’s my belief that this menu is as outstanding as it is because he has full control over the menu and his creativity shows. We got a scallop appetizer cooked to absolute perfection. The menu is reminiscent of a gastropub type of dining experience, so expect items like jackfruit “pork” and truffle Parmesan fries. I’m rambling now, and already thinking of our next visit. If you’re a foodie of any kind, you must check this place out! Price: chicken sandwich about $14 and burger around $15...worth every dime.
Thank you so much for stopping by for Lunch. It was great to meet both of you. See you next time! Best Regards, Chef Mike
Came across this gem while looking for somewhere to celebrate a birthday. Made a reservation, and when we showed up certainly didn't need it - there was only one other table taken. When they left halfway through our meal, we were all alone. Not sure why this place was so dead, unless it is because UCF was still on christmas break, but it was excellent! Our server Joel was very attentive and made great recommendations. the flight of sparkling wine was fab and the Supernova for dessert is a must! Will be back!
Thanks for dining with us and I'm so glad you had a positive experience and Joel took such good care of you! See you soon, Chef Mike
Sooo cute! Great drinks, awesome food, and fantastic service! Can’t wait to come back!
Thank you so much for spending your NYE with us! Hope you have a great 2021 and we will see you soon. Best Regards, Chef Mike
This place is easily the best restaurant in East Orlando. I have dined here 3 times now, once for breakfast and twice for dinner and it is consistently awesome. The menu choices are creative, local, and cooked to perfection. The Hummus appetizer is incredible just in the presentation alone and then it taste even better. I had the Shrimp and Grits my first time out there and as a fisherman I can tell you the shrimp was fresh and as a southerner the grits were on point. The second time I went lighter on an entree salad with chicken. Taste was far better than my description just now. Ambiance is cool inside the space themed Celeste Hotel, service was perfect. We finally have a Winter Park worthy restaurant on our side of town..
Phenomenal food, incredible service, great ambience. Perfect location for client meals, date nights, you name it. Would highly recommend! Finally a place I can bring guests to near the Research Park to wow them without having to leave the area.
We are so glad you had a great time dining with us. We appreciate the business and look forward to seeing you soon. Best Regards, Chef Mike
The chef and staff at this location are absolutely amazing. It is a hidden treasure. Even the bar staff was kind and knowledgeable. Overall an amazing experience. To the chef, thank you for letting us try some of your creations, we had an amazing night because of your kindness.
Wow is all I can say! We were greeted by the bartender, April. She was bartender, hostess and server. Despite working all 3 functions, she provided us with exceptional service. Menus are digital via QR code on a cube on the table. We started with coffee and water. Then split a crab cake. It was delicious. There were multiple layers of flavor. The microgreens, red bell peppers, pickled fennel, and a horseradish aioli. It was wonderful and we agree we would definitely order it again. We opted to order a 2nd appetizer as we have errands and don't want leftovers. I chose the Wagyu Beef Sliders. All I can say, is OMG Perfection! The plate is 2 sliders and fries. The Wagyu Sliders are served on Brioche buns, and are served with Aged Cheddar and Celeste Sauce (a mayonnaise based sauce), and hand cut fries that are to die for. The sliders are perfectly cooked. I can honestly say that this this the best burger I have had in my life! And yes I will get that again, the sooner the better!
We're so pleased you were able to come in and dine with us! Thank you for your kind words and feedback. We look forward to serving you next time. Best Regards,
We went for Thanksgiving dinner, it was just four of us. The food, service, and ambiance were all awesome and we couldn't have been more happy!
This was a terrible experience. We won’t be back.
Apologies for your negative experience. The front desk manager made us aware that you were waiting at the front of the restaurant and regrettably we failed to get you seated in a timely manner. We missed the opportunity to have you for our lunch service before you left. We would love the chance to make up for the unfortunate negative experience. Please reach out to me directly so I can personally apologize for our service failure mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel Sincerely, Chef Mike
We had the loveliest server - it was her first week and she went over and above to ensure we had a great breakfast out on the terrace. Aurora terrace is covered and great Covid dining option. The food was good, eggs poached perfectly & nice crispy bacon. Everyone was very friendly at the Celeste hotel - would definitely return.
Thanks for your kind words and we are so glad our staff took such good care of you. We look forward to your return
Brought the in-laws here, because it was the only upscale restaurant I could find nearby. Food was DELICIOUS. The chef came out to greet us and let us try the quail eggs as well.
UCF needs a restaurant like this, definitely check it out and support your local restaurants!
Thank You So Much for your feedback, It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. See you soon!
Went for happy hour and they did not disappoint! Melanie served us and she was great! The chef also came out to introduce himself which added a nice touch to the experience. We’ll definitely be back!
Pleasure meeting you, excited to take care of you next time! Best Regards, Chef Mike
Excellent new restaurant and hotel that is working hard to please their customers! We especially enjoyed the crab cakes and skirt steak. Large indoor and outdoor dining areas, so plenty of room for social distancing. We’ll definitely be back!
Our team certainly does work hard to take care of our guests! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to taking care of you next time. Happy hour is 4-6pm 7 days a week! See you soon
The decoration is fantastic. Then the food in terms of taste and presentation is also at a very high standard.
Thanks for your feedback, we're so pleased you enjoyed your experience here at The Celeste Hotel See you next time!
Some of the best food I have ever had. We had several of the “sharables” and all of them were amazing. We also sat outside— gorgeous green views. Can’t wait to return!
Aurora is rated 4.8 stars by 18 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.