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Aura lounge and bar areas with harbourfront views - Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio, Victoria, BC

Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

4.6
4.6
1482 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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

11:30 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:45 am Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Bar Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Aura's Afternoon Tea

    $65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    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 is a creative take on the traditional. A perfect way to share and reconnect! Tea is available on Saturdays + Sundays from 11:30am to 1:45pm. Reservations are required at least 24-hours in advance. Afternoon Tea is $65 per guest plus tax and 18% gratuity. Credit card details will be taken to hold your reservation; payment is due at the end of your dining experience. No-shows and cancellations within 24 hrs will be charged at full price.
    Aura's Afternoon Tea photo

What 1,482 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Great for scenic views

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Global, International

  • Victoria

    Best Overall

  • Victoria

    Best Food

  • Victoria

    Best Ambience

  • Victoria

    Best Value

  • Victoria

    Innovative

  • Victoria

    Healthy

  • Victoria

    Great for fine wines

  • Victoria

    Romantic

  • Victoria

    Great for scenic views

  • Victoria

    Good for special occasions

1,482 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding experience at Aura. I wish I could have tried the whole menu but was more than satisfied with the braised pork belly and grilled asparagus. Paired with a chilled chardonnay and finished with the apple, lime and coconut sorbet. The view of the harbour completed the experience. Would definitely recommend.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of drinks for decent prices. Online Reservations were easy, convenient and readily available at this time. Waiter was forward about recommendations however realized he mistakenly put in the wrong entree order but realized it and corrected it quickly as possible before it was brought out. Did not offer any complimentary fillers or discounts to make up for the extended wait time but was courteous and apologetic throughout the service and attentively checked on us.

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  3. CynthiaE

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dave our waiter was wonderful. Attentive without hovering. Food flavor combination was stellar. We highly recommend Aura.

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  4. NataliaP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellence customer service, delicious foods and a beautiful view .

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  5. KaylaS

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The mushroom risotto was fantastic and Simon was very attentive, he recommended an excellent Sauvanion Blanc to pair with the risotto.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic and the view of the water while dining was great!

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  7. Islander

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Location, location, location! Old saying certainly applies here! Setting and food were very good and 'reasonable' value for money! Primarily due to lack of main course dishes didn't come with very much. Now that said, my dish (Breast of Chicken) was very good and did have some sides. However, my partner had the Halibut and very little came with the main course. Extra sides would have to be ordered which were anywhere from $14-$20 on top of the $34. Again, the halibut itself was a good piece/size of fish and my partner really enjoyed it. Just not enough for a main course. Other than that, highly recommend Aura W/F Restaurant even for happy hour (3-5) where the menu was quite varied and reasonable which is saying a lot these days.

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  8. Winetaster

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great views. Excellent food. Service was rushed and perfunctory, really detracted from the experience.

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  9. WhitneyG

    Vancouver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was all delicious as usual! Portions are small for the price, but very tasty. Love the potatoes and the poached apple salad was perfect! Service by Kate was 10/10!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to Aura was for a birthday dinner and we decided to do the Chef's tasting menu with the optional wine pairings. The meal was perfect in every way: from the friendly service that in no way felt hurried, to the several delicious courses that were perfectly portioned for the two of us, to the chance to sample several curated wines, to the great view of the harbour from our window-side table. We felt pampered as we enjoyed this very reasonably priced dining experience. We look forward to returning to Aura again soon.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We wanted a place to celebrate a special occasion and Aura delivered. The food was excellent, we went for the chef tasting menu, the portions were just right. Service was attentive and spacing of courses perfect. The view from this restaurant is wonderful and it added to the ambience. We will be back.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on May 1, 2024
    Hello friend, We're delighted that Aura could be part of your special celebration! Crafting exceptional culinary experiences and providing attentive service is at the heart of what we do. Our stunning view is indeed a bonus, adding to the overall ambiance. We look forward to the pleasure of serving you again soon! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  12. BernieS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an incredible dining experience hosted by professional, gracious servers and prepared by awesome chefs. Every entree was well presented and very delicious. The inner harbour view was beautiful addition.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on May 1, 2024
    Hello Bernie, We're thrilled to hear that your dining experience at Aura was nothing short of incredible! Our team takes great pride in delivering professional and gracious service, while our chefs strive to create dishes that not only look beautiful but also tantalize the taste buds. It's fantastic to know that you enjoyed every aspect of your meal, and we couldn't agree more about the stunning inner harbor view adding to the ambiance. Thank you for your kind words, and we hope to welcome you back soon for another delightful dining experience! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

