Aura - Nita Lake Lodge

4.5
324 reviews
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Regional American (Northwest)
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  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
Combining traditional French cooking techniques with a love of west coast ingredients, Executive Chef James Olberg creates approachable local flavours with a modern, innovative twist. Paired with our open concept kitchen, fresh décor, unique design features and stunning lake view, we are sure you are going to love Aura.


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GC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

We went to Aura expecting a really amazing experience based on many reviews and knowing its beautiful setting. We got a great first impression because of its beautiful viewa and decor. Nontheless that was our only good experience of the night. We ordered the ceasar salad with bacon which was good and also a beet salad which was really good, and also the rissotto which was really sweet and had a bad texture as well as the lobster pasta that was mediocre at best. The real pain was with the service ehich was absolutely terrible. Our server Bobby, was allways trying to rush us, taking our plates away before we were finished, trying to rush us to pay and just being very rude all around. There was only another group while we were dining but we made a reservation and it wasnt even the last one. The prices were also steep for a mediocre dinner. Much rather go to araxi or rim rock for a true fine dining experience.

Aura - Nita Lake Lodge
Responded on August 15, 2019

Dear Guillermo, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We value your honest opinion and I apologize that the dining experience fell short of the service we strive to provide. We truly appreciate all opportunities for development and we will be addressing this feedback as a Management Team. If you would like to discuss your visit in more depth, I will be happy to assist and please connect with me directly at the Lodge. Best wishes, Samantha Guest Relations Manager

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M
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dined with a larger group, 7 total. We took our time which didn't seem to bother the staff, all of whom provided attentive and friendly service. Both vegetarians and meat-eaters in our party and everyone found something to enjoy on the menu. The lake setting is really beautiful.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our evening at Aura. The food was very good. The service was fantastic as always. And it's beautiful setting, even on a rainy night. We relaxed at our table for a few hours and enjoyed the lake view. Can not wait to return!

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good food, enormous portions, very well presented. The food combinations seem a little bit strange to British tastes but still work well. Lovely view over the lake. The staff are all extremely pleasant. Shrimps in Britain are tiny little things, over here they are enormous tiger prawns!

J
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We stayed at Nita Lake Lodge for our anniversary weekend and had dinner at Aura. We got to sit outside and the view was breathtaking. Everyone made us feel really special and I can honestly say the lobster spaghettini was one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had. We can't wait to come back.

GN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely dinner from start to finish. My husband and I both had the short ribs which were amazing.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great (Colin) and the food was beautiful and delicious!

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sisters trip to celebrate a birthday

M
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love breakfast on the lake!

OT
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall good. Slightly disappointed with a big party with 4-5 kids 7-12ish that were allowed running through the restaurant. This was of course the parents that should have corrected them, but after the first 2-3 runs it would have been appropriate for the restaurant to point this out. Nevertheless good food, service and experience

SU
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a treat on our trip to Whistler! Fabulous location and food and a wonderful attentive server named Bobby! Loved it and will be back next year!

CD
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner overlooking the lake. My lobster pasta dish had a generous amount of lobster but could have had a bit more flavour. However, the mango rice pudding was to die for! It was a splurge for us, but overall, was good.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing view and even better service and food!

JY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Service was slower but still overall great.

RS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Everything was fine ... but for the price tag ($200 for 2 people) the experience was a little disappointing. We started with cocktails, The Brox and a Rhubarb one. The drunk cherries were quite mushy and possibly old, the Rhubarb cocktail tasted and looked great, but we had to stir with a dinner knife.
My Poke appetizer was very average, more just diced sashimi and not poke ... also way over priced at $22. The Beet and Burrata Salad was very nice, but also a $22 appetizer ... for beets, cheese and lettuce. Our Halibut and Short Rib Entree's were awesome, really good.

Ambiance on the patio was lacking ... a shame because the building and the lake are quite beautiful. We even got to see a train pass along the opposite side of the lake! Sooo cool! I think the patio would be better if there was something covering or blocking the sight line of the bike path. It could also use with some speakers on the lake side of the patio. Where we were, the music was very faint and we could easily hear the conversations at other tables. You also need table cloths. When the sun sets, your patio furniture gets quite cold ... and really this would make it feel more like fine dining. Lastly, there was a dress code in the reservation, but many people didn't meet that code. Either stick to it or get rid of it and adjust prices. When we arrived there was a table of 20'somthings sharing a table on the patio in t-shirts, shorts and flip flops ... eating out of takeout containers. They weren't disruptive ... but it was just puzzling as there is a more casual patio bar 10 feet away.

