Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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Global, International
Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio is a globally-inspired “small plates” restaurant set against the inspiring backdrop of Victoria’s renowned Inner Harbour. Our award-winning chefs’ creative menu design combines local, farm-direct ingredients with international flavours on shareable plates designed to inspire conversation. With our curated wine list, and unique cocktails and craft beer focused on local producers, there’s always something new to discover at Aura.

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JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The new dining room has a wonderful view of the Harbour.
We all enjoyed that very much.
The menu was interesting but the food was great.

JR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The views from every seat in the restaurant are stunning, even on an overcast day. The servers and greeter were really friendly, and the food was wonderful. The new menu allows you to order smaller dishes, so you can sample a number of items, at a very reasonable cost. The desserts were excellent! Especially the black sesame bar! I recommend the restaurant to anyone.

G
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I look forward to my next chance to dine at Aura. I've been for brunch once and now once for dinner and everyone was very pleased with their dining experiences. And such great views of the city!

JP
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had wonderful dinner with a great inner harbour view! We love Aura's small plates concept, which allows us to taste a lot of menu items even though we were just two of us!

CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

My husband and I were on our weekday date night and had been recommended by friends of the family, Aura restaurant. The service was top-notch and the food was very good. We had a lovely evening and will go back again soon.

SI
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, every item was a unique experience. While I appreciate the smaller portion concept, I still think that a 20% increase in portion size would be perfect. Of course, that increases the food cost. Anyway, a minor quibble but we loved the food and will be back. Simon is an ace.

M
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Aura waterfront restaurant is exceptional: excellent food, terrific service, atmosphere and view second to none. A totally great experience!

c
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Fabulous view, great service, menu a tad limited. Interesting that 3oz wine on the menu but realize flights would be the way to go.

E
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very interesting and original menu. The small plates allow for a bigger variety of choices at one meal. Very comfortable chairs. Gorgeous sea view. Excellent service.

b
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful start to the day

OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Tapis is okay but I prefer regular menu

JH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was an absolutely fantastic meal. Our view was incredible, service was professional, and the food was outstanding. The deep fried sushi was one of the best meals I've had in my life. Thank you Aura for the best Valentine's Day date I've ever had!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

This was our second visit to Aura. Before and now after the renovation. Before was a truly outstanding experience. After was a huge disappointment. Changed menu and Head Chef along with a "new approach" and concept for the restaurant have made it a place we will not be returning to. It is no more than an oriental themed Tapas Bar and as such would be acceptable, but they are still branding it as the return of the much loved Aura of old. It is not. Staff were excellent no complaints there in any way, but we got the feeling that they were in damage control mode for most of the evening. We can only hope that wiser heads prevail at Aura and they return to the truly memorable "...approach" we knew and loved.

D
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Used to think the menu was great but expensive, but now the small plate system allows for reasonable price for a selection of food. Interesting taste combinations and a flight of 3 small glasses of wine for $16 was a great way to try some new wines.

Ambience by the water was great, and always a good place to take visitors to Victoria.

LM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The staff were wonderful. The portions were small which we did not realize when we ordered but the presentation was amazing and we will definitely be back.

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

They are doing small plates. Shareable between two maybe, but not really. Nice blends of tastes, but most proteins are pretty heavily sugared up with glazes and sauces. Nice enough meal, but I would not race back. Service was great very attentive and good team work. Not drinking for Dryuary, do did not check out the cocktails or wine list.

G
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was excellent - especially the service!! The only real problem was that we could not find the entry! We walked from our condo and saw the large sign overhead - but had a terribke time finding the DOOR! You need to put a much better sign right at or on the door. Once inside you need another temporary sign showing the direction of the restaurant. People would be much more likely to come back during renovations if you made these changes. Other than that we really enjoyed the choice of a smaller or larger meal. Our waiter was just terrific - very friendly and accommodating without being overbearing.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolutely incredible meal.

MP
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I loved the Japanese style menu with a lot of innovations in the preparation. The Dine Around Experience allowed us to try many more selections of small plate items to share. Staff were very friendly and dedicated. Our wine selections arrived after the food was served.

Generally, I would rate Aura highly and likely return again.
Thanks

C
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing along with the service. Jax was friendly, knowledgeable and help make the whole experience one we want to repeat! Cannot say enough how impressed we were with everything :::)))

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and flavours. Perfect size for sharing.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thanks so much for your review, we're so glad you enjoyed Aura!

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RA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

We were keen to try this restaurant after hearing bout the renovations and the new chef. I'm sure glad that we did! The shareable dishes were outstanding, a fusion of cultural favourites. We enjoyed deep fried sushi, a cashew scotch egg, Gnocchi, and a delicious prawn and salmon dish. High marks to the chef. We would go back. As for the setting, we had an expansive view of the Victoria harbour, from a window over the waters edge. My only comment would be the dark carpet and brown chairs had a somber feel, though this may brighten during the day. Thank you to Simon for the warm service.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you for the very thoughtful review, Ryan. I'm so glad you were able to come in and try us out, and that you had a great experience. You definitely tried out some of our favorites! We'll be sure to pass on your comments on Simon's service as well.

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p
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food. The small plate menu works very well although small plates aren't my favourite dining experience.
Hard to make wines work with small plate dining.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi Paul, thanks for trying us out! We appreciate having a shot even though this style of dining isn't where you gravitate to. We had the same thought about wine pairing with small plates which is why we introduced the 3oz pour on our by the glass selection, but if you are wanting to enjoy a special bottle with your meal then your wine would determine your food selections rather than the other way around. It's an interesting shift from a pairing perspective.