    1 person found this helpful

  13. skidmark

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at the Aura Restaurant but not our last. Our waiter was with us shortly after we were seated and considering how busy he was, he gave us good service. The food was excellent and the price was more than reasonable.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on May 1, 2024
    Hello friend. We're delighted to hear that your first experience at Aura Restaurant left such a positive impression! Our team works hard to ensure that even during busy times, every guest receives attentive service. It's wonderful to know that you found our waiter to be attentive despite the hustle and bustle. We take great pride in our culinary offerings, and it's fantastic to hear that you found the food to be excellent. Thank you for choosing Aura, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional dining experience in the future! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  14. Islander77

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very well cooked and kitchen clearly work efficiently. Enjoyed the sharing style series of plates. Both main (Lamb and Beef Shin), which we shared, were very tender. Great atmosphere with a water view.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on April 15, 2024
    Hello friend, Thank you for your fantastic feedback! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our culinary creations and the efficiency of our culinary team. Sharing is caring, especially when it comes to our series of plates! Our lamb and beef shin dishes are indeed tender champions. As for the atmosphere, we like to think of it as the perfect seasoning to complement your dining experience, with a sprinkle of waterfront charm. We can't wait to have you back for more delicious moments with us! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  15. JacquelineJ

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately, the fish dishes we ordered were bland and uninspiring. From what I remember before, each dish ( last year ) had a unique quality to them and satisfied the palet. For the huge amount of money spent on 3 tiny dishes, we were very disappointed. The fish seemed to be reheated, the soup bland, and the broccolini burnt and chewy. Sorry, maybe your chefs have changed.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on April 15, 2024
    Hello Jacqueline, We're truly sorry to hear that your recent dining experience at Aura fell short of expectations. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we apologize for any disappointment caused. Rest assured, maintaining the quality and uniqueness of our dishes is paramount to us, and we take your comments seriously. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@aurarestaurant.ca. We would be delighted to personally discuss your concerns and work towards restoring your faith in our cuisine. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and we hope to have the chance to welcome you back for a much-improved dining experience. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  16. Louie

    Vancouver

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific discovery! Amazing food, especially liked Charred Octopus served with chickpea, rouille, and chimichurri. Includes crispy capocollo so very rarely added in Italian dishes. And great view.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on April 15, 2024
    Hello Louie, Thank you for the glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you made a terrific discovery at Aura. We can't wait to welcome you back for more culinary adventures with a side of great views! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an exceptional meal. Every dish was perfect. Local oysters with fresh horseradish. Warm Parkerhouse roll. Kabocha squash risotto didn’t sound as good as it was; don’t miss it. Kimchi braised beef shin was also outstanding. Great service too. This only thing lacking was the wine list, but corkage was only $25. If you’re a foodie and in Victoria, this restaurant should be on your list to visit.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on April 15, 2024
    Hello friend, Thank you for the rave review! We're thrilled to hear that you had an exceptional dining experience with us. It sounds like you indulged in a culinary adventure! We appreciate your feedback regarding the wine list and we're excited to announce that we have a new selection coming up in the following season. Get ready for a plethora of new discoveries to complement your next meal! Don't forget to swing by and check it out soon. We can't wait to welcome you back for another unforgettable dining experience! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  18. Marg

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always everything was great! Great food, beautiful view, lovely staff.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 25, 2024
    Hi Margaret, Thank you for the 5-star review like always. :) Glad to hear you both enjoyed your visit. Look forward to seeing you again soon! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  19. Kristyna

