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Interior - Aura Restaurant & Lounge, Clive, IA

Aura Restaurant & Lounge

4.7
4.7
189 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Lively & flavorful tapas along with vibrant cocktails offer a unique shared experience that challenges the traditional. At Aura, it's good vibes only! Our invigorating environment is the perfect place to gather friends & family.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (515) 225-6005
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Brandon Liss
  • Neighbourhood
    Urbandale
  • Cross Street
    60th and University Ave.
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 189 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Ambience

  • Iowa

    Good for business meals

  • Iowa

    Child-Friendly

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Great for fine wines

  • Iowa

    Romantic

  • Iowa

    Lively

  • Iowa

    American

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambience

  • Des Moines

    Good for business meals

  • Des Moines

    Innovative

  • Des Moines

    Good for groups

  • Des Moines

    Healthy

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Lively

189 Reviews
  1. SteveM

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both the service and the food were excellent. Nice ambiance. You can eat inside or outside.

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    Atlanta Metro

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place for lunch. Salads are excellent and service is good without being intrusive. Well done Aura!

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  3. JasonM

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Have dined here with great service, food, and drinks. Everything was off during this visit. Staff was hanging out near our table with louder conversations than any of the other customers’ tables. We got our drinks but lost contact with our waitress once a bigger table came in and she focused on them. Even the empty glasses on the edge of the table weren’t enough to get anyone’s attention. When I finally caught her on her way to attend the other table, I asked for our check. Made a reservation for another restaurant— great move. The service there was phenomenal as was the food and drinks. Hope Aura gets their act together!

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  4. DBW0717

    Kansas City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit but definitely not the last! Service, ambience, food and wine were all excellent!

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  5. Anadia

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambiance, not noisy. Good food, small portions for the price. Service was good, not great. Lamb rack had very little meat on it. Restaurants at this level, I wd expect more attention to details. Duvel beer sd be served on a glass. Overall a good restaurant, and I would go back.

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  6. FrankR

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing date night at Aura!! Place was very busy and we had a reservation for 7pm. Showed up at 7pm and our table was ready within five minutes. Server was great and the food was perfect as always. Cephus stopped by multiple times to see how our visit was going. One of the best Espresso Martinis I have ever had. This is a must for anyone looking for a date night, a small get together or even a nice lunch.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dude, best place ever. Amazing vibe, great food, friendly people and always makes the event feel special and fancy

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! We got the seafood tower, and shared Mac and cheese and it was delicious!

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  9. GregT

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit to Aura restaurant. The staff was very pleasant, the service excellent and the food was very good. Highly recommend. We will return.

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  10. JoyceW

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly and efficient service. Food and beverage did not disappoint.

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FAQs

Aura Restaurant & Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 225-6005.

Aura Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.7 stars by 189 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 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Aura Restaurant & Lounge

12851 University Ave 400, Clive, IA 50325-8254

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    60th and University Ave.
  • Neighbourhood
    Urbandale
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Brandon Liss
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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