Aurora

4.8
18 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The stunning light show of auroras wouldn't be visible without the combination of unique elements. 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. 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.

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 18 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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ArvinB
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Aurora
Responded 2 days ago

We are so glad you found us and came in! Thanks for the business and we look forward to next time. Chef Mike

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Aurora
Responded on January 10, 2021

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

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BenG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. A bit pricey but a hotel restaurant typically is. Overall, very good experience.

Aurora
Responded on January 12, 2021

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

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vipKID72
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Aurora
Responded on January 10, 2021

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

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Mum2Seth
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

Aurora
Responded on January 10, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooo cute! Great drinks, awesome food, and fantastic service! Can’t wait to come back!

Aurora
Responded on January 10, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
67 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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..

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Casey
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Aurora
Responded on January 10, 2021

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

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Demie
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Mokona227
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Aurora
Responded on December 11, 2020

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,

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KellyS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipinthecity
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was a terrible experience. We won’t be back.

Aurora
Responded on November 28, 2020

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

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vipDJCreview
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

Aurora
Responded on November 28, 2020

Thanks for your kind words and we are so glad our staff took such good care of you. We look forward to your return

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Aurora
Responded on November 28, 2020

Thank You So Much for your feedback, It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. See you soon!

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Millie
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Aurora
Responded on November 28, 2020

Pleasure meeting you, excited to take care of you next time! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipTacyc
Orlando
55 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Aurora
Responded on November 28, 2020

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

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Ruca
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decoration is fantastic. Then the food in terms of taste and presentation is also at a very high standard.

Aurora
Responded on November 28, 2020

Thanks for your feedback, we're so pleased you enjoyed your experience here at The Celeste Hotel See you next time!

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Cris
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

FAQs

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.