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.
Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday:
Breakfast: 7am-11am, Lunch 1130am-230pm, Intermezzo 230pm-5pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm, Intermezzo 9pm-10pm
Breakfast: 7am-11am, Brunch 11am-2pm, Intermezzo 2pm-5pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm, Intermezzo 9pm-10pm
First Sunday of the Month Brunch Buffet: 11am-2pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet or secure underground parking available.
Takashi Ito c.c.c.
Private Party Facilities:
We offer a small private dining space for groups of up to 12 people.
Private Party Contact:
Kimberly Spence: 2504146739x
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
Absolutely incredible experience in ever ...
Absolutely incredible experience in every way possible! Greeted by an extremely pleasant server that immediately congratulated us on our anniversary. Very attentive, polite, assisted very well every time we had questions and always arrived at timely moments (no mouthful). Food was exquisite, service was quick, menu could have been a touch larger but we were both very pleased with the food we choose done exactly as we wanted it with outstanding presentation. The gift of dessert for the two of us was a nice treat and of course delicious! Next to us another couple were able to speak with the Chef directly and we would have but did not want to take away from their celebration but nice tough. View was so nice, ambiance and cleanliness was perfect. Definitely would recommend and likely return in the near future. Cannot thank the Aura enough for making our special occasion that much more special! Everything was PERFECT which was greatly appreciated. Finally, the service by email prior to our arrival and now this service after the fact shows that this is a top notch establishment - one that Chef Ramsay could not possibly find anything wrong with. LOL! Thank you!
This place had a stunning view which att ...
This place had a stunning view which attracted me as well as food locally sourced. However, there were a number of dishes that did not appeal given a heavy emphasis on Asian ingredients. Buerre blanc sauce infused with kimchi was one such example. Lots of bok choy when I was yearning for asparagus of at least broccholi. I settled for the halibut that was almost the best I have had although it was a tad dry. However, it came and remained hot- no luke warm food here! . Too bad the heavens opened and the patio was no longer viable.
Excellent restaurant in a hotel off the ...
Excellent restaurant in a hotel off the beaten path with a great view of the inner harbor. Menu was limited, but everything done very well. I had the sea scallops and mixed green salad. Best meal I have had so far in Victoria. Dessert was a mouse cake that was delicious.
After having reserved via OpenTable, I s ...
After having reserved via OpenTable, I still had a question which could not be answered through OpenTable. I first called Aura and a recording came on indicating that they were busy and would call back. After over an hour elapsing and still nobody having called back I sent the question in online but without having received a response in what I considered reasonable amount of time (for a restaurant). We drove many hours (7) from out of town to visit here and arrange a special dinner for two friends. I can accept that you may be busy and delay a response; but once I am speaking with your hostess--after I myself call back--and all she says is "Oh, well, we are in touch now" it is somewhat off-putting. Later --only later--she did say "sorry". Kimberley Spence then called and she apologised. all in all, considering our travel and effort to find an excellent place to celebrate, we were unhappy with this experience.
Service: While Kimberley was polite and pleasantly served our wine, the waitress we had was dour, serious-looking and absolutely lacked familiarity or any interpersonal skills.
Food: The two vegetarian dishes two of us ordered were much too salty.
Food was very good featuring fresh local ...
Food was very good featuring fresh local fish , good salads ,and delicious homemade bread. We had hoped for a better view of the harbor. If we go again, will be more specific with that request. It was great to have a quiet setting-nice change from some of the loud places we've been to recently. I would recommend Aura.
The food was good, view was great and se ...
The food was good, view was great and service was friendly. However the restaurant and hotel are very outdated. Ambiance inside the restaurant is lacking. The wine list was quite good but our friendly server didn't know one wine from the next and tried to fake it. I wouldn't go back.
Beautiful location on the water, a littl ...
Beautiful location on the water, a little off the hustle and bustle of the city. A beautiful walk from our hotel along the water front. Food is rich but they use coho salmon which I am not a fan of. service was great and setting was great. wine recommendation was great but a little disappointed in the salmon
Service was great and the food was very ...
Service was great and the food was very tasty. The portions were small but we did not mind that, as we hate getting too much food and over eating. A great table was reserved for us for our anniversary dinner. Our table was at a corner where we could see the whole inner harbor.
We ate here twice while staying at the I ...
We ate here twice while staying at the Inn at Laurel Point - having eaten there on our first night we were delighted to go again a second time. High quality and very good service. Special occasion or holiday dining and although I am sure children would be welcomed, perhaps this would not be a first choice for families.
