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Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio, Victoria, BC

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

4.6
4.6
1239 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Global, International
Aura plays with fresh local ingredients through global inspiration, crafting flavours and experiences to take you further. Beyond the backdrop of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Aura is an adventure into bold tastes and beautiful platings. Follow your curiosity through a curated wine list or splash into cocktails featuring BC’s finest spirit producers. Whether an evening out, a quick bite after work, or a relaxing patio afternoon taking in the views, let Aura be your journey to something spectacular.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:45 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–1:30 pm Happy Hour Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (250) 414-6739

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Ken Nakano

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a small private dining space for groups of up to 10 people.

  • Private party contact

    Frances von Aesch: (250) 414-6739

  • Neighbourhood

    Victoria

  • Cross Street

    Belleville St.

  • Parking Details

    Validated parking available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea for Two

    $65.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Afternoon Tea for Two Spend a lazy weekend afternoon enjoying tea in the restaurant or on our patio. With a postcard view of Victoria's Inner Harbour as your backdrop, our Afternoon Tea for Two is a creative take on the traditional. A perfect way to share and reconnect! Tea for Two is available on Saturdays & Sundays from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Reservations must be made at least 24-hours in advance. Afternoon Tea for Two is $65 per guest plus tax and 18% gratuity and is sold only in sets of two. Prepayment is required at the time of booking. No-shows and cancellations within 24 hrs will be charged at full price.

Popular dishes

What 1,239 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Global, International

  • Victoria

    Best Overall

  • Victoria

    Best Food

  • Victoria

    Best Ambience

  • Victoria

    Innovative

  • Victoria

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Victoria

    Great for scenic views

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  1. F

    Foodiemamia

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I tried Aura’s dine around menu last year and loved it. We loved it this year also. The food was amazingly delicious! Wonderful service and great view! Looking forward to next year!
  2. TB

    TanB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Long delay in receiving main during dine around. Very small portions for price with up charges for extra.
  3. J

    Josh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I enjoyed the atmosphere and service was great. However, I found that the value was far from there when it came to dishes. Very underwhelming; left unfulfilled and still hungry.
  4. BC

    BrettC

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    Aura is one of our favourite local places to have a nice, special outing. We went with friends, having hyped up our expectations, and were quite disappointed. Small portions, high prices, and most seriously, some problem with the kitchen which made them unable to supply the food in more than dribs and drabs. Victoria has too many nice alternatives.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were celebrating a birthday & they gave use the private room. Excellent server
  6. C

    Chris

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dine around town menu was $45 for 3 courses and had some interesting choices. We all enjoyed what we ordered it was very tasty and well presented. The view over the harbour at night with all the lights of downtown is magical. The booking system and service where also good. I highly recommend the Laurel Point restaurant The Aura, and this is great value for money.
  7. VK

    ValerieK

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food-innovative and creative. Attentive service. Beautiful view!
  8. WC

    WendyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sunday brunch was a most enjoyable experience. Service was particularly good - friendly, efficient and timely.
  9. B

    Bonny

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aura has been a favourite of ours for many years. We like coming here for the food, which is excellent. The views on the Inner Harbour are beautiful in any season. The patio is highly coveted on warmer weather!
  10. DR

    DRaptor

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the share plates festive brunch and it was excellent. I would recommend it highly for quality and attention to detail. Every course delighted. I can’t wait for next year!
  11. CP

    ClaudiuP

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Elegant but still casual decor and ambiance. Beautiful location and view. Very good vibe; right amount of noise and doesn't feel crowded even when at capacity. Very efficient and non-intrusive service (could go a bit further and describe the food/cooking). Menu is varied enough and very tasty modern style cuisine.
  12. JT

    JoanT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was fabulous! Our server mentioned that the items were more like tapas which definitely helped with expectations. One thing I found hurtful and off putting was having to politely request that our server wear a mask while at the table. I am currently receiving treatment for cancer and am from out of town staying at the hotel. Our server did reluctantly comply and I thanked her, but there was a definite attitude shift which was uncomfortable and made me feel terrible for having asked. Only for this reason have I given a lower rating for the service. I felt humiliated enough asking, then felt even worse when she became unfriendly. Room service from now on.
  13. D

    Dunky

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favourite Victoria restaurant at the moment.
  14. B

    Borneo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent breakfast Very good coffee! Efficient and friendly service We also ate breakfast there on 26th Dec Not so good. Service mediocre Fruit salad not a good mix as previously, mostly underripe melon
  15. B

    Bluffnbrook

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We had almost everything on the menu and it was great!
  16. TC

    TonyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was excellent, but coffee was very sub par. Service was good too.
  17. B

    Bellinghamster

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful waterfront views. Great coffee and very unique and tasty Aura eggs benny!!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good view with good service
  19. CC

    CarolC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    While the food was nice the bill was not. I paid $211.00 for brunch with a 18% tip built in. I resent the 18% built in, the food was $75.00 per person, tax extra. This was an outrageous expensive brunch, one of the offering was pork and beans with a slice of sausage. Not impressed.
  20. D

    Deenie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Love the tapas concept. Staff courteous. Sèrvice prompt.
  21. LT

    LengT

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend crispy pork belly for the appetizer! Sooooo good!

