Aurora

4.7
87 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 87 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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lala4201
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Happyhusband
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
16 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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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with amazing service. The F&B team was very friendly and accommodating. Will be returning soon.

Aurora
Responded on June 4, 2021

thanks so much for the 5 star review. We appreciate your business. best regards, chef mike

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, particularly the appetizers, crab cake and the gator empanadas. Server was very attentive.

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you for your 4 star rating and the good feedback about the food and service. We're glad you enjoyed the appetizers and can't wait to see you guys back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best desert! Nice atmosphere. Good service.

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We're glad you enjoyed our desert and service. We can't wait to see you back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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MachellK
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Inside the booths are so close to each other- they are 2 seater booths with two seaters on the opposite side with no barriers, kind of like a bus. We chose to eat outside for privacy and it was a great ambiance! Great food, and service was good.. just a little slower. We liked the strip steak but the signature desert was SO worth it! Fun experience!

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We're glad you enjoyed our outdoor dining space! We can't wait to see you guys back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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BrandonB
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant is inside the Celeste Hotel which is more-or-less right on the UCF campus. While the photos and the description of the restaurant ("An immersive concept set apart from all others in Orlando") try to differentiate themselves as semi-gourmet at the end of the day it's still a hotel restaurant. Service was great - attentive and friendly.

Ordered the heirloom tomato as a starter, the ribeye steak frites and black garlic pappardelle as mains and the Supernova for dessert.

Heirloom tomato - overall fresh and had good flavor.
Steak frites - Steak was cooked and seasoned well, frites were crispy and seasoned well
Black garlic pappardelle - Pasta was cooked well, flavor was a bit bland.
Super nova- Interesting take on a simple dessert, but just another ice cream & brownie dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The menu was pricey even for a hotel restaurant. Appetizers were very good as were the drinks and dessert but the kitchen really struggled with the skirt steak and we gave up after the second attempt. The server and manager were super attentive, took it off the bill and gave us their signature dessert on the house. Overall it was a terrible experience but could have been better.

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JocelynR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I truly enjoy this restaurant. The food was amazing. The attention was superb and the ambience was so comforting!

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We're so glad you enjoyed dining with us. We can't wait to see you back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! What a hidden gem! The bartender was great and the food was SO good. Will definitely be back.

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We're so glad you enjoyed everything and that the bartender took great care of you! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipDawnK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with equal attention to presentation! A true gem!

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we're so glad you chose to have your celebration lunch with us! We hope to see you back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the experience was wonderful. We can’t wait to go back.

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We can't wait to see you back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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ChristineW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wowzaaa! The food was excellent and so impressed by the presentation!!! I am telling everyone about the Aurora and how amazing the food is!! The Supernova was unbelievable!!

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We can't wait to see you guys back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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ArvinB
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried the beef sliders for the first time and they were wonderful. Well prepared with perfectly cooked Wagyu beef. For my wife the crab cakes were perfect and the shrimp and grits very southern.

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We can't wait to see you back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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JoeyD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally helpful and nice, everybody was very knowledgeable and professional

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We're glad that our staff took great care of you! We can't wait to see you back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipMyraJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Aurora! We come here multiple times a week. Emma is such a great server. She is very proficient and makes our dining at Aurora such an enjoyable one.

The food is so tasty too! Such a great addition to the Oviedo area!

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We think Emma is pretty great too! We can't wait to see you back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipttech13
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Aurora is a bit of a hidden gem. Seems to be in a repurposed hotel breakfast area, the ambiance is nice but not amazing however the food and drinks are outstanding. The cocktail menu thoroughly follows through on the celestial concept while presenting delicious and nuanced drink options. We shared 3 appetizers, 2 entrees and the signature dessert. Everything was delicious and presentation was phenomenal. The restaurant was relatively empty especially given the quality of food and drinks.

My recommendation to Aurora would be to turn down the lights or turn off the recessed ceiling cans. They have these interesting pendant fixtures that after dark reflect off the glass giving the illusion of a star field, but the can lights totally ruin it. The lighting is was too bright overall. Turning down the lights would transform this simple dining area from “small” to “intimate” which would help it meet the high standards set forth by the chef and the menu.

We look forward to coming back soon!

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Hitman
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. 2nd time eating here and we love it. Emma is an awesome server, friendly, attentive, and knows her stuff. Aurora is definitely a best kept secret.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was great!

Aurora
Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We're glad you enjoyed everything! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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TannerF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great especially the truffle fries, deviled quail eggs and the skirt steak. A bit pricy but we knew that going in. Great for celebrations close to campus.