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and experience very happy with this meal and views
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 25, 2024
    Hello Kristyna, We're thrilled to hear you had an amazing time with us! Your love for the great food, awesome experience, and killer views has us all smiles 😊. Can't wait to serve up more deliciousness and good vibes next time you swing by! Until then, stay awesome. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  20. Aimeee

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant in an *amazing* location - what a view!! Our server was so knowledgeable, helpful, and kind, and the food, of course, was outstanding. Cocktails were delicious and creative. We had an absolute blast. Cant wait for our next visit.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hello Aimee, Thank you immensely for your gracious feedback. We are delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience with us, particularly our picturesque location, exemplary service, and delectable culinary offerings. Your kind words are truly appreciated and serve as motivation for our team to continually strive for excellence. We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to host you again in the near future and to further elevate your dining experience with us. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  21. Shirley

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been here for couple times, and they have really great food. However, the service was not as good as before. Was so hard to get my server around and the server was poor. Luckily, the food is still very good. Hopefully the service will be better later.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hi Shirley, Thank you for your continued patronage and for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We sincerely apologize that your recent experience did not meet your expectations. Your comments are invaluable to us, and we assure you that we will be conducting a thorough internal review to address and rectify any shortcomings in our team's performance. We are truly grateful that you chose to celebrate your birthday with us despite the service hiccup, and we are delighted that you continue to appreciate our culinary offerings. We are eagerly awaiting your return, poised to deliver an unparalleled level of service and an experience that surpasses all expectations! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  22. YanaF

    Edmonton

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was not the greatest The waiter did not se he was happy to be at work
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 5, 2024
    Hi Yana, We're sincerely sorry to hear that you didn't receive the level of service we aim to provide during your visit. Creating a welcoming and enjoyable experience for our guests is our top priority, and we regret any instance where this wasn't reflected in your interaction with our team. Rest assured, we take your feedback to heart, and we'll be addressing this internally to ensure that every member of our staff embodies the warmth and enthusiasm that we're known for. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything further we can do to enhance your next visit. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and we appreciate your understanding. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  23. RosemaryA

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very impressed with the food and our water was excellent. Will definitely recommend for future visits.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 5, 2024
    Hi Rosemary, We're pleased to hear that you found our food impressive and that our server left a lasting impression on you! We believe great food is best enjoyed with outstanding service, and it sounds like we hit the mark on both fronts during your visit. Thank you for your kind words and for considering us for future dining experiences. We can't wait to welcome you back and continue to wow you with our culinary delights and top-notch service. Until then, bon appétit and cheers to many more memorable meals ahead! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  24. JasonE

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, attentive server, incredible food, great views of the Victoria inner harbour,
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 5, 2024
    Hi Jason, We're thrilled to hear about your wonderful experience with us! Providing exceptional service and delicious food with breathtaking views is what we strive for, and we're delighted that you found all of these elements during your visit. Our team works hard to ensure that every guest feels welcomed and well taken care of, so it's incredibly rewarding to receive such positive feedback. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable dining experience soon! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  25. JosephG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you Kain for the amazing service! My business guests and I were very impressed by the food and the your service. Will definitely be back soon.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 5, 2024
    Hello Mr. Geronimo, Well, it sounds like Kain truly knocked it out of the park! We're thrilled to hear that he wowed you and your business guests with his wonderful service. Our team works hard to ensure that every aspect of your dining experience is nothing short of amazing, and it's fantastic to see that reflected in your review. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Kain, and we can't wait to have you back for another round of culinary excellence. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  26. A365

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We made a reservation and had to wait almost 30 minutes for our table still. Staff was friendly and food was great but pricey
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hello friend, We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the delay in seating you despite your reservation. Your time is incredibly valuable to us, and we regret that we fell short of meeting your expectations in this regard. Rest assured, we will be reviewing our reservation management processes to ensure such delays are minimized in the future. Meanwhile, we're pleased to hear that you found our staff friendly and enjoyed our cuisine! Thank you for your honest feedback, as it allows us the opportunity to continually improve and refine our services. We hope to have the privilege of welcoming you back for an even more seamless and enjoyable dining experience in the future. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  27. ColeenC