    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on December 6, 2022Thank you for sharing your recommendation! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the Pork Belly, and I agree - it is fantastic!

  22. S

    Squib

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative fusion of various cuisines served in shareable portions. The Dining room itself has a splendid view of the harbour, and is large and spacious leading to privacy and enjoyment

    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on December 6, 2022Thanks for taking the time to share your review! We really appreciate the positive feedback, and hope to see you again soon!

  23. BA

    BrentA

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was what we hoped for, a quiet restaurant so we could visit with friends. The waiter was excellent and so was the food.
  24. GS

    GeneS

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We were seated near something that would intermittently produce an irritatingly significant amount of noise. Couldn’t tell where it was coming from really. Our server was very pleasant so that was nice, and the food was good. Wasn’t favourably impressed with the order/timing in which things were served.
  25. JF

    JamesF

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, view and service. The small-plate (tapas) style does run the bill up if you want to make a meal.
  26. J

    Jean

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lovely setting right on the waterfront, with an elegant restaurant and friendly attentive wait staff. I've been to Aura in the past and always found the menu delicious with great choices, however, the change in the menu was disappointing. The food has some very nice flavors and unique ingredients served Tapa style. I think the friends that we were treating/hosting had some difficulty finding food choices that would work for them. It would go a very very long way if the restaurant provided bread or some nice crackers for the table as I worried that everyone was going to feel quite unsatisfied and hungry as the portions were small and served ala carte. The Halibut was delicious but could tone down the salt just a tad. My husband loved the burger and the potatoes were enjoyed by all and gnocci was quite flavorful and good but only a small bowl serving. The grilled carrot "salad" had just a few thin slices, though the flavor was nice, it was hardly enough to call a salad, but only a tiny side.
  27. KA

    KathleenAndree1983

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, service excellent and lovely view.
  28. VA

    VanessaA

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and we LOVED everything! They have a system of smaller, shareable plates so we could try at least 3 different entres. All wonderful!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Entire service experience was polite and personable.
  30. TS

    TS09

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Great location to enjoy dinner. Staff were very friendly, courteous and prompt. Menu is based on sharing and family style. We were encouraged not to order everything we wanted at once unless we wanted it all at the same time. The kitchen delivers as it is ready. We shared 3 items; tuna cakes with coleslaw, halibut ceviche (our favourite), and fingerling potato bravas. We asked for a table with a view and were given a great table that looked out across the harbour. Our only issue was that the restaurant itself was cold. We noted the same in all public areas of the hotel. All in all a decent place to dine if staying at this hotel.
  31. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The small plates were exquisite. Each one had it’s own character and just smecked!
  32. DH

    DeHypnotist

    Portland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit at least once every time we come to Victoria, and it’s always different and always great.
  33. G

    Gulliver

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    Wow. We are locals and it was small plate and yes, server brought our single Eggs Benedict out on a side plate. We shared a hash brown and it was two bites each. In order to have a full breakfast it would be $38! Over priced! Service was fine and mimosas nice but won’t go back until things change. I gather they are as we saw a croissant place was opening soon across the hall. We want to support local hotels, but needs to be fair value! Disappointing.
  34. SE

    SpecialEve

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful evening of unique dishes, great ambiance and impeccable service.
  35. W

    Winediner923

    Calgary

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautifully styled room with blond wood throughout. Our waiter was excellent, a real professional. The food was also excellent. We enjoyed the small plates to share format. The recommended pinot was from Monte Creek, near Kamloops. Set your biases aside, this truly a great Canadian Pinot Noir. Also try the pot de creme dessert.
  36. I

    Ironwood

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a wonderful evening. Atmosphere was very good. Given the setting and view, it all made for a fine evening of dining. A little extra ambience may be considered by the a candle at the the table. It was glass top you are utilizing so fire hazard is minimal. Daniel
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a great time. The food was lovely.
  38. S

    Sobersue

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent original food. Loved that you had Zero Lush Premium Alcohol-free wine. Recommend you put it on the drinks menu as we are sending our sober community to dine at your restaurant :)
  39. MP

    MichelleP

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Our 32 wedding anniversary. Service was excellent and shared plates were delicious especially the halibut and beef cheek. View was lovely and we would definitely recommend it for a special occasion.
  40. FG

    FranceG

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was excellent but the music was too loud, and we prefer light classical music with this beautiful view and ambiance.

FAQs

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio is rated 4.6 stars by 1239 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

680 Montreal Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1Z8

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Belleville St.

  • Neighbourhood

    Victoria

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:45 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–1:30 pm Happy Hour Mon, Thu–Sun 4:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Validated parking available.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chef Ken Nakano

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (250) 414-6739

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a small private dining space for groups of up to 10 people.

  • Private party contact

    Frances von Aesch: (250) 414-6739

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