Our waiter was very good, a cute Irish guy... he was both casual, informed and attentive.

Over all ... I think our expectations may have been set too high. I think the restaurant patio needs some attention. It has so much potential, but right now looks like a bit of an afterthought.
'Price for the Experience' was a disappointment.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely place. We enjoyed every bit of it!

F
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The view was stunning; the food was really good and very affordable; and the service was amazing. We will definitely return there on future visits to Whistler!

G
Vancouver
61 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the food, service and ambiance at Aura and this visit reinforced our opinion. The spectacular view out over the lake made our excellent meal that much better. My wife is an almost vegetarian and she enjoyed the risotto dish while I had the duck linguine. We had the 3 course prix fixe meal with the beet salad to start and creme brulee to finish. Our server was prompt and friendly but also not intrusive. We will definitely be back!

AO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic views of the lake and lovely service. They are great with food allergies and the wine pairings are superb!

JL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great evening with friends visiting Whistler. During the off season, we had the Pirx Fixee, three courses for $29. All enjoyed their dinner. Service was excellent, friendly and efficent. Nice setting too, looking out on Nita Lake. Highly recommended.

KC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service! Sophie was so kind and attentive and made wonderful recommendations. Food was presented beautifully! And so delicious! The view was magnificent. Overall a wonderful experience. I will most definitely be back!

T
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing. Food was amazing. There isn’t another wold other than AMAZING my Wife and I could think of.

OT
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely birthday breakfast!
Emma, our waitress was so kind and funny.
Thank you for the wonderful meal!

MG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful spot.
Incredible food.
Good decor
Loved it.

G
Vancouver
61 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Aura remains our favourite spot at Creekside. The view out over the lake is beautiful. The service is very good and the food is excellent. The 3 course meal option is one of the best deals in Whistler. My wife had the vegetarian risotto and loved it. My duck confit linguine was also great. The wine list is excellent with a good selection of BC wines. If you are looking to get away from the busy village and enjoy a relaxed and unhurried dinner, Aura ia a great choice.

Y
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excelent food, service and view.

k
Vancouver
94 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Spring menu was a great value! $35 for a 3 course meal.

ST
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, lovely room and food was both delicious and interesting. We'll be back.

CA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great atmosphere will definitely be back

MO
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service and food were excellent!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved Meatless Monday special menu! Vegan friendly 👍🏻

SJ
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We had wonderful service and the food was nicely prepared and very tasty. I will say the restaurant on the kitchen side is too brightly lit- we asked to move tables and we were accommodated and the lighting was better. The best part about the evening was the outstanding service we received and recommendations by our waiter. Thank you for making it a special evening.

E
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Delicious food, attentive staff, and good service. Noise levels were on the high side, but it was a lovely experience for us start to finish and we'll definitely be back.

CB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wait staff fully explained each dish as they brought them - very cool!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing! Even the sides were very tasteful! Service was exceptional. Love the awesome variety of local wines. Ambience was perfect. Turned into a date night with take-away for the kids. Both devoured the dinner.

IB
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were staying at Nita and my husband wanted us to have a special last night. It wasn't a dissapointment. The food was delicious. We both enjoyed what we had. If we are ever in Whistler again, we will definitely be putting this on the place to return to

E
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful evening, with great food that was full of flavours and very well presented. Good service but not too attentive. Possibly the best restaurant I have been to in Whistler.

i
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic service. Love Aura!

GH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was well prepared and very good. The service was spotty however, We waited for someone to acknowledge us for about 10 minutes after which we ordered drinks which were promtptly served to us. The rest of the meal was served in a timely fashion. However, we were given dessert menus and then the waitress didn’t come back for at least 15 minutes. I would go back and try it again as the food was extremely tasty.

SH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great casual restaurant. Good food, good service. Recommend.

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