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AURA waterfront restaurant + patio

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Seafood, International, Canadian
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680 Montreal Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1Z8, Canada (Formerly Cook's Landing Lounge) (Belleville St.)
250-414-6739
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7:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Description: AURA waterfront restaurant + patioWitness the ultimate appetizer:...
AURA waterfront restaurant + patioWitness the ultimate appetizer: Victoria’s sparkling inner harbour as experienced from AURA waterfront restaurant + patio. Local, modern, west coast, Pacific Rim cuisine created by Executive Chef Takashi Ito and his team. Artisan wines and distinctive cocktails all served up with a side order of fresh ocean air, sailboats and waves. Stone underlit bar, leather sofas and lamplit tables, all part of this casually elegant dining room. At AURA you will feel at ease in jeans or in pearls or a bit of both.So come and dine different.
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  • 223
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Anniversary

Had dinner and breakfast, the latter as part of an online offer that included overnight stay. Great dinner and ample breakfast. My only criticism is a small one - the soup and the vegetables were saltier than I would have preferred but still tasted great. The deconstructed sushi was amazing and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Stephen L
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Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner and breakfast, the latter as part of an online offer that included overnight stay. Great dinner and ample breakfast. My only criticism is a small one - the soup and the vegetables were saltier than I would have preferred but still tasted great. The deconstructed sushi was amazing and the sablefish was cooked to perfection - moist and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Stephen L
Inn_Guest_Experience, Manager at AURA waterfront restaurant + patio, responded to this review

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us Stephen L, we are honoured. We appreciate your comments and have shared with with our Director of Food and Beverage. We hope to see you before your next anniversary :) Louise - Guest Experience More 

North Bend, Washington, United States
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89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had breakfast there and they had some really delicious items like the oatmeal porridge, potatoes and Benedict.

Helpful?
Thank RoMistry
Inn_Guest_Experience, Manager at AURA waterfront restaurant + patio, responded to this review

There's nothing like porridge with a view to start you morning off right RoMistry. Thanks so much for your review. Louise - Guest Experience More 

Vancouver Island
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Aura has added an "organic greens" salad to their menu that is the most delicious and unique salad we'd ever had-- crunchy fried potatoes on top?? Scrumptious! In addition, the Farro Risotto and Deep Fried Sushi were delicious and every taste was better than the one before. I have dined at this restaurant many times and always take out-of-town guests... More 

Helpful?
Thank realist99
Inn_Guest_Experience, Manager at AURA waterfront restaurant + patio, responded to this review

Thanks for the kudos realist99! We're thrilled that our winter menu impressed you and can't wait to see you again! Louise - Guest Experience More 

B.C.
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Had a light lunch here on a Saturday afternoon : the service was attentive, the food was tasty and had a strong Asian influence ( the steak sandwich was served with fresh coleslaw with cilantro) and we saw a sea otter run across the lawn outside the restaurant windows. The coffee was piping hot and delicious.

Helpful?
Thank cougar01
Inn_Guest_Experience, Manager at AURA waterfront restaurant + patio, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoyed your lunch with us cougar01, we hope to welcome you back. Louise - Guest Experience More 

Vancouver, Canada
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117 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Sat ourselves as no one around, no one checked on us after we got our drinks, didn't seem to anxious to have us be there, only ones there, wonder why...

Helpful?
Thank travellingteri_12
Inn_Guest_Experience, Manager at AURA waterfront restaurant + patio, responded to this review

We are sorry to learn about your experience in AURA and hope that you will accept our apologies. Although it is difficult for us to determine when you were in, so that we may follow up with our team, please know that the service you experienced is not characteristic of AURA and we hope that you will return so that... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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159 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We were given a gift certificate for Aura, so the over-the-top prices were easier to digest than had we paid for it all ourselves. While the food was really delicious and interesting, what you actually get left many in our party hungry (yes, we had to stop for more food afterwards). Beautifully presented (artsy food for sure!) with yummy tastes,... More 

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2 Thank Scarlett S
Inn_Guest_Experience, Manager at AURA waterfront restaurant + patio, responded to this review

I’m sorry to hear that you were underwhelmed with your recent visit to AURA waterfront restaurant & patio Scarlett S. Unfortunately with the information provided, I can’t determine what your party dined on, or when in order to follow up with my team. If you are comfortable doing so, I’d love to speak with you to gain a little more... More 

PA
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Had the pleasure of enjoying a great lunch with a friend recently in Aura. The views of Victoria are outstanding - great fun seeing the sea planes taking off and landing, seals frolicking and the pretty skyline of Victoria. The deep-fried sushi was a real treat. The steelhead trout was lovely as well. It's a sure bet for a relaxed... More 

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Thank PAJane
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This festive brunch is delicious and fun! There is everything you can imagine from eggs, potatoes, smoked salmon, cheese, pastries to made-to-order omelets, turkey, and so many desserts! Book the brunch in advance of your trip!

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Thank Jennifer L
British Columbia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Staff were respectful to our wishes. Good service and a nice variety of menu items for lunch. The deep fried sushi was light and delicious. Easy parking across the driveway and very pleasant location on the harbour.

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Thank qualicum1990
Level Contributor
24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Have held many small functions at this Private Dining Room. I highly recommend the Aura's Private dining room for top quality food as well as service. (I haven't used them for awhile, and when I used them most recently, I noticed that they have only one server for cocktails as well as for taking dinner orders.) They use to have... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rosster
Inn_Guest_Experience, Manager at AURA waterfront restaurant + patio, responded to this review

We're so glad that your private dinner was such a success and really appreciate your review. We love to hear that you'll be back again soon! Louise - Guest Experience More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 680 Montreal Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1Z8, Canada (Formerly Cook's Landing Lounge)
    (Belleville St.)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: 250-414-6739

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood, International, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine

Description

AURA waterfront restaurant + patioWitness the ultimate appetizer: Victoria’s sparkling inner harbour as experienced from AURA waterfront restaurant + patio. Local, modern, west coast, Pacific Rim cuisine created by Executive Chef Takashi Ito and his team. Artisan wines and distinctive cocktails all served up with a side order of fresh ocean air, sailboats and waves. Stone underlit bar, leather sofas and lamplit tables, all part of this casually elegant dining room. At AURA you will feel at ease in jeans or in pearls or a bit of both.So come and dine different.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?