First trip to Victoria (and BC). Wonder ...
First trip to Victoria (and BC). Wonderful town. But highlight was Aura. People were very accommodating, helped with wine selection, very attentive - but not overly close. Seats on the patio were terrific, but food was off-the-charts. We shared the Gnocchi small plate: unbelievable. Then we shared the Salmon and the Halibut. Sounds basic - but totally wonderful. The stuff around the fish was out-of-this-world. And the fish was perfectly cooked and presented. For desert we shared the Ice Cream Sandwich - another pleasant surprise. Every bite the entire meal was a delight. And the service made it hard not to leave the maximum tip. Don't miss this as your special dinner in Victoria. (And with the US dollar so high, the meal was a bargain, too.)
We had a lovely time. As the weather ch ...
We had a lovely time. As the weather chilled down out on the patio, the staff brought blankets. Aura needs to broaden its bar choices to include a tequila silver. Also, I think that something had MSG in it, as I was awake all night. It never occurred to me to ask about MSG or ACCENT. The setting was wonderful and the food quite tasty. Mostly British Columbia wines, and I guessed wrong on the first glass. If I can determine they are not using MSG, I would happily return. Great view and people watching.
Very imaginative menu. The best part is ...
Very imaginative menu. The best part is that while they have a good selection, they don't try to do too much. They do what they do and do it very well. The Gnocchi was the best I have ever had anywhere in the world - keep in mind I travel extensively for work including to Italy often.
The halibut and scallops were also very good. Don't miss the bread!
Great atmosphere also. We sat on the patio and it was a perfect setting.
That was possibly the best Sunday brunch ...
That was possibly the best Sunday brunch my wife and I ever ate! Every item was fresh and the best it could be. The breads were out of this world, salad and vegetables super fresh and the meats cooked to perfection. Can't wait to return!
Service was friendly and attentive witho ...
Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Food was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. The menu, as others have noted, is quite limited. About eight salads or starters and six entrees -- salmon, halibut, scallops, duck and steak. But it appears that allows them to focus on what they do well. Might be a bit on the pricey side for some folks, but a worthwhile splurge.
a good solid restaurant. the service a b ...
a good solid restaurant. the service a bit on the go, but it is part of a large restaurant, mostly from the wine server. but the food was tasty and well prepared. we decided not to dinner outside as it was windy and cold for us.... but it was a pity as the location is just on the Victoria BC harbour
We went to Aura for an anniversary dinne ...
We went to Aura for an anniversary dinner, and we were thoroughly impressed. A request for a nice table for two resulted in them preparing the best seat in the house in advance, with a beautiful view of the inner harbour in a quiet, secluded section of the restaurant. The food was impeccable, and the drinks beyond impressive. Thank you for the wonderful experience! Our time here will be a fond memory from our trip to Victoria.
My wife and spent an afternoon in Victor ...
My wife and spent an afternoon in Victoria while visiting from the US. We took the ferry from Port Angeles in the early afternoon and returned on the last ferry. Before departing we had dinner at Aura. We requested an outside table and got one with a nice view from the patio. It was the end of the Happy Hour when we arrived and the restaurant got pretty empty soon after Happy Hour was over. We ordered beers, appetizers and main courses. Everything was very good. The portions are more on the smaller side. Our server was very attentive and friendly. She gave us plenty of time to finish our dinner before she brought the check.
The patio seating is very nice with a beautiful view of the Inner Harbour.
Aura is maybe a five to ten minute walk away from the busiest area of town which we found very nice.
When we return to Victoria we will put Aura on our list for dinner again.
Great location overlooking the Inner Har ...
Great location overlooking the Inner Harbour of Victoria. Leisurely paced service, just right for a special occasion. The view of the harbor is partially obscured by a large tree, you would think that they would not block out the primary purpose of eating there.
The food was excellent, we had a deep fried sushi appie that was delightful and then scallops and halibut for both of us. Very well prepared and creatively presented. No crumbs left on each plate.
Kudos to Colleen for great service.
We look forward to going back for another meal on another special occasion.
As always this dinner was fantastic... t ...
As always this dinner was fantastic... the appetizers and entrees were exquisite and awakened the taste buds to new and various flavours. Every bite was savored by both of us. As a special birthday, the dessert came with a chocolate birthday "card". The service was attentive , friendly, and informative.
We could not asked for a better experience to celebrate a birthday!
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