- 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
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.
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.
Great service taking care of our large party. Amazing food!
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.
Wonderful dining experience. Great food and ambiance. Very enjoyable evening, we will be back!!
We loved the brunch here at Auroa and can't wait to try other meals!
Good service and very friendly staff. The food was good and was served quickly.
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.
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.
Great food with amazing service. The F&B team was very friendly and accommodating. Will be returning soon.
thanks so much for the 5 star review. We appreciate your business. best regards, chef mike
Food was excellent, particularly the appetizers, crab cake and the gator empanadas. Server was very attentive.
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
Best desert! Nice atmosphere. Good service.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
I truly enjoy this restaurant. The food was amazing. The attention was superb and the ambience was so comforting!
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
Amazing! What a hidden gem! The bartender was great and the food was SO good. Will definitely be back.
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
Amazing food with equal attention to presentation! A true gem!
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
Everything about the experience was wonderful. We can’t wait to go back.
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
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!!
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
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.
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
Totally helpful and nice, everybody was very knowledgeable and professional
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
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!
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
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!
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.
The service and food was great!
Thank you so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! We're glad you enjoyed everything! Best Regards, Chef Mike
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.
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.
The dishes were beautifully presented and delicious!
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!
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
Fantastic restaurant. Skirt Steak and Pork were phenomenal. The "supernova" was a wonder cap to the meal. Service was outstanding.
Thank you so much for the positive rating..! Hope to see you back soon. Best Regards, Chef Mike
Great service, great food. We enjoyed our meal.
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
Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting. We will be back.
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
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
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
Gorgeous looking and delicious tasting food. Dont let the location on UCF campus dissuade you. It's worrh the trip.
Thank you so much for the 5 star review! Hope to see you soon. Best Regards, -Chef Mike
Lovely atmosphere with friendly staff. The staff was new, but helpful and attentive. Everyone enjoyed their meal.
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
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.
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
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.
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
thanks so much for the 5 star review, we really appreciate it! Best Regards, Chef Mike
Absolutely wonderful, perfect for a date night. The crab cake is the best we’ve ever had.
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
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.