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About Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
A true gem of the Inner Harbour, AURA waterfront restaurant + patio is Victoria’s premiere dining destination for Pacific Rim inspired cuisine.
Featuring an eclectic winelist, island microbrews and handcrafted cocktails, enjoy spectacular harbour views from the dining room, bask in the glow of the under-lit Onyx bar, or relax on the waterfront patio. For larger gatherings, retreat to AURA’s private dining room, where original works of art keep you company.
AURA is placed perfectly to watch the world go by.
Victoria, BC V8V 1Z8
Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday:
Breakfast: 7am-11am, Lunch: 11:30am-5pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm
First Sunday of the Month Brunch Buffet from 11am-2pm: June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet or secure underground parking available.
Takashi Ito c.c.c.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For special and upcoming events please visit our website at http://aurarestaurant.ca/events for details.
Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio Ratings and Reviews
very limited menu and not that appealing. Hard to find something one wanted. The staff were wonderful and upon exit when we were needing a taxi for a handicapped guests the hotel staff were great.
We will give it another chance mainly because we have been impressed in the past and the friendliness of the staff. But who ever put together the menu should rethink it.
The fried sushi appetizer was very good but the meal went down from there. Our entrée of a fish sampler was lukewarm, tasteless and very small in portion size for the price.
The ambiance is very nice overlooking the bay .
As we were staying at the hotel we did have breakfast there two mornings as it was included with our hotel package; it was quite nice both mornings and again the view from the bay is lovely.
We had a mixed response to the meal at Aura. My halibut wrapped in banana leaves was absolutely perfect! Delicious, moist, and prepared wonderfully. I liked all that accompanied the fish; small rice cakes and asparagus were tasty. I also enjoyed the "hedgehog" ice cream that we selected for dessert. My husband felt that his duck was just so-so. He orders duck often and did not like it or the accompaniments this time.
We ate breakfast at Aura during our trip and my omelet was very nice, good potatoes with tomato and onion as well.
Disappointing. The service, location and view were all excellent. The flavors of the food were a major disappointment. We had the halibut and two appetizers. All dishes were presented well, but just didn't have any flavor. We had halibut two other times in the week at different restaurants that was 100% better. Plus, the halibut was served room temp/cold. The chef here needs work.
Had a great experience for my father's 75th birthday. A touch disappointed in my meal's portion size, but the presentation was wonderful. My parents particularly enjoyed the Halibut and steak dinner - indicated they were perfect. Ambience and atmosphere are incredible - with beautiful views of boats and other small craft sailing through. Great for special occasions and dates and will definitely be back.
As I am a bit of a pig when it comes to portions - my dinner size was not too disconcerting. Limited opportunity to try Octopus, which was tasty. Service was impeccable, as Jennifer had great timing; never being obtrusive, without leaving us waiting.
Although we (party of 4) came in during intermezzo period (2pm to 5pm) due to our time constraints, the intermezzo menu offered fabulous cuisine for afternoon bites. There are enough teasing numbers of tapas-styled dishes on the menu to makes you want to come back for course dining at night.
Scallops, always a great measure of chefs technicality, were undoubtedly cooked to perfection.
Fine dining experience in an elegant ambiance.
We will come back for dinner for sure.
Food was delicious & creative. However, it was hard to get the server's attention at times. But when we did get their attention their service was top notch! Everything we had was delicious, except the eclair which was slightly disappointing as the eclair shell was quite dry. Would definitely recommend the deep fried sushi though.
Excellent experience here. I had a strip loin that I asked be done to the chef's liking. It arrived rare, which surprised me for a strip loin. But it was quite good - way better than I would have imagined. And the entire plate was balanced and complementary.
The service was also excellent. Attentive but not overbearing.
We had a nice table along the window - very pleasant. Quiet vibe.
All round it was a lovely lunch on a beautiful day (which helped, of course). My salad meal was lovely but I think a couple of slices of good bread would have enhanced it. The server could not suggest an alternative (not her fault, but other places give bread and butter for $4 or less, even if it is not gratis). Otherwise a fine time.
Sunday Brunch was quite disappointing. That's a regular no-thrills breakfast with added burger. Service was OK, but we had to chase someone to get teaspoon for the tee. Food quality and choice was average, ladies on the table next to us gave up explaining what Mimosa is. No buffet, while it was clearly what was expected by a lot of people, including us. No need to wait until 11AM to get what was served all morning before that.
This was an excellent example of a true "dining experience "...the food was wonderful down to the last morsel.I had the beef plate with a watermelon sprout salad.....fantastic presentation...a feast for the eyes..had to take pictures of it all.The service so very friendly and explanotory.
Thank You so much...she will alwayscremember her Birthday Dinner at Aura!!
Food was excellently prepared and presented. I had watermelon sprout appetizer, halibut bake in banana leaf, and unconstructed strawberry shortcake.
Each course was a delight fir the eye and the palette. Meal was perfectly paced, server was excellent, price was quite fair. The view was also special.
There was nothing special about this restaurant or dining experience. It was, essentially, the "restaurant in the hotel" for breakfast, lunch, dinner. The view was "ok" as was the food. Nothing remarkable. Nothing worth going there for (we had cabbed over from the Empress - afterward asked ourselves "why?"). Service was less than average. Our server tried to take my plate 3 times before I was finished. There were lots of open tables and we didn't stay an inordinate amount of time so to be rushed made no sense. Not sure why this restaurant is rated so highly on Trip Advisor. I wouldn't bother going back when there are far better dining options with an equal view in Victoria. Disappointing for sure.
Limited choices on lunch menu. Many exotic and innovative choices, but nothing traditional. Portion sizes small - not adequate for lunch. Two out of three at our table were disappointed and would not return. Better value and better choices out there with an equally good view.
We had the last meal of our weeklong Alaskan cruise here on an early Friday evening, a very short cab ride from the cruise line dock. We had a table looking out across the harbor at the Empress Hotel - spectacular.
Our waitress was superb, really understood what they serve and helpful in every way. The manager was also helpful and stopped by a couple of times to chat and check if there was anything he could do for us.
The menu was limited but very impressive from a foodie perspective. The halibut wrapped in a banan leaf with a mild sambal sauce was terrific.
The martini made with locally distilled gin was really nice as was the wine.
We were a couple of tables removed from a crowd that never learned how to lower their voices in a restaurant (why do people act like this???) but they left mid meal.
All in all, we very much look forward to returning again!
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