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AnnieB
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, best service, best overall in a restaurant I have found in many years! Chef Mike, Heather and Lydia made our visit spectacular. We will definitely return many times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The dishes were beautifully presented and delicious!

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vipCharlieJ
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant surprise! When we walked into Celeste, we were quickly greeted by Jaiden from the front desk who promptly walked us over to Aurora.
The beautiful lighting and opening seating was welcoming and relaxing. Our server Emma was knowledgeable and pleasant, giving great recommendations! The quail eggs were sublime and the pineapple slaw on the crab cakes will keep me busy for WEEKS trying to recreate. The duck wings (the whole reason we came) were so tasty! But nothing compares to the desserts. We got the chocolate explosion which was not only a tasty dessert but a wild experience. And the rice pudding was probably the best I’ve ever had!
Chef Brian your food was impeccable and Heather your staff was amazing. We cannot wait to come back!

Aurora
Responded on April 24, 2021

We are so thrilled you had a great experience and our staff took such great care of you, pleasure getting to meet you both. Best Regards, -Chef Mike

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SteveC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Skirt Steak and Pork were phenomenal. The "supernova" was a wonder cap to the meal. Service was outstanding.

Aurora
Responded on April 24, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive rating..! Hope to see you back soon. Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipHans
Orlando
65 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. We enjoyed our meal.

Aurora
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much for dining with us and the 5 Star Review! We're so glad you enjoyed your meal and can't wait to see you again soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipAurora
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting. We will be back.

Aurora
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much for dining with us and the 5 Star Review! We're so glad you enjoyed everything and we can't wait to see you back soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed at the hotel . We were supposed to go off property for dinner but it was raining so we ate at Aurora. So glad we did .
Excellent , food , and service . Would definitely return next time we are in Orlando

Aurora
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review and positive feedback! We're sorry that the rain changed your plans but we're so glad you dined with us and enjoyed it all! If you're ever back in Orlando and come back to see us, please reach out to me at mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipAmandaF
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gorgeous looking and delicious tasting food. Dont let the location on UCF campus dissuade you. It's worrh the trip.

Aurora
Responded on April 11, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! Hope to see you soon. Best Regards, -Chef Mike

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TerryH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere with friendly staff. The staff was new, but helpful and attentive. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

Aurora
Responded on April 11, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive rating! Our staff is improving everyday to take better care of our guests. See you next time. Best Regards, Chef Mike

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vipCynful
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We were anxious to check out this new restaurant within the new Celeste hotel so were happy we got a reservation. We planned to eat outdoors but because it was cold and windy we were offered a table inside as an alternative and that's what we went with. We were surprised to find that the overall space was small and as a result the table for the three of us was also small. All staff was friendly but service was very slow. We had to wait a long time for our cocktails, then appetizers and then the main course. No one checked back with us for refills of cocktails or water until after all glasses were empty for a long time. The food was very tasty but portions were small (two of us ordered the delicious skirt steak that came on top of 3 stalks of asparagus but little else) and the prices were moderate. We had gathered to celebrate a birthday but once our meals were finished we couldn't wait to leave so that we could continue our celebration at home.

Aurora
Responded on April 11, 2021

Thank you so much for the feedback. Apologies on the challenges you experienced while dining with us. We strive to give our guests a much better experience then what it appears you recieved. I hope you'll give us another shot and hopefully weather will be cooperating a little better for you as well so you can sit in your preferred area. If you would like to speak further please reach out to me directly mike.trudnak@thecelestehotel Best Regards, -Chef Mike

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lildevil
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The six of us went to Aurora's to celebrate our son's birthday. The food is delicious, complex and creative. We absolutely loved the Super Nova for dessert, it was decadence wrapped in a creative plate filled with layers of lusciousness. The coffee was the only drawback, it was boring and tasteless water.

Aurora
Responded on April 11, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words. Apologies for the let down on the coffee, we strive to give our guests a memorable experience from beginning to end and it seems we fell a little short at the end. We are addressing your concerns with the coffee. Hope to see you soon Best Regards, -Chef Mike

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing value,

Aurora
Responded on April 5, 2021

thanks so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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CamS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful, perfect for a date night. The crab cake is the best we’ve ever had.

Aurora
Responded on April 5, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5 star review! We're so glad you enjoyed date night with us and that you enjoyed the crab cake. Look forward to seeing you again soon! Best Regards, Chef Mike

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Aurora is rated 4.7 stars by 87 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.