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OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Super nice and great food

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner three times were superb in quality, creativity, originality! Very memorable dining experience. Knowledgeable sommelier. Quality over quantity most appreciate.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you so much! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your dinners in Aura. It sounds like you were able to try a lot of our options while you were here and enjoyed our wine program as well. It's always a pleasure to server guests who enjoy food and beverage as much as we do!

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LK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit and we will definitely be back!
We loved the tapas style that allowed us to try several dished. Everything was absolutely delicious!
The service was perfect and the view outstanding!
We can't wait to return!

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you so much for your amazing review! We can't wait for you to return, either! So glad to hear that you enjoyed everything. The menu changes fairy regularly and with so many options available there is always something new to try - or to try again.

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WD
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Beautiful view of Victoria in the evening and a lovely quiet and brand new environment.

Small plates is a concept which not every customer will enjoy.

A couple of folks in my party did not care for some of the small platesthat they ordered. But it was good to experiment.

Customers have to appreciate that the amount of food on the small plate varies and it is not necessarily clear from the menu which small plate will be the most filling and which are the best combinations of small plates to end up with all members of the party feeling satiated at the end of the meal. Not overstuffed just ensuring that they have had sufficient to eat.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thanks so much for your review, Wendy! I can understand not wanting to share- when I find something I love I want to keep it for myself too! Although the menu is small plates, not everything is meant to be shared and we have no preference on how you choose to enjoy your meals. What is important to us is that you do enjoy your experience and we are happy to help however we can to make sure that is the case.

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WC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent, friendly service. We were there for breakfast and the food tasted great, just beware some of the dishes are smaller portions than you may anticipate. Great harbour view.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We're so glad you enjoyed your meals and that stunning view!

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TM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined at Aura on New Year's Eve which was a small plate menu. Every dish was exquisitely prepared and a sight for the eye to behold. Each dish had a beautiful flavour and there was something to suit every taste. Our server, Colleen, was lovely. The restaurant is well laid out so each table is fairly private and tastefully decorated. Also, the restaurant borders the harbour so the view is outstanding. Would definitely go there again and recommend it to others!

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you so much for the great review, Tracy! We're thrilled that you enjoyed Colleen's service and everything that Aura has to offer! We'll look forward to seeing you again!

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MJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and inventive small plates beautifully presented

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you so much, Mary! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience!

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Z
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This dinner was a winner on many fronts. First there is the view of the Inner harbor which cannot be beat - ask for a window table. And then there was a series of small plates that my husband and I shared. All were very well presented, expertly prepared, delicious and surprisingly more than enough. Was not sure about the small plate concept but found it allows you to try a myriad of dishes which was quite enjoyable. The service was also very good. Would highly recommend.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thanks so much for the amazing review! We are so glad you came in to try us out, and that you embraced our new menu style so completely! We'll look forward to your next visit.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was our first time. It was delicious and our server was great!

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thanks so much for joining us, Jocelyn! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves! Hope to see you again soon.

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SL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Aura has changed to small plates approach rather than full dining room menu. Choices were varied and many wit some selections more successful than others. But we did prefer the former dining room full menu as the cook did a wonderful job and we really enjoyed the selections. The space is still the same with the entrance temporarily set up towards the middle of the front of the room. The view is certainly wonderful.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hello Stephen, thank you for your honesty and thoughtfulness in your review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the new offering, and completely understand missing our former style. It really is a big change. Thank you for coming in to give us a try, I hope you will find a place for the new Aura to be a part of your dining routine!

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O
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This new menu with small plates was incredible. Ever plate was an explosion of taste and texture on the palate!

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal! Welcome back to Aura!

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LM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

Limited menu that was not communicated before arriving!

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi Lisa, I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed in our offering. While Aura was closed for renovation we redesigned our menu and restaurant concept and re-opened with a small plates menu. The menu offered on Christmas Eve was our full menu with the addition of a small plates version of a turkey dinner which I'm sure was a surprise if you had been expecting a traditional 3 course meal. My apologies for not being clearer on our menu options when you were making your dining arrangements.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasting food - grilled focaccia was amazing. Very friendly service. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of food and service. Would highly recommend.

KT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, and our server Jacqueline was outstanding. It was a bit pricey so not somewhere we would go to all the time, but was indeed a wonderful night out as we were having a celebration. We are from out of town, but would certainly go again when we are back in Victoria!

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi Kathy, thanks for the great review! Jacqueline is a fabulous server, I'm so glad that you enjoyed her service and your experience in Aura!

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NV
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The small plates approach was really fun - my wife and I got to share 6 different menu items. The sommelier was excellent and helped us select just the right wine to go with our food choices. The view of the harbour was fabulous.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on December 17, 2019

It sounds like you got right into the spirit of small plates! This is exactly what we hoped for, we love it! And so happy to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you for the amazing review!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location excellent service great presentation of exceptional food

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on December 17, 2019

Thank you for the great rating and your kind words! So glad you enjoyed it.

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WG
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was perfect. Must have the focaccia. No matter what. Also loved the Seacuterie and the Spam and of course the best item on the menu - the deep fried sushi. Lovely night...can't wait to go back.

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio
Responded on December 17, 2019

What an incredible review, thank you so much! We agree, the focaccia is a must. We can't wait to have you back!

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