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best seat in the house with a spectacular view of the entire inner harbour. The food was fantastic. The service was prompt efficient and friendly. It’s a little noisy but not the worst we’ve experienced. It was our second time dining there and we would definitely come back. 
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hi Coleen, Your eloquent feedback fills us with gratitude! It's truly delightful to learn that you relished the premier seating arrangement, offering a panoramic view of the inner harbor. We're thrilled to hear that our culinary creations exceeded your expectations, and our service team left a lasting impression with their promptness, efficiency, and warmth. As for the ambient buzz, we appreciate your understanding amidst the lively atmosphere. It's a testament to the vibrant energy of our establishment. Your intention to return is the highest compliment we could receive, and we eagerly await the opportunity to dazzle your palate once more with our culinary offerings. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  28. Kirk

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant got quite noisy at times and the wait between some of the courses was quite long.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 5, 2024
    Hi Kirk, We're sorry to hear that your experience was affected by noise levels and longer wait times between courses. Ensuring a serene atmosphere and timely service are priorities for us, and we regret any disruptions you encountered. Your feedback is invaluable as we constantly strive to enhance our guests' experiences. We'll address these concerns internally to ensure smoother service and a more tranquil ambiance moving forward. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  29. EricS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu a bit confusing. It’s a plate share. Food excellent
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 5, 2024
    Hello Eric, We're thrilled to hear that despite finding the menu a bit perplexing, you thoroughly enjoyed the food! Sharing plates can indeed be a bit of a culinary adventure. We'll take note of your comments regarding menu clarity and work towards enhancing your experience even further on your next visit. Thank you for dining with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  30. Charlotte

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous, sophisticated, tasteful food. Immaculate atmosphere. Attentive and kind service. The cocktails are especially delightful!
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hi Charlotte, Thank you for your glowing review! We're thrilled that you found our food gorgeous, sophisticated, and tasteful, and that you enjoyed the immaculate atmosphere we strive to maintain. It's heartening to hear that our service team provided attentive and kind service, enhancing your overall experience. We're especially pleased that you enjoyed our delightful cocktails! Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we can't wait to welcome you back for more memorable moments. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  31. JonH

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent food and great to see the same quality in the kids meals as well as the adults. Friendly and attentive service and kid friendly staff. My only gripe is that it was a little chilly in the dining room (we arrived at 5pm, so perhaps not enough warm up time). The piped abstract/impersonal elevator music was probably intended to convey sophistication but together with the lowish temperature it lacked warmth and intimacy which is a shame given the great food and the amazing views across the harbour. I would definitely return but perhaps in the summer.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 5, 2024
    Hi Jon, Thanks for your awesome feedback! We're pleased that you enjoyed our food and that our kiddie options passed the taste test too. Can't wait to see you back, hopefully when the sun's shining and the harbor's sparkling! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  32. DaveW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favourite venue in Victoria, and once again Aura rose to the occasion. We were there to celebrate a milestone birthday, and from the bouquet of the Seven Stones Merlot that our server told us about, everything was special. The lamb was unbelievably tender, the kimchi was tangy, the potatoes as good as ever, and all four of our (different) desserts topped off our meal just right. We’ll be back again!!
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hi Dave, What an absolute delight to read your review! We're overjoyed to be your favorite venue in Victoria and thrilled that Aura continues to exceed your expectations, especially during such a momentous occasion as a milestone birthday. Consider this your official invitation to return anytime! We'll have the Merlot waiting, the lamb perfectly tender, and the desserts ready to top off another memorable meal. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  33. Calvin

