Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

4.6
1068 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Global, International
Food should move you. To socialize, to experiment, to savour, to explore.

Aura plays with fresh locally-focused 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.

Experiences

  • Valentine's Tea for Two

    CA$65.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 5 - Feb 27, 2022

    Celebrate Valentine's Day every weekend in February with a special Tea for Two menu inspired by love. With a postcard view of the City as your backdrop, our Tea for Two is a creative take on the traditional. The standard three-tier set-up is swapped for acrylic stands that highlight the artistry of your sandwiches, scones and sweets. A perfect way to share and connect, Tea for Two is available Saturdays & Sundays from 11:30 am to 3pm and reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Price is subject to 18% auto-gratuity and taxes. Payment for the remaining amount will be taken after your dining experience*
  • Afternoon Tea for Two

    CA$65.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Spend a lazy weekend afternoon enjoying tea in the restaurant or on our patio. With a postcard view of the City 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 3:00pm. Reservations must be made at least 48-hours in advance. $65 per guest plus 18% auto-gratuity and taxes. Payment for the remaining amount will be taken after your dining experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1068 People Are Saying
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4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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TracyS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for dine around - the food and service were outstanding. Will definitely be back. And of course the view is stellar too.

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KarenO
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Part of the Victoria Dine Around. Had a window seat and the $40 menu was very good. Nice sized portions with exception of mocha tart.

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Rissls
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for dine-around town and are so glad we did. It was the perfect dining experience. Beautiful view. Great service: knowledgeable, friendly, responsive, but not in the way Delicious food: Well plated and flavourful. Comfortable seating and quiet but not awkwardly so. It’s difficult to get that combination right now but Aura delivered.

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vipWhitneyG
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent menu and everything is executed to perfectly! Reasonable prices while enjoying amazing food and an awesome view. What more could you ask for?

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Nvictoria
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Went for brunch but no brunch served.

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Tabaxi
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely breakfast with family. Service, food and the view were all excellent.

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MaureenT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Laurel Point hotel and Aura restaurant are two of my favourite places in Victoria. Love the location and service and especially the “small plates “ for meals. Makes so much more sense than wasting food and encouraging people to eat too much.

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RitaO
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Small plates to please most appetites! We are still talking about the fingerling potatoes! The view was spectacular with many boats having Christmas lights on their masts .really a very good experience.Simon our waiter was very good .

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RobinD
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious blends of flavors and textures, creating a fabulous and special dining experience.

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AdelG
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

The food did not meet our expectations. We recommend better breakfast options.

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KWolfe99
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our new favorite spot! The food was memorable and the flavors were magnificent. Service was excellent as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was great. The food was amazing, the service was great

JY
JohnYYJ
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. I did find the “small plates” tasting style menu a bit disjointed.

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SusanB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the second time we have been to Aura
On both occasions the food and service were exceptional
If you like sharing plates with family and friends and enjoy a wide variety of food experiences this is the restaurant for you!
No question, some of the best food eaten in Victoria.

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Rhodar
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Burgers were delicious and juicy. Risotto was so flavourful. View was beautiful.

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LinE
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Monday was a great evening to dine as not very busy.
As always the service is unobtrusively attentive, just what you want.
Aside from great food and relatively low background noise (very important if hearing impaired) the evening views of inner harbour lights are beautiful.

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Pearl
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The trout was delicious and very yummy fingerling potatoes. The salad was a bit salty but very good. Always love having an ocean view while dining and the lights were kept low to appreciate the night lights around the harbour. We were nicely distanced from other tables in keeping with the Covid requirements. Very nice evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic evening at Aura. Every dish was amazing! The risotto and duck breast were our favourite. They even prepared special birthday dessert for our two birthday girls. Highly recommended! Will definitely come back!

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Shoobie
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The host was fantastic. We needed to make a show for 8pm and he ensured we were in and out in time to make it. Service was amazing and the food was fabulous. Seriously great experience at Aura last night. Thank you!

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EliseB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice place to go with family. Gorgeous view of Victoria’s inner harbour. Good to have a group so can sample various dishes.

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LiaM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

It’s been a while since I’ve dined at aura - pre-COVID, but my recent experience was so disappointing. The food was not as good as I remembered. The short rib was dry and tough. Server didn’t describe components of the features “sablefish” and “tuna.” After my partner and I informed the server of our disappointment, she seemed to avoid us.

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Anon
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Love this restaurant! I only deducted stars because our waiter became a little rushed as the night wore on. Likely not his fault! And I find the lighting a little too overall rather than focussed on each table. Again, a hard thing to get right especially if tables move around.

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PatsDeCline
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

The view is exquisite, the staff pleasant and capable. The cocktails were first rate.
The food was tasty and well prepared. The menu - well- there is just not enough options. The small plate idea is nice, I like sharing a lot of small things. However, there was a total of about 15 things on the menu and at least one of them was not available. Two cocktails, a parkerhouse roll (1), a small bowl of soup and a 4 oz oiece of steelhead trout was $70.
But the thing that overshadowed the entire experience was that a person ushered to the next table was wearing such heavy perfume that we had to move. We had to move.
I and many friends of mine have had the same experience in many places. Isn't there some way that when making a reservation on line or otherwise, patrons can be asked not to wear perfumes and scents? At the very least they clash horribly with food aromas. I have been in places where as many as 3 groups of nearby diners had to move to escape an obnoxious perfume odor but not a word was said to the drenched one.

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Mane
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A beautiful place - great food - small portions - great views over the harbour

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AllyT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The small plates are excellent and give lots of choices. Great cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service and friendly staff. The food tastes good and in a decent portion.

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ClaudetteD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was relaxed and the timing was excellent. I came with a friend who will surely want to experience this fine dining again.

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DeHypnotist
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, great small plates, excellent snd friendly service

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gic1234
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Recommended for food, service, ambience, views, location

DH
DeHypnotist
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As close to a perfect dining experience as I can remember. Delightful, eclectic, creative small plates and superb staff

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GailleK
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful views, exceptional service from staff. Excellent cusine.

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KenF
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

I would not recommend. The quality and quantity of brunch was totally unacceptable.

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f00die
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful views, delicious food, and great service.

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BryanB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Aura is a small plate menu, but it will leave you wanting more with no room to put it. Aura is quiet, fine dining, with the finest service in the city.

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HelenS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really lovely small plates food. Beautiful flavours and perfectly cooked. Definitely recommend

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vipSunshine
Calgary
60 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We came here because we had seen a review of the pandan pancakes. Unfortunately menu is seasonal and there were no pancakes on the menu. Server was new and offered kids pancakes but then came back and said that no pancakes were available. I ordered a side over easy egg and was asked if I wanted it soft or hard? I restated I wanted it over easy and not hard boiled :(

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RonJ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Limited options on a small plates menu but each one was excellent

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BenB
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time at Aura. Great cocktails, super tasty food, and fantastic views across the water.

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DavidK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food excellent service and a quiet environment

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ClaudetteD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had trouble getting my reservation right. I got a surprising unsolicited phone call offering me exactly what I wanted. Extraordinary!
Loved the soup and the tasty, delicious halibut. The small plate option was just right for my friends and me.
Our server was very patient explaining how everything was served, what every dish consisted of and the changes made since last I ate at Aura.
Finally, I don’t have to eat “pubby” food every time I go out.

FAQs

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio is rated 4.6 stars by 1068 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.

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