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice dining experience! Great wine selection and they made a lovely accommodation for my shellfish allergy with the chefs tasting.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hi Calvin, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our curated wine list and the reinvented Tasting Menu. Flexibility and accommodation are at the heart of what we do, and we're glad we hit the mark for you! Stay tuned for the launch of our new wine list! We're excited to introduce more exciting vinos to our discerning guests in the upcoming season. We can't wait to welcome you back for another wonderful dining experience! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  34. PhilipMoydl

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service as always! Ken and his team never disappoint :)
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hello Philip, We're absolutely thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic time with us on Valentine's Day! Chef Ken and our Aura team are beaming with pride knowing we hit the mark once again. It was our pleasure to ensure your experience was nothing short of exceptional. Looking forward to your next visit! Until then, keep those taste buds ready for more culinary delights from us! :) Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience and the food was great. We will be back.
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on March 10, 2024
    Hello friend, Fantastic to hear you had a blast with us! We're thrilled you enjoyed the food and the vibes. Can't wait to have you back for more deliciousness and good times. Get ready for another round of culinary fun soon! :) Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  36. DonD

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view of the harbour fabulous, Kain our server was very personable and proficient, the food was excellent; international slant, imaginative, very flavourful. We'll be back

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  37. LocalDiner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed afternoon tea at Aura in early February. The restaurant was relatively quiet as it was still off-season for tourists. We were given the corner table overlooking the Inner Harbour and the view couldn't be beat. The restaurant was beautifully furnished and the seating comfortable. We were given a good selection of teas to choose from, and the food was promptly served. Food presentation was outstanding. The sandwiches were Asian inspired, and the flavour combinations were delicious. Our one complaint is that some of the food items were not as fresh as we would have liked. They felt like they may have been kept in the refrigerator overnight rather than made the same day. This resulted in a number of items being a bit "limp" rather than crunchy/crispy as intended. Maybe this was due to insufficient number of afternoon tea bookings when we visited and this will hopefully improve when volume increases in the summer months. Our server was attentive and friendly. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. We will certainly consider having afternoon tea at Aura again and hopefully the freshness of the food will improve.

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  38. SandraB

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Octopus was legend. Sablefish excellent. Great service - friendly, attentive, and thoughtful. View was super
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on February 12, 2024
    Hello Sandra, Thank you for diving into our culinary ocean and discovering the legend of our octopus! We're thrilled to hear that our sablefish stole the spotlight too. Our team will keep swimming upstream to provide more memorable experiences. Come back soon to catch another wave of great food and views! Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  39. CaroleB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Chef's menue was not what I expected it was fantastic the flavours were wonderful the servers were pleasant and explained the dishes we were eating Lovely evening will be back Thank you
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on February 12, 2024
    Hello Carole, Thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that our Dinner Tasting Menu brought joy to your taste buds and that our servers were able to enhance your dining experience with their pleasant demeanor and insightful explanations. Your satisfaction truly warms our hearts, and we can't wait to have you back for another delightful evening. Cheers to many more memorable moments together! Thank you for being a part of our culinary journey. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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  40. RobO

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 of us apres our Imax shows booked for 745pm and got there 715 and allowed in early into our private room with the amazing view of the lit up harbour. We recommend it to our friends and take advantage when we can and lived up to our expectations and expectations of all 3 of our friends Thank so much
    Aura Waterfront Restaurant + PatioResponded on February 5, 2024
    Hi Rob, Well, aren't you the maestro of impeccable timing! Showing up fashionably early and getting the VIP treatment – you certainly know how to set the stage for a legendary evening. :) We're delighted to hear that our private room with a front-row seat to the lit-up harbor met not only your expectations but also scored a standing ovation from your whole squad. Consider us blushing from your kind words and high-fives to you for spreading the good word to your friends. We'll be here, ready to roll out the red carpet (figuratively, of course) whenever you and your entourage decide to grace us with your presence again. Thank you for making us a part of your night out and for keeping the good vibes rolling. Our Best, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio

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680 Montreal Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1Z8

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Belleville St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Victoria
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:45 am Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Bar Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, 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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